These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Maryland For 2019


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 2019:

  1. Chevy Chase Village (Homes For Sale)
  2. Somerset (Homes For Sale)
  3. Chevy Chase (Homes For Sale)
  4. Kensington (Homes For Sale)
  5. Brookmont (Homes For Sale)
  6. Hampton (Homes For Sale)
  7. Garrett Park (Homes For Sale)
  8. Huntingtown (Homes For Sale)
  9. Cabin John (Homes For Sale)
  10. Middl (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:

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 – 115 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 115, 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.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,984
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,605,500 (1st Best)
More on Chevy Chase Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,113
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,209,600 (3rd Best)
More on Somerset: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,960
Median Income: $250,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,225,200 (2nd Best)
More on Chevy Chase: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,171
Median Income: $127,000 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $675,400 (7th Best)
More on Kensington: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,585
Median Income: $211,607 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $966,300 (4th Best)
More on Brookmont: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,922
Median Income: $132,143 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $438,400 (16th Best)
More on Hampton: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,020
Median Income: $173,889 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $810,000 (6th Best)
More on Garrett Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,344
Median Income: $124,922 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $428,100 (19th Best)
More on Huntingtown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,115
Median Income: $156,250 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $934,200 (5th Best)
More on Cabin John: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,521
Median Income: $125,227 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $420,900 (22nd Best)
More on Middl: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,341
Median Income: $118,793 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $358,600 (36th Best)
More on West Laurel: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,574
Median Income: $123,824 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $412,600 (24th Best)
More on Herald Harbor: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,783
Median Income: $153,790 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $623,600 (8th Best)
More on Fulton: Data | Homes For Sale

Sykesville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,921
Median Income: $105,391 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $359,000 (35th Best)
More on Sykesville: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,802
Median Income: $124,306 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $488,700 (11th Best)
More on Riva: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,226
Median Income: $114,583 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $423,100 (21st Best)
More on New Market: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,745
Median Income: $113,289 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $389,000 (29th Best)
More on Pleasant Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,770
Median Income: $132,596 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $449,600 (15th Best)
More on Gambrills: Data | Homes For Sale

University Park, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,645
Median Income: $135,292 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $450,700 (14th Best)
More on University Park: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,771
Median Income: $117,434 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $330,300 (43rd Best)
More on Myersville: Data | 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. Federalsburg
  2. Hancock
  3. Crisfield

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Maryland

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Chevy Chase Village 1,984 $250,000.0 $1,605,500.0
2 Somerset 1,113 $250,000.0 $1,209,600.0
3 Chevy Chase 2,960 $250,000.0 $1,225,200.0
4 Kensington 2,171 $127,000.0 $675,400.0
5 Brookmont 3,585 $211,607.0 $966,300.0
6 Hampton 4,922 $132,143.0 $438,400.0
7 Garrett Park 1,020 $173,889.0 $810,000.0
8 Huntingtown 3,344 $124,922.0 $428,100.0
9 Cabin John 2,115 $156,250.0 $934,200.0
10 Middl 4,521 $125,227.0 $420,900.0
11 West Laurel 4,341 $118,793.0 $358,600.0
12 Herald Harbor 2,574 $123,824.0 $412,600.0
13 Fulton 3,783 $153,790.0 $623,600.0
14 Sykesville 3,921 $105,391.0 $359,000.0
15 Riva 3,802 $124,306.0 $488,700.0
16 New Market 1,226 $114,583.0 $423,100.0
17 Pleasant Hills 3,745 $113,289.0 $389,000.0
18 Gambrills 2,770 $132,596.0 $449,600.0
19 University Park 2,645 $135,292.0 $450,700.0
20 Myersville 1,771 $117,434.0 $330,300.0
21 Solomons 2,168 $86,181.0 $483,500.0
22 Centreville 4,635 $89,219.0 $332,000.0
23 Owings 2,634 $158,750.0 $459,100.0
24 Jefferson 2,203 $107,632.0 $298,300.0
25 Manchester 4,825 $93,125.0 $279,900.0
26 Derwood 1,984 $96,630.0 $559,400.0
27 Point Of Rocks 1,751 $108,646.0 $341,500.0
28 Layhill 4,981 $95,255.0 $412,400.0
29 Woodsboro 1,084 $92,955.0 $313,900.0
30 Buckeystown 1,154 $83,368.0 $396,400.0
31 Woodmore 4,426 $146,688.0 $418,400.0
32 Keedysville 1,117 $100,885.0 $274,400.0
33 Kingsville 4,545 $104,831.0 $407,800.0
34 Maugansville 3,223 $67,326.0 $200,400.0
35 Adamstown 2,542 $138,462.0 $434,800.0
36 Spencerville 2,330 $111,625.0 $494,000.0
37 Braddock Heights 2,903 $91,579.0 $331,800.0
38 Smithsburg 2,976 $79,267.0 $231,000.0
39 Dunkirk 2,490 $126,875.0 $433,400.0
40 New Windsor 1,380 $81,900.0 $257,700.0
41 Berwyn Heights 3,250 $100,938.0 $285,800.0
42 Perryville 4,395 $62,542.0 $216,100.0
43 Cavetown 1,149 $74,453.0 $211,500.0
44 Leonar 3,639 $71,970.0 $378,100.0
45 Algonquin 1,365 $74,524.0 $218,700.0
46 Bartonsville 1,631 $100,556.0 $347,700.0
47 St. James 3,379 $76,020.0 $238,800.0
48 Golden Beach 2,978 $83,408.0 $285,400.0
49 Jarrettsville 3,255 $93,857.0 $399,400.0
50 Berlin 4,566 $58,177.0 $234,500.0
51 Croom 2,798 $116,391.0 $423,600.0
52 La Vale 3,374 $62,330.0 $153,800.0
53 Bel Air 1,358 $51,600.0 $152,100.0
54 Arden On The Severn 2,301 $126,250.0 $361,700.0
55 Grasonville 3,559 $89,954.0 $313,900.0
56 Mechanicsville 1,779 $106,898.0 $338,400.0
57 Emmitsburg 3,024 $67,793.0 $258,100.0
58 West Ocean City 4,119 $57,805.0 $291,800.0
59 Konterra 2,743 $82,337.0 $340,900.0
60 Baden 1,766 $95,625.0 $383,600.0
61 Preston 1,026 $76,490.0 $195,000.0
62 Long Beach 2,080 $83,620.0 $278,200.0
63 National Harbor 3,799 $77,630.0 $291,800.0
64 Bowling Green 1,176 $54,306.0 $104,700.0
65 Brentwood 3,478 $71,290.0 $253,600.0
66 Melwood 3,744 $69,567.0 $243,100.0
67 Libertytown 1,097 $81,813.0 $273,400.0
68 Hughesville 1,933 $125,253.0 $378,400.0
69 Kingstown 1,826 $56,563.0 $218,600.0
70 Chester 4,904 $83,013.0 $302,700.0
71 Charle 1,375 $92,083.0 $249,400.0
72 Springdale 3,039 $88,929.0 $309,600.0
73 North Beach 2,596 $78,145.0 $312,300.0
74 Hebron 1,134 $55,202.0 $142,700.0
75 North East 3,624 $51,037.0 $198,700.0
76 Morningside 1,352 $66,397.0 $177,400.0
77 Drum Point 2,938 $75,230.0 $259,700.0
78 Lusby 1,809 $74,808.0 $286,400.0
79 Rising Sun 2,809 $60,240.0 $217,300.0
80 Crownsville 1,679 $75,893.0 $375,700.0
81 Boonsboro 3,472 $66,657.0 $238,200.0
82 Landover Hills 1,679 $70,179.0 $214,100.0
83 Trappe 1,207 $63,750.0 $207,200.0
84 Rock Hall 1,236 $41,875.0 $204,700.0
85 Delmar 3,163 $58,839.0 $135,700.0
86 Cottage City 1,255 $53,553.0 $217,000.0
87 Forest Heights 2,554 $77,583.0 $200,500.0
88 Oakland 1,744 $32,600.0 $163,600.0
89 Indian Head 3,842 $66,250.0 $195,900.0
90 Williamsport 2,091 $38,295.0 $146,800.0
91 Lonaconing 1,142 $41,389.0 $80,000.0
92 Peppermill Village 4,302 $67,667.0 $222,300.0
93 Marlboro Meadows 3,827 $80,732.0 $257,100.0
94 Edmonston 1,580 $57,969.0 $215,600.0
95 Potomac Heights 1,212 $49,345.0 $89,300.0
96 Westernport 2,045 $42,128.0 $73,100.0
97 Capitol Heights 4,519 $69,245.0 $203,400.0
98 Mountain Lake Park 2,242 $43,125.0 $141,400.0
99 Seat Pleasant 4,781 $52,484.0 $169,300.0
100 Charlotte Hall 1,937 $83,281.0 $242,800.0

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