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:
- Chinquapin Park-Belvedere
- Fells Point
- Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford
- Federal Hill
- Cheswolde Area
- Locust Point
- Inner Harbor
- Hamilton Area
Read on to see how we determined the places around Baltimore that deserve a little bragging rights.
How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Baltimore?
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, Chinquapin Park-Belvedere.
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.
1. Chinquapin Park-Belvedere
Population: 24,493Median Home Price: $327,467
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,097
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
2. Fells Point
Population: 10,796Median Home Price: $283,627
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,316
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
3. Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford
Population: 16,468Median Home Price: $339,730
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,433
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Population: 8,492Median Home Price: $300,850
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,709
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
5. Federal Hill
Population: 5,634Median Home Price: $325,570
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,423
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
6. Cheswolde Area
Population: 11,818Median Home Price: $233,720
Crimes Per 100K People: 5,822
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
7. Locust Point
Population: 1,443Median Home Price: $303,125
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,423
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Population: 10,827Median Home Price: $260,893
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,178
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
9. Inner Harbor
Population: 2,478Median Home Price: $333,925
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,897
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
10. Hamilton Area
Population: 43,882Median Home Price: $182,538
Crimes Per 100K People: 6,888
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
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:
- Monument Street Area
- Cherry Hill
For more reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Maryland
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Maryland
- These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Maryland
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Baltimore
|Reservoir Hill-Bolton Hill Area||11|
|Greater Mount Washington||12|
|Patterson Park East||19|
|Old Town Area||26|
|Monument Street Area||52|