Bel Air is known as the “Heart of Harford,” a county of more than 252,000 residents, whose prime location on the Interstate 95 corridor offers an expanding business environment with over 28 new and growing companies resulting in over $35 million in capital investments and 445 new jobs reported in 2015. The area is home to diverse businesses including distribution centers, manufacturers, retailers, technology companies, and energy projects. Aberdeen Proving Ground, with 20,900 employees (97% civilians), is the County’s largest employer and Maryland’s largest workforce center by population. As a prime center for research, development, testing, and evaluation, this U.S. Army base is supported by more than 110 defense contractor companies.
Located in the northwest corner of Maryland on U.S. Route 1 and just north of Interstate 95, Bel Air offers a high quality of life along with a small-town atmosphere created by its historic surroundings, summer concerts, festivals, and farmers market now in its 41st season. Founded in 1780, Bel Air became the county seat of Harford County two years later and began building the courthouse, now a prominent downtown landmark. The mid-nineteenth century brought substantial growth with the introduction of the canning industry, the Maryland and Pennsylvania railroad, and related financial businesses. Benefitting from the easy access to the major markets of Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, the town of Bel Air has grown to a current population of 10,120 with a median household income of $68,039 while the Greater Bel Air area is home to 60,723 residents with a median household income of $87,383. The unemployment rate stands at a low 4.5%.