When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Maryland.
But where exactly in Maryland? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Maryland that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Glenarden don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Old Line State to retire:
- New Carrollton
- Mount Rainier
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Old Line State
To create our list of the best places in Maryland to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Old Line State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 31 places from across the state.
For these 31, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living
- Low crime
- Things to do (As measured by population density)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 31, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Glenarden, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population 2014: 6,145 Cost Of Living: 106
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,269
Glenarden ranked 1 overall thanks to its 12 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.
2. New Carrollton
Population: 12,412Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,142
New Carrollton ranked 2 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 14 place safety rank.
Population: 23,612Cost Of Living: 98
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,735
Greenbelt ranked 3 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 16 place safety rank.
Population: 9,371Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,759
Bladensburg ranked 4 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 25 place safety rank.
Population: 56,335Cost Of Living: 126
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,634
Bowie ranked 5 overall thanks to its 28 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.
Population: 66,646Cost Of Living: 115
Distance to Closest Airport: 198 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,768
Frederick ranked 6 overall thanks to its 19 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.
Population: 25,673Cost Of Living: 123
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,160
Laurel ranked 7 overall thanks to its 26 place rank for cost of living and 20 place safety rank.
Population: 38,599Cost Of Living: 137
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,961
Annapolis ranked 8 overall thanks to its 30 place rank for cost of living and 13 place safety rank.
Population: 6,006Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,831
Brunswick ranked 9 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.
10. Mount Rainier
Population: 8,277Cost Of Living: 120
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,011
Mount Rainier ranked 10 overall thanks to its 24 place rank for cost of living and 19 place safety rank.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Maryland goes to Glenarden.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- La Plata
For more Maryland reading , check out:
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- These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Maryland
Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Maryland
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