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Rockville ranked 20th Best Place to Live in the U.S. in 2022 by digital platform, Money

Street in downtown Rockville, MD

A diverse city, according to Money's data, Rockville is business friendly and home to some of the most prominent biomedical and technology companies

Digital platform, Money, announced its annual ranking of the Best Places to Live spotlighting 50 cities and towns with strong labor markets, affordable homes, and racial, economic and cultural diversity.

For 2022’s Best Places to Live list, Money looked at towns and cities with a population of at least 20,000, and made its selection based on cost of living, economic opportunity, and diversity, among other factors.

“This year’s Best Places to Live ranking highlights the amazing cities and towns the country has to offer – with a hard examination of what matters most,” said Executive Editor, Mike Ayers. “Money hopes readers will find the places with the most opportunity for whatever’s next in their lives.”

Money’s Top 20 Best Places to Live include:

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Tempa, AZ
  3. Kirkland, WA
  4. Raleigh, NC
  5. Rogers Park, IL
  6. Columbia, MD
  7. Somerville, MA
  8. Ann Arbor, MI
  9. Tampa, FL
  10. Jersey City, NJ
  11. Boise City, ID
  12. Chapel Hill, NC
  13. Irvine, CA
  14. Fort Lee, NJ
  15. Arlington, VA
  16. Naperville, IL
  17. Milton, MA
  18. Fremont, CA
  19. Carmel, IN
  20. Rockville, MD

View Rockville’s profile on Money’s 2022 Best Places to Live here: https://money.com/best-places-to-live/rockville-maryland/




Rockville ranks as one of the most diverse cities in America in 2022

Rockville placed 10 of 501 in WalletHub's 2022 study of cities in America

According to a study of ethnically diverse places in America conducted by WalletHub, four of the top 10 most diverse cities in the country are in Montgomery County, Maryland. The personal finance website placed Germantown, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring and Rockville among its top ten “2022 Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in the U.S.”

WalletHub compared the most populated U.S. cities across three key metrics:

  1. Ethnoracial Diversity
  2. Linguistic Diversity
  3. Birthplace Diversity

Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the most ethnic diversity. The weighted average across all metrics were determined to calculate the “Ethnic Diversity Score” for cities and the resulting scores to rank-order the sample.

The top 10 most diverse cities in America, in order, were:

  1. Jersey City, NJ
  2. Germantown, MD
  3. Gaithersburg, MD
  4. Silver Spring, MD
  5. Spring Valley, NV
  6. New York, NY
  7. Kent, WA
  8. San Jose, CA
  9. Oakland, CA
  10. Rockville, MD

Learn more about Rockville’s economy, workforce and amenities here

To view the full list of cities in WalletHub’s 2022 report, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-most-and-least-ethno-racial-and-linguistic-diversity/10264


Maryland Women’s Business Center Shop Local incubator featured in Fox 5 DC’s Zip Trip in Rockville

The segment included interviews with a MWBC Shop Local vendor and a graduate of the program - Saints Valley

On July 8, 2022 regional news channel, Fox 5 DC, aired their popular series ‘Zip Trip’ live from Rockville. Zip Trip is part of Fox 5 DC’s weekly series that highlights the best spots to visit around the D.C. region.

The Maryland Women’s Business Center Shop Local was invited to participate in Zip Trip as one of Rockville’s local business highlights. The segment included an overview of the MWBC Shop Local program with the Training & Events Manager, Thomas Squire, interviews with a current Shop Local vendor, Sheila Rose of Great Glass Creations, and a program graduate Lilit Ghazaryan who owns Saints Valley in Rockville Town Square.

Check out the MWBC Shop Local’s segment below!
About MWBC Shop Local

Shop Local is a retail business incubator program of the Maryland Women’s Business Center, an SBA-certified business development center, under Rockville Economic Development Inc. The program began in Rockville in 2018 with the partnership and sponsorship of Federal Realty Investment Trust. Shop Local provides support to the program’s entrepreneurs by providing free mentorship, expertise, access to investors, and in some cases, working capital in the form of a loan or grant. Learn more about MWBC Shop Local at https://mwbcshoplocal.com/about-the-program/

New Tourism Website ‘Explore Rockville’ launches at 2022 Hometown Holidays

The website includes an events calendar, suggested itineraries and a searchable directory of restaurants, things to do, recreation facilities and more

Rockville’s Mayor and Council welcomed patrons of Hometown Holidays on Saturday May 28, followed by a special announcement from Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI). REDI in collaboration with Visit Montgomery and the City of Rockville announced the launched of the city’s tourism website – ExploreRockville.org 

The new website seeks to:

  • Promote and support Rockville’s tourism, hospitality, and retail industries
  • Establish Rockville as a regional destination for arts, culture, and international cuisine
  • Support the attraction and retention of businesses, workforce and residents

The website includes an events calendar, suggested itineraries and a searchable directory of restaurants, things to do, parks and recreation facilities. Explore Rockville also highlights the city’s unique commercial neighborhoods such as Rockville Town Center, King Farm, and Rock East District, all of which have their own history and vibe.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Visit Montgomery and the City on such an important project. Explore Rockville showcases the diversity and vibrancy of our city and people, and invites residents and visitors alike to (re)discover Rockville,” said Susan Prince, REDI Board Chair.

Explore Rockville was also an exhibitor at Hometown Holidays, promoting the new website through public engagement and the distribution of branded giveaways and t-shirts.

Check out the Explore Rockville launch at Hometown Holidays: