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Welcome to Frederick ...

Frederick is located in Frederick County<1> and is the County Seat for Frederick County.

Frederick was established in 1745.

When the people of Frederick refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Fredericktonian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Frederick has a population of 72,573 people<3> (see below for details).

Frederick is 330 feet [101 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Frederick lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Frederick: (301) and (240)<5>

The ZIP codes for Frederick: 21701-21705, 21709<6>

The community of Frederick was previously named Frederick City. Going back to its beginning, Frederick was originally named Frederick Town. For more information about the names of Frederick, see The Names of Frederick on our Genealogy Page.

Websites for Frederick ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Frederick had an population of 72,573 people. This is an increase of 11.24% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 37.53% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Frederick had a population of 65,239 people (which is 27.95% of the total population of Frederick County). This makes Frederick the county's most populous community.

The population of Frederick represents 1.13% of the population of Maryland (which has 5,773,552 people), making it the state's 2nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 65,239 people, the population of Frederick increased 23.64% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 52,767 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Frederick.

Communities Also Named Frederick ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 17 communities that are also named Frederick - they are located in British Columbia, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas (2), Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio (4), Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Frederick.

Communities near Frederick ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Frederick.

  • Mount Airy
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
  • Thurmont
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
  • Brunswick
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
  • Poolesville
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Poolesville have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poolesville
    • Poolesville is located in Montgomery County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,249 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Poolesville <7>
  • Middletown
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Middletown have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Middletown
    • Middletown is located in Frederick County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,910 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Middletown <7>
  • Boonsboro
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boonsboro have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boonsboro
    • Boonsboro is located in Washington County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,655 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boonsboro <7>
  • Smithsburg
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northwest)
  • Lovettsville
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Myersville
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Myersville have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Myersville
    • Myersville is located in Frederick County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,884 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Myersville <7>
  • New Windsor
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Frederick. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Frederick.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Frederick. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Frederick.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Frederick. Our list includes 65 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Frederick.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Frederick ...

Looking for more information about Frederick? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Frederick, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Frederick.

Adding Frederick to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Frederick in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Frederick was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Frederick on a map titled Map of the Lincoln Highway (1924).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Frederick.

The official website for Frederick:

The official website for Frederick County:

The official website for State of Maryland:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Maryland's counties, including Frederick, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Frederick refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Frederick may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Frederick.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Frederick - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (240) is an overlay for area code (301).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Frederick). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Frederick or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Frederick includes: 21701, 21702, 21703, 21704 & 21705.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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