A beach community at heart, Worcester County sits at the easternmost point of Maryland where life moves a little bit slower. This region is deeply rooted in history, apparent with the incredible local architecture of 100-year-old homes and old-town atmosphere. It’s the kind of place that one can’t quite envision until they spend time there. Located just south of Delaware, Worcester County is fairly removed from the hustle and bustle of the major metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington, DC, making way for a life that moves at your own pace.

According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Worcester County was just more than 51,600 throughout the 695 square miles of land. And for those individuals who work, they typically stay within the county limits to do so, as both Baltimore and Washington, DC are roughly a three-hour’s drive.

Jobs and Education in Worcester County

Unsurprisingly, the largest industry and supplier of jobs in Worcester County is the hospitality and tourism industry. Ocean City in particular is a prime attraction for travelers who wish to experience that same slow-paced lifestyle that home owners do. In 2011, the tourism industry brought in more than $36 million in direct consumer tax, which made up for 60 percent of the impact for the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Some of the major employers, according to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, are Harrison Group, Atlantic General Hospital, Walmart, Dough Roller, O.C. Secrets, Clarion Resort Fontainebleau, Phillips Seafood Restaurants and Super Fresh. Agriculture is another major driving factor of the local economy, as it is the second-largest producer of poultry in the state.

Worcester is also home to an outstanding school system. Worcester County Public Schools ranked first in the state for several years in a row for 94 percent of its students scoring advanced or proficient on the Maryland School Assessment. The school system also ranks within the top five for the amount of budget that goes toward the classroom among the 24 school systems in the state. The local schools here have received top honors such as the Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence award, National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence awards and the gold designation for Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies.

The county is also home to its own community college, Wor-Wic Community College, which offers continuing education as well as specialty training like commercial bus and truck driver training programs.

Having fun in Worcester County

It’s not hard to find a way to have a good time in Worcester County. From heading to the white sand beaches to teeing off at one of the area’s golf courses, relaxing is commonplace here. Due to the ideal location and landscape, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen here as well. One of the most iconic locales here is the island of Assateague, home of the famous wild ponies. Residents of Worcester County can experience the majesty and beauty of this stunningly unique island any time.



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