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Washington County

Located in Western Maryland within commuting distance of Baltimore and Washington D.C., Washington County has become one of the fastest growing counties in the country. Washington County is a prime choice for homebuyers seeking the affordability and quality of life found in the region combined with easy access to metropolitan area job markets. The county seat, Hagerstown Maryland, is also known as Hub City because of its history as a major railroad hub and now because of its location at the intersection of Interstates 81 and 70. These two major North-South and East-West corridors have contributed to the growth of trucking, warehousing and distribution centers in the county. Hagerstown is also home to Meritus Health, a world-class hospital and one of the largest medical facilities in the tri-state area.

Quick Facts*

  • Area: 467 sq miles (2,002 km²)
  • Unemployment rate: 8.4% (Jul 2013)
  • Population: 149,180 (2012)
  • County seat: Hagerstown
  • 2011 Median Household Income: $53,180
  • Median Home Value: $230,500


Washington County Maryland has a rich history as a crossroad of the Civil War and is home to Antietam Battlefield National Park and well as many other national and state parks. The region offers a variety of outdoor recreation activities including hiking and biking along the Appalachian Trail, C&O Canal and Western-Maryland Rail Trail, golfing at one of the area's dozens of courses, and skiing at over five resorts, all within a short drive of the county.


Washington County Maryland has a highly-regarded educational system with eight of ten high schools receiving gold, silver and bronze medals in the U.S. News’s Best High Schools rankings and the Washington County Public Schools Superintendent named the 2010 National Superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators. Home to several colleges and universities, Hagerstown boasts a University of Maryland campus in downtown Hagerstown as well as the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, a magnet high school for the creative arts, and a newly opened state of the art Washington County Public Library. See all 27 private schools in Washington County, MD.

Private Schools

  • Broadfording Christian Academy
  • Ebenezer Christian School
  • Grace Academy
  • Heritage Academy
  • Highland View Academy
  • St. James School
  • Saint Maria Goretti High School

Public Schools

  • Elementary Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • High Schools
  • Magnet

Colleges and Universities

  • Hagerstown Community College
  • Kaplan College
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University, Hagerstown Campus
  • University System of Maryland at Hagerstown

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