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Overview

Introduction to Frederick, Maryland

The city of Frederick, county seat of Frederick County, Maryland, lies about 50 miles west of Baltimore and roughly the same distance northwest of Washington, D.C. Major highways servicing the city include Interstates I-70 and I-270, and U.S. Routes 15, 40, and 340.

Founded in 1745 by English and German settlers, Frederick (originally called Fredericktown) began as a frontier town servicing wagon trains blazing the initial trails across the Allegheny Mountains. The starting place for the career of Star Spangled Banner poet Francis Scott Key, Frederick later became a natural crossroads for troop movements during the Civil War. Up until World War I, Frederick was largely a farming community and a local center for agricultural trade. Things began to change, especially after World War II, with the establishment of Fort Detrick, a center of biological warfare research, and the building of the interstate roads system, leading to growth in residential areas by workers who commuted to jobs in other cities. Frederick today is one of Maryland’s largest cities, boasting a stable quality of life and an expanding economic and cultural base.

Frederick Arts and Entertainment

Frederick's downtown historic district has a wealth of shops, eateries, and museums for residents and visitors to enjoy. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is located here, as is the Barbara Fritchie House and Museum, former home of the woman memorialized in an 1864 poem by John Greenleaf Whittier as having waved the Stars and Stripes in defiance of Confederate commander Stonewall Jackson and his troops during their march through downtown Frederick. Also in Frederick is the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, the city's oldest building and one of the nation's best examples of early German-Colonial Architecture. Another Frederick institution, the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, includes a gallery with monthly changing exhibits and classroom/studio spaces for drawing, painting, crafts, photography, wood, printmaking, and ceramics. The Weinberg Center for the Arts showcases performing arts through a wide range of dramatic, musical, and educational programs. Frederick also boasts The Frederick Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra which performs five concerts of classical masterpieces per year.

Throughout the year, the city hosts several celebrations and activities, such as the Summer Concert Series held throughout the months of June, July, and August. "Frederick's 4th" is the city's annual Independence Day celebration, and the month of December is a festive one, with celebrations such as the Candlelight House Tour and the Festival of Lights. One of the more unique attractions in Frederick is the Community Bridge (also called the "Mural Bridge"); a concrete bridge constructed to yield the stunning illusion of an old stone bridge. The entire structure was painted by hand using advanced "trompe l'oeil" (deception of the eye) techniques and yet contains ideas and symbols offered by thousands of local and international contributors.

Baseball fans in Frederick have a local professional team to root for. The Frederick Keys, named for Frederick County native Francis Scott Key, are the Class High-A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles. The Keys are members of the Carolina League and play their games in Harry Grove Stadium. Major league pro sports can be found an hour away in either the Baltimore or Washington, D.C. areas. Local Baltimore teams include:

  • Baltimore Orioles (MLB baseball)
  • Baltimore Ravens (NFL football)
  • Baltimore Blast (MISL soccer)
  • Baltimore Bayhawks (MLL lacrosse)
  • Baltimore Pearls (ABA basketball)

Washington pro teams include the following:

  • Washington Nationals (MLB baseball)
  • Washington Capitals (NHL hockey)
  • Washington Wizards (NBA basketball)
  • Washington Mystics (WNBA basketball)
  • DC United (MLS soccer)

Demographics

People

Total Population68,229
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens12%
Employed Population 16+36,332
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married45.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.2%
Median Earnings25+$42,485
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,722
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,685

Wealth

Median Family Income$76,298
% Above Poverty Level88.3%
% Below Poverty Level11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home5%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.9%
% Using Public Transportation4%

Housing

People Living Alone30.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,253
Median House Value$245,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.1%
Irish11.8%
English7.3%
Italian5.2%
African3.9%
Polish2.6%
Scottish1.8%
French Except Basque1.6%
Dutch1.3%
West Indian1.3%
Russian1%
Swedish0.7%
Jamaican0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Norwegian0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Ghanaian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Greek0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Czech0.3%
Kenyan0.3%
Haitian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Sierra Leone0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
German0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Frederick Almanac

CategoryValue
County Frederick County
Standard Zip Codes21703, 21701, 21704, 21702
P.O. Box Zip Codes21705
Company Zip Codes21709
Phone Area Codes301,240
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.37
Approximate Longitude-77.47

Frederick Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationFREDERICK POLICE BRKS
Distance1.2 miles
Jan Temp25 to 42 F
Apr Temp44 to 67 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 68 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches
StationCATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp21 to 37 F
Apr Temp41 to 63 F
Jul Temp64 to 82 F
Oct Temp45 to 64 F
Annual Precip49.1 inches
StationKEARNEYSVILLE
Distance25.3 miles
Jan Temp20 to 39 F
Apr Temp39 to 64 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp39 to 66 F
Annual Precip40.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burkittsville147$88,750
Middletown4,460$130,038
Myersville1,789$126,563
New Market1,133$118,333
Walkersville5,989$100,375
Woodsboro1,108$104,000

Frederick Public Libraries

Frederick County Public Libraries
110 EAST PATRICK STREET
Frederick, Maryland
(301) 600-1613

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Frederick Hospitals

Frederick Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
400 West Seventh St
(240) 566-3300

Frederick Public Schools

Spring Ridge Elementary
9051 Ridgefield Dr
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-1600
Primary
Total Enrollment 460
Parkway Elementary
300 Carroll Pky
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-2600
Primary
Total Enrollment 228
Frederick Classical Charter School
8445 Spires Way
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-1200
Primary
Total Enrollment 313
Liberty Elementary
11820 Liberty Rd
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-1800
Primary
Total Enrollment 295
Gov. Thomas Johnson High
1501 N Market St
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-8200
High
Total Enrollment 1514
Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle
1799 Schifferstadt Blvd
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-4900
Middle
Total Enrollment 555
Frederick County Virtual School
1799 Schifferstadt Blvd
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-8450
High
Total Enrollment 16
Frederick High
650 Carroll Pky
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-7000
High
Total Enrollment 1311
West Frederick Middle
515 W Patrick St
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-4000
Middle
Total Enrollment 859
Monocacy Valley Montessori School
217 Dill Ave
ZIP: 21701
(301) 668-5013
Primary
Total Enrollment 300
Linganore High
12013 Old Annapolis Rd
ZIP: 21701
(240) 566-9700
High
Total Enrollment 1456
North Frederick Elementary
1001 Motter Ave
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-2000
Primary
Total Enrollment 589
Lincoln Elementary
200 Madison St
ZIP: 21701
(240) 236-2650
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Rock Creek School
191 Waverley Dr
ZIP: 21702
(240) 236-8700
Other
Total Enrollment 83
Whittier Elementary
2400 Whittier Dr
ZIP: 21702
(240) 236-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 792
Waverley Elementary
201 Waverley Dr
ZIP: 21702
(240) 236-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 621
Yellow Springs Elementary
8717 Yellow Springs Rd
ZIP: 21702
(240) 236-1700
Primary
Total Enrollment 468
Heather Ridge High School
1445 Taney Ave
ZIP: 21702
(240) 236-8000
Other
Total Enrollment 2
Heather Ridge Middle School
1445 Taney Ave
ZIP: 21702
(240) 236-8000
Middle
Total Enrollment 1
Monocacy Middle
8009 Opossumtown Pike
ZIP: 21702
(240) 236-4700
Middle
Total Enrollment 790
Frederick County Career & Technology Center
7922 Opossumtown Pike
ZIP: 21702
(240) 236-8500
Monocacy Elementary
7421 Hayward Rd
ZIP: 21702
(240) 236-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
Orchard Grove Elementary
5898 Hannover Dr
ZIP: 21703
(240) 236-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 615
Ballenger Creek Elementary
5250 Kingsbrook Dr
ZIP: 21703
(240) 236-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 673
Tuscarora Elementary
6321 Lambert Dr
ZIP: 21703
(240) 566-0000
Primary
Total Enrollment 792
Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School
7215 Corporate Court
ZIP: 21703
(301) 663-7970
Primary
Total Enrollment 208
Hillcrest Elementary
1285 Hillcrest Drive
ZIP: 21703
(240) 236-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 996
Tuscarora High
5312 Ballenger Creek Pk
ZIP: 21703
(240) 236-6400
High
Total Enrollment 1489
Crestwood Middle
7100 Foxcroft Dr
ZIP: 21703
(240) 566-9000
Middle
Total Enrollment 547
Ballenger Creek Middle
5525 Ballenger Creek Pike
ZIP: 21703
(240) 236-5700
Middle
Total Enrollment 713
Urbana Elementary
3554 Urbana Pike
ZIP: 21704
(240) 236-2200
Primary
Total Enrollment 698
Centerville Elementary
3601 Carriage Hill Dr
ZIP: 21704
(240) 566-0100
Primary
Total Enrollment 996

Frederick Private Schools

Frederick Country Day Montessori School
1601 Wheyfield Dr
ZIP: 21701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Church Of The Brethren Learning Center
201 Fairview Ave
ZIP: 21701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Calvary Weekday School
131 W 2nd St
ZIP: 21701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
The Banner School
1730 N Market St
ZIP: 21701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 146
Visitation Academy
200 E 2nd St
ZIP: 21701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 104
St John Regional Catholic School
8414 Opossumtown Pike
ZIP: 21702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 528
The Goddard School Of Frederick
2080 Yellow Springs Rd
ZIP: 21702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Laurel Hall School - Frederick
4540 Mack Ave B
ZIP: 21703
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
Frederick Adventist School
6437 Jefferson Pike
ZIP: 21703
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 89
St John's Catholic Prep
889 Butterfly Ln
ZIP: 21703
Secondary
Total Enrollment 275
Trinity School Of Frederick
6040 New Design Rd
ZIP: 21703
Elementary
Total Enrollment 123
New Life Christian School
5909 Jefferson Pike
ZIP: 21703
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 229
Frederick Christian Academy
6642 Carpenter Rd
ZIP: 21703
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 101
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