The Harford County community on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is best known as the site of Aberdeen Proving Grounds, whose government agency tenants, including the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine, US Research, Development and Engineering, and the US Army Ordinance Center and Schools, provide employment to thousands of Maryland residents. In addition to making continuous efforts to secure the nation's safety, Aberdeen Proving Grounds spearheads local efforts to preserve and restore the natural beauty of Aberdeen's rural landscape.
Although the Proving Grounds are synonymous with the community of Aberdeen, it is also is well known for its baseball tradition, which stems from the native family of baseball greats, the Ripkens. In recent years, the family established the state of the art Ripken Stadium and launched the Ironbirds, a Baltimore Orioles minor-league affiliate team, whose action packed games are regularly sold out. A sport lover's paradise, visitors to Ripken Stadium can also sign up for their youth athletic leagues and summer camps. However, Ripken Stadium itself also serves as an unofficial town center, and is a popular venue for concerts, weddings, and other large gatherings. Its restaurants and crab feasts have won accolades from food lovers across the nation and their Maryland-style menu has even been featured on the Food Network.
Residents of Aberdeen frequently enjoy its natural wildlife setting and outdoor sports and recreation make up a large part of the local culture. Boating, fishing, and hunting are common local pursuits, making Aberdeen the perfect location for an avid outdoorsman.
The increasing popularity of the area has resulted in a number of new constructions and planned communities, and Aberdeen has been labeled an area to watch by industry experts. With moderate median home sales price, Aberdeen is an ideal location for first time homebuyers looking for an affordable single family home.