These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Maryland


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Maryland (in which to live):

  1. North Chevy Chase
  2. Chevy Chase Section Three
  3. Martin’S Additions
  4. Chevy Chase View
  5. Brookeville
  6. Washington Grove
  7. Barnesville
  8. Upper Marlboro
  9. Jugtown
  10. Mount Aetna

If you live in one of these small towns like North Chevy Chase, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Maryland.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Maryland

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 99 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 99, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Maryland. Top of that list — North Chevy Chase.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Maryland. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Maryland.

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1. North Chevy Chase


Population 2014: 602
Median Income: $187,500
Median Home Price: $788,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,301

2. Chevy Chase Section Three


Population 2014: 743
Median Income: $210,714
Median Home Price: $1,000,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,301

3. Martin’S Additions


Population 2014: 895
Median Income: $209,583
Median Home Price: $968,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,301

4. Chevy Chase View


Population 2014: 1,030
Median Income: $212,150
Median Home Price: $862,200
Crime Per 100k: 452

5. Brookeville


Population 2014: 149
Median Income: $262,000
Median Home Price: $807,700
Crime Per 100k: 1,301

6. Washington Grove


Population 2014: 528
Median Income: $110,781
Median Home Price: $449,100
Crime Per 100k: 1,301

7. Barnesville


Population 2014: 198
Median Income: $128,889
Median Home Price: $557,700
Crime Per 100k: 1,539

8. Upper Marlboro


Population 2014: 672
Median Income: $85,833
Median Home Price: $256,900
Crime Per 100k: 2,051

9. Jugtown


Population 2014: 341
Median Income: $84,716
Median Home Price: $361,600
Crime Per 100k: 3,660

10. Mount Aetna


Population 2014: 616
Median Income: $118,542
Median Home Price: $327,500
Crime Per 100k: 2,526

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 10 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. Eden
  2. Friendsville
  3. West Pocomoke

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Maryland

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
North Chevy Chase 1 602 $187,500 $788,500 1,301
Chevy Chase Section Three 2 743 $210,714 $1,000,500 1,301
Martin’S Additions 3 895 $209,583 $968,000 1,301
Chevy Chase View 4 1,030 $212,150 $862,200 452
Brookeville 5 149 $262,000 $807,700 1,301
Washington Grove 6 528 $110,781 $449,100 1,301
Barnesville 7 198 $128,889 $557,700 1,539
Upper Marlboro 8 672 $85,833 $256,900 2,051
Jugtown 9 341 $84,716 $361,600 3,660
Mount Aetna 10 616 $118,542 $327,500 2,526
New Market 11 649 $84,500 $316,700 3,133
Tilghmanton 12 485 $103,276 $211,400 3,575
Cobb Island 13 676 $59,271 $313,300 3,500
Queen Anne 14 1,180 $97,344 $545,500 653
Queen Anne 15 1,180 $97,344 $545,500 653
Charlton 16 124 $98,958 $257,500 3,353
Rosemont 17 325 $105,000 $311,600 2,980
Whaleyville 18 137 $85,078 $273,300 3,384
Friendship 19 450 $84,948 $447,300 2,405
Pomfret 20 557 $92,250 $351,200 2,953
Galena 21 764 $68,438 $230,300 4,099
Darlington 22 484 $59,028 $277,400 3,975
Chesapeake City 23 683 $53,125 $278,200 3,530
Monrovia 24 353 $68,906 $365,300 3,595
Madison 25 133 $86,000 $555,600 1,711
Pylesville 26 659 $122,875 $433,300 2,637
Burkittsville 27 148 $81,667 $313,600 3,142
Calvert Beach 28 751 $66,447 $283,500 3,603
Bagtown 29 349 $69,620 $196,800 4,184
Betterton 30 440 $61,875 $240,200 3,870
Leitersburg 31 720 $78,750 $191,900 3,987
Sharpsburg 32 781 $62,857 $195,500 4,167
Rawlings 33 773 $61,250 $179,800 4,063
North Brentwood 34 553 $73,750 $246,100 4,090
San Mar 35 348 $56,875 $258,800 3,730
Church Hill 36 687 $50,417 $225,600 4,214
Hebron 37 1,022 $56,500 $158,700 1,585
Eckhart Mines 38 950 $57,917 $129,700 3,999
Bloomington 39 299 $53,478 $89,500 3,257
Bishopville 40 252 $67,016 $189,200 3,723
Klondike 41 350 $59,677 $205,000 4,642
Vienna 42 303 $49,219 $160,400 4,422
Barton 43 602 $50,000 $93,100 5,071
Dawson 44 220 $63,281 $284,600 3,650
Tilghman Island 45 819 $66,607 $285,900 2,965
Eldorado 46 69 $71,458 $154,200 4,822
Aquasco 47 807 $60,781 $325,400 3,294
Preston 48 631 $51,250 $214,000 4,310
Downsville 49 244 $42,396 $171,900 4,380
Nanticoke Acres 50 61 $55,703 $264,100 4,407
Edesville 51 276 $21,531 $149,500 4,980
Union Bridge 52 890 $48,359 $208,800 4,343
Highfield-Cascade 53 929 $60,250 $188,300 4,104
Mount Briar 54 116 $105,938 $223,400 3,919
Millington 55 600 $71,250 $197,800 4,296
Moscow 56 305 $52,969 $89,400 5,205
Port Deposit 57 671 $51,563 $217,900 3,900
Breathedsville 58 241 $60,658 $110,500 3,885
Goldsboro 59 191 $71,875 $181,300 4,577
Midlothian 60 305 $50,725 $110,700 4,959
East New Market 61 370 $47,292 $174,500 4,480
Mount Lena 62 420 $33,828 $235,000 3,920
Accident 63 299 $43,214 $168,500 4,541
Sudlersville 64 340 $53,250 $188,700 4,167
Grantsville 65 842 $48,077 $179,500 4,641
Secretary 66 763 $46,000 $165,500 4,743
Ellerslie 67 349 $40,625 $139,300 4,444
Templeville 68 157 $42,250 $215,000 4,588
Cecilton 69 602 $45,781 $209,900 4,578
Corriganville 70 564 $45,833 $161,300 4,936
Clear Spring 71 389 $41,750 $133,600 4,828
Pinesburg 72 461 $77,981 $194,800 4,355
Marydel 73 208 $66,250 $182,800 4,515
Mardela Springs 74 246 $45,625 $178,700 4,519
Sabillasville 75 480 $73,269 $165,900 4,744
Mount Savage 76 716 $48,017 $92,800 5,011
Church Creek 77 109 $30,625 $240,000 4,178
Chewsville 78 143 $28,106 $133,300 5,079
Mount Vernon 79 693 $43,000 $159,400 4,072
Cordova 80 493 $44,583 $203,600 4,237
Clarysville 81 155 $68,889 $108,300 5,092
Fairmount 82 387 $30,709 $184,900 4,641
Deal Island 83 411 $33,594 $98,100 4,917
Fairlee 84 222 $44,432 $215,800 4,418
Midland 85 482 $39,231 $90,000 5,152
Pleasant Grove 86 488 $33,125 $83,800 5,205
Sandy Hook 87 155 $16,429 $89,200 5,205
Cedarville 88 547 $48,438 $23,700 4,188
Loch Lynn Heights 89 670 $27,404 $95,300 5,205
Crellin 90 92 $33,235 $54,600 5,148
Deer Park 91 401 $33,438 $145,300 4,990
Shaft 92 219 $39,500 $78,400 5,205
Henderson 93 156 $36,875 $131,300 5,194
Finzel 94 439 $41,250 $149,300 4,684
Kitzmiller 95 320 $26,000 $73,000 5,205
Zihlman 96 387 $47,381 $78,700 5,179
West Pocomoke 97 522 $36,538 $169,400 4,494
Friendsville 98 512 $29,167 $100,000 5,139
Eden 99 661 $38,576 $80,300 4,988

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