Jessup, Maryland is a neighborhood located in Howard and Anne Arundel counties, just 15 miles south of Baltimore and 40 miles north of Washington D.C in their shared metropolitan area. Its ideal location and relaxed environment have made Jessup a desirable retirement destination.
Climate & Geography
The proximity of Maryland to the Atlantic Ocean keeps the climate at moderate temperatures with hot and humid summers, and mild winters. Residents of Jessup can also expect about 200 sunny days a year and less snow than the national average.
Mostly a residential area, the neighborhood sits on flat land interspersed with densely wooded areas.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Jessup is home to quiet residential streets, a relaxed environment, and a tight-knit community. There are many nature areas where residents can find open fields and local parks, which are ideal for a family outing or barbecue. Not to mention, there are many local businesses, antique shops, and restaurants. Aside from this, it is only a 20 minute drive from Baltimore where residents can find world-class attractions such as the National Aquarium, American Visionary Art Museum, and the Baltimore Orioles national baseball stadium. The nation's capital, Washington D.C., is about 45 minutes away, and features many historic monuments and sites to visit.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Jessup is higher than both national and state averages, which is primarily due to its expensive cost of housing. While other factors such as groceries, utilities, and transportation are near the average, health care costs are well below. The sales tax in Jessup is 6%, though food items, medicine, and medical equipment are not taxed.
In Maryland Social Security benefits are exempt from income tax, however non-public pensions are fully taxed. Public pensions and retirement savings accounts are also subject to tax, but residents 65+ can claim a deduction against them. There is also a homestead tax credit available to all residents of Maryland.
While there is only one hospital in Jessup, its location puts it in proximity to the best hospitals in Washington D.C and Baltimore. Baltimore is home to eight highly-rated hospitals, three of which are nationally ranked by U.S News. Additionally, Washington D.C is home to two nationally ranked hospitals and medical centers.