Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Frederick Named Among Top 10 Best Places to Live Post Military Life

The Military Times' first-ever Best for Vets: Places to Live features cities that create an enviable military veterans culture and Frederick is near the top. 

A total of 577 places, as designated by the Census Bureau, were considered and 75 made the final list.

In order to determine the rankings, the Army Times considered over two dozen metrics from private and federal data sources. They considered questions such as: Is the economy strong enough for a military spouse to have a good chance at a high-paying job? How far is the nearest installation? How good are the schools? What is the crime like?

Frederick came in at #8 in the small cities category for cities with populations under 75,000.

Home to Fort Detrick, the County's largest employer with over 9,000 military and civilian personnel traveling in and out of the base daily for work, Fort Detrick provides veterans with local access to military resources and regionally, Frederick is within a 50-mile radius of 13 military installations.

The median salary for veterans in Frederick is $48,225 compared to $35,432 for non-veterans. The unemployment rate for veterans is just 2.3% in Frederick, compared to 5.4% for non-veterans. Frederick vets are also fortunate to have access to 23 VA health facilities within a 50-mile radius.