About Frederick County
Here, museums meet martini bars, scenic landscapes provide thrill seekers with adventure, and cutting-edge cuisine is served up in Civil War-era buildings alongside unique specialty shops, galleries, museums, and theaters.
Located less than one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Gettysburg, the city of Frederick, Maryland is surrounded by mountain views, wineries, orchards and vibrant Main Street communities. Visitors can hike the Appalachian Trail, visit local breweries, and tour a battlefield all in one day.
This is Frederick County, where hip meets historic every day.
Frederick County Snapshot
Frederick County is Maryland's largest county in size at 664 square miles.
- Baltimore (46 miles)
- Washington, D.C. (43 miles)
- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (32 miles)
- Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (21 miles)
- Leesburg, Virginia (25 miles)
- 271,717 (as of 2020)
- Median age – 38.6
- Median household income - $100,685
- Fort Detrick, U.S. Army Garrison
- Frederick County Board of Education
- Frederick Memorial Healthcare
- Leidos Biomedical
- Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
City of Frederick
The County Seat is the City of Frederick and is home to over 78,000 people. The City of Frederick is the second largest Maryland city and also has the fifth-highest population growth rate among state’s municipalities.
Recent accolades include:
2022 - Best Places to Live in the US - Livability
2021 - Top 10 Remote-Ready Cities - Livability
2020 - Top Small Towns to Visit this Year - Matador
2019 - Best Small Towns to Visit at Christmas - Travel Channel
2019 - Top Small Town Getaways for Kids - Family Vacation Critic
2018 – World’s Most Beautiful Canals – American
2018 – Best Small Beer Cities – Thrillist
2018 – Most Charming American Towns – MSN
2017 – Best Urban Park – Cheapism
2017 – Most Scenic East Coast Cities – Expedia
2017 – Best Small Town Main Streets in America – Country Living
2017 – Best Main Street Shopping Districts – MSN
2016 – Most Diverse Cities in America (Frederick #8) – WalletHub
2016 – Top 50 Places in the South (Frederick #20) – Southern Living
2016 – World’s Best Cities for Craft Beer (Frederick #16) – Matador Network
2015 – Top 50 Best Places to Live (Urbana #35) – Money Magazine
2015 – Top 10 Best Places to Live for Veterans (Frederick #8) – Military Times
2015 – Top 100 Best Places to Live (Frederick #32) – Livability
2015 – Top 10 Best Downtowns (Frederick #6) – Livability
Famous Faces of Frederick:
- Barbara Fritchie, Civil War heroine
- Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner
- Lester Bowie, jazz musician
- Claire McCardell, world renowned fashion designer
- Thomas Johnson, first Governor of Maryland
- John Hanson, elected as President of the United States in Congress Assembled (1781)
For more information on how to obtain statistics or information about local businesses in the City of Frederick or Frederick County from our Offices of Economic Development, visit our Resources.