Living in Charles County

Charles County is a county in Maryland, and is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Many Charles County properties are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the historical Pleasant Hill, home of the Spalding and Green Families, and the distinguished Green Park.


Some of the county’s top employers include: Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center, Charles County Board of Education, Charles County Government, College of Southern Maryland, Civista Medical Center, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Safeway, Target, the Facchina Group of Companies, McDonald’s, Genesis Health Care, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Bloomin’ Brands, Darden Restaurants, Charles County Nursing Home, and Macy’s.

Cost Of Living

Compared to the rest of the country, Charles County is very expensive, 16% moreso than the country average. This can be seen in the average prices of grocery items, which are 15% more expensive than the national average, housing at 37%, transportation at 6%, health at 1% and utilities at 10%.


Charles County has a population of 147,000 people as of 2015, having increased by 22% in 15 years. The majority of the population are Caucasian, with 50%, African American 41%, Asian American 3%, and people of other races less than 1%. The residents enjoy living here because of the various health benefits, an example of which is the air quality being higher than in most other counties.


77% of Charles County residents use their own cars as their main means of transportation and 11% carpool with others. Some of the major highways in the county include: Maryland Route 5, U.S. Route 301, Maryland Route 6, Maryland Route 224, Maryland Route 210, Maryland Route 228, and Maryland Route 925.

Real Estate

The median cost of homes in Charles County is $234,000, and it’s expected that this will increase in the next few years by 9%. Renting an apartment is also expensive, prices ranging from $1,154 to $2,429 per month between studio apartments and 4-bedroom apartments.


The public schools in Charles County spend $13,532 per student every year, while $12,435 is the average in the country. Charles County is a place that boasts of a high number of educated people, leading to a high competition for employment. About 8% of the residents over 25 years have a Master’s Degree, while 1% have a Doctorate Degree.

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