The 10 Best Baltimore, MD Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Baltimore.
Best Neighborhoods In Baltimore

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 2019:

  1. Chinquapin Park-Belvedere (Homes)
  2. Riverside (Homes)
  3. Cheswolde Area (Homes)
  4. Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford (Homes)
  5. Fells Point (Homes)
  6. Locust Point (Homes)
  7. Federal Hill (Homes)
  8. Canton (Homes)
  9. Inner Harbor (Homes)
  10. Westgate (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Baltimore for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Chinquapin Park-Belvedere looks to be the best Baltimore neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Baltimore that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Baltimore.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Baltimore hoods in 2019

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 54 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, Maryland has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 24,827
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $309,844 (2nd best)
Median Income: $94,917 (4th best)
More on Chinquapin Park-Belvedere: Homes For Sale | Data

Riverside Baltimore, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,001
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $257,315 (6th best)
Median Income: $106,162 (2nd best)
More on Riverside: Homes For Sale | Data

Riverside Park is a nearly 17-acre public park located in the historic Riverside neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland.

Cheswolde Area Baltimore, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,433
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $234,920 (8th best)
Median Income: $65,849 (10th best)
More on Cheswolde Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Cheswolde is residential community in northwest Baltimore, Maryland. It is located along the Western Run. The main roads running through the area are Greenspring Avenue, Cross Country Boulevard, and Taney Road.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
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Population: 16,535
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $314,367 (1st best)
Median Income: $84,167 (6th best)
More on Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford: Homes For Sale | Data

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8.5
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Population: 10,898
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $295,582 (4th best)
Median Income: $78,055 (7th best)
More on Fells Point: Homes For Sale | Data

Locust Point Baltimore, MD

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8.5
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Population: 1,917
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $239,675 (7th best)
Median Income: $112,879 (1st best)
More on Locust Point: Homes For Sale | Data

Locust Point is a peninsular neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Located in South Baltimore, the neighborhood is entirely surrounded by the Locust Point Industrial Area; the traditional boundaries are Lawrence street to the west and the Patapsco River to the north, south, and east. It once served as a center of Baltimore’s Polish-American, Irish-American and Italian-American communities; in more recent years Locust Point has seen gradual gentrification with the rehabilitation of Tide Point and Silo Point. The neighborhood is also noted as being the home of Fort McHenry.

Federal Hill Baltimore, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 6,232
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $302,082 (3rd best)
Median Income: $86,580 (5th best)
More on Federal Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

The neighborhood is named for the prominent hill that is easily viewed from the Inner Harbor area, to which the neighborhood forms the physical south boundary. The hillside is a lush green and serves as a community park. The neighborhood occupies the northwestern part of a peninsula that extends along two branches of the Patapsco Riverthe Northwest Branch and the Middle Branch. This peninsula is generally referred to as the South Baltimore Peninsula, and includes the neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Locust Point, Riverside, South Baltimore, and Sharp-Leadenhall. While not physically a part of the peninsula, Otterbein is also included in the collection of neighborhoods which make up greater South Baltimore. Traditionally, Federal Hill was roughly triangular, bordered by Hanover Street to the west; Hughes Street, the harbor, and Key Highway to the north and east; and Cross Street to the south.

Canton Baltimore, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 12,040
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $259,906 (5th best)
Median Income: $98,085 (3rd best)
More on Canton: Homes For Sale | Data

Canton is a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The neighborhood is along Baltimore’s outer harbor in the southeastern section of the city, roughly two miles east of Baltimore’s downtown district and next to or near the neighborhoods of Patterson Park, Fells Point, Highlandtown, and Greektown.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,535
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $213,683 (12th best)
Median Income: $75,443 (8th best)
More on Inner Harbor: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,467
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $166,033 (16th best)
Median Income: $59,292 (15th best)
More on Westgate: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Baltimore

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Baltimore aren’t all good. Fairfield Area takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Baltimore.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Baltimore For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Chinquapin Park-Belvedere 24,827 $309,844 $94,917
2 Riverside 9,001 $257,315 $106,162
3 Cheswolde Area 12,433 $234,920 $65,849
4 Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford 16,535 $314,367 $84,167
5 Fells Point 10,898 $295,582 $78,055
6 Locust Point 1,917 $239,675 $112,879
7 Federal Hill 6,232 $302,082 $86,580
8 Canton 12,040 $259,906 $98,085
9 Inner Harbor 2,535 $213,683 $75,443
10 Westgate 14,467 $166,033 $59,292
11 Greater Mount Washington 5,164 $219,100 $73,832
12 Hamilton Area 44,527 $161,706 $60,103
13 Upper Northwood 20,729 $140,371 $50,794
14 Lower Northwood 13,686 $159,675 $59,910
15 Reservoir Hill-Bolton Hill Area 21,594 $210,163 $37,368
16 Howard Park 6,639 $185,936 $60,739
17 Franklintown 1,503 $229,500 $49,866
18 Patterson Park East 10,969 $158,167 $60,368
19 Winsor Hills 3,039 $161,550 $56,919
20 Wakefield 1,911 $230,833 $42,742
21 Cedonia 19,443 $122,600 $42,958
22 Hunting Ridge 11,601 $142,480 $49,843
23 Govans 13,401 $113,594 $46,558
24 Forest Park 7,039 $157,731 $52,058
25 Hampden-Woodberry-Remington 6,867 $163,077 $52,030
26 Belaire-Edison 20,778 $100,676 $47,827
27 Glen-Fallstaff Area 15,750 $124,662 $43,823
28 Old Town Area 7,411 $50,967 $15,174
29 Highlandtown 11,496 $145,858 $51,205
30 Downtown 4,268 $127,800 $40,380
31 Charles Village 22,964 $133,627 $38,635
32 Bayview Area 8,018 $97,525 $41,221
33 Jonestown 3,053 $194,900 $49,996
34 Park Heights 33,761 $98,165 $36,783
35 Grove Park 1,872 $97,133 $46,616
36 Midway-Coldstream 10,629 $90,588 $43,227
37 Beechfielf-Irvington Area 13,570 $83,969 $41,675
38 Lakeland 6,288 $94,911 $45,877
39 Greater Rosemont 18,664 $70,600 $35,059
40 Mondawin-Walbrook Area 11,912 $91,056 $37,432
41 Hopkins-Middle East 7,746 $102,281 $28,594
42 Morrell Park 6,002 $112,870 $41,419
43 Pimlico 5,819 $103,993 $38,938
44 Cherry Hill 7,843 $74,538 $32,495
45 Brooklyn-Curtis Bay 13,252 $75,582 $40,238
46 Madison-Eastend 4,383 $66,250 $30,643
47 West Baltimore 52,160 $78,008 $28,589
48 Berea Area 5,628 $65,593 $40,870
49 Pulaski 475 $41,800 $36,631
50 Greenmount East 11,041 $57,042 $28,740
51 Orangeville 2,235 $37,160 $33,926
52 Monument Street Area 3,168 $14,650 $28,677
53 Dundalk Cityside 2,359 $60,120 $31,725
54 Fairfield Area 530 $26,633 $29,271

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