Caroline County Economic Development

Life & Leisure in Caroline County, MD

Jump to:
A Peacful, Easy Feeling
You belong here! Caroline County and the Eastern Shore offer the best of rural life. Our communities are safe and friendly with a gentle pace of living. And yet, we’re within a reasonable drive to some of the world’s best cities, healthcare, and educational institutions.

Top 3 reasons you belong here

buildings and a parking lot
Education
Educational options abound with an excellent public school system and a variety of private schools throughout the region. Higher education is within easy reach, from community colleges to top-ranked universities.
Learn More
a healthcare building
Healthcare
Caroline County is home to outstanding primary care and dental providers. We’re also near to some of the world’s top medical institutions like Johns Hopkins and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Learn More
housing in Maryland
Housing
Buying a home in Caroline County is far more affordable than nearby urban and suburban areas. If you’d like space and privacy, you can find properties with plenty of acreage.
Learn More

Education

Pre-K through High School

Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS)

Caroline County Public Schools provides outstanding K-12 education with five elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools located throughout the county. CCPS also offers full-time Pre-Kindergarten programs for families who meet income eligibility requirements.

Caroline Career & Technology Center (CCTC)

CCPS is home to Caroline Career & Technology Center, which prepares high school students for a variety of technical and STEM careers. Programs like Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) and Youth Apprenticeship provide students with real-world work experience while they are still in high school. 

CCPS students have the opportunity to participate in Dual Enrollment with Chesapeake College, enabling them to earn college credits while still in high school. A robust Advanced Placement curriculum provides additional opportunities for high school students to earn college credits. 

Private Schools

There are many private schools near Caroline County, including schools with and without religious affiliations. These schools provide additional options for parents, and you’ll find many choices within a reasonable commute. 

Children with Special Needs

CCPS provides Special Education for children with disabilities or special learning needs. Children receive customized plans for their individual education, along with additional supports to help them achieve academic success.

Caroline County is also home to Benedictine, a highly regarded regional institution for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Benedictine offers both day programs and residential programs with an emphasis on developing students’ life skills and functional academics. 

The region also offers several private school options that specialize in helping students with learning disabilities and special needs.

Higher Education

Community & Technical Colleges

Chesapeake College offers coursework with credits that transfer to all Maryland state universities, as well as most other accredited institutions nationwide. Chesapeake also offers lifelong learning opportunities through a variety of non-credit courses.

In nearby Delaware, Delaware Technical Community College offers degrees and certificate programs across a variety of academic areas. 

Colleges & Universities

The Eastern Shore is home to Salisbury University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Washington College. The University of Maryland system offers additional campuses within a reasonable commute. Whether recruiting for your workforce or selecting a college for your own child, our proximity to so many institutions of higher education offers tremendous opportunity!

Healthcare

Primary & Dental Care

Choptank Community Health System, the region’s largest provider of primary healthcare and dental care, is headquartered in Caroline County. Choptank Health consistently achieves outstanding patient satisfaction ratings. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Choptank Health is able to provide quality care to all residents regardless of ability to pay.

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) Shore Regional Health offers primary care throughout the region. As part of the UMMS network, patients have access to top specialists in a variety of healthcare disciplines.

Urgent Care

A University of Maryland Urgent Care center is conveniently located in Denton. This facility is open seven days per week and can treat patients for many acute illnesses and injuries.

Medical Specialists & Research Institutions

Some of the world’s best healthcare and medical research institutions are located within a two-hour drive of Caroline County. These include Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland Medical System, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Nemours Children’s Hospital, among others.

Housing

Caroline County offers affordable housing options compared to nearby urban and suburban areas. Here, you can get more house and land for your money, whether you fancy the cozy charm of our small towns or the tranquility of rural living.

With our central location on the Delmarva Peninsula, commuting to Caroline County from neighboring counties and even Delaware is convenient. This accessibility allows businesses to cast a wide net in meeting their workforce needs, making it an attractive option for both residents and employers.

Recreation & Leisure

Caroline County offers a delightful blend of outdoor adventures and small-town charm. Its gentle rivers and creeks are perfect for kayaking and boating, while the flat land beckons cyclists and runners. Parks and nature preserves provide serene hiking opportunities, and the towns boast enticing dining options, entertainment, and family-friendly festivities year-round.

With its proximity to Maryland and Delaware beaches, as well as major metropolitan areas, there’s always something exciting to do. Plus, with four international airports (BWI, IAD, DCA, and PHL) within a two-hour drive, Caroline County truly puts the world at your fingertips.

Explore our Tourism website to discover all the wonderful experiences waiting for you in Caroline County. There’s something here for everyone to enjoy!