Montgomery County, also referred to as Montco, is located northwest of the city of Philadelphia in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2008, it was named the 9th Best Place to Raise a Family by Forbes, and as of the 2010 census it was the third-most populous county in Pennsylvania after Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties. Montgomery County is very diverse, ranging from farms and open land in Upper Hanover to densely populated rowhouse streets in Cheltenham.
The county was created on September 10, 1784 out of land originally part of Philadelphia County, and the first courthouse was housed in the Barley Sheaf Inn which can still be seen today. Although the origins of the name are still unconfirmed, we know the county was named after one of two people: either for Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada, or for the Welsh county of Montgomeryshire (which was named after one of William the Conqueror's main counselors, Roger de Montgomerie).
|Bala Cynwyd||Huntingdon Valley||Rydal|
|Belmont Hills||King of Prussia||Spring House|
|Blue Bell||Lafayette Hill||Springfield|
|Bryn Mawr||Lansdale||Upper Dublin|
|Center Square||Lower Gwynedd||Valley Forge|
|Elkins Park||North Wales||Willow Grove|
|Montgomery County Official Website||Convention and Visitors Bureau||Montco Happening Magazine||MontgomeryCountyAlive|