Centrally located in the densely populated Washington, DC Metro region, Charles County has consistently ranked among the top 20 counties in the USA for median annual household income – nearly $90,000. Part of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area, the County boasts a moderate cost of living, recreational opportunities, cultural activities, lower crime rates, diverse dining options and access to shopping, including the regional mall in St. Charles Towne Center. Charles County is well-positioned to continue to grow its retail industry to accommodate its fast-growing population The County is also within commuting distance of 1.836 million workers.
Situated along the well-trafficked US Route 301, Charles County includes many available retail spaces, with average retail lease rates which are more than 30 percent lower than less than the DC Metro average. In addition, average weekly wages are 31 percent less than Maryland’s average and 45 percent less than the DC Metro average.
Despite recent employment gains, Charles County’s retail market remains less saturated than other DC Metro area locations: A recent study commissioned by the Department shows that county shoppers spend nearly 50% of their shopping dollars outside the County. This presents an excellent opportunity for retail center investors and retailers to tap into the Charles County market.
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Ignite Entrepreneurship: Tips for Success from the College of Southern Marylandís Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute
In our newest blog series, “Ignite Entrepreneurship,” we profile local entrepreneurs to learn more about what “ignited” their success, and also gain insights about being an entrepreneur in Charles County. For the first blog of this series, we sat down with Thomas Luginbill, director of the College of Southern Maryland’s newly-established Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute (EII).
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“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures
“Charles County’s strategic location in the DC Metro region affords us networking and business opportunities with some of the top names in our industry."
Director of Business Development