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Overview

Introduction to Hagerstown, Maryland

Hagerstown is situated next to the Potomac River near the edge of the Appalachian Mountains in Washington County. It's the industrial and commercial center for the region. The city is known as the "Hub City" due to the substantial number of railroads as well as roads that serve the city.  Visitors will notice a big city type of nightlife. The Western Maryland Blues Fest is a significant event for the city, attracting thousands of people annually.

History

The town was established in 1762 by Jonathan Hager, a volunteer Captain of Scouts in the French and Indian War. Due to being strategically located on the border area of the North and the South during the Civil War, it was a primary staging location and supply base. Doctors and citizens of the town provided health care for Confederate and Union soldiers at a variety of locations in the city during the war. Smallpox was a major problem due to soldiers returning from the war and spreading the disease. Beginning in 1931 and until 1984 Fairchild Aircraft was the major employer. The city was known as the "Home of the Flying Box Car" due to the significance of the company for the town as well as the nation.

Transportation

Transportation is provided by County Commuter buses. The city is served by the Hagerstown Regional Airport. The major airports that provide transportation include the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Harrisburg International Airport and the Washington Dulles International Airport.

Historic Sites

Hagerstown is located in the Historic Highlands. The area offers numerous noteworthy sites from the Civil War.

  • Antietam National Battlefield is the location of one of the bloodiest days in the history of the country
  • South Mountain State Battlefield is located in Washington County
  • Gettysburg Battlefield
  • Monocacy Battlefield
  • Harpers Ferry Battlefield
  • Fort Frederick State Park is home to a restored fort that was utilized during the French and Indian War
  • Washington Monument State Park is nearby and was made in tribute to President George Washington

Attractions

  • The Washington Museum of Fine Arts
  • Hager House and Museum
  • Western Maryland 202 Locomotive Display and Museum
  • Mansion House Art Gallery
  • Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum
  • Discovery Museum
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Headquarters
  • Maryland Theatre
  • Augustoberfest
  • Alsatia Mummers' Parade is a prominent nighttime Halloween parade
  • Hagerstown City Park

Activities

The area is popular for mountain biking, fishing, canoeing and other outdoor activities. The Appalachian Trail as well as the C&O Canal Towpath are located close to the town. The Hagerstown Suns participate in minor league baseball games. The well known Hagerstown Speedway is a popular dirt-track racing site.

Higher Education

The city is home to The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, Kaplan College and Hagerstown Community College. Mount Saint Mary's University has a campus in the town.

People

Total Population 40,210
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 16,647
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 39.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,545
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,856
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,370

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,421
% Above Poverty Level 73.2%
% Below Poverty Level 26.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $793
Median House Value $149,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 12.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hagerstown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles NW of Frederick, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 63 miles W of Baltimore, Maryland
County Washington
Standard Zip Codes 21740, 21742
P.O. Box Zip Codes 21741, 21747, 21748
Company Zip Codes 21746, 21749
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.641
Longitude -77.72

Hagerstown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station HAGERSTOWN
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 39.4 inches
Station CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 82 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches
Station KEARNEYSVILLE
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 66 F
Annual Precip 40.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Hagerstown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Citicorp (21747, 21748)

Northern (21742)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boonsboro 3,456 $76,635
Clear Spring 378 $56,250
Funkstown 863 $69,327
Keedysville 1,185 $99,643
Smithsburg 3,010 $86,131
Williamsport 2,218 $49,517

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hagerstown Public Libraries

Library
Washington County Free Library
100 S. POTOMAC ST.
Hagerstown, Maryland
(301) 739-3250

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Hagerstown Hospitals

WASHINGTON COUNTY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
251 EAST ANTIETAM ST
(301) 790-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Hagerstown High Schools

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NORTH HAGERSTOWN HIGH
1200 PENNSYLVANIA AVE
301-766-8238
Serves 1,229 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN SR HIGH
1101 S POTOMAC ST
301-766-8369
Serves 1,067 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

WASHINGTON COUNTY TECHNICAL HIGH
50 W OAK RIDGE DR
301-766-8050
A Vocational School
Serves 405 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

ADULT BASIC EDUCATION
50 WEST OAK RIDGE DR
301-766-8460
A Non-traditional School
Serves 89 students.

ANTIETEM ACADEMY
1151 S POTOMAC ST
301-766-8447
A Non-traditional School

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Hagerstown 1892 (est.)

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