Solomons Island : Maryland

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What it's Like to Retire in Solomons Island

Solomons Island, also known as Solomon, is a charming small town on the banks of the Patuxent River where it meets the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Popular with tourists and boaters alike, it bustles in summer where folks coem to eat and drink and enjoy the water views. The population is just over 2,000. The area has been inhabited since colonial times and was a center for ship building to support the local fishing industry in the 19th century. The town now welcomes tourists with numerous marinas, seafood restaurants, gift shops, a boardwalk, a sculpture garden, the Calvert Marine Museum where visitors can climb atop a former lighthouse, harbor cruises, and occasional famous performer concerts outdoors. Solomons also has three major hotels, a U.S. Navy family recreation center, and a church retirement home. St. Peter's Chapel is an historic 1889 Carpenter Gothic-style church.


Where to Retire in Solomons Island and Home Prices

The island is not big but there are some quite side streets with some nice houses. We are not aware of any active communities on the Island, although there are some nearby. The Zillow Home Index value stood at $280,000 in late 2016.


What is special about Solomons Island

Its setting as an island on a river and Chesapeake Bay is spectacular.  The Tiki Bar of Solomons attracts unbelievable crowds in season, tens of thousands of them. The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons is a Smithsonian-affiliated forested sculpture park with first rate pieces of art.  It is great for boaters with harbors and marinas galore.


What is not special about Solomons Island

The town is very small and the area is hard to get to. It can get quite crowded and congested in season.


Who will like retirement in Solomons Island

Boaters and people who like living in a small town on the water will love it here.


Local economy is driven by

Tourism is important. The local navy base at Patuxent is the major economic force in the area.


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temp is in the 30s and the July temp in the high 70s. It is situated on the banks of the Patuxent River and Cheseapeak Bay in a quiet part of Maryland, south of Annapolis.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are several seafood restaurants to choose from. The Tiki Bar of Solomons is the most famous watering hole in the area.  The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons is a Smithsonian-affiliated forested sculpture park where creations of major sculptors are on exhibit.Most sculptures are on loan from the National Gallery of Art or the Hirshhorn Museum. At the Calvert Marine Museum visitors can climb a former lighthouse listen to occasional famous performer concerts outdoors.



What crime there is is related to the presence of tourists.


Medical facilities

Medstar St. Mary's Hospital in nearby Leonardtown is the closest hospital.



There are no major roadways or public transportation in the area.


Valuable Links

Wikipedia page on Solomons


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  • State: MD
  • Environment: Coastal,Small Town,Boating Community,Island,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 65+
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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