The region known as “Southern Maryland” Maryland”includes Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties. Southern Maryland is currently the fastest growing geographic region in the state of Maryland. The area’s strong population and economic growth is due, in part, to area dynamics and the close proximity to the Nation’s Capitol. Calvert and St. Mary’s counties are among the leaders in growth in the region with a combined projected population increase of 81% over the next two decades due to the Department of Defense’s efforts to consolidate military activities at Patuxent River Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). The 1991 and 1993 decisions of the federal defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission changed the face of Southern Maryland forever. Thousands of new administrative, engineering, and high-technology research and development jobs representing several hundred million dollars worth of programs were reassigned to Patuxent River, nearby Dahlgren, and Indian Head naval installations. These decisions made in the early 90’s, are expected to continue impacting Southern Maryland well into the twenty-first century.
As mentioned, the tremendous appeal of our region is partially due to the area’s dynamics. Our residents enjoy the scenic landscape of a rural atmosphere that is strong in its tobacco, corn, and soybean industries. Any visitor to St. Mary’s County will be enchanted to see the horse-drawn carriages and traditional dress of the members of the resident Amish community. To hearken back to their roots, the Amish shuns telephones, electricity, refrigeration and most other modern conveniences. Amish-made furnishings are known for their affordability and craftsmanship. Pesticide and chemical-free Amish-grown produce is abundantly available at roadside stands. But, in addition to its “home-town” feel, Southern Maryland still has much more to offer.