The long-standing relationship with the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground has been an anchoring force in Aberdeen’s diverse and healthy economy. In recent decades, the city has become a magnet for business, distribution centers, and industry. Popular with many of the region’s first-time home buyers, Aberdeen also provides a convenient hometown atmosphere for many who are employed at the installation. Commuters appreciate the close proximity to Interstate 94 and Route 40 as well as Amtrak rail service to Washington, D.C. Shopping in local stores and plazas combines with close proximity to regional malls in Bel Air and White Marsh to meet every retail need. New residential construction ranges from single-family homes to multi-family options, while quaint bungalow-style homes reflect the charm of yesterday in older neighborhoods. Aberdeen’s strong and vital network of volunteers enhance the quality of life and made it possible for the city’s consideration for an All-American City Award.