These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Baltimore


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:

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

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

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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.

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1. Chinquapin Park-Belvedere

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,493
Median Home Price: $327,467
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,097
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

2. Fells Point

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,796
Median Home Price: $283,627
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,316
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

3. Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,468
Median Home Price: $339,730
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,433
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

4. Riverside

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,492
Median Home Price: $300,850
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,709
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

5. Federal Hill

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,634
Median Home Price: $325,570
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,423
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

6. Cheswolde Area

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,818
Median Home Price: $233,720
Crimes Per 100K People: 5,822
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

7. Locust Point

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,443
Median Home Price: $303,125
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,423
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

8. Canton

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,827
Median Home Price: $260,893
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,178
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

9. Inner Harbor

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,478
Median Home Price: $333,925
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,897
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

10. Hamilton Area

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,882
Median 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:

  1. Monument Street Area
  2. Orangeville
  3. Cherry Hill

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Baltimore

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Chinquapin Park-Belvedere 1 24,493 $327,467 3,097 4.7%
Fells Point 2 10,796 $283,627 4,316 6.5%
Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford 3 16,468 $339,730 2,433 3.5%
Riverside 4 8,492 $300,850 2,709 5.2%
Federal Hill 5 5,634 $325,570 2,423 5.5%
Cheswolde Area 6 11,818 $233,720 5,822 4.0%
Locust Point 7 1,443 $303,125 2,423 3.7%
Canton 8 10,827 $260,893 3,178 3.2%
Inner Harbor 9 2,478 $333,925 2,897 4.5%
Hamilton Area 10 43,882 $182,538 6,888 7.0%
Reservoir Hill-Bolton Hill Area 11 21,886 $300,304 6,021 6.1%
Greater Mount Washington 12 5,505 $280,409 3,652 5.3%
Downtown 13 3,901 $409,367 5,060 3.9%
Westgate 14 13,577 $185,800 6,931 8.5%
Upper Northwood 15 19,512 $149,465 7,845 7.4%
Charles Village 16 23,605 $178,662 7,742 7.1%
Cedonia 17 19,605 $223,559 7,306 8.7%
Lower Northwood 18 14,174 $165,783 7,513 7.8%
Patterson Park East 19 11,569 $161,783 7,802 10.8%
Jonestown 20 2,915 $252,700 5,739 7.6%
Glen-Fallstaff Area 21 14,677 $163,071 7,920 7.6%
Hampden-Woodberry-Remington 22 6,853 $183,808 6,953 8.4%
Govans 23 14,008 $139,806 8,043 8.9%
Wakefield 24 2,057 $203,833 7,054 7.9%
Howard Park 25 6,879 $173,355 7,635 10.8%
Old Town Area 26 8,012 $155,933 9,414 4.7%
Belaire-Edison 27 21,248 $130,755 8,209 10.6%
Highlandtown 28 12,068 $142,111 8,326 8.1%
Forest Park 29 6,407 $172,169 7,599 9.1%
Franklintown 30 1,784 $183,750 7,279 8.3%
Bayview Area 31 7,235 $132,388 8,440 7.1%
Morrell Park 32 6,683 $127,340 8,021 8.5%
Hopkins-Middle East 33 7,754 $154,000 8,239 11.9%
Winsor Hills 34 2,301 $161,957 7,576 8.0%
Pimlico 35 6,506 $139,314 8,128 8.8%
Hunting Ridge 36 12,105 $143,820 8,071 12.2%
Park Heights 37 35,403 $133,740 8,759 11.9%
Lakeland 38 6,781 $120,538 8,339 9.8%
Brooklyn-Curtis Bay 39 13,434 $97,689 9,255 13.5%
Beechfielf-Irvington Area 40 12,905 $107,073 8,648 10.9%
Mondawin-Walbrook Area 41 10,447 $117,439 8,304 12.1%
Midway-Coldstream 42 11,253 $113,065 8,852 10.9%
Dundalk Cityside 43 2,777 $128,400 7,967 8.7%
Grove Park 44 2,108 $146,433 8,611 9.3%
West Baltimore 45 52,718 $109,701 9,054 12.6%
Berea Area 46 5,449 $97,193 8,906 8.5%
Madison-Eastend 47 5,371 $80,580 9,691 11.5%
Greater Rosemont 48 18,265 $93,683 9,158 12.0%
Greenmount East 49 10,613 $94,027 9,297 12.4%
Cherry Hill 50 9,611 $106,617 9,399 14.0%
Orangeville 51 2,191 $69,400 9,689 9.0%
Monument Street Area 52 2,951 $36,850 9,691 11.1%

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