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Overview

Introduction to Thurmont, Maryland

Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick county, is 14 miles N of Frederick, Maryland (center to center) and 48 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland.

Thurmont History

Thurmont, which was established in 1751, was originally named Mechanicstown, until the state legislature changed it to Thurmont on January 18, 1894. The town, which was founded by Jacob Weller, is located in Frederick Country, which was created in 1748. The county was formed out of Prince George's and Baltimore Counties.

Thurmont and Nearby Attractions

  • Mountain Gate Plaza Shopping Center
  • Cunningham Falls State Park
  • Catoctin Mountain Park
  • Gambrill State Park
  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
  • Catoctin Furnace

Things To Do In Thurmont

Thurmont provides various recreational opportunities. One can visit the Cunningham Falls State Park, the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, and the Catoctin Mountain Park. The Catoctin Furnace is also worth visiting. The Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine are less than half an hour's drive away. Thurmont also celebrates the Catoctin Colorfest every year in October.

Thurmont Transportation

Washington Dulles International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Thurmont Higher Education

Frederick Community College, Western Maryland College, and Gettysburg College are only a few miles away.

People

Total Population 6,392
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,224
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 57.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $81,638
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.2%
Median Gross Rent $895
Median House Value $229,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.1%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 16.1%

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

Thurmont Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles N of Frederick, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 48 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland
County Frederick
Standard Zip Codes 21788
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.623
Longitude -77.411

Thurmont 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 CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK
Distance 4.3 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 FREDERICK POLICE BRKS
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Station EISENHOWER NATL HIS SITE
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Graceham (21788)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Emmitsburg 2,951 $70,566
Myersville 1,812 $126,250
Smithsburg 3,010 $86,131
Taneytown 6,740 $86,552
Walkersville 5,965 $99,048
Woodsboro 1,168 $101,458

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

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14745 SABILLASVILLE RD
240-236-8100
Serves 962 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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