Frederick : Maryland

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What it's Like to Retire in Frederick

Frederick is a town of about 60,000 in west-central Maryland. The city was an important crossroads in the Civil War and has several historical sites. The downtown is pedestrian-friendly and with shops and restaurants. Forbes magazine named Frederick's downtown one of the United State's "Greatest Neighborhoods" in 2010. Photo of City Hall courtesy of Wikipedia and Thisisbossi; Photo of Church Street with Evangelical Lutheran Church Spires courtesy of Wikipedia and Jweaver28; Picture of Fountain courtesy of Wikipedia and Billy Hathorn.


Where to Retire in Frederick and Home Prices

There are active communities in the area. The median home price in mid-2015 was about $251,000 (


What is special about Frederick

Frederick is a vibrant town where a lot is going on, particularly culturally.  Its downtown has been singled out as a special place.

What is not special about Frederick

High cost of living; crime rate higher than national average; Frederick does get some snow in the winter


Who will like retirement in Frederick

Retirees who want a town with a lot of history, a college, and much activity along with museums, art galleries and cultural events, and with Washington DC just a short train ride away.


Local economy is driven by

Construction; Technical , Scientific, and Professional Services


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 33 degrees and the average July temperature is 78 degrees. 


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Frederick has an active arts scene. Downtown Frederick has over 10 art galleries  and 3 theaters (Cultural Arts Center, Weinberg Center for the Arts, and the Maryland Ensemble Theatre). Frederick is the home of The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, and a symphony orchestra.


Frederick's crime rate is higher than the national average.


Medical facilities

Frederick Memorial Hospital



Frederick has a Municipal Airport and the nearest Internaional Airport is Dulles in Washington DC about 42 miles away;  MARC commuter Rail services Frederick with several trains to Washington DC daily;  Amtrak and Greyhound both offer service;  Federick has a Bicycle Coalition and has earned awards as a bicycle-friendly community.


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Facts about FREDERICK
  • State: MD
  • Environment: Small-mid Sized City,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 121+ (very high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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