Bel Air is a small town in Maryland that serves as the county seat of Harford County. Bel Air has a population of just 10,172, but it's experienced a 5.71 percent growth since 2000. Harford Community College is located near Bel Air, giving the area a bit of a college town feel. The area is also home to many historic places. The Bel Air Armory, Graystone Lodge, Harford National Bank, Odd Fellows Lodge and Thomas Run Church are all on the National Register of Historic Places.
The cost of living in Bel Air is 17 percent higher than the national average. Housing in particular is more expensive here. The average home cost is 49 percent higher than the national average. The median home cost here is $253,500. The average two bedroom home or apartment rents for $1,155 a month. Bel Air jobs are very diverse, but the average household income is $62,849.
Bel Air Job Opportunities
The most common industries in Bel Air are retail trade, construction, health care and social assistance and educational services. Sales, office and administrative support jobs account for 27.21 percent of employment. Over 19 percent of Bel Air, MD jobs are in management, business and finance. Another 10 percent of jobs in Bel Air, MD are in construction, extraction and maintenance.
According to employee reviews, the top companies to work for in Bel Air are Keller Williams, Wawa and Bonefish Grill. In the greater Harford County area, the private sector employers with the largest number of employees are Upper Chesapeake Health Systems, Rite Air Mid-Atlantic Customer Distribution Center, Harford Community College, Kohl's Distribution Center and Jacobs Technology, Inc. Harford County Public Schools employ over 5,300 people, and the Harford County Government provides more than 1,900 jobs in Bel Air, Aberdeen and Havre de Grace.
Bel Air Employment Trends
The unemployment rate in Bel Air is lower than the national average at 5.3 percent. Recent job growth has been just 0.71 percent, but future job growth is projected at an impressive 36.1 percent. Several companies are on the move to this town and are expected to add to the Bel Air job market. These include KCI, Schaefer, Sigmatech, TASC and U.S. Lumber.
The average commute in Bel Air is between 20 and 30 minutes, while the commute in Havre de Grace is 10 to 15 minutes, and Aberdeen residents commute less than 10 minutes. If you can't find your ideal position among Bel Air jobs, consider one of these nearby cities.