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Hagerstown, Maryland Education and City Information

Hagerstown, Maryland, is a historic town, established in 1762. It has three postsecondary institutions and is near several universities, colleges and technical institutes. Read on to learn about its demographics, educational opportunities and industries.

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Information about Hagerstown, Maryland

Founded in 1762 by Jonathan Hager, Hagerstown is known as the Hub City. Located in Washington County, Hagerstown has a population of 40,364, as of 2014 U.S. Census estimates. Nearly 76% of residents are white, about 5.5% are Hispanic and 15.5% are African American, according to 2010 census data. Only 17.1% of residents have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 37.3% for the state.

Some of Hagerstown's attractions include the Maryland Theatre, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Washington County Playhouse, City Ballet School, Washington County Free Library and historic Farmers Market. The Western Maryland Blues Fest is held here, and the county is home to several Civil War battlefields.

Educational Opportunities

Hagerstown has three schools in city limits, including Hagerstown Community College. This 2-year school enrolls over 4,600 students in certificate and associate's degree programs.

Within 25 miles of Hagerstown, residents can find an additional 17 postsecondary schools, including Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, James Rumsey Technical Institute and Frederick Community College.

Shepherd University is almost 16 miles away in Shepherdstown. This public liberal arts university has bachelor's degree programs and about 4,000 students. Mount St Mary's University is located in Emmitsburg. This private Catholic school is ranked 22nd among regional universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Hood College, in Frederick, is also regionally ranked at 29th in the North by U.S. News in 2016. Hood offers 33 majors, 16 master's programs and 11 post-graduate certificate programs.

Economy and Industry Info

According to 2012 economic census data, over 3,300 Hagerstown residents are employed in the area of healthcare and social assistance. Nearly 4,050 were employed in retail trade. More than 3,700 were in finance and insurance, while over 3,300 worked in manufacturing. Accommodations and food services accounted for jobs for over 2,400 residents.

According to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, major employers in Washington County include Meritus Health, Citi, First Data and Volvo Group, along with Hagerstown Community College and state, county and federal government.

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