If you’re ready to retire, you’re probably ready to leave the congestion, high prices, and general hustle of D.C.
behind. Of course, you don’t want to leave the history, culture, and entertainment you love too far behind either.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best places to retire near the city. These D.C. suburbs provide a laid-back lifestyle close to all the city amenities you love. Plus, they have a whole lot of cool amenities of their own.
Let’s take a look at the 10 suburbs that made the cut.
1. Kensington, MD
Source: Explore Kensington via Facebook
- Total crimes per 100k: 461
- Number of senior amenities: 52
- Residents 65 and up: 18.7 percent
The peaceful small town of Kensington kicks off our list of the best places to retire near D.C. with plenty of charming Cape Cod style homes and low maintenance condos for potential home buyers.
Grab fresh local produce at the Kensington Farmers Market, or enjoy a picnic under the mature trees in Kensington’s numerous city parks. Performances at the Kensington Arts Theater and numerous local art galleries are sure to please arts and culture enthusiasts.
2. Frederick, MD
Source: Flickr user jmd41280
- Cost of living: 109, compared to the D.C. average of 134
- Median home price: $255,600
Your retirement fund will go a whole lot further in the affordable D.C. suburb of Frederick. Home buyers will find low maintenance townhouses in historic buildings and spacious ranch style homes.
Enjoy a jazz performance at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, hit the links at the Frederick City Golf Course, or have a picnic at Rose Hill Manor Park after touring the historic 1790s home.
3. Annapolis, MD
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- Number of doctors: 506
- Number of senior amenities: 400
The waterfront city of Annapolis earns the third place spot on our list with a variety of housing options for retirees, including modern townhouses, Cape Cod style homes, and ranch houses.
Sail, fish, or enjoy a picnic by the water at one of Annapolis’s scenic coves. Residents can also tap into their artsy sides by taking a class at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
4. Manassas, VA
Source: City of Manassas, VA – Government via Facebook
- Cost of living: 112, compared to the D.C. average of 134
- Median home price: $247,100
Retirees searching for the perfect modern townhouse or spacious ranch style home on a large lot will have their pick in the D.C. suburb of Manassas.
Hit the links at the General’s Ridge Golf Course, or browse local shops and galleries in the thriving Manassas downtown. Convenient shopping from brand name retailers is available at the Manassas Mall.
5. Chevy Chase, MD
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- Number of doctors: 490
- Number of senior amenities: 50
The peaceful small town of Chevy Chase earns the fifth place spot on our list with a variety of housing options, from low maintenance condos to historic Cape Cod style homes.
Golf enthusiasts will feel right at home at the Columbia Country Club and Chevy Chase Club, while nature lovers will flock to the Ray’s Meadow Park for a hike or picnic. Check out a new book or join a club at the Chevy Chase Library.
6. Rockville, MD
Source: City of Rockville, City Hall via Facebook
- Residents 65 and up: 14.7 percent
- Number of doctors: 969
The scenic small city of Rockville has a variety of great housing options for retirees, including ranch style homes, modern townhouses, and retirement homes.
Shop and dine in the pedestrian friendly Rockville Town Center, or hit the links at the scenic RedGate Golf Course. Arts and culture enthusiasts will love the local F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, which hosts musicals, opera, and ballet.
7. Bowie, MD
Source: City of Bowie Government via Facebook
- Residents 65 and up: 11.2 percent
- Median home price: $325,600
Retirees searching for affordable ranch style homes on large lots or modern townhouses in well-maintained communities will have their pick of great housing options in Bowie.
Hit the links at the Bowie Golf and Country Club, or enjoy fishing, picnics, and walking paths at the scenic Allen Pond Park. Convenient shopping from brand name retailers is available at the Bowie Town Center mall.
8. Mount Airy, MD
Source: Town of Mount Airy via Facebook
- Cost of living: 124, compared to the D.C. average of 134
- Number of senior amenities: 64
Retirees looking for a small town vibe and close-knit community will be drawn to the eighth suburb on our list, Mount Airy. Farmhouse, Cape Cod, and ranch style homes are common in this suburb.
Enjoy a stroll through well-maintained Watkins Park, or grab fresh local produce at the Wednesday Farmer’s Market. Specialty shops and restaurants are available along Mount Airy’s thriving Main Street.
9. Laurel, MD
Source: City of Laurel – Government via Facebook
- Cost of living: 115, compared to the D.C. average of 134
- Median home price: $272,000
Laurel earns the ninth place spot on our list of the best places to retire near D.C. Retirees searching for affordable townhouses or sprawling ranch style homes will have their pick.
Enjoy shopping, dining, and entertainment at the Towne Center at Laurel, or relax and hit the links at the Patuxent Greens Golf Club. Have a picnic by the lake at Grandville Gude Park.
10. Bethesda, MD
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- Residents 65 and up: 17.5 percent
- Number of doctors: 756
Bethesda rounds out our list at number 10 with plenty of chic and low maintenance townhouses and condos for retirees. With 17.5 percent of residents age 65 and up, it won’t be hard to find friends to spend your golden years with.
Downtown Bethesda is full of amenities and activities to keep you busy during your retirement years. Enjoy local and national talent at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, or dine and shop at numerous local eateries and boutiques. Golf enthusiasts can hit the links at Bethesda’s numerous golf courses and clubs.
To create this list of the best D.C. Suburbs for retirees, we took a look at the following retirement friendly criteria:
- Doctors per capita
- Senior amenities per capita (volunteer opportunities, recreation centers, golf courses, restaurants, libraries, arts and entertainment, and retirement homes)
- Cost of living (the lower the better)
- Median home price (the lower the better)
- Percent of residents 65 and up
- Total crimes per 100k
From there, we ranked each suburb in the above categories. Then, because some things are a little more important to retirees than others, we weighted the percent of residents 65 and up and total crimes per 100,000 people so they made up 20 percent of our total score, while the rest of the categories made up 15 percent.
We averaged these weighted scores into one overall score, with the lowest 10 scores going toward our top 10 suburbs for retirement.
To see how the rest of the places we looked at ranked, check out the table below:
Feature image source: Flickr user bobbypadavick
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