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.
- Baltimore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Aberdeen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hampstead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Westminster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bel Air (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bel Air (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cumberland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hagerstown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brunswick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
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 is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 30th-most populous city in the United States.
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 is a town in Carroll County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The population was 6,323 at the 2010 census.
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.
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 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 is a city in Frederick County, Maryland, United States at the Maryland/Virginia border. The population was 5,870 at the 2010 census.
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:
- Chesapeake Beach
- Ocean City
For more Maryland reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Maryland For 2018
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Maryland
- 10 Safest Places In Maryland
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Maryland