Strategic Location

Charles County is in the center of the densely populated region extending from Baltimore in the north through Washington, DC to Richmond in the south. One of the oldest counties in Maryland, Charles County has been a hidden gem for more than 350 years, offering residents and businesses a blend of past and present where its rich history, scenic outdoors, and panoramic waterfront views combine with growth and modern development. This unique combination of urban and rural assets in Charles County contributes to a high quality of life while businesses enjoy the benefits of its strategic location.

Charles County is only 30 minutes from Washington, DC and is nestled in the heart of the DC-Baltimore-Richmond corridor, providing businesses and companies with access to more than 10 million people within a two-hour drive. Just 20 minutes away from the Capital Beltway, the County has ample commercial and industrial property that has already received preliminary approvals.

Waldorf and St. Charles serve as the County's center in terms of population, employment, and services. Almost 50 percent of the County's population and 60 percent of its businesses are located in Waldorf. Virtually all of the region's federal and military installations from Patuxent River NAS to Quantico to Fort Meade, including Charles County's Indian Head Naval Support Facility lie within a 40-mile radius of Waldorf.

Centrally located in Charles County is the Town of La Plata, the county seat. U.S. Route 301 travels through Waldorf and La Plata, connecting Charles County to Baltimore and Washington, DC, as well as Virginia's Northern Neck. 

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“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice

Just Tech


“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck


Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn


The Welburn Organization