Introduction to Bel Air, Maryland

Located in Harford county, Bel Air, Maryland, is 16 miles NE of Towson, Maryland (center to center) and 21 miles NE of Baltimore, Maryland.

Bel Air History

In 1731, Daniel Scott was given a huge area of land which he named Scott's Old Fields. Since then, the area has been owned by the Scott family. In 1780, Aquilla Scott, Daniel's son, inherited a portion of land in the area and planned the present-day territory of Bel Air. By 1784, the territory witnessed a robust growth and was renamed Belle Aire. Around 1798, it was once again renamed Bel Air. It was officially incorporated as a city in 1874. Bel Air was selected to a seat on the county in 1782.

Bel Air and nearby Attractions

  • Rocks State Park
  • Hays House Museum
  • Rockfield Manor
  • Maryland Golf and Country Club
  • Jerusalem Mills

Things To Do In Bel Air

Jerusalem Mills, Rockfield Manor, and Hays House Museum are located in the city. The Rocks State Park offers a number of recreational facilities. In addition, the area is home to several golf courses, such as the Maryland Golf and Country Club, Winters Run Golf Club, and Bren-Mer Golf Course. The city also celebrates the Harford County Farm Fair in July, the Chocolate Festival in March, and the Festival for the Arts in September.

Bel Air Transportation

The closest airport to the city is Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Bel Air Higher Education

Harford Community College, located in Bel Air, offers classes for higher education. The other nearby higher education schools are Morgan State University, and Towson University.


Total Population 10,247
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 18.3%
Employed Population 16+ 5,251
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $77,719
% Above Poverty Level 95%
% Below Poverty Level 5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,141
Median House Value $240,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.9%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 23.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bel Air Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles NE of Towson, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles NE of Baltimore, Maryland
County Harford
Standard Zip Codes 21014, 21015
Phone Area Codes 410
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.535
Longitude -76.348

Bel Air Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Station TOWSON
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aberdeen 15,238 $65,931
Havre de Grace 13,445 $88,092
Perryville 4,427 $81,506
Port Deposit 560 $46,250
Rising Sun 2,869 $72,708
Towson 57,725 $107,355

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bel Air Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(443) 643-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bel Air High Schools

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Serves 1,788 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

Serves 1,647 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

A Vocational School
Serves 1,070 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

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