Frederick surrounds Fort Detrick and is the second largest city in Maryland. Considered to be both a “small city” and “big town,” it boasts the best of both worlds by way of urban amenities and suburban calm. Frederick lies in the middle of the rolling hills of Central Maryland. A thriving economy, robust shopping and dining, and easy access to both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore (within an hour’s drive) are all perks to living Frederick.

Downtown Frederick encompasses 40 blocks and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Federal-style architecture harkens back to colonial times. Tree-lined streets with top-notch restaurants, boutique shopping, lively nightlife, and charming townhomes are just some of the draws to the historic district.

In the rest of Frederick, you’ll find an array of housing options that suit many budgets—from urban apartments to sprawling farmland ranches. Some areas are experiencing revitalization, so renovated homes are easy to find. New construction is available in the newer neighborhoods on the outskirts of town.


Residents of Frederick tend to be active. Biking and outdoor recreation activities are abundant, and you’ll find people of all ages taking advantage of the parks and trails. There is a large number of military families here, as well as other D.C. and Baltimore commuters.

Neighborhood Feel

The neighborhoods in Frederick run the gamut, and you’ll be sure to find one that suits your family’s needs. You can easily do the vibrant city life—lofts of townhomes in a walkable downtown—or settle down in a pastoral, country setting.  

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Points of Interest

Historic Downtown

Baker Park

Community Bridge Mural

Monocacy National Battlefield

Harry Grove Stadium

Carrol Creek Linear Park

Weinberg Center for the Arts

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Roads and Rails Museum

Gambrill State Park

Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums

Big Plus

Frederick’s healthy economy is ripe for employment opportunities, and is even considered to be at the top of the “I-270 Tech Corridor.” There are also nine institutions of higher learning in Frederick County, so there are plenty of options if you or your spouse are planning to pursue an advanced degree.

The dining scene in Frederick supplies plenty of culinary delights in addition to standard chain restaurants.  

Surrounded by Civil War battlefields and National and State Parks, you’ll have plenty of excursions to plan.

Frederick is located close to three international airports: Reagan National (DCA), Dulles (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI).

Things to Consider

Traffic in the DMV area (Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia) is something you’ll need to consider. While living in Frederick offers a respite from the metro area traffic, many of the residents commute into either D.C. or Baltimore.

Occasionally, those stationed at Fort Detrick will need to travel back and forth to Walter Reed in Bethesda or the Forest Glen Annex in Silver Spring. The commute is around 40 minutes at best.

How’s the Market?

The median home value for single family homes in Frederick is $260,200 according to the Zillow Home Value Index. Home Values are forecasted to increase by 2.8% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in Frederick is $1,802.

School Scoop

Public schools in Frederick are in Frederick County Public Schools which has an overall rating of 7 according to One of the highest rated schools is Urbana Elementary School, with a rating of 10.

Frederick County Public Schools system offers pre-kindergarten. Your child also has the option to be considered for early entrance to kindergarten if he/she is born 45 days after the regular kindergarten cutoff. Early entry is specifically geared for children whose curriculum achievement level exceeds the norm.

Schools in FCPS have an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Advanced Academic programs including an Elementary Magnet Program, Primary Talent Development, Young Scholars, and Middle School Highly Able Program. The Career & Technology Center provides 25 career programs for FCPS Students in 10th through 12th grades.

Frederick County offers several charter school options. Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School serves grades pre-K through 8th, Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School offers a Montessori-based model with Spanish enrichment, and Frederick Classical Charter School is another public charter school that serves students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. An annual lottery determines enrollment.

There are 12 private schools located in Frederick.

Highlighted Areas

Spring Ridge

Carroll Creek

Downtown Frederick

Lake Linganore

New Market