With 664 square miles, Frederick County is Maryland’s largest county and is home to a number of major employers like Lonza, Lidos Biomedical Research, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, States Farm Insurance, AstraZeneca/MedImmune and the US Army Garrison at Fort Detrick.
Situated just 43 miles from Washington DC, and 46 miles away from Baltimore, Frederick is just a short commute to the major employment hubs in the area.
Unemployment is below the national average at 4.10%, (national 5.2%), and with the number of jobs up by 1.45%, the positive growth remains strong. Crime rates are low here, and with its great quality of life, Frederick County is an ideal place to start a family.
With home appreciation up by 2.8% in the last 12 months, now is a good time to buy in Frederick County, as the current median home price is at $250,700.
According to the Best Places to Live website, Frederick ranked:
#1 Best City for Teleworking
#1 Most Secure Large City in the US
#2 Healthiest Cities
But it would seem that people may have a problem finding their way around. The same website rates Frederick as #2 in the Most Difficult Cities to Navigate.
About Frederick County
Founded in 1745, Frederick has grown rapidly in its over 270-year history. The county, along with the City of Frederick, is the location of many Civil War sites, and the town itself features an interesting and varied collection of historic buildings, some of which date all the way back to the second half of the 18th century.
Among countless other significant attractions, Frederick County is famous for its 19th and 20th century covered bridges, which today are popular tourist attractions, along with the county’s numerous museums, exhibition hubs, and art houses.
Among its mix of Victorian and Georgian architecture, Frederick has many picturesque buildings and structures that look like they’ve been plucked straight from the pages of a history book.
Despite being less than an hour’s drive from Baltimore and Washington DC, Frederic has managed to hang on to its small town charm and with a tradition rich in art and culture, the county is home to many theater groups, the Cultural Arts Center and is a regular host to the Maryland Shakespeare Festival.
Downtown Frederick is where you can find the region’s leading antique district, with more than 200 dealers in an area the size of just eight blocks.
Frederick County currently boasts a total of 82 schools. School ratings range from 10 for Centerville Elementary School to 5 for schools in the Waynesboro Area School District, (ratings according to greatschools.org.) From a population of just over 240,000 (as of 2015), Frederick County Public Schools enroll about 18% of the population.
On average, schools in Frederick County spend $13, 827 per pupil and there are 15 students per teacher with one librarian for every 723 students.
Here’s a list of the top rated schools in Frederick County:
3601 Carriage Hill Dr, Frederick, MD 21704
300 Carroll Pky, Frederick, MD 21701
3554 Urbana Pk, Frederick, MD 21704
#4 North Frederick Elementary School
1001 Motter Ave, Frederick, MD 21701
8717 Yellow Springs Rd, Frederick, MD 21702
5898 Hannover Dr, Frederick, MD 21703
5525 Ballenger Creek Pk, Frederick, MD 21703
1799 Schifferstadt Blvd, Frederick, MD 21701
Top Things to Do in Frederick County
With its rich historical and cultural background, sports facilities, parks, and recreational areas, plus numerous modern entertainment venues such as the Frederick County Fairgrounds, the county has something for everyone.
Here’s a short list of just 5 of the must-see attractions in and around Frederick:
Home to over 200 retailers, antique shops, bars, and restaurants, many of which can be found in historic buildings, and recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of ‘America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations’, downtown Frederick is a fascinating and fun destination for all the family.
Be prepared to take a whole load of selfies in some really interesting settings.
#2 National Museum of Civil War Medicine
A historic and educational institution with its focus on nursing and surgical practices during the Civil War, it’s filled with exhibits, programs and fascinating lectures on the innovations in the science, medical logistics, and organization of military and civilian medical relief.
#3 Roads and Rails Museum
A great day out for all the family, complete with a static display that will make the hearts of any model railway fans beat faster. It’s like a hidden gem in the Shab Row area of Frederick with play-along activities and its very own Lego room.
Be prepared to spend a few hours here; there’s a lot more to see than you would, at first, imagine.
#4 Monocacy National Battlefield
The site of the last Confederate push North in 1864. Largely regarded as a victory for the South, this advance on Washington DC was eventually stopped by Union Forces under Major General Lew Wallace.
Regular guided tours provide visitors with a detailed information of events and the museum in the site’s Welcome Center is rich with exhibits. Plus you can listen to a Ranger, telling a riveting account of the battle.
#5 Rose Hill Manor Park and Museums
Explore life in 18th and 19th century America. The Manor House holds many period exhibits and was the retirement home of Maryland’s first elected governor, Thomas Johnson.
The Children’s Museum features a carriage collection, a blacksmith’s shop, an ice house, a log cabin and a Farm Museum; a great day out for the whole family.
Top Places to Eat and Drink in Frederick County
Frederick has a wide selection of food and drinks opportunities– from Italian to Mexican, Chinese or good ol’ American food, plus just about everything in between.
Here are five popular places to eat, drink and enjoy in Frederick County:
#1 Red Horse Steak House
Famous in Maryland for its delicious prime rib, the Red Horse Steak House is a traditional American kitchen with reasonably priced food served in generous portions. Good service and with interesting decor, the restaurant represents a nice change of pace in today’s non-stop world.
#2 Dutch’s Daughter
Traditional American kitchen with an excellent seafood menu, Dutch’s Daughter is a fine dining restaurant with comfortable and spacious activity rooms. Its traditional, wood panel decor evokes an atmosphere of calm and there’s even a real open fireplace. The broiled seafood dish is a firm favorite with regulars and tourists alike.
#3 Brewer’s Alley
Found in the historic heart of downtown Frederick, Brewer’s Alley is a favorite destination for thirsty (and hungry) locals and visitors from all around the globe. The bar boasts a choice of a roof deck, sidewalk, and front patio seating, plus a huge variety of beers, beverages, and adult and kids menus. The perfect spot for a cool drink in the shade with buddies after work or a get together with family and friends to celebrate that special occasion.
#4 Manalu Italian Restaurant
If you like classic Italian food then Manalu is the place for you. Veal parmigiana, pasta puttanesca and a wide variety of seafood platters are just some of the delicious meals on offer in this family-owned restaurant which prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible.
Great, family-friendly staff and atmosphere, the Manalu Italian Restaurant is a must for all lovers of cuisine ‘Made like in Italia’.
#5 JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House
Elegant but casual, smart and friendly, JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House is set in a cool, brick-lined locale and serves America’s favorite dishes with a huge selection of craft beers and regular live music.
Located in a quaint little district with small businesses and shops, the library and local courthouse. JoJo’s caters for parties and larger groups and has semi-private rooms for an enhanced celebratory experience. All in all, a unique dining and drinking opportunity.
Frederick County is a prosperous location with a stable housing market, ample employment opportunities, and a growing job market. Education is of high quality, crime rates are below the national average and local amenities are at the very least good, and at best, excellent.
It’s also a nice place to live. The availability of sports and recreational activities is first class. The surrounding countryside is for the most part well-cared for parks and nature reserves, and the historic inner towns are immaculately preserved. And all of this is just an hour away from Washington DC, Baltimore and Gettysburg.
Of course, when you are contemplating a move to a new location or considering getting your foot on the first rung of the property ladder there is a lot to think about.
We hope that with this information we can at least put your mind at ease about some of those things. If you have any questions or require more information about buying a home in Frederick County, just drop us a line; we’d love to help.
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