Ocean Pines attracted the attention of Forbes Magazine, which named the community the top place to retire in Maryland for 2018.

“This is fantastic news for our community,” said John Bailey, general manager of the Ocean Pines Association. “Our residents can take great pride in this announcement. Ocean Pines is 50 years young this year and this news just continues to show that the community has withstood the sands of time — and the ocean — and is ready to lead the way into the next decade and beyond as one of the best places to retire on the Atlantic coast.”

The financial experts with the nationwide publication compiled a list of the “Best Places to Retire in Each State” by comparing data on more than 650 places across all U.S. states.

The experts looked for relatively affordable places, as measured by the median home price and cost of living, with a high quality of retirement living. Other key factors include doctor availability, crimes rates, air quality, walkability and bikeability.

The magazine described Ocean Pines as a “wooded waterfront community of 12,000 residents on Maryland's Eastern Shore eight miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean with an above-average ratio of physicians per capita, good air quality and extremely low serious crime rate.”

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