FREDERICK COUNTY, MD
With a population of just over 250,000 people, Frederick County MD embodies the perfect mixture of a county with rural roots that are still alive and well mixed with a stunningly beautiful and vibrant urban center. Frederick City is the county's largest city and has been nationally recognized for livability as well as being a great travel destination. With robust and growing employment, Frederick is quickly becoming Maryland’s new lifestyle destination.
Part of the Maryland Capital Region with close proximity to Washington D.C., Frederick County has experienced strong long-term economic growth and is successful in attracting and retaining millennial workers. Home to the National Cancer Institute, Leidos Biomedical’s Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Frederick also has the highest concentration of private sector life sciences employment in the state. With its strategic location, comprehensive transportation network, educated workforce and moderate business costs, Frederick has attracted a diverse industry mix. The county has successfully blended its rich agriculture heritage with a world-class advanced technology sector, and is a leader in craft beverage sector growth. Computing and IT, manufacturing, and tourism are also thriving. The City of Frederick is intersected by five interstate and national highways that provide easy access within the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The County's 6,300 businesses employ over 85,000 workers. Complementing the life-saving federal research facilities are major private sector employers including Astra Zeneca, Lonza, Thermo Fisher, UnitedHealthcare, Fannie Mae and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage regional headquarters. Significant recent projects include: announced expansions of Thermo Fisher Scientific, FRHS-James M. Stockman Cancer Institute; headquarters for Daly Computers and Navistar Direct Marketing; and expansion of the headquarters for Music & Arts.
Housing options in Frederick County MD are diverse and range from urban condos to historic row homes and suburban communities to rural farms. Frederick tends to be more affordable than other markets in the DC Metro area. The South half of the county and Downtown Frederick areas tend to be the most expensive with lower prices in the North and West half of the County.
Major lifestyle amenities in Frederick County include: Downtown Frederick, Baker Park, Carroll Creek Liner Park, Potomac River, Monocacy River, C & O Canal, multiple vineyards, Brewery’s, Distilleries, Cunningham Falls State Park, Appalachian Trail, Sugarloaf Mountain, Civil War Battlefield Sites and Museums, multiple golf courses, and more.