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Talent & Workforce

Our productive, dedicated, and well-rounded regional workforce of 400,000 has made the county a choice location for manufacturers, financial services, and distribution companies. This existing workforce provides an incredible opportunity to new businesses and those looking to expand, as a highly-educated and skilled workforce lives right here in our own backyard.

Over 12% of our workforce is involved in manufacturing activities— more than twice the average for the State of Maryland. Government, business, and community organizations partner together to continue to diversify the local economy. As a result, transportation and logistics, science and technology, hospitality and tourism, and financial services have a growing presence in our key industry sectors.

  • Meritus Medical Center – Healthcare
  • CITI – Credit Card Processing
  • First Data – Credit Card Processing
  • Volvo Group Trucks – Diesel Engine and Transmission Manufacturing
  • FedEx Ground – Package Delivery
  • Hagerstown Community College – Education
  • Bowman Group, LLC – Developer
  • Merkle Response Management Group – Data Entry
  • ARC of Washington County – Social Services
Population149,546
Labor Force77,591
Employed74,800
Unemployed2,791
Commuters Entering County19,596
Commuters Leaving County21,987

Washington County has a stable cost market; low household income, low cost of living, and a large number and percent of households with income below $60,000, and low projected income growth.

Average household income 201770,395
Cost of Living69,248
Cost of living in excess of household income98.4%
Projected growth in household income 2017-20225.8%
#  Households with income <$60,00066,580
% Households with income <$60,00053.5%
Home Ownership 62.5%

Washington County has very strong supply of workforce (~161,000 workers) with notable visibility within the community (15.9% of all workers are in Production/Transportation).

General Population 2017

  • 30 Minutes Drive Area – 321,112
  • 10 Mile Radius – 159,430
  •  Percent of 30 minute population within 10 miles – 49.6%
Washington County has optimal growth (15.8%) that is positive without overwhelming local infrastructure.
 

Age 2017

  • Average – 40.3
  • <18 – 22.0%
  • 18-40 – 27.5%
  • 40-65 – 33.3%
  • >65 – 17.1%
  • Projected growth 18-40 year olds 2017-2027 – 15.8%

Civilian Labor Force

  • Civilian Labor Force – 161,340
  • % Not in labor force – 37.7%
  • % Unemployed – 3.6% 

Target Employment 2017

  • Occupation Production/Transportation – 24,443
  • % Occupation Production/Transportation 30 min drive – 15.9%
  • % Industry Manufacturing/Transportation 30 min drive – 10.9%

Additional Resources

Business Development

Department of Business Development

Washington County Administration Complex

100 West Washington Street, Suite 1401
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 240-313-2280
Fax: 240-313-2281

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, DIRECTV and Antietam Cable Television have Points of Presence within the county. Washington County is well served and several options are available for broadband services. Resources to help your household find the right internet service plan include InternetProviders.com. Cellular telephone services are available through private local and regional vendors.