A large percentage of Frederick lives and works within the county. The opportunities for employment, education, and culture all blend contemporary convenience with historic charm, making this a vibrant place for families and businesses of all sizes.
Frederick County is nestled at the crossroads of five major highways, providing quick access to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. These thoroughfares, coupled with the Frederick Municipal Airport, and the MARC train system, make Frederick one of the most convenient and affordable locations in Maryland.
At the heart of the County is historic downtown Frederick, a neighborhood filled with workplaces, homes, shops, theaters, museums, and restaurants. In 2005, downtown Frederick became the first city in Maryland to receive the Great American Main Street Award.
In addition to the lively downtown, Frederick County offers outdoor recreation at Catoctin Mountain Park, festivals and wine tastings at Linganore Winecellars, and minor league baseball games at Harry Grove Stadium.
Frederick County is home to a nationally recognized public school system, the site of the state's first charter school, and three institutions of higher education—Frederick Community College, Hood College, and Mount St. Mary’s University.
Frederick County supports a strong job market, employing over 74,900 people. The highly skilled workforce, access to metropolitan areas, affordability of real estate, and low taxes makes Frederick a hub for large employers.
The agricultural industry is also a significant part of Frederick County’s economy, with Frederick County farmers producing almost $100 million of agricultural products annually. Additionally, Frederick County is Maryland’s largest dairy producer.
While large businesses are important to Frederick County’s growing economy, so are small businesses. Downtown Frederick and municipalities like Middletown, Urbana, Thurmont, Emmitsburg, and Mount Airy, are home to many small businesses.
Small and large businesses form the strong foundation for Frederick’s regional economy, and their commitment to our community is what makes Frederick County a unique place to live and work.