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Overview: On the eastern banks of the Chesapeake Bay in eastern Maryland, artsy Easton is the hub of Talbot County. Its courthouse was built in 1711, and this waterfront town has a solid, established feeling. It has been growing, too, mushrooming by 8% within the last decade.
The city has a mix of new gated communities, established modest neighborhoods with ranch ramblers and older, shaded, waterfront areas with large homes. The quaint, walkable downtown, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is lined with well-kept Colonial, Federal and Victorian buildings that evoke an earlier time. Many now house galleries, specialty shops, good restaurants, fun bookstores and more. Easton also has the oldest Quaker meeting house and an African American settlement that dates from 1790. The city's Avalon Theatre presents national acts and is a venue for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Easton's historic Academy Art Museum hosts special events and classes, and the Talbot County Arts Council supports individuals, organizations, and lifelong learners.
Easton is the home of the Talbot County Fair and downtown's Waterfowl Festival, a celebration of art, food and wildlife conservation. Residents enjoy four golf course and several nearby state parks. The Bay and its tributaries are perfect for sailing, canoeing, fishing and crabbing, and the Bill Burton Fishing Pier is open 24 hours per day. The Pickering Creek Audubon Center features hardwood forests and non-tidal wetlands.
Population: 17,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 43%
Cost of Living: 4% above the national average
Median Home Price: $285,000
Climate: Summers temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 41 inches of rain and 11 inches of snow per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 37%
Is Maryland Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Notes: The city is racially diverse. Easton has received some national attention as a nice little town.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Charles I of England granted a royal charter for Maryland in 1632, and English settlers arrived in 1634. Early on, it was primarily home to indentured servants, convicts and Catholics (and was one of the only early settlements to have Catholics in positions of power).
The Mason Dixon Line was created in the mid-1700s, and Maryland gave away some land in 1791 to create the District of Colombia, which is now the location of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the White House. British troops attempted to capture Baltimore in 1814, prompting Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner. Maryland was a slave state during the Civil War but stayed in the Union.
Maryland covers both sides of Chesapeake Bay, and it has one of the longest waterfronts of any state. A few vital agricultural products are nursery and greenhouse products, dairy products, chickens, soybeans and eggs. The waters from Chesapeake Bay grow clams, finned fish, oysters and crabs.
Baltimore is home to Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, and Annapolis, the state capital, is the site of the U.S. Naval Academy. Popular sites for visitors include Harpers Ferry, Fort McHenry, Antietam National Battlefield, the U.S.S. Constellation, the National Aquarium and the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Population - 6,931,030
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 90%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 38%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 8%
White persons, not Hispanic - 54%
Median household income - $74,555
Median home value - $286,900
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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