Montgomery County, locally also referred to as Montco, is a county located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The county seat is Norristown. It is a suburban county northwest of Philadelphia, and marks the region’s northern border, with the Lehigh Valley region of the state to the north. In 2010, it was the 51st wealthiest county in the country. In 2008, it was named the 9th Best Place to Raise a Family by Forbes.
Montgomery County is very diverse, ranging from farms and open land in Upper Hanover to densely populated rowhouse streets in Cheltenham. Montgomery County is a suburb of Philadelphia and consequently, many of its residents work in the city. However, Montco is also a major employment center with large business parks in Blue Bell, Lansdale, Fort Washington, Horsham, and King of Prussia which attract thousands of workers from all over the region. The strong job base and taxes generated by those jobs have resulted in Montgomery County receiving the highest credit rating of ‘AAA’ from Standard & Poor’s, one of fewer than 30 counties in the United States with such a rating.