10 Best Places To Retire In Maryland For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Maryland.

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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 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.

Where exactly in Maryland is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Hampstead as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 Hampstead don’t mind us spreading the word.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Maryland state reading:

Hampstead, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,352
Rank Last Year: 37 (Up 36)
Median Rent: $844
Distance to Closest Airport: 31 miles
More on Hampstead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hampstead is a town in Carroll County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The population was 6,323 at the 2010 census.

Bowie, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 57,633
Rank Last Year: 36 (Up 34)
Median Rent: $1,803
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bowie is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The population was 54,727 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George’s County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014 CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in America list.

Easton, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,637
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 14)
Median Rent: $1,012
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on Easton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Easton, Maryland is an incorporated town and the county seat of Talbot County, Maryland, United States. The population was 15,945 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population in 2015 of 16,617. The primary ZIPCode is 21601, and the secondary is 21606. The primary phone exchange is 822, the auxiliary exchanges are 820, 763, and 770, and the area code is 410.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,110
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 22)
Median Rent: $1,115
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Glenarden: Real Estate | Data

Glenarden is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,000 at the 2010 census.

Taneytown, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,755
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 23)
Median Rent: $1,007
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on Taneytown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taneytown is a town in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,728 at the 2010 census. Taneytown was founded in 1754. Of the town, George Washington once wrote, “Tan-nee town is but a small place with only the Street through wch. the road passes, built on. The buildings are principally of wood.” Taneytown has a history museum that displays the history of the town for visitors and citizens to see. The Bullfrog Road Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Thurmont, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,435
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 20)
Median Rent: $883
Distance to Closest Airport: 46 miles
More on Thurmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Thurmont is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,170 at the 2010 census. The town is located in the northern part of Frederick County, approximately ten miles from the Pennsylvania border, along U.S. Highway 15. It is very close to Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park, which contains the presidential retreat of Camp David. Thurmont is also home to Catoctin Colorfest, an arts and crafts festival that draws in about 125,000 people each autumn.

Annapolis, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 39,009
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 24)
Median Rent: $1,454
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
More on Annapolis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Annapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Maryland, as well as the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, 25 miles south of Baltimore and about 30 miles east of Washington, D.C., Annapolis is part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Its population was measured at 38,394 by the 2010 census.

Review Of Annapolis by HomeSnacks User

Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and a very nice place to visit. The attractions, dining, nearby Naval Academy, and numerous parks and overlooks are a nice for a family.

The small independent shops and restaurants are all fantastic. And the local seafood is a real treat.

Brunswick, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,101
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $954
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
More on Brunswick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brunswick is a city in Frederick County, Maryland, United States at the Maryland/Virginia border. The population was 5,870 at the 2010 census.

Aberdeen, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,361
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $936
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Aberdeen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aberdeen is a city located in Harford County, Maryland, 26 miles from Baltimore. The population was 14,959 at the 2010 United States Census. Aberdeen is the largest municipality in Harford County.

Baltimore, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 621,000
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Median Rent: $974
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Baltimore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 30th-most populous city in the United States.

Review Of Baltimore by HomeSnacks User

The crime is very bad in this city. I love the culture and my neighbors but the extremely high crime rate is making me seriously consider on moving out.

The violence and the robbery. The restaurants in the city are amazing though.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Old Line State for 2019

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 — 508 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 5,000 people that weren’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 as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

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 Hampstead, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Maryland Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Maryland goes to Hampstead.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Fruitland
  2. Bladensburg
  3. Greenbelt

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Maryland?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Hampstead 6,352 $844
2 Bowie 57,633 $1,803
3 Easton 16,637 $1,012
4 Glenarden 6,110 $1,115
5 Taneytown 6,755 $1,007
6 Thurmont 6,435 $883
7 Annapolis 39,009 $1,454
8 Brunswick 6,101 $954
9 Aberdeen 15,361 $936
10 Baltimore 621,000 $974

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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