Urbana, Maryland

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Urbana, Maryland
Census-designated place
A truck of the Urbana Fire Department.
A truck of the Urbana Fire Department.
Urbana, Maryland is located in Maryland
Urbana, Maryland
Urbana, Maryland
Location in Maryland.
Coordinates: 39°19′33″N 77°21′05″W / 39.32583°N 77.35139°W / 39.32583; -77.35139Coordinates: 39°19′33″N 77°21′05″W / 39.32583°N 77.35139°W / 39.32583; -77.35139
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Frederick
 • Total 6.6 sq mi (17.0 km2)
 • Land 6.5 sq mi (16.9 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 459 ft (177 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,175
 • Density 1,411.5/sq mi (540.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 21704
Area code(s) 301
FIPS code 24-79900
GNIS feature ID 0583799

Urbana (pronounced ur-BAN-uh) is a census-designated place located in southern Frederick County, Maryland. It lies at the I-270/MD 80 interchange, about 7.5 miles (12.1 km) southeast of Frederick.


The Urbana area was first settled in 1730.[1] Urbana is home to the historic Landon House, which was built in 1754 in Virginia along the Rappahannock River and relocated to Urbana in 1840. The house served as a military academy and a hospital during the Civil War.[2]

Zion Episcopal church was built in 1802 and served as a house of worship until badly damaged by fire in 1961. Since 2005, it is being restored to its original condition for use as a museum. [3] Amelung House and Glassworks was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[4] Stancioff House was listed in 1975 and Fat Oxen in 1979.[4]


The original Urbana community has been somewhat overshadowed by more recent developments, such as the Villages of Urbana and the Urbana Highlands. These developments (begun in 1999) have swelled Urbana's population and put strain on the community's school system, police force, and utilities.

In 2006, the Urbana Regional Library and Senior Center opened on Amelung Street. The facility includes three floors and over 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2).[5]

Urbana has some of the highest quality ratings for elementary, middle, and high schools in Maryland. The population is very diverse and was named "The 2009 Best Selling Community in Maryland".[6] The community has three swimming pools, a new district park, plenty of tennis and basketball courts and is close to the I-270 technology corridor.

Fannie Mae data center and Legal & General America are headquartered in Urbana. The US Social Security Administration data center is being relocated to Urbana and is expected to bring around 400 high paying IT jobs.


As of the 2010 U.S. Census,[7] there were 9,175 people and 2,804 households residing in the Urbana census-designated place. The population density was 1,411.5 people per square mile (545.2/km²). Ethnically, the population is made up of 66.7% White, 9.0% African-American,.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 17.5% Asian, .0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 4.1% of two or more races, and 10.1% Hispanic or Latino of any race.


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  • The Frederick Celtic Festival is held annually in Urbana. Centerville Elementary School holds a star-spangled celebration and Urbana Elementary holds a strawberry festival. The Urbana Volunteer Fire Department's Carnival takes place in mid-July. Many numerous, smaller celebrations are held at the local pool and community center.


  1. ^ culture/timeline.htm Timeline of the Monocacy River area
  2. ^ http://www.landonhouse.com/about.htm
  3. ^ frederickcountylandmarksfoundation.org
  4. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ fcpl.org
  6. ^ http://www.villagesofurbana.com/
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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