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.
At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Maryland for 2019:
- Poolesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mount Airy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- La Plata (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bowie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rockville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hampstead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Walkersville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bel Air (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Annapolis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Chesapeake Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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How We Determined The Richest Places In Maryland For 2019
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.
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 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 /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 /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 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 BaltimoreWashington 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 is a town in Carroll County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The population was 6,323 at the 2010 census.
Walkersville is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 5,800 at the 2010 census.
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 (/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 BaltimoreWashington metropolitan area. Its population was measured at 38,394 by the 2010 census.
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.
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:
2nd Poorest: Cumberland
3rd Poorest: Hagerstown
For more Maryland reading, check out:
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- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Maryland
- 10 Safest Places In Maryland
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