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About Frederick County

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, Frederick, Maryland is filled with mountain views, wineries, breweries, distilleries, orchards and vibrant Main Street communities. Visitors can hike on the Appalachian Trail, visit Maryland's largest craft brewery, and tour a battlefield all in one 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)


  • 245,322 (as of 2015)
  • Median age – 38.6
  • Median household income - $84,480

Major Employers:

  • Fort Detrick, U.S. Army Garrison
  • Lidos Biomedical Research
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • State Farm Insurance
  • AstraZeneca/Medimmune
  • Lonza
  • Frederick Memorial Hospital

City of Frederick
The County Seat is the City of Frederick and is home to 69,479 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:
2016 – Most Diverse Cities in America (Frederick #8) – WalletHub
2016 – World’s Best Cities for Craft Beer (Frederick #16) – Matador Network
2016 – Top 50 Places in the South (Frederick #20) – Southern Living
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) –
2015 – Top 10 Best Downtowns (Frederick #6) –
2014 – Best Counties in America (#9) – Movoto

Famous Faces of Frederick:

  • Barbara Fritchie, Civil War heroine
  • Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner
  • Thomas Johnson, first Governor of Maryland
  • John Hanson, elected as President of the United States in Congress Assembled (1781)
  • Roger Brooke Taney, United States Supreme Court Justice

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.