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A pleasant suburb, the area of Essex, MD houses just under 40,000 residents. With a low cost of living and a stable housing market, this area provides an excellent option to live if you want to stay close to Baltimore, but don’t want the stress of living in a big city. About eight miles from the Baltimore city center, Essex sits to the east of Baltimore, across the Black River. The intersection of Highway 150 and Highway 702 cut right through the northern portion of the territory.

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Rent Trends

As of September 2018, the average apartment rent in Essex, MD is $662 for a studio, $824 for one bedroom, $956 for two bedrooms, and $1,421 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Essex has increased by 0.2% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 390 $662
1 BR 602 $824
2 BR 803 $956
3 BR 1,566 $1,421


56 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
37 Transit Score® Some Transit

Living in Essex

  • Restaurants

    Most restaurants in Essex sit along Highway 150. If you enjoy seafood, stop by Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn Crab House and Sports Bar. With a casual family atmosphere, it provides the perfect place to take the entire family to enjoy Maryland seafood. Catch the game as you dine on a soft crab sandwich or a cod fish cake.

    For another great seafood option, head over to Captain Joe's Crab House. This small restaurant has been preparing perfectly spiced Maryland crabs since the late 1980s. Locals claim that Captain Joe's cooks up the best, and biggest, crabs in town.

    After the sun goes down, get together with your friends and visit Brewery's Landing Bar & Grill. This chill spot serves up specialty cocktails and casual seafood dishes. Though it may be a little dark inside Brewery's, the consistently friendly service and waterfront location with outside seating keep customers coming back. For someplace a little more lively, check out the Tempo Lounge and Liquor Store. Hang out with your friends, and watch a game as you down a cold beer.

  • History

    The area of Essex dates back to 1909. Founded by the Taylor Land Company, it created a perfect place for people in Baltimore to live outside of the city, giving them the freedom to enjoy a more rural life. At the same time, it kept them close enough to still work and visit Baltimore with ease. Thanks to businesses like the Glenn L Martin Company and the Eastern Rolling Mill, the area saw huge growth during World War II.

    The Glenn L Martin Maryland Aviation Museum is one of the closest museums. Here, you learn about important aerospace topics and see many amazing planes. For art enthusiasts, the McFadden Art Glass Gallery provides a unique experience where you get to blow your own glass. Take beginner glassblowing lessons and make your own pieces of work.

  • Transportation

    As a rural suburban area outside of Baltimore, personal automobiles provide the best way to get around Essex. Luckily, most businesses provide free parking to customers.

    City buses stop within the neighborhood; however, most stops sit along Highway 150 and don't reach the center of the area. Therefore, while the city bus proves useful for reaching Baltimore, using it to travel Essex proves difficult. While hailing a cab seems impossible, you can call in advance and schedule a pickup or use Uber.

    Two major highways run through the area: Highway 150 and Highway 702, which make it easy to reach other highways and Baltimore or the rest of Maryland. Most businesses in the area reside along Highway 150, making the area a poor option for walking and biking, especially since few bike lanes exist in the neighborhood.

  • Cost

    The cost of living in Essex totals slightly less than Baltimore. It averages about 14.5 percent less than the rest of Maryland, but only about 1 percent less than the national average. The lower cost of housing plays the largest role in this lower cost of living. The rent for a standard one-bedroom dwelling costs about $785.

    Most other amenities equal about the same as Baltimore. Gas costs about the same as the rest of the nation, equaling only about 1 percent higher than the national average. If you head down to the local bar for a drink, expect to pay about $4.00.

    If you work or travel to Baltimore frequently and choose to use the city bus, expect to pay $1.60 for a local bus ticket. An all-day pass with unlimited use costs $3.50, but if you purchase a monthly pass, you save money by paying just $64.00.

  • Parks

    Rocky Point Beach and Park stretches 375 acres and sits at the mouth of Back and Middle Rivers. While no annual events or activities exist, fun pops up around every corner. Gaze at the lovely views of Chesapeake Bay as you enjoy a picnic with your family or friends. Take your kids swimming in the water, or play fetch with the family dog. Do it all without paying a dime.

    The Eastern Regional Park sits about six miles from Essex. Another free park, it provides the perfect opportunity to relax and have fun with your family and kids. Reserve a picnic pavilion or just watch your kids play at the wheelchair-accessible playground. This park makes an excellent option when you want to commune with nature, walk or jog with your dog on the paved paths or just get some fresh air.

  • Shopping

    As with the restaurants, most shops sit along Highway 150. Essex houses many different type of stores, ranging from clothing to used furniture stores. For your uniform needs, visit Aetna Shirt. This establishment sells everything you need for a professional uniform. For something a little more fun, visit Dots. This shop sells stylish yet inexpensive clothing and accessories for juniors, and it also stocks plus-size clothing. The area fails to feature high-end retail stores, but travel a little outside Essex to find more expensive boutiques like Chico’s, Macy’s and LOFT.

    Essex houses a couple grocery stores. Food City serves as a full-service grocery store. It sells grocery staples, pet care products, kitchen and dining products, health and beauty items, kid’s items and fitness products. Shoppers only provides the basics, including meat, seafood, deli items, fresh produce and baked goods as well as health and beauty products, beer and wine.

    The closest farmers market for Essex residents, Richardson Farms, sells fresh produce grown right on the family farm. The kitchen serves prepared meals for families who lack the time to make dinner. Poultry and baked goods are also available.


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    1300 Middleborough Rd, Essex, MD 21221
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    1103 Country Terrace Rd, Essex, MD 21221
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    710 Snowberry Ct, Essex, MD 21221
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