APG's Economic Contributions

Since the Base Realignment Commission (BRAC) was created in 2005:

  • Approximately 99 new defense contractors
  • 8,000 new contract employees relocated to Harford County
  • About $13.6 billion committed to future research and development projects at APG

Harford County has also grown in non-defense related sectors. Major companies such as Clorox and Pier 1 have established distribution centers adding over 1.5 million square feet of commercial floor space to the county.

Health care has also added an additional 130,000 square feet through expansion at the Upper Chesapeake Health System.​


Aberdeen Proving Ground has contributed significantly to population growth within the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) area (click here to open the JLUS in full).

2000-2010 Population Growth Trends

  • ​     Harford County has added 23,498 people (12% increase) - excluding cities of Aberdeen and Havre de Grace​
  •      City of Aberdeen has grown by 1,117 people (8% increase).
  •      City of Havre de Grace has grown by 1,621 people (14% increase).

​Housing Value Trends

Since 2000, Harford County and the City of Aberdeen have seen housing valuesalmost double.

Housing values in the City of Havre de Grace have more than doubled in that time frame.

Military Operations

APG is a premier Army RDT&E center. Located along major corridors, APG is in close proximity to large cities along the Eastern Seaboard. APG has experienced substantial growth over the course of the BRAC (Base Realignment Commission).

Major Commands

APG hosts five core areas of operations or military support:

  •    Public Health and Medical Research
  •    Test and Evaluation
  •    Research and Development
  •    Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE)
  •    US Army Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Team (C4ISR)

Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) is owned by the Department of Defense, Department of the Army. APG is located along the shore line of the Chesapeake Bay.

APG sits on a combined 72,165 acres in Harford and Baltimore Counties (40,425 acres of land and 31,740 acres of water) and has been located in Harford County since 1917.

Primary missions at APG consist of conducting research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) of ordnance and military equipment and to train personnel.

* Aberdeen & APG * Abingdon * Bel Air * Belcamp * Edgewood * Emmorton * Havre de Grace * Joppa * Joppatowne * Perryman * Riverside

                                          Senator Bob Cassilly

                                                    District 34, Harford County