These Are The 10 Best Baltimore Suburbs For 2018

We analyzed over 18 places around Baltimore to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Baltimore are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Baltimore for 2018:

  1. Mount Airy (Photos | Homes)
  2. Sykesville (Photos | Homes)
  3. University Park (Photos | Homes)
  4. Bowie (Photos | Homes)
  5. Manchester (Photos | Homes)
  6. Hampstead (Photos | Homes)
  7. Annapolis (Photos | Homes)
  8. Berwyn Heights (Photos | Homes)
  9. Laurel (Photos | Homes)
  10. Glenarden (Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Mount Airy, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Baltimore ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Baltimore for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Baltimore was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Baltimore.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 18 suburbs to evaluate around Baltimore.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 18 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Baltimore.” We’re lookin’ at you, Mount Airy.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Mount Airy

Mount Airy, Maryland

Population: 9,376
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $351,300
Median Income: $108,578
More on Mount Airy: Real Estate | Data

Mount Airy is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Baltimore area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Mount Airy.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $108,578 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Baltimore region. And only 4.9% are out of work. Homes average more than $351,300 each.

2. Sykesville

Sykesville, Maryland

Population: 3,940
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $346,500
Median Income: $103,699
More on Sykesville: Real Estate | Data

Sykesville is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Baltimore for 2018.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 3.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

3. University Park

University Park, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,635
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $437,300
Median Income: $136,250
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data

Here in University Park, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Baltimore metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in University Park.

4. Bowie

Bowie, Maryland

Population: 57,633
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $303,900
Median Income: $106,098
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Data

Bowie ranks as the 4th best suburb of Baltimore for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Bowie and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Manchester

Manchester, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,814
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Median Home Price: $280,600
Median Income: $94,094
More on Manchester: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Manchester.

Manchester gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Baltimore area, where houses sell for an average of $280,600. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Hampstead

Hampstead, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,352
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $234,800
Median Income: $80,313
More on Hampstead: Real Estate | Data

Hampstead is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.3% which is 3rd best in the area.

According to online reports, Hampstead is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Baltimore area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland

Population: 39,009
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $377,200
Median Income: $74,187
More on Annapolis: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Annapolis.

Annapolis schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 23.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Berwyn Heights

Berwyn Heights, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,242
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $277,500
Median Income: $98,125
More on Berwyn Heights: Real Estate | Data

Berwyn Heights is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 13.6% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

9. Laurel

Laurel, Maryland

Population: 25,703
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $235,800
Median Income: $68,304
More on Laurel: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Laurel?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Glenarden

Population: 6,110
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Median Home Price: $242,800
Median Income: $73,355
More on Glenarden: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Glenarden.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Baltimore ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Baltimore, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Baltimore Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Mount Airy 9,376 4.9% $351,300 $108,578
2 Sykesville 3,940 4.2% $346,500 $103,699
3 University Park 2,635 4.4% $437,300 $136,250
4 Bowie 57,633 6.8% $303,900 $106,098
5 Manchester 4,814 2.5% $280,600 $94,094
6 Hampstead 6,352 4.3% $234,800 $80,313
7 Annapolis 39,009 5.1% $377,200 $74,187
8 Berwyn Heights 3,242 4.9% $277,500 $98,125
9 Laurel 25,703 7.2% $235,800 $68,304
10 Glenarden 6,110 7.9% $242,800 $73,355
11 Hyattsville 18,262 6.5% $265,600 $65,452
12 College Park 31,942 6.6% $269,500 $64,694
13 Greenbelt 23,623 6.3% $190,500 $67,162
14 Westminster 18,665 5.7% $234,100 $56,354
15 New Carrollton 12,727 11.7% $232,000 $60,645
16 Aberdeen 15,361 6.6% $195,000 $51,956
17 Riverdale Park 7,221 7.3% $248,100 $61,520
18 Bladensburg 9,505 8.0% $179,800 $44,236

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