People are flocking to Hagerstown for its employment opportunities, superior quality of life and excellent location. Despite its semi-rural Western Maryland setting, the city is a center of transit and commerce. Interstates 81 and 70; CSX, Norfolk Southern, and the Winchester and Western railroads; and Hagerstown Regional Airport form an extensive transportation network. Hagerstown is also the chief commercial and industrial hub for a greater Tri-State Area that includes much of Western Maryland as well as great extents of South Central Pennsylvania and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
Washington County ranks first in Maryland for the largest total migration increase according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 statistics. Greater Hagerstown is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the state and among the fastest growing in the United States. The city’s population is expected to continue to grow significantly, with a projected increase of 1,400 residents through 2019. With a large labor force of highly skilled workers, Hagerstown offers incredible opportunities for incoming businesses and those looking to expand.