Hagerstown metropolitan area

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Hagerstown-Martinsburg Metropolitan Area
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Country United States
State(s)  - Maryland
 - West Virginia
Largest city Hagerstown
Other cities  - Martinsburg
 - Halfway
 • Total 1,019 sq mi (2,640 km2)
Highest elevation N/A ft (N/A m)
Lowest elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 • Total 263,753 (2,008 est.)
 • Rank 169th in the U.S.
 • Density 258.84/sq mi (99.91/km2)

The Hagerstown-Martinsburg Metropolitan Area, officially designated by the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Maryland-West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), constitutes the primary cities of Hagerstown, Maryland, Martinsburg, West Virginia, and surrounding areas in three counties: Washington County, Maryland, Berkeley County, West Virginia, and Morgan County, West Virginia. The metro area lies mainly within the rich, fertile Cumberland and Shenandoah valleys, and is approximately a 60–90 minute drive from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Hagerstown is approximately 75 miles (121 km) driving distance from all three cities. The population of the metropolitan area as of 2008 is 263,753.[1]


Washington County (2008 population estimate 145,384)[2]


Downtown Hagerstown


Census Designated Places (CDPs):


Berkeley County (2008 population estimate 102,044)[4]



Unincorporated communities:

Morgan County (2008 population estimate 16,325)[4]


Unincorporated communities:

Urban areas

The metropolitan area contains parts of or all of the following Urbanized Areas and Urban Clusters (that are likewise designated by the OMB) within its boundaries:

  • Hagerstown, MD—WV—PA Urbanized Area (2000 Census population 120,326)[6] (part)
  • Waynesboro, PA-MD Urban Cluster (2000 population 22,140)[7] (part)
  • Inwood, WV Urban Cluster (2000 population 7,784)[8] (all)
  • Boonsboro, MD Urban Cluster (2000 population 3,412)[9][10] (all)


Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) covers an area of 1,019 square miles (2,640 km2).

The MSA is roughly bordered to the east by South Mountain, to the west by Sideling Hill, to the north by the Mason–Dixon line, and to the south by Northern Virginia. Elevations run from about 250 feet (76 m) above sea level in low-lying valleys to approximately 1,250 feet (380 m) above sea level at Sideling Hill. The Potomac River runs from west to east through the heart of the metro area with tributaries including Sideling Hill Creek, Conococheague Creek, and Antietam Creek. Terrain in the region is very well-suited and used for dairy farming, cornfields, and fruit orchards. Some undeveloped deciduous forestry also exists, especially in the mountainous portions of the area. However, much of the region's land is becoming increasingly threatened by urban sprawl.

Hagerstown and Martinsburg are situated in the transition between the humid subtropical climate zone (Köppen Cfa) and the humid continental climate zone (Köppen Dfa), with hot, humid summers and cool to moderately cold winters where average annual snowfall is around 20 inches and temperatures below 15 °F (−9 °C) are annual occurrences.

Places of worship

Christianity is by far the largest religion practiced with hundreds of churches in the area.

The only place of worship for Muslims in the area is Islamic Society of Western Maryland mosque in Hagerstown.

Hedgesville is home to one of only a few Karaite Jewish religious centers outside Israel.[11]

Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh temples and other places of worship are located nearby in Washington, Baltimore, and Harrisburg areas.


The metropolitan area's population in 2000 was 222,771. The 2008 estimate is 263,753, making Greater Hagerstown-Martinsburg the 169th largest metropolitan area in the United States. The growth rate from 2000–2008 is +18.4%, meaning that the metro area is the 48th fastest growing MSA (out of 363 total MSAs) in the entire country and the most rapidly growing in Maryland and West Virginia from 2000 to 2008.[12] Metropolitan Hagerstown-Martinsburg also registered a higher net numerical population gain from 2006 to 2007 than Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA during the same time period.[13] Much of the growth is due to the influx of people from Washington, D.C. and, to a lesser extent, Baltimore.


Major highways


Hagerstown Regional Airport (IATA: HGRICAO: KHGR), also known as Richard A. Henson Field provides passenger service for the Hagerstown Metro Area residents

Mass transit

  • MARC Train and Amtrak (Martinsburg)
  • Greyhound and Atlantic Charter Buses
  • County Commuter (Hagerstown-Washington County)
  • Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority "Pan Tran" (Martinsburg-Berkeley County-Jefferson County)
  • Miller Cabs, Downtown Taxi! and Turner Vans (Hagerstown)

Education and healthcare

Colleges and universities





Major newspapers

See also


  1. Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008, U.S. Census Bureau, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  2. Table 1: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties of Maryland: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008 , U.S. Census Bureau, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  3. Table 4: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Maryland, Listed Alphabetically: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008, U.S. Census Bureau, 2008. Released July 1, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Table 1: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties of West Virginia: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008, U.S. Census Bureau, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  5. Table 4: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in West Virginia, Listed Alphabetically: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008, U.S. Census Bureau. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-01]
  6. [1], Census Bureau 2000. Retrieved 2008.
  7. [2], Census Bureau 2000. Retrieved 2008.
  8. [3], Census Bureau 2000. Retrieved 2008.
  9. [4], Census Bureau 2000. Retrieved 2008.
  10. [5], Demographia 2000. Retrieved 2008.
  11. http://www.karaitejudaism.org/ Karaite Judaism in Hedgesville
  12. Table 7. Cumulative Estimates of Population Change for Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Rankings: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008, Census Bureau 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  13. [6], Census Bureau 2000. Retrieved 2008.

External links

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