Located on the Maryland side of the Mason-Dixon line, Carroll County is a small county in the piedmont region. Although considered to be part of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, it is predominantly rural, and spacious farm houses nestled in the area's rolling hills are surprisingly affordable. Large homes sitting on wide swaths of land are available starting at only $200,000-$300,000.
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Westminster and Mount Airy are the two largest cities within Carroll County. Westminster is home to the county fair, as well as the Maryland Wine Festival and the annual Art in the Park event. As the county seat, it is the largest city in the vicinity with a little more diversity than it's surrounding towns. Mount Airy is a small historic railroad town with a lively historic district reliant on the tourism industry. Many of Mount Airy's residents now commute to either Washington, D.C. or Baltimore for work. A handful of other small towns dot the region, such as Manchester, Hampstead and Sykesville, in which you can find a small central business district flanked by suburban developments that popped up in the last half of the 20th Century. The communities within Carroll County are family friendly and quiet, making in an attractive region for those working in D.C. or Baltimore who want to have a little more wiggle room than what's available in the city.
Carroll County Public Schools employ the most people within the county, as well as city and government offices. The upscale men's clothing line Jos. A. Bank has their headquarters in an unincorporated area of Carroll County and employs nearly 1,000 individuals. Penguin Random House Publishing company has recently joined the local economy, as a merger between the two publishing giants. They brought approximately 750 jobs to the region in 2013 and are growing steadily. A peaceful and relatively quiet region between two large metropolitan zones, Carroll County offers a multitude of options within a steady economy.