These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Baltimore For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Baltimore are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Baltimore, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Baltimore neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Baltimore are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Baltimore for 2018:

  1. Riverside
  2. Chinquapin Park-Belvedere
  3. Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford
  4. Federal Hill
  5. Cheswolde Area
  6. Canton
  7. Locust Point
  8. Franklintown
  9. Greater Mount Washington
  10. Brooklyn-Curtis Bay

Read on to see how we determined the places around Baltimore that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Maryland check out the best places in Maryland overall or the worst neighborhoods in Baltimore.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Baltimore for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Baltimore, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 52 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Baltimore.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Riverside.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Baltimore has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Riverside

Population: 8,935
Median Income: $99,540
Median Home Value: $251,715

2. Chinquapin Park-Belvedere

Population: 24,317
Median Income: $89,602
Median Home Value: $306,496

3. Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford

Population: 16,183
Median Income: $81,083
Median Home Value: $309,257

4. Federal Hill

Population: 6,289
Median Income: $83,734
Median Home Value: $290,718

5. Cheswolde Area

Population: 11,895
Median Income: $54,016
Median Home Value: $233,790

6. Canton

Population: 11,398
Median Income: $85,646
Median Home Value: $249,175

7. Locust Point

Population: 1,681
Median Income: $100,948
Median Home Value: $220,125

8. Franklintown

Population: 1,495
Median Income: $39,798
Median Home Value: $190,900

9. Greater Mount Washington

Population: 5,353
Median Income: $70,684
Median Home Value: $235,875

10. Brooklyn-Curtis Bay

Population: 13,862
Median Income: $42,041
Median Home Value: $84,200

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Baltimore

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Baltimore where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Baltimore:

  1. Berea Area
  2. Belaire-Edison
  3. Govans

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Baltimore

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Riverside 1 8,935 $251,715 2,933 4.6%
Chinquapin Park-Belvedere 2 24,317 $306,496 3,736 5.8%
Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford 3 16,183 $309,257 2,961 2.6%
Federal Hill 4 6,289 $290,718 2,756 5.3%
Cheswolde Area 5 11,895 $233,790 5,753 4.9%
Canton 6 11,398 $249,175 3,872 3.4%
Locust Point 7 1,681 $220,125 2,623 3.5%
Franklintown 8 1,495 $190,900 7,567 3.6%
Greater Mount Washington 9 5,353 $235,875 4,801 3.8%
Brooklyn-Curtis Bay 10 13,862 $84,200 10,043 15.7%
Hamilton Area 11 45,011 $165,450 7,535 7.4%
Inner Harbor 12 2,575 $223,933 4,133 4.7%
Fells Point 13 11,341 $277,700 4,275 6.3%
West Baltimore 14 52,690 $87,692 10,119 12.9%
Hunting Ridge 15 12,138 $136,153 8,773 12.6%
Westgate 16 13,224 $167,275 7,520 8.8%
Lower Northwood 17 14,108 $155,508 8,231 8.0%
Cherry Hill 18 8,182 $79,338 10,328 10.1%
Upper Northwood 19 20,413 $142,976 8,427 8.5%
Greenmount East 20 10,165 $71,175 10,394 14.7%
Wakefield 21 2,135 $217,633 6,272 4.9%
Park Heights 22 35,512 $120,226 9,616 10.7%
Highlandtown 23 12,166 $148,626 8,642 6.5%
Jonestown 24 3,122 $195,643 6,909 8.2%
Howard Park 25 6,857 $173,800 8,074 8.8%
Hampden-Woodberry-Remington 26 6,806 $156,400 7,677 7.7%
Forest Park 27 6,507 $174,008 7,898 8.1%
Midway-Coldstream 28 10,478 $107,676 9,530 10.1%
Lakeland 29 6,786 $104,078 9,438 10.1%
Cedonia 30 19,322 $133,211 8,807 8.5%
Mondawin-Walbrook Area 31 11,096 $107,100 9,438 10.4%
Winsor Hills 32 2,677 $185,725 7,520 5.4%
Reservoir Hill-Bolton Hill Area 33 21,947 $231,337 7,242 6.8%
Hopkins-Middle East 34 7,950 $113,662 9,724 12.8%
Downtown 35 3,927 $132,600 8,299 4.4%
Orangeville 36 2,420 $59,540 10,494 12.2%
Beechfielf-Irvington Area 37 13,668 $92,638 9,818 13.6%
Glen-Fallstaff Area 38 15,699 $133,125 8,433 7.9%
Monument Street Area 39 2,933 $39,850 10,494 13.8%
Greater Rosemont 40 17,517 $79,043 9,965 11.2%
Dundalk Cityside 41 2,914 $68,460 10,494 9.0%
Patterson Park East 42 11,429 $163,517 8,200 9.4%
Madison-Eastend 43 4,496 $73,800 10,494 12.7%
Pimlico 44 6,298 $117,613 9,050 7.8%
Bayview Area 45 7,460 $109,725 9,255 6.8%
Old Town Area 46 7,908 $18,483 10,494 4.1%
Morrell Park 47 6,353 $117,660 8,730 8.6%
Grove Park 48 1,851 $146,000 8,346 9.8%
Charles Village 49 23,494 $145,367 8,782 8.2%
Govans 50 13,747 $128,129 8,857 9.1%
Belaire-Edison 51 20,906 $111,033 9,098 9.6%
Berea Area 52 5,187 $76,280 9,928 8.5%

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