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Frederick, Maryland

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The location of Frederick

Welcome to Frederick ...

Frederick is located in Frederick County and is the County Seat for Frederick County.

The location of Frederick has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Frederick has a population of 71,408 people<3> (see below for details).

Frederick was established in 1745.

The community of Frederick was named Frederick City before it was changed to Frederick and going back to its beginning, it was originally named Frederick Town.

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) & (240)<5>

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

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Frederick had a population of 65,239 people (or 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 total 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).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Frederick had an population of 71,408 people. This is an increase of 9.46% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 35.33% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Frederick ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Frederick and not the distance if you drove.<7>.

Community   2017
Boonsboro   [Map]   3,553   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
Brunswick   [Map]   6,266   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Emmitsburg   [Map]   3,090   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Middletown   [Map]   4,615   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
Mount Airy   [Map]   9,416   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Myersville   [Map]   1,759   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Frederick.

Communities Also Named Frederick ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have 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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Frederick. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Frederick. Our list includes 65 papers, published between 1786 and the present.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Frederick:

Websites for Frederick ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Maryland

About Frederick County

About Maryland

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Frederick:

The official website for Frederick County:

The official website for State of Maryland:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<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.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Frederick.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Frederick - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>Area code (240) is an overlay for area code (301).

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<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.

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<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Frederick) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Frederick. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Frederick

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Frederick. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4301, Longitude: -77.4148     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Frederick have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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