Several years ago, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce adopted the slogan
"Live Here! Work Here!" Today, a greater percentage of our population (58 percent)
remains in-county for both home and career. To further increase these numbers, the
Chamber—along with Downtown Frederick Partnership, the Frederick County Office of
Economic Development and more than 14 additional organizations—is committed to sharing
the vision of Frederick County as a full-service community. The opportunities for
employment, education, culture, entertainment, and outdoor activities abound and
offer a mix both contemporary and historic. It is this melding of city amenities
and small town atmosphere that makes Frederick County a viable—and increasingly
successful—home for businesses both large and small.
The community of small towns that make up Frederick County is nestled at the
crossroads of several major highways, connecting the county to Baltimore and Washington,
D.C. Frederick County is also linked to these major metropolitan areas by the Frederick
Municipal Airport, the second busiest general aviation airport in Maryland (and
deemed one of the nation’s top airports), and the MARC train system.
Frederick County's convenient location and comparative affordability have contributed
greatly to the county's growth. Together, with area businesses, organizations, and
elected officials, we continue to strive to balance growth and affordability in
At the heart of Frederick County is historic downtown Frederick, an attractive
neighborhood filled with an array of workplaces, homes, shops, theaters, museums,
and restaurants. In 2005, downtown Frederick was honored with the Great American
Main Street Award, a distinction that recognizes the revitalization efforts of the
city. Frederick was the first city in Maryland to receive this award.
In addition to the lively atmosphere of downtown Frederick, 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
… just to name a few. Frederick County is home to a nationally recognized, award-winning
public school system, is the site of the state's first charter school, and hosts
three major institutions of higher education—Frederick Community College, Hood College,
and Mount St. Mary’s University.
Frederick County benefits greatly from a strong regional job market. Large employers
have recognized that Frederick County offers not only a highly skilled workforce
and access to major metropolitan areas, but also real estate values and a low tax
structure that cannot be found in areas closer to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The agricultural industry is also a significant part of Frederick County’s economy,
with Frederick County farmers producing almost $100 million of agricultural products
While large businesses are important to Frederick County’s growing economy, so
are small businesses. Downtown Frederick and other municipalities such a Middletown,
Urbana, Thurmont, Emmitsburg, and Mount Airy, are home to a wide variety of small
businesses, including unique shops, restaurants, and service providers. Both small
and large businesses form a 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.