The Charles County Difference: 3 Things About Our Quality of Life

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Indian Head Rail Trail, a scenic 13-mile bike trail built along an abandoned railroad corridor, traverses almost halfway across the county. 

The James E. Richmond Science Center at St. Charles High School includes a NOAA Science on a Sphere, one of approximately 130 in the world and one of only two in public schools.

Photo from the Villages of Steeple Chase in La Plata, MD.

These days in the world of economic development, quality of life offerings are no longer a “nice to have” – they are almost mandatory for any location to compete for business investment and talent attraction. Across the nation, communities are putting more emphasis on their location’s quality of life, on top of touting the more “traditional” assets like cost of business and incentives.

Here in Charles County, we know that we offer our robust workforce and residents a great quality of life and plentiful amenities. Our workforce can enjoy all the cultural, entertainment, and economic advantages of a large urban region, while at the same time, the County remains one of the state's most scenic areas.

This juxtaposition of rural and urban life means employment opportunities and weekend activities can both be found within Charles County, but here are three things you might not know:

  • Great Place to Play: Home to 300 miles of shore line, 17 marinas, and a 60-acre lake, Charles County has an abundance of water activities to enjoy. We also have an astounding 28,000 acres of parks and natural wildlife areas, so it’s hard to believe we’re less than an hour from the D.C. metro area. Whether you’re a swimmer, a hiker, a fisher, or a bird watcher, the open space and waterways that surround our County provide a wealth of activities for our residents to enjoy.
  • Great Place to Learn: Charles County Public Schools have 40 schools and education centers with a total enrollment of 26,981 students. In our schools, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is embedded into curriculum from pre-K through grade 12. The College of Southern Maryland, a regionally accredited community college, offers a variety of learning options, student services, and high-quality workforce development training and support.
  • Great Place to Live: In Charles County, you can choose from a wide range of housing options, including apartments, townhouses, single family homes, historical sites, and waterfront properties. While our high quality of life makes Charles County a great place to live, the cost of living is among the lowest in the D.C. Metro Area. In fact, our largest community, Waldorf, was recently ranked No. 18 in a list of “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” by financial website 24/7 Wall St.

Between our low cost of living, range of housing choices, and proximity to D.C., it’s no surprise that highly skilled talent from millennials to baby boomers is choosing Charles County.

To learn more about the high quality of life in Charles County, visit our Do, Eat & Play page, or contact us at

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