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Maryland Ranks 6th Worst State for Retirement

Do you like retired life in Anne Arundel County? Tell us in the comments.

According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and Money-Rates.com, Maryland is the sixth worst place to retire in the United States.

But that hasn’t stopped more than 94,000 people older than 60 who call Anne Arundel County home, according to the 2010 census. The number means approximately 17.6 percent of the county’s entire population are of the retiring age according to Mary Felter, public information officer for the county’s Department of Aging and Disabilities.

Since the mid-1990s, the average retirement age has risen from 62 to 64 for men and 60 to 62 for women, according to www.money.usnews.com.

However, according to publications, Maryland isn’t an ideal place to retire.

Money-Rates.com used a specific set of criteria in determining ideal retirement states, and Maryland ranked relatively low on almost all the categories. Ranging from economic factors to the state’s climate, Maryland didn’t stack up well based on retiree’s desired circumstances, according to the website.

One of the primary reasons for Maryland's low ranking is because of the high cost of living.

According to Money-Rates’ ranking system, Maryland’s life expectancy is set at 76.3 years, a number lower than most states. Maryland’s violent crime rate is also among the 10 worst in the nation, another detractor for the Old Line State.

Despite Marylands low ranking, senior citizens in southern Anne Arundel County benefit from a host of services provided by the county's Department of Aging and Disabilities.

With these transportation, financial and housing resources, retirement-age citizens in south county can conveniently get what the need, when they need it. 

Maryland only finished better than Alaska, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan and Maine.

If you’re retired in Anne Arundel County, tell us in the comments why you like living in Maryland?

bob May 05, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Great! Who wants a bunch of old fogies around anyways? I'm retired and don't want anymore slackers to move into the neighborhood.
Jen Reilly May 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Geeze, Bob! That's a sad way to look at people who have worked their entire life and now want to rest or even volunteer their time in their twilight years! I'm not retired, nor near retirement age. I'm 46. However, my mom and dad were here in their end years. The opportunities and programs offered for the retirement set are amazing! I look forward to retiring in Maryland (hopefully Anne Arundel County) in another 20-30 years. The only problem I see to retiring here is what ranks Maryland so poorly - cost of living.
Maryellen Brady May 07, 2012 at 02:14 AM
In AA county, we have access to some of the best health care services in the STATE. We have an excellent DEPT OF AGING that takes its responsibilities seriously. We can live anywhere in the county and get transportation to needed services. In MD we have home owner tax credits, and SS is not taxable. There are other income tax breaks for retirees and military veterans. And I placed an order for $165.00 for groceries and paid 33 cents sales tax. Unlike VA and other states, MD does not tax food. Quality of life matters and in MD, seniors are respected. I find this study very hard to believe.

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