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.
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.