As the most centrally-located county in Maryland and site of the state capital of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County is in many ways the heart of Maryland. Half a million people call the county home. Anne Arundel County is a wonderful place to visit in any season. The County is rich in history and natural beauty. It is well renowned for its access to the Chesapeake Bay and a variety of water related activities. In addition, the County is home to the state capital of Annapolis and the United States Naval Academy.