Everyone has different ideas about what retirement means for them. While many retirees head to Florida to enjoy their golden years in warmth, others stay in Maryland where the autumn leaves change and the holidays glisten with snow.
1. Worcester County
This county is home to the scenic Ocean City and Assateague Island. If ocean views aren't your thing, then check out the charming towns of Berlin or Snow Hill. The median home value is $243,100 and the median household income is $56,773.
2. Talbot County
Tilghman Island, St Michaels, and Oxford are some of the more well known spots in Talbot County but there's much more to enjoy. Several creeks and rivers can be found here, which makes this a county with plenty of fishing opportunities. The median home value is $319,500, with a median household income of $58,228.
3. Kent County
Chestertown is the county seat of Kent County, with charming restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and fun family events. The waterside towns that border the bay are perfect for those who enjoy boating or fishing and the rural areas of the county are perfectly peaceful.
The median home value is $247,200 and the median household income is $58,147.
4. Baltimore County
Many people hear Baltimore County and instantly think of the city. However, Baltimore County is actually home to farmland, sprawling parks, close-knit communities and more. In fact, Baltimore County may be one of the most naturally diverse counties in the state, offering a little bit of everything. The median home value is $246,600 and the median household income is $67,095.
5. Garrett County
If you're looking for affordable housing, then look no further than Garrett County. Although the median household income is $45,432, the median home value is $165,300. People in Garrett County spend much of their time outdoors, as there are ample opportunities for hiking, hunting, and enjoying Maryland's largest lake, known as Deep Creek Lake. If you love mountains, then welcome home.
6. Howard County
Howard County is often ranked as the most livable county in Maryland. It offers high-traffic areas like Columbia, as well as quieter spots like West Friendship. There are many restaurants, stores, and things to do but be sure you've got some money. The median home value is $429,100 and the median household income is $110,238.
7. Queen Anne's County
Queen Anne's County is home to the dreamy Kent Island, which has the best views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The rest of the county is mostly rural, offering peace and quiet to those who seek it. The median home value is $339,900, with the median household income at $85,963.
8. Allegany County
Another mountainous county makes the list and it's incredibly affordable as well. The median home value in Allegany County is $120,800 and the median household income is $40,551. Retirees enjoy their time visiting the little towns speckled throughout the area, riding on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, and visiting the local parks with stunning views.
The above counties are on this list because they received a grade of a B or above on Niche.com’s ranking of best places for retirees. You can view that article
here, but also let us know, what counties would YOU add?