Hagerstown, Maryland

Hagerstown Business Signs

Hagerstown is a city located within the eastern-most region of the present-day U.S. state of Maryland.  Prior to meddling by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by the Shawnee and Ohio Valley Tribes.  As for Hagerstown, Maryland itself, however, it was originally settled by Jonathan Hager in the year 1739.  Jonathan Hager was a German immigrant from Pennsylvania.  Originally, he called his settlement Hager’s Fancy, but by 1813, the City Council changed the community’s name to Hager’s-Town due to popular usage.  Hagerstown, Maryland was officially incorporated into a city that very same year.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Hagerstown, Maryland has a total population of 40,452.  This makes Hagerstown the sixth largest incorporated city in the state of Maryland.  As for the Hagerstown metropolitan area, which has an estimated population of 263,753 people, it is the 169th most populous metropolitan area in the whole United States.

Due to its location as a center of transit and commerce between Interstates 81 and 70, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Winchester and Western railroads, and the Hagerstown Regional Airport, the area has often been nicknamed ‘Hub City’.  Additionally, Hagerstown, Maryland “is also the chief commercial and industrial hub for a greater Tri-State Area which includes much of Western Maryland, significant portions of South Central Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.”

Among Hagerstown, Maryland’s largest employers on top of its role as a commercial hub are Brook Lane Psychiatric Center, Meritus Medical Center, the Western Maryland Hospital Center, and two major shopping outlets: Hagerstown Premium Outlets and Valley Mall.

Beyond its economy, however, Hagerstown, Maryland is a city positively bristling with history.  Interestingly, due to Maryland’s location along the border between the United States’ North and South, this area served as a vital terrain of contention during the American Civil War.  Indeed, Antietam National Battlefield, South Mountain State Battlefield, Boonsboro, Gettysburg, Monocacy, and Harpers Ferry battlefields are all located within a 30-minute drive.

If war memorials are not your cup of tea, however, near Hagerstown, Maryland is also Fort Frederick State Park.  Even closer, however is Hagerstown City Park Historic District.  Hagerstown City Park Historic District is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is also considered a U.S. Historic District.  Within Hagerstown City Park is yet another structure listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Hager House.  Hager House, which was built in 1740 by the founder of the city Jonathan Hager himself, is also home to a historic house museum.  Other Hagerstown, Maryland structures listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places include Colonial Theatre, Ditto Knolls, Jacob M. Funk Farm, Hagerstown Armory, Maryland Theatre, and Western Maryland Railway Steam Locomotive No. 202, among many others.

Hagerstown, Maryland is home to one professional sporting franchise of note.  Baseball’s South Atlantic League’s Hagerstown Suns play their home games at Municipal Stadium, which opened in 1930.  The Suns are a Single-A affiliate of MLB’s Washington Nationals.  They have one league title to their name.

Are you, by any chance, the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Hagerstown, Maryland area?  Would you like to be?  Well, if that is your goal – don’t look any further!  We have provided resources for prospective small business owners below:

Apply for a Business License in Hagerstown, Maryland:


Washington County, Maryland Department of Business Development:


Washington County Chamber of Commerce:


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