About Hagerstown – Washington County Region
About Hagerstown/Growth in region
Hagerstown offers an excellent and affordable quality of life with vibrant culture, rich history and gorgeous scenery. It is the fastest–growing metropolitan area in the state of Maryland and one of the fastest–growing in the US, despite its semi–rural Western Maryland setting. Nicknamed the Hub City, it is the leading commercial and industrial center for a greater Tri–State Area that includes much of Western Maryland, parts of South Central Pennsylvania and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
Hagerstown is located next to the Potomac River and near the edge of the Appalachian Mountains in Washington County. The surrounding areas are popular for fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. Downtown Hagerstown has recently enjoyed a resurgence and the city boasts a big–city type of nightlife, with year–round events and performances. The Western Maryland Blues Fest is a significant annual event, attracting thousands from surrounding cities. Hagerstown is also home to the Washington Museum of Fine Arts, the Maryland Theatre and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and much more.
Hagerstown has a rich history and has been a critical center for trade, commerce and transit since the introduction of railway lines in 1834. Its strategic location during the Civil War at the border between North and South made it a primary supply center and staging area for four major campaigns, and the city is home to numerous noteworthy sites from the Civil War.
Hagerstown residents enjoy the changing of the seasons without extreme weather.
- Average high in July 86 degrees
- Average low in January 31 degrees
- Average annual snowfall 4.8 inches
- Average annual precipitation 39.4 inches (includes rainfall equivalent of snow)
Hagerstown boasts one of the nation’s top school systems and is home to the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, Kaplan College and Hagerstown Community College. Mount Saint Mary’s University also has a campus in town.
Proximity to popular destinations
30 minutes to Gettysburg, Monocacy and Harpers Ferry battlefields
- 1 hour to Washington, D.C.
- 1 hour to Baltimore, MD
- Less than 3 hours to Philadelphia, PA
- Less than 4 hours to New York City, NY