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 Hampstead don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the Old Line State to retire for 2018:
- Hampstead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bowie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Easton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Glenarden (Homes For Sale)
- Taneytown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Thurmont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Annapolis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brunswick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Aberdeen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Baltimore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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 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.
Population: 6,352Median Rent: $844
Distance to Closest Airport: 31 miles
Crime Per 100k: 771
More on Hampstead: Homes For Sale | Data
Between 1736 and 1738, Robert Owings was assigned to ‘cut a new road as Christopher Gist had marked it’ south from Conewago (now Hanover, Pennsylvania) to a point about halfway to Fort Garrison in Baltimore County. The village of Spring Garden became a stage-line stop on the new road and later became the town of Hampstead, named after Hampstead, in England. The first settlers to the area were English immigrants who made their way west from the Port of Philadelphia. They were followed by Scots and Germans. Hampstead was used by farmers from surrounding areas as a center to obtain goods brought from Baltimore and to send produce to markets in Baltimore and Pennsylvania. The level and fertile land, coupled with the availability of lime, gave farmers important advantages for successful farming. In 1879, the Harrisburg Division of the Western Maryland Railroad reached Hampstead. The accessibility of the railroad attracted new residents and made dairy farming profitable.
Population: 57,633Median Rent: $1,803
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,407
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The city of Bowie owes its existence to the railway. In 1853 Colonel William Duckett Bowie obtained a charter from the Maryland legislature to construct a rail line into Southern Maryland. In 1869 the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Company began the construction of a railroad from Baltimore to Southern Maryland, terminating in Pope’s Creek. The area had already been dotted with small farms and large tobacco plantations in an economy based on agriculture and slavery. In 1870, Ben Plumb, a land speculator and developer, sold building lots around the railroad junction and named the settlement Huntington City. By 1872 the line was completed, together with a ‘spur’ to Washington, D.C. and the entire line through Southern Maryland was completed in 1873.
Population: 16,637Median Rent: $1,012
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,029
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Easton is so named because of its location east of Saint Michaels.
Population: 6,110 Median Rent: $1,115
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,243
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The city was developed in 1919 when W. R. Smith purchased a group of properties about 10 miles east Washington, D.C., and established a residential community of 15 people. Three decades later, under the banner of the Civic Association, the African-American, middle-class suburban community that had developed from Smith?s venture petitioned the State Legislature for incorporation as the Town of Glenarden. The charter was granted on March 30, 1939, making Glenarden the third predominately black incorporated town in the State of Maryland. W. H. Swann was elected as its first mayor.
Population: 6,755Median Rent: $1,007
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,095
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Taneytown was founded in 1754 and became the seat of Taneytown Hundred in colonial Frederick County. Taneytown takes its name from Raphael Taney, a recipient of one of the first land grants in the area, though Taney likely never lived in the town that bears his name. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger Brooke Taney, author of the Dred Scott decision, born in 1777, shares a common ancestor with him. When Carroll County was formed on 19 January 1837, Taneytown Hundred and Taneytown were included.
Population: 6,435Median Rent: $883
Distance to Closest Airport: 46 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,149
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Originally incorporated as the Town of Mechanicstown in 1751, the name of the town was changed to Thurmont by an act of Maryland General Assembly on January 18, 1894. The name Thurmont is derived from thur, the German word for entrance to a mountain, and mons, the Latin word for mountain. At the time of the name change, the town had 1,000 residents, a fire department, a bank, and two hotels.
Population: 39,009Median Rent: $1,454
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,045
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A settlement in the Province of Maryland named ‘Providence’ was founded on the north shore of the Severn River on the middle Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in 1649 by Puritan exiles from the Province/Dominion of Virginia led by third Proprietary Governor William Stone (1603?1660). The settlers later moved to a better-protected harbor on the south shore. The settlement on the south shore was initially named ‘Town at Proctor’s,’ then ‘Town at the Severn,’ and later ‘Anne Arundel’s Towne’ (after Lady Ann Arundell (1616-1649), the wife of Cecilus Calvert, second Lord Baltimore, who died soon afterwards).
Population: 6,101Median Rent: $954
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,458
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The area now known as Brunswick was originally home to the Susquehanna Indians. In 1728 the first settlement was built, and the region became known as Eel Town, because the natives would fish for eel in the Potomac River. A grant to the land was then given to John Hawkins by George II of Great Britain on August 10, 1753. The grant had the name ‘Hawkins Merry-Peep-o-Day’.
Population: 15,361Median Rent: $936
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,148
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Aberdeen was named after Aberdeen, Scotland, by immigrating Scots.
Population: 621,000Median Rent: $974
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,530
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The city has 66 National Register Historic Districts and 33 local historic districts. Over 65,000 properties are designated historic buildings in the National Register of Historic Places listings in Baltimore, more than any other U.S. city.
The historical records of the government of Baltimore are located at the Baltimore City Archives.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire 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:
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