Located smack dab in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, Charles County offers its residents a wonderful quality of life. In just a short drive, residents can get to Baltimore, Richmond, Virginia, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. With some of the most iconic attractions and amenities within arm’s reach of Charles County residents, there is never a dull moment. But for those who want to live in Charles County for its slow pace of life, this region is one of a kind. Charles County is known as one of the most scenic areas in the region, with its miles of shoreline, vast greenspaces and rich historical presence.

Over the past several decades, the population of Charles County has increased consistently, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. As of 2013, roughly 152,800 people call this county home. Charles County boasts tight-knit communities all that offer the very best in culture, food and history.

While residents of Charles County are within reach of the endless job opportunities in Washington, DC and Annapolis, this is a completely self-sustainable county with a plethora of employment options within its borders. According to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the major employers in Charles County include Applebees Neighborhood Grill, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Burger King, Caci Inc. Federal, Chaney Enterprises and the Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Parks and Recreation in Charles County

Spanning more than 3,600 acres of vast outdoor space, Charles County parks provide residents with plenty of opportunities to get active. More than 700,000 people visit county parks annually, offering a chance to not only get closer to nature but closer to the community. Residents will find sports fields, five areas for boating access and fishing, 50 miles of trailways, regionally acclaimed golf courses and more.

Indian Head Rail Trail is one of the most beloved trails in the county, spanning 13 miles across the abandoned train tracks that connect Indian Head to Route 301 in White Plains. The trail was originally built in 1918 to serve as a supply route for Navy’s Indian Head Powder Factory but has since been transformed into a runner and biker paradise. Charles County is also home to a disc golf course, hunting grounds, skatepark, and equestrian facilities.

Charles County is a definite dog-friendly community with White Plains and Turkey Hill dog parks both within the county. These public off-leash facilities allow Fido and friends to run around and play in a safe, fenced-in area.

Living in Charles County

Charles County Public Schools is one of the fastest growing districts in the state with 36 schools offering more than 26,400 students an education. In addition to traditional schooling, Charles County has several opportunities to learn more about the arts, theater and music.

As a community rooted deep with ties to America’s history, Charles County has opportunities for learning all the time. And there are also many events and festivals that simply embrace the community spirit and provide residents with an enjoyable way to mingle with their neighbors. Some annual favorites, such as the Maryland Dog Fest, St. Charles Running Festival, Nanjemoy Heritage Day and Annual Lobsterfest, are all scattered throughout the year so there is never a dull moment.


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