The 10 Best Places To Retire In Maryland For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Maryland.

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 2021.

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.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Maryland For 2021

  1. Easton
  2. Havre de Grace
  3. Bowie
  4. Taneytown
  5. Hampstead
  6. Glenarden
  7. Takoma Park
  8. Annapolis
  9. La Plata
  10. Thurmont

Why did Easton 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 2021? According to the latest data, Easton is the best place to retire in Little America for 2021.

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 2021

Easton, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,591
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $1,096
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on Easton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Havre De Grace, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,652
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $1,003
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
More on Havre De Grace: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bowie, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,481
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $1,888
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taneytown, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,787
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $1,028
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on Taneytown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hampstead, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,362
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $866
Distance to Closest Airport: 31 miles
More on Hampstead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,140
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $1,316
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Glenarden: Real Estate | Data

Takoma Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,672
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $1,143
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Takoma Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Annapolis, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 39,278
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,583
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
More on Annapolis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Plata, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,376
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $1,312
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
More on La Plata: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Thurmont, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,638
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Median Rent: $1,135
Distance to Closest Airport: 46 miles
More on Thurmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Old Line State for 2021

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 Easton, 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 Easton.

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 Easton 16,591 $1,096
2 Havre De Grace 13,652 $1,003
3 Bowie 58,481 $1,888
4 Taneytown 6,787 $1,028
5 Hampstead 6,362 $866
6 Glenarden 6,140 $1,316
7 Takoma Park 17,672 $1,143
8 Annapolis 39,278 $1,583
9 La Plata 9,376 $1,312
10 Thurmont 6,638 $1,135

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