These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Maryland For 2018


We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Maryland for you to live.

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Are you sick of being a city slicker?

Do you long for life in suburban Maryland? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?

We do too.

Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.

So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Annapolis, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Maryland suburb was best?

No worries. We got it all figured out here.

These are the 10 best suburbs in the Old Line State:

  1. Rockville (Photos)
  2. Hampstead (Photos)
  3. Poolesville (Photos)
  4. Bowie (Photos)
  5. Mount Airy (Photos)
  6. La Plata (Photos)
  7. Gaithersburg (Photos)
  8. Takoma Park (Photos)
  9. Cheverly (Photos)
  10. Annapolis (Photos)

Rockville is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Maryland.

So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Maryland, we’ve got you covered.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology. Or, check out the best places to live in Maryland and the best places to raise a family in Maryland.

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How do you determine which suburb is the best in Maryland anyways?

To give you the best suburbs in Maryland, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best city’ and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the suburb numbers for the Old Line State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Maryland, we looked at every town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).

We paid particular attention to:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is Better)
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Commute Time
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We ranked each suburb in Maryland across a number of criteria from one to 22, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title ‘Best Suburb To Live In Maryland’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Maryland

Read on to see why Rockville is the ‘burb with the most, while Bladensburg is probably not the best place to live in Maryland.

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1. Rockville

Rockville, Md

Source: Public domain

Population: 65,171
Median Income: $101,774
Median Home Price: $499,400
Rockville is located 14 miles north of Washington.

2. Hampstead

Hampstead, Md

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,352
Median Income: $80,313
Median Home Price: $234,800
Hampstead is located 25 miles north of Baltimore.

3. Poolesville

Poolesville, Md

Population: 5,108
Median Income: $150,000
Median Home Price: $391,600
Poolesville is located 24 miles west of Arlington.

4. Bowie

Bowie, Md

Population: 57,633
Median Income: $106,098
Median Home Price: $303,900
Bowie is located 15 miles east of Washington.

5. Mount Airy

Mount Airy, Md

Population: 9,376
Median Income: $108,578
Median Home Price: $351,300
Mount Airy is located 29 miles west of Baltimore.

6. La Plata

La Plata, Md

Population: 9,059
Median Income: $87,759
Median Home Price: $320,600
La Plata is located 24 miles south of Arlington.

7. Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, Md

Source: Public domain

Population: 66,104
Median Income: $83,724
Median Home Price: $369,900
Gaithersburg is located 18 miles north of Arlington.

8. Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Md

Population: 17,567
Median Income: $78,921
Median Home Price: $508,600
Takoma Park is located 5 miles north of Washington.

9. Cheverly

Cheverly, Md

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,390
Median Income: $96,325
Median Home Price: $297,100
Cheverly is located 5 miles east of Washington.

10. Annapolis

Annapolis, Md

Population: 39,009
Median Income: $74,187
Median Home Price: $377,200
Annapolis is located 23 miles south of Baltimore.

There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Maryland

Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Maryland according to the data:

  1. Bladensburg
  2. Riverdale Park
  3. Mount Rainier

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Maryland

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Rockville 1 65,171 $101,774 $499,400
Hampstead 2 6,352 $80,313 $234,800
Poolesville 3 5,108 $150,000 $391,600
Bowie 4 57,633 $106,098 $303,900
Mount Airy 5 9,376 $108,578 $351,300
La Plata 6 9,059 $87,759 $320,600
Gaithersburg 7 66,104 $83,724 $369,900
Takoma Park 8 17,567 $78,921 $508,600
Cheverly 9 6,390 $96,325 $297,100
Annapolis 10 39,009 $74,187 $377,200
Glenarden 11 6,110 $73,355 $242,800
Laurel 12 25,703 $68,304 $235,800
Greenbelt 13 23,623 $67,162 $190,500
Westminster 14 18,665 $56,354 $234,100
Aberdeen 15 15,361 $51,956 $195,000
College Park 16 31,942 $64,694 $269,500
Chesapeake Beach 17 5,866 $103,342 $317,300
New Carrollton 18 12,727 $60,645 $232,000
Hyattsville 19 18,262 $65,452 $265,600
Mount Rainier 20 8,364 $50,345 $275,900
Riverdale Park 21 7,221 $61,520 $248,100
Bladensburg 22 9,505 $44,236 $179,800

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