The 10 Best Places To Retire In Maryland For 2022

We analyzed over 31 places in Maryland to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

HomeSnacks is reader-supported. When you click through real estate links on our site, we earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.
Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth 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 2022.

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 12,000 residents. In total, we analyzed 3 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 2022

  1. Bowie
  2. Takoma Park
  3. Ocean Pines

Why did Bowie take the top spot? And where are Bowie and Takoma Park?

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 So, yes, we know what we're talking about.

So, what's the best place to retire in Maryland for 2022? According to the latest data, Bowie is the best place to retire in Little America for 2022.

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 2022

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 58,158
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $1,937
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bowie, MD

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 17,703
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $1,156
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Takoma Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Takoma Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 12,950
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $1,585
Distance to Closest Airport: 80 miles
More on Ocean Pines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ocean Pines, MD

Source: Town of Ocean Pines

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Old Line State for 2022

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 12,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 3 places from across the state.

For these 3, 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 3, 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.

Summary: 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. Ocean Pines
  2. Takoma Park
  3. Bowie

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Maryland?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Bowie 58,158 $1,937
2 Takoma Park 17,703 $1,156
3 Ocean Pines 12,950 $1,585

How Is The Area In ?

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.