Welcome to Anne Arundel

Experience life in the heart of Maryland.

As the most centrally-located county in Maryland, Anne Arundel County is a vibrant location to call home. Annapolis is the site of the state capital and is home to some of the best museums and historic sites in Maryland. Meanwhile, over 588,000 residents call Anne Arundel home, making it the state’s fourth most populous county. The
county of Anne Arundel was created in 1650 and was named for Lady Anne Arundell, a member of the ancient family of Arundells in Cornwell, England. 

Since its early beginning, Anne Arundel County has become a highly sought-after place to reside. Today, the county boasts a diverse mix of communities, numerous attractions, Chesapeake Bay waterfront,  top-notch amenities, and highly-ranked educational and employment opportunities. 

What to Love 

  • Home of the Annapolis state capitol and convenient location 
  • Waterfront homes and sweeping views
  • Vibrant communities with a rich history
  • Fantastic lifestyle along the Chesapeake Bay

Local Lifestyle 

Anne Arundel county is the perfect choice for those who are looking to settle down and enjoy history, yet still have big city amenities in close proximity. Everyone from retirees to city-commuting professionals to families have made their home here. Anne Arundel county has become a popular place to raise a family, in large part due the highly-ranked schools available here. The Anne Arundel County Public Schools system boasts 18 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and 21 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, demonstrating the community’s commitment to educational excellence. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

From hole-in-the-wall cafes to upscale waterfront dining, Anne Arundel county has something for everyone. Experience waterfront dining at The Point Crab House & Grill, located in Arnold. The dining room offers casual, contemporary dining with sweeping views of the water and delicious cuisine. For an upscale culinary experience, make a reservation at The Blackwell Barn & Lodge. This refined restaurant serves classic American dishes in a modern, chic interior. Those preferring a more casual experience can head to Killarney House. This traditional tavern is well-loved for their traditional Irish fare and liev music. 

Get ready to shop until you drop by visiting the Annapolis Town Center, a premier retail destination offering nearly 40 stores. From fitness centers to spas to local boutiques, this mall has something for everyone. Don’t forget to check out the Arundel Mills Mall, home to the Live! casino, fine-dining restaurants, and a lavish hotel. The mall consists of more than 200 stores, making it the perfect place to enjoy some retail therapy.

Things to Do

Whether you’re visiting or lucky enough to call Anne Arundel county home, don’t miss out on all this dynamic county has to offer. Among Maryland’s highlights are the U.S. Naval Academy and the associated Naval Museum, showcasing the history of the region. Annapolis was one of the first cities to be designated as a National Historic Landmark District, as well as one of the oldest cities in the nation. An excellent way to see major historic sites is by participating in a Heart of Annapolis walking tour.

With over 500 miles of shoreline, Anne Arundel County is known for its myriad of water recreational activities. The area has gained a reputation for its prime boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing, and swimming activities. Be sure to check out the Annapolis Boat Shows, a celebrated event that takes place each spring. 


Anne Arundel is served by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools and is fortunate to offer access to a number of top-notch schools, including both private and private options. Best schools include: 

  • West Annapolis Elementary
  • Severna Park High School
  • Broadneck High School
  • SouthRiver High School
  • US Naval Academy

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