These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Maryland


We analyzed over 31 places in Maryland to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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:

  1. Glenarden
  2. Baltimore (Photos)
  3. New Carrollton (Photos)
  4. Greenbelt (Photos)
  5. Bladensburg (Photos)
  6. Bowie (Photos)
  7. Annapolis (Photos)
  8. Laurel (Photos)
  9. Mount Rainier
  10. Brunswick (Photos)

Why did Glenarden take the top spot? And where are Baltimore and Frederick?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Maryland.

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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.

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1. Glenarden


Population: 6,110
Cost Of Living: 106
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,276
Glenarden ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 12th place rank for cost of living and it’s 4th place safety rank.

2. Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 621,000
Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,081
Baltimore ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 3rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 26th place safety rank.

3. New Carrollton

New Carrollton, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,727
Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,064
New Carrollton ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 14th place rank for cost of living and it’s 14th place safety rank.

4. Greenbelt

Greenbelt, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,623
Cost Of Living: 98
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,733
Greenbelt ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 7th place rank for cost of living and it’s 18th place safety rank.

5. Bladensburg

Bladensburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,505
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,692
Bladensburg ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 25th place safety rank.

6. Bowie

Bowie, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,633
Cost Of Living: 126
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,598
Bowie ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 28th place rank for cost of living and it’s 5th place safety rank.

7. Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,009
Cost Of Living: 137
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,930
Annapolis ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 30th place rank for cost of living and it’s 13th place safety rank.

8. Laurel

Laurel, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,703
Cost Of Living: 123
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,155
Laurel ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 26th place rank for cost of living and it’s 21st place safety rank.

9. Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,364
Cost Of Living: 120
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,969
Mount Rainier ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 24th place rank for cost of living and it’s 19th place safety rank.

10. Brunswick

Brunswick, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,101
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,802
Brunswick ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 6th 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
  • Cambridge
  • Elkton

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Maryland

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Glenarden 1 6,110 106 19 1,276
Baltimore 2 621,000 88 9 6,081
New Carrollton 3 12,727 111 18 3,064
Greenbelt 4 23,623 98 17 3,733
Bladensburg 5 9,505 102 21 4,692
Bowie 6 57,633 126 15 1,598
Annapolis 7 39,009 137 16 2,930
Laurel 8 25,703 123 11 4,155
Mount Rainier 9 8,364 120 22 3,969
Brunswick 10 6,101 102 27 1,802
Cheverly 11 6,390 122 21 2,879
Riverdale Park 12 7,221 127 20 2,714
Taneytown 13 6,755 110 42 1,184
Frostburg 14 8,718 89 90 2,397
Hampstead 15 6,352 115 31 1,117
Frederick 16 68,229 115 33 2,704
Takoma Park 17 17,567 152 22 3,728
Hagerstown 18 40,325 88 49 4,317
Hagerstown 19 40,325 88 50 4,317
Hyattsville 20 18,262 116 21 6,926
Havre De Grace 21 13,505 112 39 2,532
Thurmont 22 6,435 111 46 1,227
Aberdeen 23 15,361 104 35 3,691
Frederick 24 68,229 115 198 2,704
Westminster 25 18,665 117 33 4,462
Salisbury 26 32,338 93 80 6,558
Cumberland 27 20,290 86 84 7,171
Easton 28 16,637 116 42 3,594
Elkton 29 15,687 112 35 8,854
Cambridge 30 12,552 105 53 7,186
La Plata 31 9,059 125 38 4,150

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