These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Maryland For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Maryland go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Maryland definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Maryland where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Old Line State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 39 largest places in Maryland, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Maryland for 2018:

  1. Baltimore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Aberdeen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hampstead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Westminster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bel Air (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bel Air (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Cumberland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Hagerstown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Brunswick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Annapolis (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Chesapeake Beach (the most expensive place in Maryland) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Maryland and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Old Line State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Maryland
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Maryland to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 39 places in Maryland that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Baltimore, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 620,644
Services: 91
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 90
Housing: 93
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 97
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.

Aberdeen, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,958
Services: 91
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 90
Housing: 112
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 97
More on Aberdeen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aberdeen is a city located in Harford County, Maryland, 26 miles from Baltimore. The population was 14,959 at the 2010 United States Census. Aberdeen is the largest municipality in Harford County.

Hampstead, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,299
Services: 91
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 90
Housing: 125
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 97
More on Hampstead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hampstead is a town in Carroll County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The population was 6,323 at the 2010 census.

Westminster, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,614
Services: 91
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 90
Housing: 127
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 97
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.

Bel Air, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,172
Services: 91
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 90
Housing: 137
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 97
More on Bel Air: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Bel Air, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,172
Services: 91
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 90
Housing: 137
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 97
More on Bel Air: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Cumberland, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 20,776
Services: 108
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 58
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 94
More on Cumberland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cumberland Maryland, officially the City of Cumberland, is a western gateway city and seat of Allegany County, Maryland, United States and the primary city of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 20,859, and the metropolitan area had a population of 103,299. Cumberland is a regional business and commercial center for Western and the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. Cumberland is commonly referred to as “Where The South Begins,” as official United States Census Bureau records place it below the Mason-Dixon line.

Hagerstown, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 40,078
Services: 108
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 91
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 94
More on Hagerstown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hagerstown is a city in Washington County, Maryland, United States. It is the county seat of Washington County. The population of Hagerstown city proper at the 2010 census was 39,662, and the population of the Hagerstown-Martinsburg Metropolitan Area was 269,140. Hagerstown ranks as Maryland’s sixth largest incorporated city.

Brunswick, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,882
Services: 108
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 119
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 94
More on Brunswick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brunswick is a city in Frederick County, Maryland, United States at the Maryland/Virginia border. The population was 5,870 at the 2010 census.

Annapolis, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 38,309
Services: 91
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 90
Housing: 195
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 97
More on Annapolis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Annapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Maryland, as well as the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, 25 miles south of Baltimore and about 30 miles east of Washington, D.C., Annapolis is part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Its population was measured at 38,394 by the 2010 census.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Maryland Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Maryland, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Maryland according to the data:

  1. Chesapeake Beach
  2. Bowie
  3. Ocean City

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Maryland

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Baltimore 10.67 620,644 91 111 90
2 Aberdeen 11.17 14,958 91 111 90
3 Hampstead 12.0 6,299 91 111 90
4 Westminster 12.17 18,614 91 111 90
5 Bel Air 13.08 10,172 91 111 90
6 Bel Air 13.08 10,172 91 111 90
7 Cumberland 13.25 20,776 108 100 99
8 Hagerstown 13.58 40,078 108 100 99
9 Brunswick 14.5 5,882 108 100 99
10 Annapolis 16.0 38,309 91 111 90
11 Thurmont 18.33 6,204 103 99 94
12 Taneytown 18.58 6,690 103 99 94
13 Frederick 18.92 65,171 92 113 86
14 Laurel 19.83 25,026 92 113 86
15 Walkersville 20.17 5,853 92 113 86
16 Mount Airy 20.92 9,198 92 113 86
17 Frostburg 21.17 8,886 99 104 98
18 Gaithersburg 21.25 60,223 92 113 86
19 Salisbury 21.5 30,407 107 107 102
20 Cambridge 21.67 12,381 107 107 102
21 Glenarden 21.67 6,056 98 112 94
22 Takoma Park 21.75 16,902 92 113 86
23 Bladensburg 21.83 9,140 98 112 94
24 Rockville 21.92 60,960 92 113 86
25 Elkton 22.0 15,393 108 103 103
26 Chevy Chase 22.08 9,344 92 113 86
27 Greenbelt 22.58 23,113 98 112 94
28 District Heights 22.83 5,870 98 112 94
29 New Carrollton 23.5 12,195 98 112 94
30 Mount Rainier 23.75 8,134 98 112 94
31 Hyattsville 24.0 17,549 98 112 94
32 Riverdale Park 24.25 6,967 98 112 94
33 Easton 24.42 16,044 107 107 102
34 Cheverly 24.83 6,218 98 112 94
35 College Park 25.0 30,478 98 112 94
36 La Plata 25.17 8,743 98 112 94
37 Ocean City 25.25 7,134 107 107 102
38 Bowie 25.5 55,059 98 112 94
39 Chesapeake Beach 25.83 5,674 98 112 94

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