Annapolis, the capital of the State of Maryland, is one of America’s oldest, most distinguished, and charming communities. A city with a population of 38,509 (2011 census), it makes a wonderful '''retirement community''' for those who can afford to live here. The city is situated on the Severn River near Chesapeake Bay. It is also home to the United States Naval Academy and St. John's College.
Annapolis, Maryland attracts active adults because of its wonderful charm as an 18th century colonial capital, preserved in the Colonial Annapolis Historic District. If you are a history buff and you love antiques, this is the place for you. The community dates back to 1649 when some Puritan exiles from Virginia settled here. The community boasts that it has the largest collection of 18th century buildings of any other city in the U.S. Photo of street with church in background courtesy of Wikipedia by high limitzz via Flickr.
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Where to Retire in Annapolis and Home Prices
Annapolis is a very desirable place to live for anyone, but particularly for active adults 55+ who have the time and inclination to live a slower lifestyle. Some say that the place has become too developed. Retirees can choose to live in an antique home in the downtown, or in a development nearby. Real estate prices reflect the desirability of living here. Zillow.com reported that the median home value in mid-2019 was $425,500, making this an expensive place to live.
What is special about Annapolis
You get to live in an 18th Century Museum; U.S. Naval Academy (since 1845) and St. Johns College; Proximity to great boating on the Chesapeake Bay; Many upscale housing opportunities for retirees, including many apartments; Great shops; The nation's largest in-water sailboat and powerboat show
What is not special about Annapolis
Annapolis is so desirable that is has become quite expensive; Crowds and traffic; Living in a museum.
Who will like retirement in Annapolis
People live here who like being in an antique atmosphere and don't mind the continual presence of tourists.
Local economy is driven by
Tourism, retail, education, real estate, military industrial complex
Climate and Physical Environment
Annapolis is just inland on the Severn River from Chesapeake Bay on the flat Atlantic Coastal Plain. The climate is a warm temperate climate - summers are hot and winters chilly. Here is our review of Leonardtown, MD as a retirement community
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
History buffs will find much to admire here. Resident ensembles include a chamber orchestra, opera, symphony orchestra, and ballet. In the historic district are the Colonial Players, a company with a small theatre-in-the-round stage. Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre presents three shows in the summer. Offerings from the student theatre group at St. John's College free and open to the public
Crime in Annapolis is above the national average.
Anne Arundel Medical Center is in town. Other hospitals are available in nearby Crownsville, Glen Burnie, and Baltimore (22 miles).
Baltimore Washington International Airport, which has frequent flights and low cost carriers such as Southwest Airlines, is 18 miles away. That airport has an Amtrak station. Norfolk NS is 38 miles away. Annapolis' walkability is about average when compared to other towns.
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