Hagerstown is Maryland's sixth largest city with an area of almost 11 square miles. The city is next to the Potomac River near the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, in the region known as the Cumberland Valley. Because of the high number of railroads and roads that access the city, Hagerstown is one of the fastest growing commercial cities in Washington County.
There is much to see related to the Civil War a short distance from Hagerstown, including:
Mountain biking, fishing and canoeing are also popular in the area. The Appalachian Trail and the & Canal Towpath are close to town. Within the city, there are several parks, including Hagerstown City Park. Fairgrounds Park features recreational facilities such as the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex. Other parks include:
The Claude M. Potterfield Swimming Pool in Staley Park is an Olympic-sized pool with a waterslide, diving boards, and a wading pool.
Hagerstown has a thriving art and entertainment district and a busy theater community. Offerings include:
There are numerous annual events to attend, particularly in the downtown area. Over one-fifth of Hagerstown's residents boast a German heritage, and the annual Augustoberfest pays tribute to that. It kicks off with a 10K walk/run, followed by a wealth of Bavarian food, music, and dance under a tent in the downtown area's Central Parking Lot. Proceeds raised at Augustoberfest go towards a scholarship fund for exchange students to Hagerstown's Sister City of Wesel, Germany.
Downtown Live! features live music and entertainment several times during the year. Since 1996, thousands have been coming to Hagerstown every year in the spring for the Western Maryland Blues Fest, which includes performances from national blues artists.
Other regular events include:
Earlier, Hagerstown's economy was dependent on railroad transportation and manufacturing companies. Other industries that have growth potential in the city are retail and tourism. The city has an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent. The average salary for jobs in Hagerstown is $26,874 and the median income of households is $30,796.
Major companies that have headquarters and divisions in Hagerstown are Bowman Development, Brethren Mutual Insurance, Citigroup, High Rock Interactive, Horizon Goodwill Industries, Jamison Door, Macro Retail, Maryland Paper, NetConn Solutions, Phoenix Color, Review & Herald Publishing, Susquehanna Bank and Volvo Powertrain.
Downtown Hagerstown centers around the Public Square with a large 1908 clock. The square is the scene for annual events and festivals, such as Augustoberfest. The Roundhouse Museum, The Maryland Theatre and the main branch of the Washington County Library are some of the cultural institutions downtown. Other neighborhoods in Hagerstown include Historic Heights, an area of old homes around Prospect Street and Summit Avenue and Greenwich Park, a planned community off I-70. Hagerstown has about 17,000 houses, of which only about 40% are owner-occupied.
The Hagerstown Suns are a local baseball team with the South Atlantic League. They play at the Municipal Stadium, which seats over 6,000. The well-known Hagerstown Speedway, west of town on 40, is a popular dirt-track racing site.
Golf fans can visit the Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run. Known for its mountain view, the course was built in 1932 as a way of providing locals with an alternative to a more expensive private club in the area. The city took over operation of the 2,550-yard course in 1947.
Higher learning institutions in Hagerstown include:
The Hagerstown Herald Mail is the city's primary daily newspaper, with a circulation of nearly 33,000 copies.
Television stations in Hagerstown include:
Radio stations in Hagerstown include:
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