Quality of Life
From the beautiful mountains of Maryland to the spectacular historic architecture of the towns, Allegany County is a welcome respite from the frenetic hustle and bustle of metro living. Allegany County is home to Cumberland, Maryland, which has one of the Nation's hottest housing markets with a 21 percent increase in home values in the first quarter of 2009.
Safe neighborhoods, good schools including two higher education facilities, and a host of places of worship are all part of Allegany County's hometown charm. And the real estate is affordable – in fact, real estate prices in Allegany County are the lowest in the state of Maryland. The average home cost is only $112,000.
We have outstanding health care in Allegany County. UPMC Western Maryland opened its doors in 2009 and provides tri-state area residents with comprehensive health care services in one centralized location on Willowbrook Road in Cumberland. This state-of-the-art facility rises seven stories into the sky, has 275 beds and covers 585,000 square feet of interior space (www.wmhs.com).
Whether it’s outdoor recreation, the arts or history, Allegany County has it all! With 60,000 acres of public wild lands, outdoor fun from mild to wild can be found including rappelling, canoeing, caving, hiking and biking. The Great Allegheny Passage, links the Washington DC to Cumberland C&O Canal Trail with a series of hiking and biking trails in Western Maryland that connect into Pennsylvania, creating a continuous trail of 380 miles from Washington to Pittsburgh. Rocky Gap boasts the only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in the state of Maryland.
The community boasts a vibrant growing and thriving arts community from live theatre to visual arts to great music venues. Allegany County is a mecca for artists looking to create surrounded by the beauty and serenity of the mountains (www.alleganyartscouncil.org.) Our local theatres provide professional performances of the highest caliber, in Cumberland at the Cumberland Theatre and Embassy Theatre and at Frostburg State University through its Performing Art Center (www.mdmountainside.com).
With a history that goes back to pre-Revolutionary times, there’s plenty to explore and discover. Our local museums and historical society offer walking architectural and heritage tours. The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad thrills thousands of visitors every year as they ride the steam train from Cumberland to Frostburg and back (www.wmsr.com.)
Lots to do, lots to see – Allegany County is a great place to live and work. For more information visit the County's Tourism site at www.mdmountainside.com.