10 Richest Cities In Maryland For 2019


We analyzed 41 places in Maryland to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Maryland.

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Poolesville, Mount Airy, La Plata: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Maryland. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Old Line State.

Poolesville in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $154,107 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.6%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Maryland share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 41 places in Maryland with more than 5,000 people.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Maryland.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Maryland:

The 10 Richest Cities In Maryland For 2019

Poolesville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,163
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $154,107
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Poolesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 (but is technically not part of) the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, and is considered a distant bedroom community for commuters to Washington, D.C.

Mount Airy, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,387
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $112,955
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Mount Airy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Airy is a town located in Carroll and Frederick counties in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and Baltimore Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,288.

La Plata, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,160
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Median Income: $92,738
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on La Plata: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Plata /lplet/ ( listen) 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.

Bowie, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 58,290
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $108,637
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bowie /bui/ 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.

Rockville, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 66,420
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $100,436
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Rockville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rockville is a U.S. city located in the central region of Montgomery County, Maryland. It is the county seat and is a major incorporated city of Montgomery County and forms part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. The 2010 census tabulated Rockville’s population at 61,209, making it the third largest incorporated city in Maryland, behind Baltimore and Frederick. Rockville is the largest incorporated city in Montgomery County, Maryland, although the nearby census-designated place of Germantown is more populous.

Hampstead, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,331
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $78,157
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
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.

Walkersville, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,048
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $83,438
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
More on Walkersville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Walkersville is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 5,800 at the 2010 census.

Bel Air, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,139
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $68,196
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Bel Air: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The town of Bel Air is the county seat of Harford County, Maryland. According to the 2010 United States Census the population of the town was 10,120.

Annapolis, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 39,151
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $81,143
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 9.9%
More on Annapolis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Annapolis (/næpls/) 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 (40 km) south of Baltimore and about 30 miles (50 km) 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.

Review Of Annapolis by HomeSnacks User

Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and a very nice place to visit. The attractions, dining, nearby Naval Academy, and numerous parks and overlooks are a nice for a family.

The small independent shops and restaurants are all fantastic. And the local seafood is a real treat.

Chesapeake Beach, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,930
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $102,679
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Chesapeake Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Maryland For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Maryland
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 41 places with more than 5,000 people in Maryland, we ranked each place from 1 to 41 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Poolesville, crowned the “Richest City In Maryland For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 41 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Maryland For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Maryland, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Maryland.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Maryland, according to data:

Poorest: Frostburg
2nd Poorest: Cumberland
3rd Poorest: Hagerstown

For more Maryland reading, check out:

How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Maryland

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Poolesville 3.33 $154,107
2 Mount Airy 4.83 $112,955
3 La Plata 4.83 $92,738
4 Bowie 7.33 $108,637
5 Rockville 8.17 $100,436
6 Hampstead 9.83 $78,157
7 Walkersville 10.5 $83,438
8 Bel Air 12.33 $68,196
9 Annapolis 12.33 $81,143
10 Chesapeake Beach 14.0 $102,679
11 Takoma Park 14.17 $87,115
12 Cheverly 14.83 $91,932
13 Laurel 15.0 $72,726
14 Glenarden 15.33 $87,829
15 Taneytown 16.0 $71,903
16 Gaithersburg 16.33 $85,773
17 Greenbelt 17.33 $72,846
18 Hyattsville 17.83 $73,627
19 Frederick 20.0 $67,828
20 Easton 20.17 $52,724
21 Thurmont 20.5 $68,879
22 Brunswick 20.67 $79,569
23 Westminster 21.33 $60,984
24 Riverdale Park 22.67 $70,036
25 Ocean City 22.83 $54,659
26 Havre De Grace 23.17 $75,417
27 Cheste 24.0 $46,356
28 College Park 26.5 $64,107
29 District Heights 27.33 $69,358
30 Aberdeen 27.33 $52,006
31 New Carrollton 28.33 $64,659
32 Fruitland 28.5 $63,922
33 Elkton 29.67 $55,609
34 Mount Rainier 30.67 $50,707
35 Bladensburg 32.0 $43,109
36 Salisbury 34.67 $37,416
37 Baltimore 35.0 $46,641
38 Cambridge 36.0 $38,908
39 Hagerstown 37.0 $40,761
40 Cumberland 38.0 $32,825
41 Frostburg 40.33 $37,099

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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