Urbana is a suburban census-designated place located in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. Urbana is located in southeastern Frederick County, centered at the intersection of Maryland Routes 80 and 355. Interstate 270 forms the southwestern edge of the community, with access from Exit 26 (MD 80).
Urbana is part of the humid subtropical climate zone, with hot, humid summers, cool winters, and generous precipitation year-round. It is above the Fall Line, which in turn, gives it slightly lower year-round temperatures than cities to the south, such as Washington, D.C. On average, Urbana gets about 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain (April and May being the two rainiest months on average with nine days of rain each) and 25 inches (640 mm) of snow per year. July is the warmest month, with an average high of approximately 86 °F (30 °C).
In August 2015, Urbana was ranked #35 in the country for Money.com “Best Places to Live 2015”, and in 2018, Urbana was ranked #9 in Maryland for Niche’s Best places to live 2018.
Due to the proximity of nearby I-270 and growth of the Villages of Urbana and creation of the Urbana Corporate Center, Urbana has quickly become a favorable enclave for both housing and business. As of 2016, Urbana is home to the Fannie Mae Data Center and is the current headquarters for Legal & General America. There is also a market located on Sugarloaf Parkway where people can shop.
Urbana offers many walking trails and small parks throughout the villages, making it possible to go almost anywhere in the town completely by foot. Urbana also offers basketball courts, tennis courts, and dozens of smaller parks and small bench areas in almost every neighborhood.
The Fannie Mae Regional Data Center was the first building constructed in the Urbana Corporate Center. Built in 2004, the facility is a 220,000 sq. ft. state of the art office and data center facility with 90,000 sq. ft. of office space, a 60,000 sq. ft. data center, and a 70,000 sq. ft. MEP facility. The Fannie Mae Data center was one of the first data centers in the country to receive LEED certification which included sediment control and storm water management credits.