Adjacent to the capital Washington , DC. Montgomery County is the largest and most populous county in Maryland. The county has a total area of 1,313km2, and 927,600 people, accounting for one fifth of the population in Maryland. T he county seat and largest municipality is Rockville.
As a suburban county of the capital, the county houses 18 headquarters of federal offices, including the world-class National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As the epicenter for biotechnology in the Mid-Atlantic region holding over 300 biotechnological companies, Montgomery County plays a leading role in the knowledge-based economy of America.
The county boasts a very wide green space with over 400 national parks. It is also a vigorous city, holding six business centers and headquarters of many famous companies like Marriott International, Lockheed Martin and Discovery Communications, etc.
Montgomery County possesses the most excellent education resources. It has the highest percentage of residents who hold post-graduate degrees, forming the largest labor market well-educated. With nearly half of the residents being born abroad, the county becomes a multicultural center. It is also well known for being the largest Chinese Communities in the Washington area.
In addition, Montgomery County has gained world fame in the field of cultural arts with the contribution of Strathmore Music Center, Blackrock's art center and Motion Picture Association of America.
Montgomery County is twinned with 4 cities. It has established relationship with Xi’an since September 4, 2014 and the other three are Morazán, El Salvador; Gondar, Ethiopia; and Hyderabad, India.
The current executive of Montgomery County is Ike Leggett.