These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Maryland For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maryland that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Maryland does this very well. Families love the Old Line State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Maryland that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Maryland for 2018:

  1. Chesapeake Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Ocean City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bowie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. La Plata (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. College Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Cheverly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Easton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Riverdale Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Hyattsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Mount Rainier (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Baltimore (the cheapest place to live in Maryland) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Maryland or the cheapest.

1. Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Population: 5,674
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 192
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
More on Chesapeake Beach: Homes For Sale | Data
Chesapeake Beach is a town in Calvert County, Maryland. Its major attractions include the Chesapeake Beach Railway Station, the Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail, a water park, marinas, piers, and charter boat fishing. The town’s population was recorded as 5,753 in the 2010 census.

2. Ocean City

Ocean City, Maryland

Population: 7,134
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 155
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Ocean City: Homes For Sale | Data
Ocean City Maryland, officially the Town of Ocean City, is an Atlantic resort town in Worcester County, Maryland. Ocean City is widely known in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and is a frequent destination for vacationers in that area. The population was 7,102 at the 2010 U.S. Census, although during summer weekends the city hosts between 320,000 and 345,000 vacationers, and up to 8 million visitors annually. During the summer, Ocean City becomes the second most populated municipality in Maryland, after Baltimore. It is part of the Salisbury metropolitan area.

3. Bowie

Bowie, Maryland

Population: 55,059
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 186
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
More on Bowie: Homes For Sale | Data
Bowie is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The population was 54,727 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George’s County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014 CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in America list.

4. La Plata

La Plata, Maryland

Population: 8,743
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 167
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
More on La Plata: Homes For Sale | Data
La Plata is a town in Charles County, Maryland, United States. The population was 8,753 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Charles County.

5. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Population: 30,478
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 163
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
More on College Park: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. Cheverly

Cheverly, Maryland

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Population: 6,218
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 159
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
More on Cheverly: Homes For Sale | Data
Cheverly is a town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., United States. The town was founded in 1918, and it was incorporated in 1931. Cheverly had 6,173 residents as of the 2010 Census.

7. Easton

Easton, Maryland

Population: 16,044
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 143
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Easton: Homes For Sale | Data
Easton, Maryland is an incorporated town and the county seat of Talbot County, Maryland, United States. The population was 15,945 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population in 2015 of 16,617. The primary ZIPCode is 21601, and the secondary is 21606. The primary phone exchange is 822, the auxiliary exchanges are 820, 763, and 770, and the area code is 410.

8. Riverdale Park

Riverdale Park, Maryland

Public domain

Population: 6,967
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 148
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
More on Riverdale Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Riverdale Park, formerly known and often referred to as Riverdale, Maryland is a semi-urban town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States, a suburb in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The population was 6,956 as of 2010.

9. Hyattsville

Hyattsville, Maryland

Public domain

Population: 17,549
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 146
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
More on Hyattsville: Homes For Sale | Data
Hyattsville is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and also a close, urban suburb of Washington, D.C. The population was 17,557 at the 2010 United States Census.

10. Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, Maryland

Population: 8,134
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 143
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
More on Mount Rainier: Homes For Sale | Data

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

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Maryland Map
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 most 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 38 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.

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

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Maryland that have the highest cost of living, with Chesapeake Beach ranking as the most expensive city in the Old Line State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Maryland:

  1. Baltimore
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Hampstead

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Maryland

Rank City Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Chesapeake Beach 5,674 98 112 94
2 Ocean City 7,134 107 107 102
3 Bowie 55,059 98 112 94
4 La Plata 8,743 98 112 94
5 College Park 30,478 98 112 94
6 Cheverly 6,218 98 112 94
7 Easton 16,044 107 107 102
8 Riverdale Park 6,967 98 112 94
9 Hyattsville 17,549 98 112 94
10 Mount Rainier 8,134 98 112 94
11 New Carrollton 12,195 98 112 94
12 District Heights 5,870 98 112 94
13 Greenbelt 23,113 98 112 94
14 Elkton 15,393 108 103 103
15 Chevy Chase 9,344 92 113 86
16 Rockville 60,960 92 113 86
17 Cambridge 12,381 107 107 102
18 Takoma Park 16,902 92 113 86
19 Salisbury 30,407 107 107 102
20 Bladensburg 9,140 98 112 94
21 Glenarden 6,056 98 112 94
22 Gaithersburg 60,223 92 113 86
23 Frostburg 8,886 99 104 98
24 Mount Airy 9,198 92 113 86
25 Walkersville 5,853 92 113 86
26 Laurel 25,026 92 113 86
27 Frederick 65,171 92 113 86
28 Taneytown 6,690 103 99 94
29 Thurmont 6,204 103 99 94
30 Annapolis 38,309 91 111 90
31 Brunswick 5,882 108 100 99
32 Hagerstown 40,078 108 100 99
33 Cumberland 20,776 108 100 99
34 Bel Air 10,172 91 111 90
35 Westminster 18,614 91 111 90
36 Hampstead 6,299 91 111 90
37 Aberdeen 14,958 91 111 90
38 Baltimore 620,644 91 111 90

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