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.
Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.
For Maryland state reading:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Maryland
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Maryland
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Maryland
- Best Places To Retire In America
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.
- 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.
Hampstead is a town in Carroll County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The population was 6,323 at the 2010 census.
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, 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.
Glenarden is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,000 at the 2010 census.
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 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 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.
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 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 is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 30th-most populous city in the United States.
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:
For more Maryland reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Maryland
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