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Frederick is a city in Frederick County, in the Washington-Arlington metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the sixth Lord Baltimore, Frederick Calvert.

The latitude of Frederick is 39.414N. The longitude is -77.41W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 285 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 56,128.


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Median household income
Local
$47,700
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Frederick demographic reports
Frederick is in the Monocacy Valley, on Carroll Creek.
Former and merged names include:
· Fredericktown
The region was settled by German farmers who moved from Pennsylvania.

Anti-British sentiment ran strong in the early days of the settlement; in the 1760s, townspeople refused to pay the taxes imposed under the Stamp Act.

During World War II, Fort Detrick was established here for research in biological warfare

Public transportation: Transit Services of Frederick County (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 568. The number of murders and homicides was 4. The violent crime rate was 10 per 1,000 people.
In a 2006 study, AllBusiness named Bethesda - Gaithersburg - Frederick as the No. 6 best metro for women entrepreneurs.

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Frederick received national attention for arrests at a nearby rest stop of two men in the sniper shootings of October 2002
Well-known residents have included:
· Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Great Frederick Fair - Sept. 14-22, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Sept. 29-30, 2007
  • Bell and History Days - March 31-April 1, 2007
  • Mayfest - May 5, 2007
  • Celtic Festival - May 12, 2007
  • Frederick Festival of the Arts - June 2-3, 2007
  • Rose Hill Day - Aug. 19, 2007
  • Maryland Brewer's Spring Fest - May 19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Frederick web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Cunningham Falls State Park, Gambrill State Park, Frederick City Cooperative Wildlife Management Area
Sports teams: Keys (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Monocacy National Battlefield, Barbara Fritchie House and Museum, Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor, National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Colleges and universities: Hood College, Frederick Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 109
Record high: The state's highest temperature on record was reported here on July 10, 1936, at 109 degrees
Quotes:
The clustered spires of Frederick stand / Green-walled by the hills of Maryland
-- John Greenleaf Whittier

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Frederick demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Frederick County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Washington area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 21704 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

20% of Frederick residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Frederick ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Frederick was $23,053, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

30% of Frederick residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Frederick, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $639.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,240.


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Libraries in Frederick include C Burr Artz Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Frederick include Frederick Gazette, Frederick News-Post

TV stations in Frederick include WFPT.

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Frederick County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Frederick political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Frederick workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Frederick between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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