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Retire in Solomons Island, Maryland?

Solomons Island (also known as just Solomons) dates from the 1600s and has been an oyster processing center and a busy shipyard. It sits at the mouth of the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland.

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For much of its history Solomons was an isolated, closely knit community. Today it is a charming, picturesque resort popular with vacationers. Its lovely river boardwalk (called Riverwalk), old iconic lighthouse and seafood restaurants that serve blue crab, oysters and rockfish, among others, are why. For a small place, it has a healthy menu of community events, including the Waterman's Festival, the Harvest Taste of Solomons and the Solomons Christmas Walk. An art gallery and the Calvert Maritime Museum add a touch of culture. Ten or more marinas and the deep water harbor ensure easy access to the Bay. A small grocery, a liquor store and and a handful of maritime shops make up the shopping venues (nearby communities have more supplies). Many homes sit next to the water and have a dock.

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Population:  2,400 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  62%

Cost of Living:  3% above the national average

Median Home Price: $430,000  

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and low-90s.    Winters bring temperatures in the 20s, 30s and 40s.  The area receives 43 inches of rain and a dusting of snow every year

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, 12 miles away, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    No, but MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, 12 miles away, is accredited.

Public Transit:   Yes, and Calvert County provides bus service to surrounding towns, including California, Prince Frederick and Lusby.   Service to Washington, D.C. and a paratransit service are available.

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   No

Political Leanings:  Conservative

Is Maryland Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Somewhat

Cons:   Solomons does not have a public beach.  The closest one with easy access is about 30 miles to the north. 

Notes:   Asbury Solomons Island is a continuing care retirement community located here.   Tourists descend during the summer.  The town has grown 7% within the last decade. Home prices have increased 11% since a year ago.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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Maryland:

Charles I of England granted a royal charter for Maryland in 1632, and English settlers arrived in 1634.  Early on, the area 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.  

The state covers both sides of Chesapeake Bay and it has one of the nation's longest waterfronts. 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.

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