60 N. Parke St.
Aberdeen, MD 21001.............. 410-272-1600
Just 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, Aberdeen has a family-oriented, small-town feel. With plenty of access to the Chesapeake Bay, the city has a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities. It’s also home to Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Army’s oldest operational proving ground and the county’s largest employer.
Aberdeen’s land area is 6.8 square miles and with a population of approximately 15,000, it averages 2,202 persons per square mile. Mean travel time to work is 25 minutes. Median rent is $863 and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,682.
The city is home to nearly a dozen parks and recreational facilities. Among the parks are skateboarding facilities, a family swim center, various sports fields and a paved walking trail. The city is also home to Ripken Stadium and a minor league baseball team, the Aberdeen IronBirds.
39 N. Hickory Ave.
Bel Air, MD 21014.. 410-638-4550/879-2711
The county seat of Harford County, the town of Bel Air is known as “The Heart of Harford.” The town is host to a number of annual events and festivals, including the delectable Maryland State BBQ Bash and the Chocolate and Candy Festival. Bel Air also hosts a summer concert series and is home to the Center for the Arts at Tudor Hall. With an ideal mix of historic sites like the Hays House and Liriodendron and modern amenities like the newly renovated Harford Mall, Bel Air has something for everything.
Bel Air’s land area is 2.93 square miles and with a population of approximately 10,000, it averages 3,450 persons per square mile. Mean travel time to work is about 30 minutes. Median rent is $1,167 and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,764.
The town maintains five neighborhood parks with a variety of amenities, including a dog park, picnic facilities, play equipment and an amphitheater. The MA & PA Heritage Trail has a nearly 2-mile section in Bel Air, beginning in Heavenly Waters Park and ending at Williams Street.
An unincorporated community in southern Harford County, Edgewood is home to the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground. The rural and suburban area is bordered by the Bush River and the communities of Abingdon and Joppa. A community council represents the needs of the community since Edgewood has no mayor or city hall.
Edgewood’s land area is 17.78 square miles and with a population of approximately 26,000, it averages 1,437 persons per square mile. Mean travel time to work is about 31 minutes. Median rent is $1,103 and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,527.
Edgewood is home to six parks and recreational
facilities, including a community center, sports fields, boat launching facilities and a dog park.
Havre de Grace
711 Pennington Ave.
Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-1800
Frequently called “the best-kept secret in Maryland,” the county’s oldest city on the mouth of the Susquehanna River allows attractions such as the Steppingstone Farm Museum, Concord Point Lighthouse, Decoy Museum, Maritime Museum and Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House to collectively tell its story. Named after the port city of Le Havre, France — French for “Harbor of Grace” — the city at the uppermost reach of Chesapeake Bay has become a tourist destination and one of the busiest communities in the state for festivals, events and cultural activities centered on the half-mile Promenade, a waterfront boardwalk.
Havre de Grace’s land area is 5.5 square miles and with a population of approximately 13,000, it averages 2,356 persons per square mile. Mean travel time to work is 27 minutes. Median rent is $906 and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $2,049.
The city has 14 parks and recreational facilities, including an activity center, sports facilities, walking trails, fishing piers and more. The city is also home to Susquehanna State Park, which features a historic working grist mill, the canal, a campground and the Archer mansion.