Germantown, Montgomery County, Maryland

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Germantown is an urbanized census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Maryland in the United States. It is the sixth most populous CDP in Maryland with an estimated population of 85,000 as of 2005. If it were to incorporate along CDP boundaries, it would become the second largest incorporated city in Maryland.[1] It is located approximately 20 miles outside of Washington DC and part of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Germantown has the assigned ZIP Codes of 20874 and 20876 for delivery and 20875 for post office boxes. It is the only "Germantown, Maryland" recognized by the United States Postal Service, even though there are technically three others: one in Anne Arundel County, one in Baltimore County, and one in Worcester County.[citation needed]



In the 1830s and 1840s, the central business area was focused around the intersection of Liberty Mill Road and Clopper Road. Many of the business owners seemed to be German. Despite the fact that most of the local landowners and farmers were English, travelers remembering the accents of the shop-owners called the area Germantown, and the name stuck.

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