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Frederick, Maryland is a city in Frederick County, Maryland, of which it is also county seat. As of the 2004 census estimates, the city had a total population of 57,009 [1], making it the fourth-largest city in Maryland following Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Baltimore, which has the largest population. Frederick's newspaper of record is The Frederick News-Post. Frederick is home to Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK), which primarily accommodates general aviation traffic.




Frederick is located in Frederick County in the western part of the State of Maryland near the junction of US Route 70, Route 270, and Route 40. In relation to nearby cities, Frederick lies a little over forty miles northwest of Washington, DC, forty-five miles west of Baltimore, Maryland, and twenty-five miles southeast of Hagerstown, Maryland. The city's coordinates 39°25'35" North, 77°25'13" West (39.426294, -77.420403)GR1.

According to the 2004 report of United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 52.9 km² (20.4 mi²). The city's areas is predominantly land, with the only water being the Monocacy River, which runs to the east of the city, and the man-made water in the downtown Culler Lake area.


As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 52,767 people, 20,891 households, and 12,785 families residing in the city. The population density was 997.7/km² (2,584.4/mi²). There were 22,106 housing units at an average density of 418.0/km² (1,082.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.04% White, 14.74% Black or 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 were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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

In the city the population was 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 were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

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


Mayor or City Executive

The current Mayor of Frederick is W. Jeff Holtzinger, who was elected November 1, 2005. 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. Elections are held every 4 years. The current board was elected November 1, 2005, and consists of Marcia Hall, David Koontz, Alan Imhoff, C. Paul Smith, and Donna Kuzemchak Ramsburg.


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 at it from the proper angle (the proper angle being the middle window of the second floor of an adjacent building).

A weekly carillon recital is played on the Joseph Dill Baker Carillon, each Sunday at Noon for half an hour. The carillon can be heard from anywhere in Baker Park, or the City Carillonneur can be viewed playing in the tower, which is open each week at that time.

Frederick is a sister city to two German cities, Schifferstadt and Morzheim.

The city is home to WFRE radio.

Historical Interest

Frederick is home to the Museum of Civil War Medicine, U.S. Army Fort Detrick, Hood College, and the Maryland School for the Deaf. Frederick also sports a minor-league baseball team, the Frederick Keys. Frederick is also home of several liberal organizations including the Peace Resource Center of Frederick County, an installation of Women in Black, the Frederick Progressive Action Coalition or FredPac, and "The Space" which is a small infoshop project.

Frederick was the site of a Civil War speech given by President Abraham Lincoln, which took place at what was then a train depot at the current intersection of South and Market Streets. A plaque commemorates the speech.

Three historic Civil War battlefields are located near Frederick. The Monocacy Battlefield lies just outside the city limits, while Antietam and Gettsyburg lie approximately thirty-five miles to the west and north, respectively.

Another notable Civil War location is the former home of Barbara Fritchie, the woman who (according to legend) waved the Stars and Stripes in defiance of Confederate commander Stonewall Jackson and his troops as they marched through downtown Frederick. These events are the subject of an 1864 poem by John Greenleaf Whittier.

Other notable Fredericktonians include former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, John Hanson, the first President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation; and Peter Wilson Hancock VII, political-rights activist and philosopher. Frederick is also the resting place of Francis Scott Key, the author of the National Anthem of the United States, "The Star-Spangled Banner,"






















































































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