A City of Neighborhoods Strives to Keep its Hometown Feel
Rockville is a city of diverse neighborhoods with safe streets, well-kept homes, vibrant parks and vital community centers. The city government recognizes the important role neighborhoods – and neighbors
– play as the foundation of city. We respect and foster that role through the city’s commitment to public safety, housing diversity, well-maintained infrastructure, support for high-quality education and city services that address the needs of all.
Rockville is a place one can truly and proudly call “my hometown,” where community members work with the city government to maintain the intimacy and warmth that “hometown” promotes. It is a place where neighbors know and care about each other and where families can grow in safe, secure neighborhoods, and, eventually, where community members can retire and thrive. Wherever you are in life, the City of Rockville offers a service, program or other way to connect to your community.
This quality of living is reflected in some of the city’s recent national rankings: Rockville has been named No. 1 on Livability.com’s list of “Best Cities for Families,” sixth among “Best Washington, D.C., Suburbs,” seventh on Movoto.com’s list of “Best Places Near Washington, D.C., for Young Professionals,” and seventh on Goodcall.com’s list of the best cities in the U.S. for women entrepreneurs.
This special section – offered here in “Rockville Reports” for the first time – highlights the programs, services and facilities that the City of Rockville offers to keep our neighborhoods strong, safe and vital to the community members who live, work and visit here.
Diversity in Our Neighborhoods
Rockville prides itself on its hometown appeal as a city of diverse neighborhoods.
Just how diverse are our neighborhoods? Rockville is the 14th most diverse city in America, according to WalletHub, with one-third of the city’s residents born
outside the United States.
“The City of Rockville is home to individuals and families from diverse backgrounds and with varied socioeconomic characteristics,” a December 2016 city housing market and needs assessment reported. “The diversity of the population is one of the critical elements to creating the thriving and inclusive community of Rockville. If the city is going to be able to continue to attract and retain a diverse population, it will need to plan for a wide range of housing types that can meet future needs.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, residents of Asian descent were the largest racial minority in the city as of 2010, making up about 21 percent of Rockville’s population, up from about 15 percent in 2000. Rockville’s 2010 Hispanic or Latino population was about 14 percent of the population. Black or African-American residents comprised about 10 percent.
Rockville’s Mayor and Council continue to explore ways to make the community a more inclusive place to live and work. A town hall meeting on Feb. 9 aimed to foster dialogue about how to improve the city’s efforts to welcome and engage its diverse residents.
Learn how to become part of this ongoing conversation at www.rockvillemd.gov/diversitytownhall and find articles about the recent housing study and about the city’s diversity outreach efforts in this issue by searching “housing” and “diversity” on this site.
A City of Neighborhoods — Index
- Explore City Maps
- Be In-the-Know About New Development
- Attend a Community Meeting
- Learn About Community Policing
- Explore Rockville by Bicycle
- Concerns and Requests
- Meet with the Mayor or a Councilmember
- Elections and Voting
- Centers and Facilities
- Refuse and Recycling
- Paying Utility Bills
- Water and Sewer Emergencies
- Property Taxes
- Leaf Collection Tips
- Street Trees
- Snow Shoveling
- Licenses and Permits
- Animal Regulations
- Code Enforcement
- Historic Tax Credit
- U.S. Post Offices
- Rockville Volunteer Fire Department
- County Government
- Rockville Emergency Assistance Program (REAP)
- Information and Referrals
- Home Rehabilitation Grants
- Community Mediation
- Senior Support Services
- Rockville Villages
- Snow Shoveling
- Financial Assistance for Participation in Recreation Programs
- ROC-N Matching Grant Program
- Human Rights
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Translation Services
- Asian Pacific American Task Force
- LGBT Liaison
- Celebrate Rockville
- Boards and Commissions
- Rockville City Academy
- Citizens Police Academy
- Donations and Sponsorship Opportunities
- Connect With Us
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