Monday, March 18, 2013
Montgomery County is the first county in Maryland to have more than 1 million residents.
Montgomery County is the first county in Maryland to have more than 1 million people living in it, according to a county planning department statement. The county's population, calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau, reached 1,004,709 last July, having gained more than 13,000 people between July 2011 and July 2012, "up from a revised 991,645 the previous year, a 1.3 percent increase," the statement added. "Most of the population increase is due to births, what demographers call a 'net natural increase' of 7,630 people. In the period, 13,097 births exceeded 5,467 deaths," the statement continued. The rest of the increase is from 8,700 people migrating into the county from abroad, "offsetting the net loss of 3,100 people moving out of the …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Gaithersburg area high schools were among the best in the county for performance and participation increases in Advanced Placement testing.
Two Gaithersburg area high schools showed great improvement in Advanced Placement testing scores and participation, according to a report released Wednesday by Montgomery County Public Schools. Of the 18 county schools that saw an increase in the percentage of graduates scoring a 3 or higher (passing) on at least one AP exam from 2011 to 2012, Quince Orchard and Gaithersburg high schools were among the top five in the county. Quince Orchard's 12.4 percent increase was the largest in MCPS, with Gaithersburg's 7.1 percent ranking fifth. "I am very proud of the work of our students and staff and very pleased to see that work has had some very positive outcomes," Quince Orchard principal Carole Working told Patch in an email. "Over the past …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
New study ranks cities based on jobs and economic growth.
The Washington, DC, area ranked No. 5 in the Milken Institute's annual "Best-Performing Cities" index for 2012. That's up from No. 17 in 2011. The Milken Institute, a think tank located in Santa Monica, CA, bases its rankings on how well metropolitan areas do at creating and sustaining jobs. The top five cities in the 2012 report are: Milken compiles the ratings based on nine metrics: The first five factors carry double the weight of the last four in Milken's ranking system. The DC area's ranking has been somewhat of a roller coaster over the past decade, placing No. 19 in 2003, No. 11 in 2004, No. 7 in 2005, then falling out of the Top 20 until ranking No. 6 in 2010, then falling to No. 17 in 2011. Its high ranking of No. 5 in 2012 was "…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Cougars finish high despite ending the season with a loss in the 4A state championship.
Quince Orchard is ranked No. 3 in the D.C. Metropolitan area in The Washington Post's final high school football rankings for the 2011 season. The Cougars finished 13-1, losing only to No. 2 Old Mill in the Maryland 4A Division state championship. QO and Old Mill were ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, prior to the game. No other Montgomery County schools finished ranked in the top-20. Churchill, which lost to QO in the 4A West Division regional championship, is ranked No. 23. Private school powerhouse Good Counsel (12-0) finished atop the poll for the third consecutive year.