Welcome to the Old Line State: where the North, South, East, and West meet at the Mason Dixon line in Maryland (pronounced “Mer-lin”.)
Maryland wants you to call one of its many affordable cities home. This blue state screams affordability. They practically give money away, here. So much that it’s almost like they are paying YOU to live here.
Maryland’s affordable cities really ‘bring it’. Hip millennial cities like Baltimore and North Bethesda have multiple opportunities for young professionals to make the ‘dolla holla’. Cities like Ocean City North and South provide inexpensive staycations. And Chesapeake Bay cities like Rock Hall and Deale provide an opportunity to offset your grocery bill with crabbing and fishing out your back door.
Maryland is home to many prestigious colleges: Annapolis, University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University. And if we know anything about smart people, they know a good deal when they see one.
More importantly, you have no excuse to get a great education that might one day catapult you into one of Maryland’s major industries like biotechnology, tourism; and of course, crabbing.
And with a statewide median income close to $73,000/year, who wouldn’t want a piece of the Chesapeake Bay State-pie. Heck, it’s no wonder Maryland’s poverty rate is the lowest in the country or that its unemployment rate is down around 4 percent. #GoodWorkMaryland
If you want to live the American dream without a hefty Park Place price tag, look no further than Maryland. More importantly, take a look below at our top affordable cities in Maryland list for 2019.
We suggest you grab yourself a plate of Old Bay dusted blue crab cakes, a bag of Utz chips, and a flavored snowball and read on.
If you ask any Marylander, they will say, hands down, that their city is the best. Heck, there’s a reason Little America is the 19th most populous in the country.
And, yes, we think it has a little something to do with the great people, strong jobs in defense and aerospace, government by proximity, and health care; not mention, just good ‘ol clean Maryland livin’. But, to the economically savvy, to truly be the best, the state must have the nicest, most affordable places to call home. #TheMostBangForYourBuck
So, if you care about home values, cost of living, and gold star quality of life, take a look at the list below to see where your Maryland dollar will let you live like a Baltimore Raven on a crabber’s salary.
And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Maryland and the cheapest places in the country:
The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Maryland For 2019
Brunswick is a city in Frederick County, Maryland, United States at the Maryland/Virginia border. The population was 5,870 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Brunswick comes in at $79,569 and the median home value is $220,700 for 2019.
The median income in Fruitland comes in at $63,922 and the median home value is $157,500 for 2019.
Hampstead is a town in Carroll County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The population was 6,323 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Hampstead comes in at $78,157 and the median home value is $239,400 for 2019.
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.
The median income in Cumberland comes in at $32,825 and the median home value is $89,600 for 2019.
Thurmont is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,170 at the 2010 census. The town is located in the northern part of Frederick County, approximately ten miles from the Pennsylvania border, along U.S. Highway 15. It is very close to Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park, which contains the presidential retreat of Camp David. Thurmont is also home to Catoctin Colorfest, an arts and crafts festival that draws in about 125,000 people each autumn.
The median income in Thurmont comes in at $68,879 and the median home value is $231,400 for 2019.
Glenarden is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,000 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Glenarden comes in at $87,829 and the median home value is $264,600 for 2019.
District Heights is an incorporated city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, located near Maryland Route 4. The population was 5,837 at the 2010 United States Census. For more information, see the separate articles on Forestville, Maryland and Suitland.
The median income in District Heights comes in at $69,358 and the median home value is $222,300 for 2019.
Poolesville is a town in the western portion of Montgomery County, Maryland. The population was 4,883 at the 2010 United States Census. It is surrounded by the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, and is considered a distant bedroom community for commuters to Washington, D.C.
The median income in Poolesville comes in at $154,107 and the median home value is $397,800 for 2019.
Taneytown is a town in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,728 at the 2010 census. Taneytown was founded in 1754. Of the town, George Washington once wrote, “Tan-nee town is but a small place with only the Street through wch. the road passes, built on. The buildings are principally of wood.” Taneytown has a history museum that displays the history of the town for visitors and citizens to see. The Bullfrog Road Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The median income in Taneytown comes in at $71,903 and the median home value is $247,400 for 2019.
Greenbelt is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. Contained within today’s City of Greenbelt is the historic planned community now known locally as “Old Greenbelt” and designated as the Greenbelt Historic District. Greenbelt’s population was 23,068 at the 2010 U.S. Census.
The median income in Greenbelt comes in at $72,846 and the median home value is $201,000 for 2019.
How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Old Line State For 2019
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 41 places in Maryland that have more than 5,000 people.
The place with the lowest cost of living in Maryland according to the data is Brunswick.
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 most affordable places to live in maryland for 2019.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Maryland according to the data:
- Mount Rainier
- College Park
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