Located on the western end of central Maryland, Frederick is a booming city that has seen explosive growth since the early 1990s. What was once a small community of farming and light industry is now a bustling suburb with a population of more than 252,000 Marylanders. Here are a few of the things that are drawing new residents to Frederick in droves.
Proximity to Washington, D.C.
One of the biggest factors driving residents to Frederick is the easy 50-mile commute to the District of Columbia for federal workers. While this community might not be as close as some of the other suburbs, a significantly lower cost of living makes up for the increased distance. The city’s median home value of $288,000 is well above the national average, but it’s significantly lower than Washington’s immediate suburban areas that hover around $880,000.
Excellent Public Schools
Maryland is well known for its great school systems, and Frederick is near the top of the list. The county’s public school system boasts a graduation rate of 93 percent, which well above the national average of 84 percent. The entire district features 64 schools to serve more than 42,000 students each year.
Emerging Urban Scene
If you were to live in Frederick 30 years ago, you’d have to drive to Washington to experience any semblance of nightlife. Thanks to the massive influx of population, an entire infrastructure of businesses have sprouted up to provide goods and services. Today’s Frederick is home to a thriving downtown area with a number of restaurants, bars, breweries, and other entertainment options.
Ample Recreational Facilities
Even with all of Frederick’s growth, there’s still a large amount of untamed land, which makes this community paradise for a lover of outdoor activities. A network of 90 parks owned by national, municipal, county and state entities provides plenty of space for fishing, hiking, running, biking, swimming, camping, and horseback riding.