Germantown, Maryland is a large town in Montgomery County that began as six individual town villages. It has since grown and developed to become the third most populated city in the state. Only Columbia and Baltimore have higher populations. The city is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and sits about 25 miles away from the country's capital. It is an area rich in culture with many fine educational institutions, historical attractions, and entertainment options. It is the only officially-recognized Germantown in Maryland, though there is technically one in Worcester County and another in Anne Arundel County.