Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Maryland a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Maryland.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Old Line State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Maryland, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 20 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Old Line State for 2018:
- Queen Anne’s County
- Carroll County (Photos)
- Charles County (Photos)
- Anne Arundel County (Photos)
- Frederick County (Photos)
- Harford County (Photos)
- Montgomery County (Photos)
- Talbot County (Photos)
- Worcester County (Photos)
- Kent County
Queen Anne’S County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Maryland. And you might want to avoid Somerset County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Maryland, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which Maryland county is the best?
To give you the best county in Maryland, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Maryland across each of the criteria from one to 20, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Maryland’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Old Line State.
Read on to see why Queen Anne’S County is the best county, while Somerset County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Maryland.
1. Queen Anne’s County
Biggest Place: Stevensville
Median Income: $85,891 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $343,900 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (1st best)
More on Queen Anne’s County:
10. Kent County
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Maryland To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Maryland can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Maryland according to the data:
- Somerset County
- Baltimore City
- Allegany County
For more Maryland reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Maryland
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Maryland
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Maryland
- 10 Safest Places In Maryland
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Maryland
|Queen Anne’s County||1|
|Anne Arundel County||4|
|Prince George’s County||14|