National Security Agency

Northeast Region Installation Management Activity
4217 Roberts Ave., Fort Meade, MD 20755


The National Security Agency (NSA) is a national-level intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense, under the authority of the Director of National Intelligence. The NSA is responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign and domestic intelligence and counterintelligence purposes, specializing in a discipline known as signals intelligence (SIGINT). The NSA is also tasked with the protection of U.S. communications networks and information systems.

Founded in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman, the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both signals intelligence (SIGINT) and cybersecurity products and services. In addition, the agency enables computer network operations (CNO) in order to gain a decision advantage for the Nation and our allies under all circumstances.

The NSA headquarters is located on Fort George G. Meade in Maryland, midway between the cities of Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Annapolis. Fort Meade is the nation’s center for information, intelligence and cyber operations. It is a part of the Northeast Region Installation Management Activity (NERO).

Due to the massive amounts of data processing that is continuously being done, NSA is the largest electricity consumer in Maryland. In 2007, as BGE’s largest customer, NSA bought as much electricity as Annapolis, the capital city of Maryland.

While the National Security Agency employee information is classified, Fort Meade is home to approximately 14,000 military personnel, representing all services, as well as 40,000 civilian employees. There are nearly 8,100 family members and over 150,000 retirees residing on post and in the surrounding communities.



You should be aware that the NSA has two dedicated exits off Baltimore–Washington Parkway. The Eastbound exit from the Parkway (heading toward Baltimore) is open to the public and provides employee access to its main campus and public access to the National Cryptology Museum. The Westbound side exit,(heading toward Washington) is labeled “NSA Employees Only”. The exit may only be used by people with the proper clearances, and security vehicles parked along the road guard the entrance. The exits are clearly marked, but it is important to pay attention so that you use the correct exit.

The nearest major airport to the NSA is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). This airport has international and domestic flights from Baltimore, Maryland and is about 10 miles from the center of Fort Meade.

Other major airports in the area include the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and the Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Most people who work at the Agency drive to work and park their vehicle in one of the available lots on site. Parking can be difficult to find, so shuttle service is available from other locations.

In addition, Maryland has several toll roads and many commuters use an EZ-Pass to cut down on costs. You can learn more about how to obtain an EZ-Pass here.


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The National Security Agency is located within Anne Arundel County, but it is close to an adjacent county, Howard County, which offers an exceptional school system. Howard County is northwest of the Agency, while Anne Arundel County covers the area southeast of the Agency, including Annapolis.

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Anne Arundel County, Maryland (Odenton, Crofton, Gambrills, Severna Park, Severn, Annapolis)
Howard County, Maryland (Columbia, Ellicott City, Elkridge, Jessup)

Anne Arundel County Human Resources (410) 269-4500
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.

Anne Arundel County Child and Family Services (410) 571-8341
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

SPCA of Anne Arundel County (410) 268-4388
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Anne Arundel County Department of Public Health (410) 222-7095

Maryland State Police (410) 379-9700
Anne Arundel County Sheriff (410) 222-1490
Anne Arundel County Public Library (410) 222-7371 

Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offices in the area:
MVA General Information for Newcomers (410) 768-7000
MVA-Glen Burnie 

Local utilities for Anne Arundel County:
Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) (410) 685-0123
Public Works (410) 222-7500
Recycling & Waste Management Services (410) 222-6100

Below is a list of the most popular cable, Internet, and telephone providers in the area:
Dish Network

NSA Main (301) 688-6311 

Applicants 1-844-424-4737 

National Cryptologic Museum 1-844-424-4737 


The National Security Agency is located on Fort George Meade Army Base. Fort Meade has privatized housing managed by Corvias Military Housing. There are six neighborhoods with 2612 homes. Fort Meade houses all service branches stationed within the Baltimore/Washington corridor. Military personnel attached or assigned for duty at Fort Meade have priority over military personnel attached within a 50-mile radius to Fort Meade.

There are many wonderful communities surrounding the Agency in Anne Arundel County and Howard County. Housing can be quite expensive in the area, but there are plenty of options for housing both for rent and for sale. The area offers a variety of housing options, including townhomes, apartments, duplexes and single-family homes. Odenton, Crofton, Columbia and Severna Park are popular nearby cities for employees at both the NSA and Ft. Meade. These cities have good schools, lower crime rates, and are military-friendly. In addition, they offer quick access to major roads and have plenty of shopping, dining and recreational opportunities close by.

Piney Orchard
3.2 miles from the NSA

This popular neighborhood in Odenton has parks, pools, trails, and is minutes from the MARC station.

8.4 miles from the NSA

Landing is a beautiful, family-friendly neighborhood in Elkridge and is close to the airport in Baltimore.

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In Odenton and the areas around Fort Meade and the NSA, the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 87°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 94°F. However, the summers can be hot and muggy, and the winters can be extremely cold and snowy.

Odenton experiences four distinct seasons each year. September, June and May are the most pleasant months, while January and February are the coldest. The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 87°F and a low of 66°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 25°F and a high of 42°F.

The wetter season lasts 4.8 months, from April 1 to August 28, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The area receives about 43 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow, on average, per year. There are approximately 216 sunny days per year in this area of Maryland.

Compared to the state average of Maryland the cost of living index in Odenton, MD is 125, which is 4% higher than the average in Maryland and compared to the national average it is 25% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Odenton, MD goods and services come in at 3% lower than the average in Maryland and are 6% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

The National Security Agency is located on Fort Meade Army Base, near the major cities of Baltimore, Maryland and Annapolis, Maryland. The area provides many regional, community, and neighborhood parks with sports facilities, recreation areas for picnics, and scenic outdoor trails for hiking and exploring. Nearly all of the public parks have playground areas, as well.
Fort Meade is virtually a city in itself. It consists of 5,400 acres with 65.5 paved miles, 3.3 miles of secondary roads and about 1,300 buildings. Having your own vehicle is highly recommended as on base shuttle service is very limited.

Each year in August through October, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is held in Crownsville, drawing in thousands of visitors from all over the region. This popular festival is the second largest of its kind in the United States.

The city of Baltimore has many attractions to explore including word-class museums, cultural districts, restaurants, and shopping areas. The famous Inner Harbor area is home to the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, warships, boat cruises, restaurants, and boutiques. The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, located in the Baltimore Harbor, commemorates the War of 1812 and includes a museum and guided tour you don’t want to miss.

Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and has a rich history with beautiful sites dating back to the 18th century. There are fun annual festivals to enjoy, such as the First Sunday Arts Festival held the first Sunday of each month from May to November. Annapolis is located on Chesapeake Bay and is known as the Sailing Capital of the United States. The United States Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, offers a beautiful Visitor’s Center where you can learn more about the history of this prestigious institution, which was founded in 1845.

In addition, the nation’s capital is only a short drive from the NSA. Washington, D.C. offers a large variety of places to visit, including museums, historic landmarks and memorials. And, most of the museums and monuments are free to the public and are popular destinations each year, drawing in millions of visitors. Places to visit include the Lincoln MemorialGeorge Washington’s Mount Vernon, the newly built Museum of the Bible, the many exciting Smithsonian Museums, the Washington National Cathedral, and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. 

For more information about all of the things to do and see in the area, you can visit these helpful websites:
Visit Annapolis
Visit Baltimore
Visit Washington, D.C.

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