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Area Description

Washington County, Maryland, is in Western Maryland, where Maryland is narrow, fitting between the Pa. Border and the Potomac River, and West Virginia.

The City of Hagerstown and surrounding rural communities, offer a very nice location to retire. Housing prices are cheaper than prominent nearby cities, and all services are offered that make for a good life. We have all major shopping, good arts opportunities and even a good Museum and Symphony!

We are just over an hour and a quarter from Baltimore and Washington, DC, with all the arts, sports, hospitals and services one could possibly need. NYC and Pittsburgh, PA are doable day trips. Further to the west within 2 hours are ski and lake recreational opportunities.

Life in our county allows one to sample American Civil War History first hand. Farms and fruit and vegetable stands are ample during the summer. The weather is not too extreme, though we do have the 4 seasons, and sometimes snow will need to be shoveled. A ski area is nearby in the neighboring Pennsylvania county. Hikers will appreciate that the Appalachian Trail traverses our county.

As a 64 year old man, I have lived in Hagerstown for the last 19 years. I plan to keep my home here, while hopefully escaping the snow along with many other snow-birds when I fully retire.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Washington County Maryland is a terrific place to enjoy life. There is ample opportunity to be engaged in many areas of life, whether you are active or more sedate. For example, the Appalachian Trail passes through our county for the more active. For the sedate, there is a lovely walking/biking trail on the historic C&O Canal tow path. We also have several public gyms, including a brand new YMCA with lots of "senior" opportunities. Summertime concerts by our Hagerstown City Band are held every Sunday night! Downtown hosts the beautiful "Maryland Theatre" which hosts many events all the year. There are several small theatres. Also, you will find that the city of Hagerstown hosts two major events downtown: The Augustoberfest (a German festival of food, music and beer) in August, and in June there is a Jazz/Bluegrass Festival.

Cultural Activities

Summertime concerts by our Hagerstown City Band are held every Sunday night in the beautiful city park! Downtown offers the beautiful "Maryland Theatre" which hosts many events all the year, including the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. There is also a public Arts High School which offers plays, dance, and more. Downtown one will find the Washington County Playhouse, a dinner theatre. There is a fine chorus called Hagerstown Choral Arts in the city. The Hagerstown Community college is also a venue for concerts and plays. The city also hosts events, such as the very popular Jazz Fest every May and the Augustoberfest - a traditional German event each August. In nearby Shepherdstown West Virginia, there is additional arts and entertainment opportunities.

Public transportation

While Hagerstown does have limited air service, major airports are within an hour and a half. Subway into Washington is accessible about 45 minutes away. The Marc Train into Washington and points elsewhere is about 20 minutes south of Hagerstown. The County has a commuter bus for those without autos. I believe most people are best suited to have cars.

Medical Facilities

All medical services are available locally, however it is not difficult to access Major Hospital services within an hour and a half.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  20.8  29.3  37.7  2.9 "  8.0 "
 Feb  22.8  32.5  42.1  2.4 "  7.6 "
 Mar  31.3  41.8  52.2  3.3 "  4.0 "
 Apr  40.5  51.9  63.2  3.4 "  0.4 "
 May  51.2  62.4  73.6  4.1 "  0.0 "
 Jun  59.7  70.7  81.6  3.7 "  0.0 "
 Jul  64.2  75.2  86.1  3.2 "  0.0 "
 Aug  62.0  73.2  84.3  3.3 "  0.0 "
 Sep  55.1  66.0  76.9  3.6 "  0.0 "
 Oct  43.0  54.5  65.9  3.4 "  0.0 "
 Nov  34.6  44.0  53.5  3.4 "  0.9 "
 Dec  26.6  34.6  42.7  2.8 "  3.8 "

We are blessed without serious natural disasters. Weather is typical of mid-Atlantic states. We have summer heat and winter cold, but neither is extreme.

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Cost of Living for Washington County, MD

Washington County, Maryland cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Seniors who live in the region have ample residential opportunities. This is not an expensive area in which to live.

Senior Assistance in Washington County, MD

Washington County, Maryland offers the following assistance for seniors:

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Jobs are available in many retail settings. Volunteer opportunities are also abundant.

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