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:
- Chevy Chase Village (Homes For Sale)
- Chevy Chase (Homes For Sale)
- Somerset (Homes For Sale)
- Brookmont (Homes For Sale)
- Kensington (Homes For Sale)
- Cabin John (Homes For Sale)
- Garrett Park (Homes For Sale)
- Middl (Homes For Sale)
- Herald Harbor (Homes For Sale)
- 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:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Maryland
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Maryland
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Maryland
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.
1. Chevy Chase Village
2. Chevy Chase
6. Cabin John
7. Garrett Park
9. Herald Harbor
10. Friendship Heights Village
13. Paramount-Long Meadow
14. University Park
17. New Market
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:
For more Maryland reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Maryland
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Maryland
- 10 Safest Places In Maryland
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Maryland
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Maryland
Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Maryland
|1||Chevy Chase Village||2,030|
|10||Friendship Heights Village||4,730|
|34||Point Of Rocks||1,607|
|40||Arden On The Severn||2,615|
|46||West Ocean City||4,199|