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Bel Air, MD 21014

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Bel Air, MD

Bel Air, MD

Bel Air The town of Bel Air is the county seat of Harford County, Maryland, United States. It is the center of the Bel Air-Abingdon, Maryland Micropolitan Area.

Bel Air is Harford County's commercial and nightlife center, with more retail stores and restaurants than any other town in the county. Bel Air is located at 39°32′12″N 76°20′54.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²), all of it land.

Bel Air, the seat of Harford County, is located just north of Baltimore off U.S. Route 1. The population of the town itself is just over 10,000; however, that number blooms to 75,000 when real estate owners in nearby Bel Air North and Bel Air South are included.

As the commercial and entertainment center of the county, Bel Air's downtown is currently undergoing a significant renovation, overseen by the Main Street Improvement Project. This includes the enhancement of pedestrian walkways and streetscapes and the improvement of traffic flow through the town.

Bel Air is served by the Harford County school system, which includes Bel Air elementary school, Bel Air middle school, and Bel Air high school. The town is also home to four private schools and the Harford Community College. This makes Bel Air real estate especially popular among families with school-age children.

With its small-town feel and proximity to the amenities of Baltimore City, Bel Air real estate is some of the area's most desirable.
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Total Population 10,011
Population Density 3,559 Persons/Sq. Mile
Female Population 5,311
Male Population 4700
Population Change since 1990 ↑ 15% Increase
Population Change since 2000 ↑ 6% Increase
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Nearest 2-Year Public College Harford Community College
Distance 4 miles
Nearest 4-Year Public College Goucher College
Distance 16 miles
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Households & Income

Total Number of Households 4,063
Family Households 2,357
Average Family Size 3.07
Average Household Income $71,449
Median Household Income $60,244
Income Change since 1990 ↑ 50% Increase
Income Change since 2000 ↑ 25% Increase
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Crime Rates Compared to National Average

The National Average is designated 1.0 - A value of 2.0 represents twice as much risk while a value of 0.5 represents half as much risk.
Total Crime Risk 0.27
Crime Risk (County) 0.44
Personal Crime Risk (County) 0.52
Murder Crime Risk (County) 0.54
Rape Crime Risk (County) 0.44
Robbery Crime Risk (County) 0.34
Assault Crime Risk (County) 0.62
Property Crime Risk (County) 0.46
Burglary Crime Risk (County) 0.53
Larceny Crime Risk (County) 0.55
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk (County) 0.34
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Average July High Temperature 85.5 °F
Average January Low Temperature 23.0 °F
Annual Precipitation 49.8 inches
Air Pollution Index 86% of National Average
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Sales Tax Rate 6.00%
Nearest Airport Baltimore/washington International Thurgood Marshal
Distance 30 miles
Nearest Major Sports Team Aberdeen Ironbirds (a)
Distance 9 miles
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Bel Air is located on U.S. Route 1, and several miles north of Interstate 95. Route 1 has both a bypass around Bel Air and Hickory, and a business route snaking through downtown. Both are connected by Maryland Route 24 to I-95 in Edgewood.

In the mid 20th century the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad ("Ma and Pa") ran through town, but the tracks have since been dismantled. Much of the railroad's former route in and around Bel Air is now the Ma and Pa walking trail, which cuts through various wooded sections of town in and around Heavenly Waters Park. The main link runs from Williams Street downtown east to the Harford County Equestrian Center and on to Annie's Playground in Benson. A second link already built in Forest Hill was planned to merge with the main trail, but as of late 2006 the link has not been constructed.

A six-level parking garage is located on Hickory Avenue downtown, and there are plans to build a second parking garage elsewhere in town.

The two small plane airports in the metropolitan area are: Forest Hill and Fallston Airport.

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The Outdoors

Belair Business Center Bel Air's central location as the County seat has earned the Town the slogan as 'The Heart of Harford', with the various County and State agencies, regional medical facilities, shopping, entertainment and recreation opportunities conveniently placed within easy access for citizens of Harford County. The Town's excellent schools, safe and clean neighborhoods, and historic district add to its appeal for residents and businesses.

Bel Air offers a wide range of housing and cultural opportunities while maintaining a pleasant small town atmosphere. The Town takes pride in its' community spirit.

The Town has a large number of free publications at both the Town Hall, 39 N. Hickory Avenue, and the Department of Planning and Public Works, 705 Churchville Road. Information is provided on the development approval process, business assistance, landscaping recommendations, and historic preservation, as well as parking guide, walking tours, and calendar of events. Each quarter the Town mails to every resident The Bel Air Bond newsletter.

The Bel Air branch of the Harford County Public Library is one of the largest of the County Library's. The Learning and Sharing Center collection is housed in the Bel Air Branch along with the Library Store, a gift shop for all ages and meeting rooms that are available for private or corporate meetings.

Volunteering is often a great way to become familiar with a new community, meet the people who will be new neighbors, and learn about local activities, events and organizations. We encourage you to become involved in your community by volunteering.

Harford County Parks & Recreation, Bel Air Council sponsors a wide range of activities, programs and events for residents of all ages, including the Bel Air Community Band and the Bel Air Chorus. Parks and Recreation also sponsors the annual Bel Air Festival of the Arts, held on the third Sunday each September at Shamrock Park. Golf, lacrosse, baseball and soccer are more popular than ever and Parks and Recreation offers extensive opportunities for all ages to participate in classes and on teams at all skill levels.