The historic city of Frederick, Maryland, located in the central part of the state, is known as the City of Clustered Spires. The downtown has a number of historic churches that have the architecture that gave the city its name. Historic nineteenth and twentieth century homes, traditionally designed newer townhomes, as well as other beautiful expansive single family homes give the city its grandiose charm.
Downtown Frederick is filled with walkable historic neighborhoods with historic row housing and duplexes. In 2010, Forbes magazine included this city as one of the Unites States "Greatest Neighborhoods." The area is filled with many distinct shops and retailers including antique shops, a diverse array of restaurants with a variety of ethnic cuisines, and has become a growing attraction for the technology sector in renovated office spaces. With its proximity to Washington, D.C., the city continues to grow with mixed use developments like Creekside Plaza and the South Market Center. The traditional architecture of the area spreads from the downtown into the suburbs with three and four bedroom homes with gorgeous designs with stone, brick and more. The largest growth is south of the downtown area, where housing styles are mid-twentieth century. The business corridor along Maryland highway 85, called Buckeystown Pike is a thriving part of the local economy.
Fort Detrick, a United States Army Medical Command installation, is the largest employer in Frederick, carrying 10,000 employees. A center for cancer research, Fort Detrick has a major impact on the economy and has greatly affected the growth of the city in recent years. The healthcare and education sectors attract a lot of residents to this community, with the Frederick County Board of Education and the Frederick Memorial Healthcare System being the number two and three employers in the area. Mortgage and insurance, banking and other government jobs outside of Fort Detrick have a solid presence, including Wells Fargo and the county government employing thousands of Frederick residents.