Frederick County is located less than an hour from Washington, DC, Baltimore, Antietam, Gettysburg and Harpers Ferry. As one of the most prominent regions in the nation’s history, Frederick County is a place where residents embrace the past at all turns. From an abundance of historical sites and monuments to stunning state and national parks and a plethora of other recreation and entertainment opportunities, Frederick County is a one of a kind gem in Maryland.

There isn’t much that Frederick County doesn’t have. The New York Times recently deemed it a masterpiece in Maryland, and with the state-of-the-art healthcare system, quaint historic towns, thriving business environment and stunning landscape there are many reasons why people want to live here.

The population has dramatically skyrocketed in the past several decades, and given the ideal location and immense attractions it comes as no surprise. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 241,000 people call Frederick County home as of 2013. Frederick County was named among the “Smartest Cities in America” for two years in a row by Forbes and was one of the “Top 10 Best Counties in America” by Movoto in 2014. As Maryland’s largest county, new businesses continue to be attracted to the incredible economic landscape here.

Living in Frederick County

Frederick County boasts award-winning educational opportunities for all levels. The Frederick County Public School system is nationally recognized for its high achievements, receiving for multiple years the U.S. Department of Education’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence award. Secondary education is aplenty here is well. Hood College, Frederick Community College, Johns Hopkins University and Mount Saint Mary’s University are just scratching the surface of higher education options in the region.

And while many residents of Frederick will commute into Baltimore for work, the county itself boasts a diverse range of employment options. According to the Frederick County Business Development and Retention Division, some of the major employers in the area include Fort Detrick Campus, Frederick County Board of Education, Frederick Memorial Healthcare System, Ledios Biomedical Research, Bechtel Power and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Having Fun in Frederick County

No matter what your idea of having fun is, Frederick County has something to offer. Frederick County is home to 90 national, state, historical and local parks offering plentiful activities like swimming, boating, camping and more. Sites like the C&O Canal National Historical Park, South Mountain State Battlefield Park and Monocacy National Battlefield transport visiting residents into some of the region’s most important past events and significant turning points, especially during the Civil War.

Arts and theater buffs will find Frederick County, and its namesake city in particular, to be a wonderful place to live. Downtown Frederick is designated an Arts and Entertainment District with its handful of historic and modern venues alike. The Frederick Arts Council works to ensure that performance arts are never lacking in the county for people of all ages.


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