Bel Air‘s identity has gone through several incarnations since 1780. Aquilla Scott, who had inherited land known as “Scott’s Improvement Enlarged,” planned the town on a portion that he called “Scott’s Old Fields.” Four years later, the town had expanded as local politicians, merchants, and innkeepers purchased lots from Scott, and the county commissioners decided to change its name to the more appealing “Belle Aire.” In his deeds, Scott dropped one letter, renaming the town, “Bell Aire.” Around 1798, court records dropped two more letters, and “Bel Air” was born.
The town of Bel Air is the county seat of Harford County, Maryland, United States. According to the 2000 census the population of the town was 10,080. In 2009 the town’s estimated population was 10,368. It is the center of the Bel Air-Abingdon, Maryland Micropolitan Area.
Bel Air’s central location as the county seat has earned the town the slogan as ‘The Heart of Harford‘, with the various county and state agencies, regional medical facilities, shopping, entertainment, and recreation opportunities conveniently placed within easy access for citizens of Harford County. The town’s excellent schools, safe and clean neighborhoods, and historic district add to its appeal for residents and businesses.
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