Salisbury : Maryland


What It Is Like to Retire in Salisbury

Salisbury is an interesting town and seaport on the Wicomico River on the Delmarva Peninsula. Its population is about 28,000 in 2008.  Salisbury is known as the "crossroads of the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) peninsula. The peninsula, somewhat off the beaten path because of its geography,  is popular with retirees for its more reasonable prices and laid back atmosphere.  Salisbury University's presence makes Salisbury a nice college town as well. Photo of Holloway Hall, named after Salisbury University’s first president, Dr. William J. Holloway, courtesy of Wikipedia and Rm08104 (public domain); photo of the Salisbury Zoo sign courtesy of Wikipedia and Wallstreethotrod (public domain).

Where to Retire in Salisbury and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in Salisbury (see link at top left). The median home value in mid-2022 was $220,000 according to


What Is Special about Salisbury

Location on the Delmarva Peninsula. Home to Perdue Chickens and Piedmont Airways, and Salisbury University. A long sea-going history going back to its founding by Lord Baltimore. Home to a minor league baseball team, the Delmarva Shorebirds. Rich cultural life.


What Is Not Special about Salisbury

The local crime rate is pretty high.


Who Will Like Retirement in Salisbury

Salisbury offers the convenience of a full-service town with the benefits of a location on the beautiful Delmarva Peninsula - close to rural areas and the Chesapeake.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Salisbury is the largest town on Maryland's eastern shore. Perdue Farms, Salisbury University, and Piedmont Airways are the stalwarts of its economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

Located on Maryland's eastern shore and the Wicomico River. Central to the Delmarva Peninsula.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The students and professors of Salisbury University are big drivers of the cultural scene.  Salisbury University Arboretum, Salisbury Zoo, Nabb Center for History and Culture, and the Chipman Cultural Center.


The crime rate in Sailsbury is very high.

Medical Facilities

Deer's Head Center and Peninsula General Hospital serve Salisbury and surrounding communities.


Wicomico Regional Airport offers daily commercial service. Shore Transit offers bus service. Salisbury is about average in walkability when compared to other communities.


Valuable Links

Guide to Maryland retirement
City of Salisbury

What people are saying about Salisbury

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