Known as "The Heart of Harford," the thriving community of Bel Air is one of Maryland's finest residential areas. With excellent schools, clean and safe neighborhoods, and charming historical downtown district, the appeal for Bel Air apartments for rent remains very high. Conveniently located along Interstate 95 just northeast of Baltimore near the Eastern Bay, residents here can enjoy the small-town atmosphere that Bel Air has to offer with all the amenities of a large city close by. According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2010 population of Bel Air was more than 10,000, and expected to grow as more people find out about this fantastic Maryland community.
The history of Bel Air dates back to 1731 when the area was known as "Scott's Old Fields," named after a land grant issued to Daniel Scott. After years of development, European immigrants eventually settled on the name Bel Air, and the city became incorporated in 1874. Over the years, Bel Air became a major hub for the canning industry, especially after the railroad made its way into Maryland. Today, Baltimore's growth has made Bel Air a large residential and commercial area, as well as a center for government and commerce. According to information from City-Data, residents in Bel Air enjoy a cost of living that is near the U.S. average, despite being so close to the East Coast and large metropolitan area.
Bel Air is a community with lots of civic pride, so it is no surprise that the city hosts a great deal of special events. Every summer, the city hosts summer concerts and outdoor movies in Shamrock Park. From May to October on the first Friday of every month, the city also hosts an old-fashioned block party in the historic downtown district complete with live music.
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