As America approaches its next census in 2020, conversations in national media and local diners seem to be turning to how we live now compared to 20, 30, 40, 50 or just 10 years ago. Within the past decade, the daily acceleration of communication trends and technological advancement have changed the landscape, so to speak, of how Americans craft their daily lives and careers. In the 1980s, the age of the “Yuppie,” big cities were the ideal destination for where to work and live. But today, the Internet has leveled the playing/working field, and more people are returning to the small cities and towns that framed the childhoods of their parents and grandparents. And, the economic and demographic statistics show that “downsized” is the new upscale.
Case in point: Frederick County, Maryland. Its rolling hills, historic sites and friendly atmosphere are just 40 or so miles from Baltimore and DC. Philadelphia, Richmond and even New York City are within a few hours’ drive or train trip. Boston, Chicago, Charlotte and Atlanta are within two hours between boarding pass and baggage claim from easily accessible airports. Frederick County offers a small town feeling, but it’s hardly “small time.”
The county’s population in 2019 stands at about 250,000, up by five percent from just 10 years ago. That influx of people has been driven by the expanding mix of high-paying industries here, like bioscience and medical research, communication and IT, financial services, education, mining and large-production agriculture. Median annual household income is nearly $85,000, above the average in historically prosperous states like California and New York. Diversity is on the rise in Frederick County, too, with the population of highly-educated immigrants increasing by nearly 10 percent in the past decade. Multiculturalism and multiple opportunities are making their home here in northern Maryland, continuing to weave the beautiful tapestry of modern America in a geographic landscape that has always been an inviting natural backdrop.
It’s no wonder, then, that new home communities like Landsdale are so popular. Developed by Elm Street Communities and featuring affordably-priced single family homes and townhomes from Lennar, NVHomes, Ryan, Winchester and Wormald, Landsdale is a snapshot of Frederick County’s fulfilling modern lifestyle. A 6,000 square foot, Craftsman styled Clubhouse greets visitors and residents with its Olympic sized swimming pool, tennis courts and entertaining rooms served by a restaurant-grade catering kitchen. Biking and hiking trails lace through Landsdale’s neighborhoods, with stops at pocket parks that dot the community. An outdoor amphitheater hosts family movie nights and live performances. A Frederick County elementary school will soon be built in the community so that kids can walk or bike to school. Landsdale is a picture of the best that 21stcentury America offers, which explains why so many people are choosing to build their homes, and their lives, in this Frederick County, MD enclave.