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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: 3.7% (Dec 2021)
  • Population: 154,705 (2020)
  • County seat: Hagerstown
  • 2019 Median Household Income: $60,860
  • Median Home Value: $210,300 (2015-2019)

Recreation

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.

Education

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. 

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*U.S. Department of Commerce, Source: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/washingtoncountymaryland

**Unemployment Rates: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/lmi/laus/