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. New Carrollton
  3. Greenbelt
  4. Bladensburg
  5. Bowie
  6. Frederick
  7. Laurel
  8. Annapolis
  9. Brunswick
  10. Mount Rainier

Why did Glenarden take the top spot? And where are Baltimore and Frederick? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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 2014: 6,145
Cost Of Living: 106
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,269
Glenarden ranked 1 overall thanks to its 12 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.

2. New Carrollton

New Carrollton, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,412
Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,142
New Carrollton ranked 2 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 14 place safety rank.

3. Greenbelt

Greenbelt, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,612
Cost Of Living: 98
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,735
Greenbelt ranked 3 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 16 place safety rank.

4. Bladensburg

Bladensburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,371
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,759
Bladensburg ranked 4 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 25 place safety rank.

5. Bowie

Bowie, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,335
Cost Of Living: 126
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,634
Bowie ranked 5 overall thanks to its 28 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.

6. Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,646
Cost Of Living: 115
Distance to Closest Airport: 198 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,768
Frederick ranked 6 overall thanks to its 19 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.

7. Laurel

Laurel, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,673
Cost Of Living: 123
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,160
Laurel ranked 7 overall thanks to its 26 place rank for cost of living and 20 place safety rank.

8. Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,599
Cost Of Living: 137
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,961
Annapolis ranked 8 overall thanks to its 30 place rank for cost of living and 13 place safety rank.

9. Brunswick

Brunswick, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,006
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,831
Brunswick ranked 9 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.

10. Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, Maryland

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,277
Cost Of Living: 120
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,011
Mount Rainier ranked 10 overall thanks to its 24 place rank for cost of living and 19 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 6,145 106 19 1,269
New Carrollton 2 12,412 111 18 3,142
Greenbelt 3 23,612 98 17 3,735
Bladensburg 4 9,371 102 21 4,759
Bowie 5 56,335 126 15 1,634
Frederick 6 66,646 115 198 2,768
Laurel 7 25,673 123 11 4,160
Annapolis 8 38,599 137 16 2,961
Brunswick 9 6,006 102 27 1,831
Mount Rainier 10 8,277 120 22 4,011
Riverdale Park 11 7,119 127 20 2,753
Cheverly 12 6,307 122 21 2,917
Taneytown 13 6,738 110 42 1,187
Hampstead 14 6,342 115 31 1,119
Frostburg 15 8,802 89 90 2,374
Frederick 16 66,646 115 33 2,768
Baltimore 17 622,271 88 9 6,069
Hagerstown 18 40,295 88 49 4,320
Takoma Park 19 17,307 152 22 3,784
Hagerstown 20 40,295 88 50 4,320
Hyattsville 21 18,049 116 21 7,008
Havre De Grace 22 13,360 112 39 2,559
Thurmont 23 6,333 111 46 1,247
Aberdeen 24 15,137 104 35 3,745
Westminster 25 18,656 117 33 4,465
Salisbury 26 31,334 93 80 6,769
Cumberland 27 20,557 86 84 7,077
Easton 28 16,541 116 42 3,615
Elkton 29 15,673 112 35 8,862
Cambridge 30 12,511 105 53 7,209
La Plata 31 8,903 125 38 4,223

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