If you’re looking for the comfort of a historic city, but you want the convenience of a major metropolitan, look no further than Frederick, MD! Located around 50 miles from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the county seat of Frederick County would make a great home for everyone, from young professionals to retirees! Before packing your bags, check out our list of ten things to know about living in Frederick!
Get More Bang for Your Buck
Although cost of living in Frederick is slightly above the national average, the area’s home values are excellent. The median home value in 2016 was $260,200, well above the national average. Additionally, home values have risen 2% in the last year and are expected to rise another 2.6%, which means now is a great time to invest in property in Frederick!
A Sturdy Job Market
The seven largest companies in Frederick are capable of employing more than 34% of its nearly 66,000 residents. Plus, the city is within commuting distance to larger cities like Baltimore and Washington, D.C., where there are thousands of job opportunities. This is a big reason why Frederick’s unemployment rate is at 4.1%, which is substantially lower than the national average. The area also has a median household income of $65,967, which is higher than the $53,482 national average.
Experience All Four Seasons
If you prefer to live in an area that experiences all four seasons (but without the extremes), Frederick is the home for you! During winter, Frederick sees high temperatures around 40°F and low temperatures around 25°F. Summer brings fairly comfortable 80°F temperatures with lows usually around 60°F.
Great Schools with Great Students
The Frederick County Public Schools district ranks as one of the finest in the nation. Boasting a 93.5% graduation rate and only a 3.5% dropout rate (the second best in the state of Maryland), the class of 2016 received $44.6 million in post-graduate scholarship offers. This exceptional district is also very diverse with at least seven different ethnicities represented within the school system. Additionally, success has carried on beyond K-12, as 99% of more than 1,000 employers reported that students who graduated from FCPS met or exceeded workplace readiness standards.
Visit Historic Downtown Frederick
Located along Market Street in the heart of the city, Downtown Frederick houses more than 200 restaurants, retail shops, and other attractions. Stop in for a six-course meal at Volt. Or enjoy more casual meals at Pretzel & Pizza Creations and Firestone’s Culinary Tavern. When you’re done chowing down, check out The Record Exchange. In this obscure little shop, you’ll find old school music, movies, and video games. Don’t forget to swing by Relish Decor for unique home goods and En Masse for gorgeous flowers!
History Buffs, Rejoice
Located on the Mason-Dixon Line, Frederick became a major hospital center during the Civil War and is now home to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Here, you’ll be able to experience the stories of surgeons and soldiers throughout the Civil War and see some of the innovation that still exists in modern medicine. In addition, you can also visit the Barbara Fritchie House, Scheifferstadt, and Rose Hills Manor Park & Museum.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Baseball fans with love living in Frederick! Head out to Harry Grove Stadium to see the Frederick Keys—the affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles—play some of the best competition in the Minor League! Fun fact: Did you know the team was named after Francis Scott Key, lyricist of the “Star Spangled Banner”?
Lights, Camera, Action
Frederick’s 72 Film Fest is an annual event that challenges filmmakers to produce in a movie in just 72 hours based on that particular year’s theme. Since the event’s inception back in 2006, hundreds of movies have been produced. Films are judged on acting, writing, cinematography, editing, and sound. The winners take home cash, prizes, and (best of all) bragging rights. Highlights from past years include guest judges Eduardo Sanchez (director of The Blair Witch Project) and best-selling novelist Alice Hoffman.
Grab Some Grub
Visit the Dutch’s Daughter in southwest Frederick for excellent seafood. This enormous mansion (Yes, mansion) serves spectacular crab cakes and features a Filet Oscar. Not feeling seafood? Head over to The Tasting Room on North Market Street to enjoy unique American fare. They have everything from a rack of lamb to a regular, old-fashioned burger. Looking for a brunch spot? Family Meal serves breakfast all day! Housed in an old car dealership, this diner-style restaurant is the creation of former Top Chef contestant Bryan Voltaggio. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Frederick has a restaurant to satisfy your cravings!
Whet Your Whistle
Don’t worry, fans of craft beer! Frederick has something for you, too! Wander on down to Flying Dog Brewery, where you can take a 30-minute tour that features 20 different craft beers, some of which can only be tasted at this particular brewery. Looking for a great Irish bar? With good happy hour prices, a menu with more traditional bar food, and live music, Bushwaller’s is your new favorite pub! If you’re more of a craft cocktail person, stop by Hootch and Banter, where mixologists will fix you a Sour Hootch or a Hot Buttered Bourbon.
Are you moving to Frederick soon? Extra Space Storage has several storage facilities in Frederick that can help with your transition!
Data found from BestPlaces, Zillow, Yelp, CityofFrederick.com, and DowntownFrederick.org.
All images are licensed under the Creative Commons.