Living In Prince Frederick

A Local’s Guide To Living In Prince Frederick, Maryland

Written By Malcolm Lawson

Located in the heart of Calvert County you’ll find the small but growing community of Prince Frederick, home to approximately 3,000 residents. In just a decade, from 2000-2010, Prince Frederick experienced a 77% population growth, meaning it’s an excellent time to consider making this area home. While there are many independent employers in Prince Frederick, many of its residents commute to Baltimore or Washington with an average commute time of 40 minutes. For a small town feel but with all the amenities, Prince Frederick is a great location to consider when buying a home. 

Things to do in Prince Frederick 

Price Frederick has been designated the county seat of Calvert County so it’s no surprise that this is where you’ll find the area’s main hub for retail. Prince Frederick hosts five major shopping centers and has a fantastic selection of chain restaurants, clothing and home stores, as well as hotels. A variety of locally owned independent shops are also available. The main street, Solomons Island Road, is the perfect place to start if you’re looking for a delicious meal. Local favorites include Heritage 485, Brick Wood Fired Bistro, and Jerry’s Place. 

Heritage 485 is housed in a Victorian home built in 1891. A modern American restaurant, 

food flavors are influenced by the North Eastern Mediterranean.

Aside from local retail and excellent cuisine, Price Frederick has plenty to do for locals including a well-stocked and modern library, an aquatics center, beautiful historic homes, a local nature preserve, and a planetarium. Prince Frederick also hosts the Calvert County Fair each year. 

Another great place to visit is Spider Hall Farm, a working farm open to the public year-round. An autumnal festival offers hayrides and corn mazes. Their Farm Stand offers seasonal produce, baked goods, and basic essential groceries, making this farm ideal for special family visits or for supporting local farmers by shopping locally. 

A working farm that grows corn, grain, and tobacco, Spider Hall Farm also partners 

with local famers to sell milk, cheese, meat, ice cream, baked goods, and much more. 

Schools in Prince Frederick

Families with children comprise 65% of Prince Frederick’s population, which makes schools in the area important when considering becoming a resident. For younger children, Prince Frederick has an array of preschools to choose from. For school age children, review the links below for more specific information on test scores, student demographics, and academic progress for each school. 

Prince Frederick public schools spend $14,390 per student, which is above the national average of $12,383. There are about 15 students per teacher in Prince Frederick. 

Parks in Prince Frederick 

While Prince Frederick has a great retail selection, it also has a lot to offer for nature lovers. Situated between the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River, living in Prince Frederick means you’ll be able to travel just 5 miles east or west to access fishing or boating on Maryland’s scenic rivers. When you’re visiting Prince Frederick, here are a few favorite stops where locals soak in Mother Nature: 

  1. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is a forested wetland sanctuary with a nature center open to the public. Here, visitors can enjoy a quarter-mile long boardwalk which is great for nature lovers and birdwatchers. 
  2. One of the early waterfront communities of summer cottages and cabins, Dares Beach now consists of year-round up-scale residences for Washington commuters.
  3. Both Parkers Creek and Governor’s Run are watershed areas of preservation protected by the American Chestnut Land Trust. Here, guests can enjoy 22 miles of hiking trails, historic structures, guided canoe trips, and a community farm. 
  4. Hallowing Point Park, which is county-owned and a fantastic site for all things recreational, including tennis courts, athletic fields, and trails for hiking and biking. 

This is a popular location for family activities and sporting events, 

Hallowing Point Park is sure to become a favorite as you get to know the area.

Living in Prince Frederick 

Though Prince Frederick is a small area, taking up less than four square miles, you’ll still find a variety of housing options. The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Prince Frederick is currently $1,370. This is a 25% increase compared to the previous year. There are several well-kept apartment complexes right off Armory and Fairground roads. 

If you’d rather buy than rent, you’ll be able to find townhomes or single-family homes spread throughout the area. The median home price for Prince Frederick is $314,000. Home Appreciation is up 2.4% in the last 12 months.

While the median income has increased in recent years, its average of $32,000 is well below the Maryland average of $80,776.  Compared to the rest of the country, Prince Frederick’s cost of living is 22.3% higher than the U.S. average. 

If you’re looking for a small town feel that’s provides both retail and the great outdoors, all while being within commuting distance to Baltimore or Washington, connect with one of our agents. 

Compared to the rest of the country, Prince Frederick’s cost of living is 22.3% higher than the U.S. average.

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