One of the oldest counties in Maryland and located in the heart of the D.C-Baltimore-Richmond corridor, Charles County has been the hidden gem of Southern Maryland for over 350 years. Those expecting just another suburban bedroom community are pleasantly surprised by its ideal blend of past and present: culture and history combined with rapid growth and development.
Living in Charles County
- Charles County is one the fastest-growing communities in Maryland. Its population increased 10.4% within a three-year period, the second-highest ranking in the state.
- Charles County ranks in the top 10 highest-income counties in the nation based on median household income, according to the U.S Census Bureau (2007).
- One of the most charming communities in the region, Charles County is home to a diverse population of residents.
Learning in Charles County
- Composed of 35 academic facilities including 21 Elementary Schools, 8 Middle Schools and 6 High Schools, Charles County Public School System is one of the fastest-growing in the state.
- Charles County has five private schools serving pre-K to secondary education students.
- The Maryland public school system ranked #1 in the nation in Education Week's 2009 'Quality Counts' survey.
Working in Charles County
- As part of the Washington, D.C. metro area, Chares County is home to a variety of businesses and industry sectors including retail, government, education, and medical institutions. Although steeped in history, Charles County is also focused on the future, and has received the Center for Digital Government's Nation's Most Digitally Advanced County award for five consecutive years, placing first in 2009.
Relaxing in Charles County
- Charles County is a vibrant community with a rich heritage. Known for many historic landmarks and attractions, it is also home to the legendary Thomas Stone House. Representing over 200 years of American history, this national landmark is one of the central elements in the preservation of Southern Maryland's heritage.
- Located on Maryland's western shore between the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers, Charles County boasts 150 miles of spectacular coastline and offers a wealth of recreational opportunities. From kayaking and large-mouth bass fishing on the Potomac to the annual Antique Show & Sale and Charles County Fair, there's something for everyone here.
- From miles of equestrian and hiking trails to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs' Atlantic league professional baseball, Charles County offers the very best of small-town charm within close proximity to the Washington, D.C. metro area.
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Other Useful Links
Charles County Government
Charles County Economic Development & Tourism
Charles County Chamber of Commerce