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Frederick County

Located in North Central Maryland, Frederick County Maryland offers home buyers a great balance work, play and culture with a robust local economy and close proximity to the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan areas. The city of Frederick features an active and revitalized downtown with historic architecture, restored homes and businesses, and restaurants and activities for all ages and tastes. The surrounding county offers a balanced mix of rural farmland and suburban neighborhoods. Frederick is home to Fort Detrick, the largest employer in the county, and Frederick Memorial Hospital, a 308 bed state-of-the-art healthcare facility.

Quick Facts*

  • Area: 667 square miles
  • Unemployment rate: 8.4% (Jul 2013)
  • Population: 239,582 (2012)
  • County seat: Frederick
  • 2011 Median Household Income: $82,668
  • Median Home Value: $335,600


From its active and event-filled downtown featuring restaurants, galleries and entertainment to the surrounding mountains, parks and trails, few places offer the variety of outdoor and recreational activities found in Frederick County. Frederick boasts a Class-A minor league professional baseball team, The Frederick Keys, and has three National Parks, Catoctin Mountain Park, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and the Monocacy National Battlefield.


Frederick County Public Schools ranked first statewide in 2012 student performance testing and consistently ranks in the top tier among Maryland’s public schools. Frederick also home to Frederick Community College, Hood College, Mount St. Mary’s University and the Maryland School for the Deaf. See all 33 private schools in Frederick County, MD.

Private Schools

  • The Banner School
  • Frederick Christian Academy
  • New Life Christian School
  • Saint John’s Catholic Prep
  • St. John Regional Catholic School
  • Visitation Academy of Frederick

Public Schools

  • Frederick County Public Schools
  • Maryland School for the Deaf

Colleges and Universities

  • Frederick Community College
  • Hood College
  • Mount St. Mary’s University

*U.S. Department of Commerce, 2012 Quick Facts
** Source: US Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey, Selected Economic Characteristics 1-year Estimates, December 2012