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As of the 2010 census, the population of Montgomery County was 799,874, the third highest in Pennsylvania, after Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties. The county seat is Norristown. Montgomery County ranges from farms and open land in Upper Hanover to densely populated rowhouse streets in Cheltenham. In 2010, it was the 51st wealthiest county in the country, out of 3,113 counties in the U.S. In 2008, it was named the "9th Best Place to Raise a Family" by Forbes. Montgomery County is a major employment center with large business parks in Blue Bell, Lansdale, Fort Washington, Horsham, and King of Prussia , attracting workers from all over the region. Because of this strong job market, Montgomery County received a credit rating of 'AAA' from Standard & Poor, a rating earned by fewer than 30 counties.
The land was originally part of Philadelphia County, and became a separate county in 1784. The first courthouse was housed in the Barley Sheaf Inn. The origin of the county's name is uncertain. It was named either for Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general, or for the Welsh county of Montgomeryshire since the area was part of an area settled by Quakers from Wales known as the "Welsh Tract".
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