Urbana, MD

Geographic Location

Urbana is considered part of the DC Metro area and is located in southern Frederick County, Maryland. The community is situated just east of Interstste-270 with MD 80 and MD 355 intersecting near the center of town. The city of Frederick is just 7.5 miles to the north and Washington DC is 44 miles to the south.

Overall Personality

Urbana is nestled in the rolling hills of southern Frederick County. The town offers residential housing within neighborhood settings as well as homes in the quiet rural areas. Shopping and dining is easily accessible and just a short walk from the Villages of Urbana and Urbana Highlands. Recently, Urbana became home to the Fannie Mae Data Center and headquarters for Legal and General America.

Defining Characteristics

The town was first settled in 1730, and is home to the Historic Landon House which served as a military hospital during the civil war. Antietam Battlefield is not far from Urbana and is noted as the battle that changed the course of the Civil War. The battle of Antietam was the first invasion of the North, led by General Robert E. Lee, which helped lead to the freeing of 4 million enslaved Americans. Also located in Urbana is the historic Amelung House and Glassworks which once produced the most beautiful glass in America, some of which is on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum.


Take the family to the new 94 acre Urbana District Park, for a day outdoors. The park includes football, softball, little league, and baseball fields, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds and picnic pavilions. Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard just to the south of Urbana offers a number of award winning wines that you can enjoy in the rolling pastoral setting of the winery. Friday nights at the winery are filled with live music; the perfect way to unwind after a long week. Located right in Urbana is Worthington Manor Golf Club. This public course has been named one of the "Middle Atlantic 50 Best Courses", by Golfstyle. Come and enjoy this picturesque course, and beautiful club house and dining room!


Major Routes: Interstate-270, MD 80 and MD 355. 1-270 Runs between the Capital Beltway, 1-495 and connecting to 1-70 in Frederick. MD 355 runs parallel to 1-270 from Frederick to Bethesda, and is lined with several businesses.
Airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is 43 miles from Urbana. Washington Dulles International airport is located in Virginia and is 47 miles from Urbana. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is 50 miles to the north.
Trains: Amtrack and MARC commuter train lines both travel out of the downtown Frederick station with routes to Washington DC and West Virginia.

Living in Urbana

Urbana is sure to meet the living needs of most everyone. Apartments, condominiums, townhouses and single family homes are available. Two new developments, Villages of Urbana and Urbana Highlands, offer walkable community style living complete with shopping areas, swimming pools, parks, libraries and recreation centers. Others enjoy the quiet living in Urbana's plentiful rural areas where you can find single family homes on larger lots.


Urbana is part of the Frederick County Public School system. Urbana high school has been named one of America's Top High Schools in Newsweek Magazine's 2015 High School Rankings.
High School: Urbana High School
Middle School: Urbana Middle School
Elementary Schools: Urbana Elementary School, Centerville Elementary School

Annual/Seasonal Notes

Festivals: Both Elementary schools in Urbana hold annual Festivals; Urbana Elementary holds the Strawberry Festival and Centerville Elementary holds the Star Spangled Celebration.
Carnivals: The Urbana Volunteer Fire Department's Carnival takes place in midJuly.
The local pool and community center also host celebrations throughout the year.

Farmers Market: The historic Landon House hosts a seasonal Farmer's Market.

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