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Overview of Fort Washington

Located south of Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., the small community of Fort Washington is one of the most well respected suburbs in the Tri-State Area. The town gets its name from the historical U.S. Army fort that was built to protect American troops from the British during the War of 1812. The city is steeped in a rich heritage and so close to everything the D.C. area has to offer, so it is no surprise that Fort Washington apartments for rent are such a sought after commodity. With a 2010 population of nearly 24,000 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, this small community is a fantastic small-town refuge from the jostle of the city.

Living in Fort Washington, MD

Fort Washington was originally an Army post in 1809 to guard the nation's capitol. After it was destroyed, it was rebuilt in 1824 with extensive remodeling. Until the end of the 19th century, the community was largely a military area and served as the the only local protection from the Confederate Army for the Union during the Civil War.

According to The Washington Post, the median age is 33, making it a very youthful area full of promise for the future. The city prides itself on its diversity and multi-cultural population. The best ways to get around in the area include access to the Metrorail, which can easily transport residents to the D.C. area, according to the Prince George's County website.

Fort Washington Work and Study

The leading industry in the area is public administration. However, there have been significant gains in the educational, health and social services sectors, and professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services. According to simplyhired.com's Fort Washington trends data, the number of jobs in the area has increased by a staggering rate since late 2009, making this city a great place to find a job.

One of the largest schools in the area is Temple University, a mainstay in the community since 1884. Because the school attracts around 39,000 students every year, students looking for Fort Washington apartments should begin their search as soon as they are enrolled to secure the best deal on their perfect pad. This excellent institution offers 333 academic programs on a 186-acre campus. Temple is also home to an excellent research facility with a world-renowned faculty that is committed to educating the diverse population of the D.C. area.

Rentals in Fort Washington, MD and Cost of Living

Since the city's population and jobs are growing quickly in the area, the cost of living index in the city is higher than the nation's average. However, the median household income in Fort Washington is around $30,000 more per year than the average Maryland home. According to information from city-data.com, the median gross rent in the area was $1,424 per month.

Fort Washington Attractions and Special Events

The area is known for its many golf courses, and Henson Creek is one of the city's finest. Designed by Edmund Ault, this par 33 nine-hole course is located on a beautiful 53-acre spread of rolling hills and tree-lined fairways. Another popular place where you can work on your swing is Tantallon Country Club, a 18-hole, semi-private course that features over 6,600 yards of fun for the whole family. This challenging course is privately managed with a 72.5 course rating.

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