The 10 Best College Towns In Maryland For 2019


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Believe it or not, America has the best colleges in the world. It's been proven by data (and surveys) that the U.S. educational system is of the highest quality

It's actually not even close and Maryland is home to a handful of them.

While we could debate which colleges within the are the 'best,' that's not the goal of this post.

Instead, ride along with us as we determine which college towns in Maryland are the best.

You know, the type of places where there's energy and stimulation, but the type of place you can walk around at night. The happiest, chillest, most downright fun places where you can send your kids off to college where you won't break the bank, or worry about their well being.

Without further ado, here are the best college towns in Maryland for 2019:

  1. Towson, MD (Photos | Homes)
  2. College Park, MD (Photos | Homes)
  3. Adelphi, MD (Photos | Homes)
  4. Takoma Park, MD (Photos | Homes)
  5. Frostburg, MD (Photos | Homes)
  6. Baltimore, MD (Photos | Homes)
  7. Salisbury, MD (Photos | Homes)
  8. Westminster, MD (Photos | Homes)
  9. Frederick, MD (Photos | Homes)
  10. Suitland, MD (Homes)

While some of these may not seem like a 'real' college town per se, when you look at the numbers, it's hard to argue against.

And for those who live in Towson, College Park and Adelphi - we tip our hats to you and we'll schedule a tour for next week. You can see where Towson ranks in terms of the best college town in America.

Read on to find out more or for more on Maryland check out:

How'd we figure out the best college towns in Maryland?

To crunch our data on Maryland's best college towns, we had to first decide which qualities (or rankings) make sense to use in the data, and then crunch the numbers for our rankings.

First off, we firmly decided that only cities with a 4 year college should make the cut -- so there has to be at least one college granting bachelors degrees in town.

You might be surprised to hear that there are only 11 places in Maryland with an institution of higher learning with that criteria.

Source of data include OpenStreetMaps, the College Scorecard, the U.S. Census, and FBI reporting data to include the following factors:

  • Students Make Up Large % of the Population
  • College-specific Factors
    • Graduation rate
    • Tuition Cost
    • Student Body Diversity
  • Town Characteristics
    • Safety
    • Affordability
    • Income and Employment Opportunities
  • Things to Do
    • Bars
    • Museums & Libraries
    • Population Density

We ranked each city across each of the criteria, with one being the best.

We rolled up the individual scores into the category and ranked them again based on the category.

Finally, we took the average rank across each category, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best College Town In Maryland For 2019".

And it looks like Towson placed Summa Cum Laude.

Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 58,766
% Undergrad Pop.: 23.7% (4th best)
Median Rent: $1,360 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 500.0% (2nd best)
Crime Rank: 8th best
More on Towson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Towson is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland. The population was 55,197 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Baltimore County and the second-most populated unincorporated county seat in the United States.

Colleges: Towson University, Fortis Institute-Towson, Brightwood College-Towson

College Park, MD
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 32,186
% Undergrad Pop.: 76.5% (2nd best)
Median Rent: $1,585 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 570.0% (6th best)
Crime Rank: 8th best
More on College Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of College Park is in Prince George's County, Maryland. The population was 30,413 at the 2010 United States Census. It is best known as the home of the University of Maryland, College Park, and since 1994 the city has also been home to the "Archives II" facility of the U.S. National Archives, as well as to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Weather and Climate Prediction.

Colleges: University of Maryland-College Park

Adelphi, MD
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 15,898
% Undergrad Pop.: 83.2% (1st best)
Median Rent: $1,406 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 440.0% (1st best)
Crime Rank: 8th best
More on Adelphi: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Adelphi is an unincorporated area and census-designated place in Prince George's County, Maryland. The population was 15,086 at the 2010 United States Census. Adelphi includes the following subdivisions; Adelphi, Adelphi Park, Adelphi Hills, Adelphi Terrace, Adelphi Village, Buck Lodge, Chatham, Cool Spring Terrace, Hillandale Forest, Knollwood, Lewiston, and White Oak Manor.

Colleges: University of Maryland-University College

Takoma Park, MD
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 17,643
% Undergrad Pop.: 5.8% (7th best)
Median Rent: $1,141 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 650.0% (9th best)
Crime Rank: 4th best
More on Takoma Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Takoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and part of the Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1890, Takoma Park, informally called "Azalea City", is a Tree City USA and a nuclear-free zone. A planned commuter suburb, it is situated along the Metropolitan Branch of the historic Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, just northeast of Washington, D.C., and it borders the neighborhood of Takoma, Washington, D.C. It is governed by an elected mayor and six elected councilmembers, who form the city council, and an appointed city manager, under a council-manager style of government. The city's population was 16,715 at the 2010 national census.

Colleges: Washington Adventist University

Frostburg, MD
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 8,689
% Undergrad Pop.: 51.0% (3rd best)
Median Rent: $757 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 1140.0% (13th best)
Crime Rank: 2nd best
More on Frostburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Frostburg is a city in Allegany County, Maryland, United States, and is at the head of the Georges Creek Valley. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 9,002 at the 2010 census. Located 8 miles west of Cumberland, the town is one of the first cities on the "National Road", US 40, and the western terminus of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Since 1973, the city has been served by what is now Interstate 68.

Colleges: Frostburg State University

Baltimore, MD
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 619,796
% Undergrad Pop.: 5.6% (8th best)
Median Rent: $1,009 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 1000.0% (12th best)
Crime Rank: 13th best
More on Baltimore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 30th-most populous city in the United States.

Colleges: The Community College of Baltimore County, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore City Community College

Salisbury, MD
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 32,368
% Undergrad Pop.: 18.2% (5th best)
Median Rent: $1,035 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 730.0% (10th best)
Crime Rank: 12th best
More on Salisbury: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Salisbury is a city in and the county seat of Wicomico County, Maryland, United States, and the largest city in the state's Eastern Shore region. The population was 30,343 at the 2010 census. Salisbury is the principal city of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is the commercial hub of the Delmarva Peninsula, which was long devoted to agriculture and had a southern culture. It calls itself "The Comfortable Side of Coastal".

Colleges: Salisbury University, Wor-Wic Community College, Delmarva Beauty Academy

Westminster, MD
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 18,557
% Undergrad Pop.: 8.7% (6th best)
Median Rent: $1,126 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 560.0% (4th best)
Crime Rank: 5th best
More on Westminster: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westminster is a city in northern Maryland, United States. A suburb of both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., it is the seat of Carroll County. The city's population was 18,590 at the 2010 census. Westminster is an outlying community within the Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA, which is part of a greater Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV CSA.

Colleges: Carroll Community College, McDaniel College

Frederick, MD
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 69,330
% Undergrad Pop.: 1.2% (12th best)
Median Rent: $1,285 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 560.0% (4th best)
Crime Rank: 3rd best
More on Frederick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Frederick is a city and the county seat of Frederick County in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. Frederick has long been an important crossroads, located at the intersection of a major north-south Indian trail, and east-west routes to the Chesapeake Bay, both at Baltimore and what became Washington, D.C. and across the Appalachian mountains to the Ohio River watershed. It is a part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of a greater Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA Combined Statistical Area. The city's population was 65,239 people at the 2010 United States Census, making it the second-largest incorporated city in Maryland, behind Baltimore. Frederick is home to Frederick Municipal Airport, which primarily accommodates general aviation traffic, and to the county's largest employer U.S. Army's Fort Detrick bioscience/communications research installation.

Colleges: Frederick Community College, Hood College, Frederick School of Cosmetology

Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 24,927
% Undergrad Pop.: 3.9% (10th best)
Median Rent: $1,316 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 950.0% (11th best)
Crime Rank: 8th best
More on Suitland: Real Estate | Data

Suitland is an unincorporated community and census designated place in Prince George's County, Maryland, about 1 mile southeast of Washington, D.C. As of the 2010 census, the population of the CDP was 25,825. Prior to 2010, Suitland was part of the Suitland-Silver Hill census-designated place.

Colleges: Strayer University-Maryland

There You Have It -- The Best College Towns In The

If you're looking for the best college towns in Maryland, you came to the right place.

These places all have great college sports programs, tons of stuff to do, and are great places to raise a family.

For more reading, check out:

11 Best College Towns In Maryland

Rank City Population
1 Towson, MD 58766
2 College Park, MD 32186
3 Adelphi, MD 15898
4 Takoma Park, MD 17643
5 Frostburg, MD 8689
6 Baltimore, MD 619796
7 Salisbury, MD 32368
8 Westminster, MD 18557
9 Frederick, MD 69330
10 Suitland, MD 24927
11 Laurel, MD 25913

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