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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Princess Anne, Maryland

A quaint historic town with two nearby universities, the U of Maryland Eastern Shore and Salisbury University, Princess Anne, Maryland is a lovely college community. Just 30 minutes to Ocean City and the pristine beaches of Assateague (with the wild horses). 3 hours from Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Williamsburg. Two hours from Annapolis, Wilmington, Cape May and Virginia Beach. There are 300 structures on the National Register of Historic Places in Princess Anne. Much of the town's architectural heritage dates from its early days when it was an important river town in the mid 18th century.

Where to Retire in Princess Anne and Home Prices

Prices have been volatile in Princess Anne.  According to, the median home value In early 2023 was $182,600, much lower than the national home value figure.

What Is Special about Princess Anne

Active historic groups, slow pace, no traffic, plenty of shopping. 300 structures and 150 acres in the Princess Anne Historic District. The Princess Anne Main Street Partnership. The Teackle Mansion is a stunning example of the Federal Style. Architectural styles include authentic Colonial (two structures from 1750's), Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Victorian and American bungalow.

What Is Not Special about Princess Anne

The crime rate in this city for all types of crime is almost double the rate in the rest of Maryland.

Climate and Physical Environment

Mild winters and somewhat mild summers. Ten degrees warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer in comparison to the mainland Virginia and Maryland.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Cultural activities abound at the two local universities, and the museums of DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia are a three hour drive away; Salisbury Symphony has a regular season;  annual skipjack races and Olde Princess Anne Days;  art and wine festival are in the Fall; annual Christmas candlelight tour and parade.


Crime rate in Princess Anne is much higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Peninsula Regional Medical Center, a highly rated hospital is 10 miles away, with top Cancer and heart centers.


Hourly bus service to Salisbury and Ocean City.

Low and slow  (laidback) traffic.

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