Best Places To Retire In Maryland For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Maryland.

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If your retirement requirements include safe, affordable housing, a bunch of fun stuff to do, and fresh Chesapeake Bay blue crab, then Maryland is your state.

And since HomeSnacks is our name and ranking cities is our game, we've created the ultimate guide for people looking to retire in the Old Line State. We produced a list of the best places to retire in Maryland for 2020.

To determine Maryland's cream of the crop, we looked at several important factors like cost of living, crime, amenities, rent and distance to closest national airport for every place with over 5,000 residents. In total, we analyzed 32 cities.

This is what we discovered. One, a majority of Maryland's best places to retire are located close to the state's biggest cities: Baltimore and Frederick. Two, many of Pennsylvania's best places to retire are also some of the state's safest.
And three, you won't have to travel further than 46 miles to get to the closest international airport for any of the places that made our list.

We are also happy to report that Maryland's best places to retire have great neighborhoods, parks, and programs to keep its residents happy, healthy, and you guessed it, safe.

So, want to know where Maryland's hottest retirement deals are located? Keep reading.

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

Now, HomeSnacks is not your just your average website. We've had more than 50 million people read our published articles and we've been featured in hundreds of media outlets for our best of the best rankings, including this Maryland feature by Patch.com. So, yes, we know what we're talking about.

So, what's the best place to retire in Maryland for 2020? According to the latest data, Bowie is the best place to retire in Little America for 2020.

To see how your favorite places in Maryland compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

For more Maryland state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Maryland For 2020

Bowie, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,368
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,885
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.

Taneytown, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,774
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,030
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.

Hampstead, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,340
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $852
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.

Thurmont, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,563
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $949
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.

Takoma Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,622
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $1,155
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Takoma Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Takoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and part of the Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1890, Takoma Park, informally called "Azalea City", is a Tree City USA and a nuclear-free zone. A planned commuter suburb, it is situated along the Metropolitan Branch of the historic Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, just northeast of Washington, D.C., and it borders the neighborhood of Takoma, Washington, D.C. It is governed by an elected mayor and six elected councilmembers, who form the city council, and an appointed city manager, under a council-manager style of government. The city's population was 16,715 at the 2010 national census.

Easton, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,551
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $1,095
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.

Annapolis, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 39,147
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,537
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.

Havre De Grace, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,555
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $1,039
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
More on Havre De Grace: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Havre de Grace , abbreviated HdG, is a city in Harford County, Maryland, situated at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the head of Chesapeake Bay. It is named after the port city of Le Havre, France, which in full was once Le Havre de Grce. The population was 12,952 at the 2010 United States Census. The city was honored as one of America's 20 best small towns to visit in 2014 by Smithsonian magazine.

Cumberland, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,845
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $660
Distance to Closest Airport: 84 miles
More on Cumberland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cumberland Maryland, officially the City of Cumberland, is a western gateway city and seat of Allegany County, Maryland, United States and the primary city of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 20,859, and the metropolitan area had a population of 103,299. Cumberland is a regional business and commercial center for Western and the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. Cumberland is commonly referred to as "Where The South Begins," as official United States Census Bureau records place it below the Mason-Dixon line.

Brunswick, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,193
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Rent: $913
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.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Old Line State for 2020

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 32 places from across the state.

For these 32, 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 32, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Bowie, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Maryland Yet...

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

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 Bowie 58,368 $1,885
2 Taneytown 6,774 $1,030
3 Hampstead 6,340 $852
4 Thurmont 6,563 $949
5 Takoma Park 17,622 $1,155
6 Easton 16,551 $1,095
7 Annapolis 39,147 $1,537
8 Havre De Grace 13,555 $1,039
9 Cumberland 19,845 $660
10 Brunswick 6,193 $913

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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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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