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Frederick, Maryland

Frederick, Maryland is a city in Frederick County, Maryland, of which it is the county seat. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 52,767.

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1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Mayor or City Executive
4 Representative body
5 Arts
6 External Links


Frederick is located at 39°25'35" North, 77°25'13" West (39.426294, -77.420403)1.

The city of Frederick is located in the county of the same name at latitude 39°26' North, longitude 77°25' West, northwest of Washington, DC and west of Baltimore, Maryland, in the western part of the State of Maryland.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 52.9 km² (20.4 mi²). 52.9 km² (20.4 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 52,767 people, 20,891 households, and 12,785 families residing in the city. The population density is 997.7/km² (2,584.4/mi²). There are 22,106 housing units at an average density of 418.0/km² (1,082.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 77.04% White, 14.74% African American, 0.29% Native American, 3.15% Asian American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.26% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. 4.80% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 20,891 households out of which 32.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% are married couples living together, 12.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% are non-families. 30.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.42 and the average family size is 3.05.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $47,700, and the median income for a family is $56,778. Males have a median income of $38,399 versus $27,732 for females. The per capita income for the city is $23,053. 7.4% of the population and 4.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.3% are under the age of 18 and 6.8% are 65 or older.

Mayor or City Executive

The current Mayor of Frederick is Jennifer Dougherty, whose term began in 2002. Previous Mayors include:

Representative body

Frederick has a Board of Aldermen of six members (one of whom is the Mayor) which serves as its legislative body.


Frederick has a bridge covered with a mural called the "Community Bridge". The artist, William Cochran, has been acclaimed for the realism of the painting. Thousands of people sent ideas representing community that appear throughout the stonework of the bridge. One of the most interesting parts of the mural is an angel that only appears correct if you look from the proper angle (the proper angle being the middle window of the second floor of an adjacent building).

Frederick is the resting place of the author of the Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key, and of Barbara Frietchie, who was immortalized along with the town in the poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. Roger Taney, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, is from Frederick. Frederick is a sister city to two German cities, Schifferstadt and Morzheim.

Frederick is also home to the Museum of Civil War Medicine, U.S. Army Fort Detrick and the Maryland School for the Deaf. Frederick also includes a minor-league baseball team, the Frederick Keys.

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