These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Maryland For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Maryland are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Maryland, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Old Line State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Maryland based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Maryland ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Maryland for 2018:

  1. Chevy Chase Village (Homes For Sale)
  2. Chevy Chase (Homes For Sale)
  3. Somerset (Homes For Sale)
  4. Brookmont (Homes For Sale)
  5. Kensington (Homes For Sale)
  6. Cabin John (Homes For Sale)
  7. Garrett Park (Homes For Sale)
  8. Middl (Homes For Sale)
  9. Herald Harbor (Homes For Sale)
  10. Friendship Heights Village (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Chevy Chase Village, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Old Line State check out:

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Maryland

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 119 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 119, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Maryland. Top of that list — Chevy Chase Village.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Maryland.

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1. Chevy Chase Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,030
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,608,300 (1st Best)
More on Chevy Chase Village: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Chevy Chase


Population: 2,948
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,185,500 (2nd Best)
More on Chevy Chase: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Somerset


Population: 1,215
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,165,700 (3rd Best)
More on Somerset: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Brookmont


Population: 3,810
Median Income: $184,464 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $947,700 (4th Best)
More on Brookmont: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Kensington


Population: 2,111
Median Income: $132,750 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $662,900 (7th Best)
More on Kensington: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Cabin John


Population: 1,958
Median Income: $163,029 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $887,600 (5th Best)
More on Cabin John: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Garrett Park


Population: 1,058
Median Income: $162,000 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $744,900 (6th Best)
More on Garrett Park: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Middl

Source: Public Domain

Population: 4,460
Median Income: $125,568 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $408,400 (25th Best)
More on Middl: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Herald Harbor


Population: 2,620
Median Income: $121,053 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $397,600 (27th Best)
More on Herald Harbor: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Friendship Heights Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 4,730
Median Income: $85,000 (50th Best)
Median Home Value: $443,900 (16th Best)
More on Friendship Heights Village: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Hampton


Population: 4,830
Median Income: $115,673 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $418,700 (21st Best)
More on Hampton: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Spencerville


Population: 1,906
Median Income: $113,542 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $498,000 (11th Best)
More on Spencerville: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Paramount-Long Meadow


Population: 2,512
Median Income: $86,250 (47th Best)
Median Home Value: $269,800 (61st Best)
More on Paramount-Long Meadow: Data| Homes For Sale

14. University Park

University Park, MD

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,635
Median Income: $136,250 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $437,300 (17th Best)
More on University Park: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

15. Fulton


Population: 3,097
Median Income: $134,118 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $615,700 (8th Best)
More on Fulton: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Riva


Population: 3,891
Median Income: $123,750 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $486,800 (12th Best)
More on Riva: Data| Homes For Sale

17. New Market


Population: 1,133
Median Income: $108,542 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $407,900 (26th Best)
More on New Market: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Gambrills


Population: 2,613
Median Income: $120,673 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $447,900 (15th Best)
More on Gambrills: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Huntingtown


Population: 3,390
Median Income: $126,071 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $426,300 (18th Best)
More on Huntingtown: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Sykesville

Sykesville, MD

Population: 3,940
Median Income: $103,699 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $346,500 (37th Best)
More on Sykesville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Maryland are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Maryland:

  1. Hancock
  2. Hurlock
  3. Federalsburg

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Maryland

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Chevy Chase Village 2,030 $250,000 $1,608,300
2 Chevy Chase 2,948 $250,000 $1,185,500
3 Somerset 1,215 $250,000 $1,165,700
4 Brookmont 3,810 $184,464 $947,700
5 Kensington 2,111 $132,750 $662,900
6 Cabin John 1,958 $163,029 $887,600
7 Garrett Park 1,058 $162,000 $744,900
8 Middl 4,460 $125,568 $408,400
9 Herald Harbor 2,620 $121,053 $397,600
10 Friendship Heights Village 4,730 $85,000 $443,900
11 Hampton 4,830 $115,673 $418,700
12 Spencerville 1,906 $113,542 $498,000
13 Paramount-Long Meadow 2,512 $86,250 $269,800
14 University Park 2,635 $136,250 $437,300
15 Fulton 3,097 $134,118 $615,700
16 Riva 3,891 $123,750 $486,800
17 New Market 1,133 $108,542 $407,900
18 Gambrills 2,613 $120,673 $447,900
19 Huntingtown 3,390 $126,071 $426,300
20 Sykesville 3,940 $103,699 $346,500
21 West Laurel 4,309 $112,969 $353,800
22 Pleasant Hills 3,557 $104,674 $370,700
23 Owings 2,615 $153,000 $469,300
24 Centreville 4,538 $85,875 $345,600
25 Myersville 1,789 $114,952 $328,200
26 Buckeystown 1,075 $87,708 $374,000
27 Adamstown 2,521 $147,500 $420,100
28 Manchester 4,814 $94,094 $280,600
29 Jefferson 2,112 $103,333 $292,900
30 Solomons 2,176 $69,659 $478,900
31 Derwood 2,012 $97,857 $556,200
32 Leonar 3,539 $73,879 $368,900
33 Kingsville 4,429 $100,972 $411,000
34 Point Of Rocks 1,607 $102,935 $342,700
35 Long Beach 1,885 $105,104 $280,000
36 Keedysville 1,181 $98,036 $275,000
37 Braddock Heights 2,734 $86,250 $327,900
38 Mechanicsville 1,715 $103,977 $338,900
39 Cavetown 1,380 $70,469 $209,800
40 Arden On The Severn 2,615 $129,545 $355,700
41 Berlin 4,538 $51,875 $224,500
42 Berwyn Heights 3,242 $98,125 $277,500
43 Croom 2,645 $113,021 $383,300
44 Woodmore 4,205 $137,500 $412,700
45 Dunkirk 2,350 $111,917 $422,900
46 West Ocean City 4,199 $57,432 $302,000
47 La Vale 3,237 $55,387 $154,900
48 Smithsburg 2,999 $81,800 $229,300
49 Algonquin 1,537 $71,620 $214,000
50 Jarrettsville 3,355 $94,706 $411,300
51 Golden Beach 3,307 $83,365 $294,100
52 Bartonsville 1,670 $92,750 $323,400
53 Hughesville 2,187 $124,739 $385,400
54 St. Michaels 1,035 $46,125 $358,900
55 Woodsboro 1,108 $92,500 $284,200
56 New Windsor 1,287 $65,625 $246,800
57 Bel Air 1,383 $47,431 $155,600
58 Grasonville 3,412 $82,143 $314,100
59 Springdale 2,878 $88,750 $298,500
60 Maugansville 3,319 $59,028 $202,700
61 Perryville 4,397 $75,399 $222,000
62 St. James 3,431 $69,861 $255,900
63 Kingstown 1,771 $61,534 $226,400
64 Morningside 1,436 $72,422 $189,200
65 Emmitsburg 2,986 $62,778 $250,000
66 Konterra 2,571 $84,722 $298,800
67 Chester 4,944 $86,250 $307,000
68 Melwood 3,239 $79,052 $241,700
69 Brentwood 3,144 $65,893 $238,700
70 Baden 1,906 $90,644 $359,200
71 Crownsville 1,784 $103,750 $522,600
72 Drum Point 2,917 $73,609 $270,100
73 Libertytown 1,138 $70,893 $232,900
74 North East 3,626 $52,092 $205,100
75 Hebron 1,192 $53,235 $137,000
76 Charle 1,248 $81,250 $235,800
77 Bowling Green 1,116 $43,021 $103,300
78 Rock Hall 1,204 $52,688 $204,200
79 Indian Head 3,879 $66,314 $198,900
80 Potomac Heights 1,191 $46,382 $88,800
81 National Harbor 4,279 $70,595 $283,900
82 North Beach 2,551 $74,735 $287,300
83 Marlboro Meadows 3,809 $81,349 $250,400
84 Rising Sun 2,813 $62,688 $210,300
85 Peppermill Village 4,620 $67,125 $214,400
86 Silver Hill 4,802 $57,852 $165,500
87 Seat Pleasant 4,721 $51,930 $175,000
88 Williamsport 2,031 $39,259 $152,900
89 Forest Heights 2,549 $70,875 $195,700
90 Edmonston 1,543 $56,983 $193,800
91 Westernport 1,921 $43,295 $79,100
92 Trappe 1,261 $62,853 $224,500
93 Cottage City 1,209 $52,813 $197,800
94 Lusby 1,790 $82,667 $278,200
95 Boonsboro 3,458 $60,104 $222,100
96 Delmar 3,175 $50,833 $150,800
97 Charlotte Hall 1,817 $86,875 $246,200
98 Lonaconing 1,214 $40,625 $76,800
99 Landover Hills 1,890 $68,466 $205,200
100 Capitol Heights 4,489 $67,863 $189,000

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