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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Washington County is located in Maryland with a population of 149,546. In Washington County, most residents own their homes. In Washington County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Washington County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Washington County are above average.
Population
149,546

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$205,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$889
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Washington County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    224.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    16.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    246.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    528.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,484.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    254.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Washington County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$58,260
National
$55,322

Washington County Reviews

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Crime in Hagerstown isn't as bad as neighboring cities such as Baltimore or DC. We have our problems with drugs being brought in from the cities around us and that is probably the biggest thing. Washington County is becoming more influenced with heroine and it is very sad. Unlike other cities we don't have much gang violence which is great. Our police officers are doing a great job protecting the city from much harm. They are quick to respond to calls, they catch a lot of the drug dealers in town fairly quickly and they have a lot of respect from the rest of the community unlike some cities. They treat everyone with respect and don't abuse their power which is a big relief.
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The overall experience in Hagerstown Maryland is definitely different. The atmosphere depends on where you live in Hagerstown; It could be a great or terrible atmosphere. I live in a part of town where its close to everything such as food places, and the grocery store and down the road from the community college. I currently live with my parents who own 3 acres of land with a nice house. I feed the wild life such as deer and ground hogs in my parents yard. I would move here by myself if I built a house. If I were to live in downtown Hagerstown I would not live there. I would choose anywhere else but there. Downtown is dirty, Over populated with people who don't take pride in their town and it is now full of illegal drugs. I stay away from downtown as much as I can. Hagerstown has potential to be an amazing place, but we need more people to care for this town. If it keeps going the way it is going, downtown will become a place where no one would want to live and everyone would move into the suburbs where I live and it could bring down the area.
I have lived here for more than 15 years and my education experience has been great. There isn't much to do to keep people entertained and not a lot of job options at all. Fort Ritchie use to keep the community going, but is now closed and has been for over 17 years. Putting that area to good use could bring this town back to life.