These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Maryland


We analyzed over 193 places in Maryland to determine where the 1% live.

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South Kensington, Fairwood, Naval Academy: 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.

South Kensington in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $143,214 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.0%.

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.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 193 places in Maryland with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Old Line State:

  1. South Kensington
  2. Fairwood
  3. Naval Academy
  4. Poolesville
  5. Chevy Chase
  6. Urbana
  7. Eldersburg
  8. Bethesda
  9. Potomac
  10. Clarksburg

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Maryland? That would be Cambridge.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Maryland

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think 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 2010-2014 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 193 places with more than 5,000 people in Maryland, we ranked each place from 1 to 193 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, South Kensington, crowned the “Richest Place In Maryland”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 193 places.

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1. South Kensington


Population: 8,387
Median Income: 14321400.0%
Poverty Level: 1.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

2. Fairwood


Population: 5,249
Median Income: 15647700.0%
Poverty Level: 1.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

3. Naval Academy


Population: 5,517
Median Income: 10875000.0%
Poverty Level: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%

4. Poolesville

Poolesville, Maryland

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,042
Median Income: 14961500.0%
Poverty Level: 2.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

5. Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Population: 9,435
Median Income: 15996300.0%
Poverty Level: 3.2%
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

6. Urbana


Population: 9,990
Median Income: 13579900.0%
Poverty Level: 1.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

7. Eldersburg


Population: 31,799
Median Income: 10816900.0%
Poverty Level: 1.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

8. Bethesda

Bethesda, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,024
Median Income: 14528800.0%
Poverty Level: 3.2%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

9. Potomac

Potomac, Maryland

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Population: 46,475
Median Income: 18138500.0%
Poverty Level: 4.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

10. Clarksburg


Population: 15,941
Median Income: 13674800.0%
Poverty Level: 3.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Maryland

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 MD, according to data:

Poorest: Cambridge
2nd Poorest: Cumberland
3rd Poorest: Hagerstown
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Maryland

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
South Kensington 1 8,387 $143,214 1.0% 3.4%
Fairwood 2 5,249 $156,477 1.2% 4.3%
Naval Academy 3 5,517 $108,750 0.0% 0.0%
Poolesville 4 5,042 $149,615 2.1% 4.1%
Chevy Chase 5 9,435 $159,963 3.2% 2.5%
Urbana 6 9,990 $135,799 1.8% 4.6%
Eldersburg 7 31,799 $108,169 1.8% 3.7%
Bethesda 8 62,024 $145,288 3.2% 3.8%
Potomac 9 46,475 $181,385 4.0% 4.0%
Clarksburg 10 15,941 $136,748 3.1% 4.8%
Travilah 11 11,989 $208,421 3.7% 4.7%
Olney 12 35,017 $126,468 1.8% 5.5%
North Potomac 13 24,003 $151,771 2.0% 5.6%
Bensville 14 12,024 $121,509 2.6% 5.0%
Annapolis Neck 15 11,266 $117,111 3.2% 4.7%
Colesville 16 14,574 $105,962 1.8% 5.0%
Mays Chapel 17 11,957 $96,971 2.8% 2.5%
Layhill 18 5,066 $112,643 2.7% 5.1%
Fallston 19 9,056 $105,231 2.2% 4.9%
Ellicott City 20 68,507 $114,694 3.9% 4.4%
Marlboro Village 21 10,046 $94,636 2.4% 3.5%
Scaggsville 22 9,204 $143,426 3.1% 5.5%
Mount Airy 23 9,333 $105,729 2.1% 5.1%
Crofton 24 28,140 $109,633 3.7% 4.6%
Bel Air North 25 30,758 $99,538 3.3% 4.1%
Kemp Mill 26 11,850 $107,746 4.2% 4.3%
Severna Park 27 38,177 $121,710 2.2% 6.3%
Arnold 28 23,131 $105,250 4.1% 4.3%
Brandywine 29 8,791 $113,835 1.8% 6.3%
Cape St. Claire 30 8,858 $97,719 1.6% 5.5%
Walkersville 31 5,966 $95,191 2.4% 4.7%
Parole 32 17,060 $91,282 2.7% 4.3%
Burtonsville 33 8,541 $108,064 1.3% 6.5%
Ilchester 34 24,959 $113,372 4.6% 4.8%
Ashton-Sandy Spring 35 5,555 $124,286 2.3% 7.0%
Darnestown 36 6,841 $154,413 1.3% 8.2%
Accokeek 37 10,806 $126,000 3.2% 6.7%
Deale 38 5,057 $99,293 4.6% 4.5%
Mayo 39 8,560 $96,494 2.9% 5.5%
Linganore 40 9,154 $114,875 2.9% 7.1%
Damascus 41 15,094 $115,605 4.8% 5.7%
Brock Hall 42 10,427 $135,420 2.9% 7.8%
Rosaryville 43 11,268 $117,090 2.9% 7.5%
Hampstead 44 6,342 $81,300 4.5% 2.8%
North Laurel 45 21,437 $96,601 4.3% 5.4%
Odenton 46 38,787 $98,524 3.5% 6.1%
Spring Ridge 47 5,895 $93,009 5.1% 4.5%
La Plata 48 8,903 $96,771 6.5% 4.0%
White Marsh 49 9,671 $80,287 3.3% 5.0%
Stevensville 50 6,393 $97,284 3.2% 6.4%
North Bethesda 51 46,738 $105,968 6.0% 5.4%
Rockville 52 63,402 $98,530 5.6% 5.3%
Maryland City 53 17,000 $96,544 3.1% 6.9%
Mitchellville 54 10,819 $117,500 2.9% 9.2%
Bowie 55 56,335 $106,396 3.6% 7.7%
Redland 56 17,443 $99,938 4.5% 6.9%
Pasadena 57 25,030 $98,657 4.5% 6.8%
Elkridge 58 16,750 $96,427 5.9% 5.4%
Lutherville 59 6,476 $90,598 4.5% 5.8%
Cloverly 60 15,467 $116,113 5.3% 7.2%
Bel Air South 61 46,614 $89,053 3.5% 6.5%
Fountainhead-Orchard Hills 62 5,754 $76,443 6.0% 4.0%
Columbia 63 102,116 $100,252 6.3% 6.0%
Riverside 64 7,150 $79,505 4.4% 5.5%
Marlton 65 9,460 $102,224 1.5% 10.3%
Lake Shore 66 19,045 $92,823 3.5% 7.0%
Perry Hall 67 28,924 $75,964 4.5% 5.2%
Forest Glen 68 7,393 $84,357 6.7% 4.7%
California 69 12,132 $91,972 5.9% 5.8%
Clinton 70 38,873 $101,501 3.1% 9.6%
Fort Washington 71 24,062 $107,406 4.6% 8.5%
Calverton 72 18,488 $76,121 4.1% 6.6%
Timonium 73 10,280 $81,865 4.6% 6.7%
Shady Side 74 6,550 $94,318 4.7% 7.2%
Edgewater 75 9,192 $95,773 6.6% 6.6%
Linthicum 76 10,466 $78,989 6.4% 6.0%
Germantown 77 88,717 $86,472 5.6% 6.9%
Owings Mills 78 32,927 $71,153 6.5% 5.2%
Glenn Dale 79 13,584 $106,325 7.3% 7.7%
Four Corners 80 8,486 $110,881 5.6% 9.6%
Catonsville 81 42,437 $77,166 5.7% 6.5%
North Kensington 82 9,850 $92,356 6.9% 6.9%
Montgomery Village 83 33,027 $77,537 6.3% 6.3%
Bel Air 84 10,240 $67,925 5.6% 6.1%
Hillandale 85 5,819 $101,439 7.7% 7.6%
Savage 86 6,139 $82,242 4.7% 8.2%
Garrison 87 8,139 $74,819 7.2% 5.9%
Kettering 88 13,331 $91,648 5.1% 8.6%
Riviera Beach 89 12,811 $77,160 4.7% 8.0%
Bryans Road 90 7,772 $83,750 4.4% 9.4%
Severn 91 45,396 $91,276 7.1% 7.5%
Chesapeake Beach 92 5,816 $96,029 7.3% 7.7%
Taneytown 93 6,738 $74,740 9.8% 5.0%
Pikesville 94 32,125 $74,544 7.3% 6.2%
Annapolis 95 38,599 $75,320 10.1% 5.1%
Arbutus 96 21,404 $70,221 9.8% 4.9%
Gaithersburg 97 63,491 $78,441 8.0% 6.6%
Westphalia 98 7,217 $90,605 5.3% 9.7%
Overlea 99 12,197 $59,881 6.0% 6.0%
Rossville 100 15,298 $63,389 8.2% 5.0%
Chesapeake Ranch Estates 101 10,385 $87,768 5.1% 10.0%
Carney 102 28,194 $61,338 6.1% 6.1%
Ocean Pines 103 10,727 $73,310 5.1% 8.2%
Waldorf 104 71,358 $84,809 7.3% 8.3%
Ballenger Creek 105 18,400 $78,000 6.2% 8.8%
Cockeysville 106 21,006 $64,473 9.9% 5.4%
Silver Hill 107 5,335 $56,957 10.5% 4.3%
Camp Springs 108 19,600 $84,681 4.9% 11.8%
South Laurel 109 25,633 $65,042 6.8% 7.2%
Takoma Park 110 17,307 $78,106 7.8% 8.1%
Aspen Hill 111 51,603 $82,030 8.2% 8.3%
Glenmont 112 15,412 $84,386 9.2% 8.1%
Cheverly 113 6,307 $89,306 6.8% 10.6%
Largo 114 10,301 $81,786 7.8% 8.6%
Lanham 115 10,102 $71,811 6.0% 9.0%
Friendly 116 9,881 $99,063 7.7% 12.0%
Laurel 117 25,673 $68,230 8.4% 7.2%
Towson 118 57,146 $74,916 14.4% 5.7%
Halfway 119 10,609 $56,579 7.7% 6.5%
Randallstown 120 33,815 $75,766 8.0% 8.4%
Lake Arbor 121 11,052 $94,898 7.3% 12.2%
Frederick 122 66,646 $65,967 9.4% 7.1%
Wheaton 123 49,831 $78,742 10.0% 8.4%
Greenbelt 124 23,612 $62,685 9.7% 6.9%
Joppatowne 125 12,948 $71,174 8.7% 8.5%
Seabrook 126 17,115 $71,909 8.2% 9.1%
Ferndale 127 18,577 $64,529 6.6% 10.2%
Silver Spring 128 75,748 $72,289 11.5% 7.8%
Brunswick 129 6,006 $62,088 12.6% 6.3%
Glen Burnie 130 67,559 $62,447 8.9% 7.7%
Woodlawn CDP (Baltimore County) 131 39,518 $65,850 7.2% 10.0%
Westminster 132 18,656 $55,051 11.6% 5.6%
Fort Meade 133 9,809 $61,462 4.9% 11.7%
Beltsville 134 17,580 $71,326 9.0% 9.4%
Summerfield 135 11,970 $70,891 7.5% 10.8%
Bowleys Quarters 136 6,419 $67,380 10.5% 8.4%
Leisure World 137 9,089 $53,721 9.3% 6.9%
Easton 138 16,541 $51,220 11.0% 6.4%
Lexington Park 139 12,516 $64,103 11.8% 7.3%
District Heights 140 5,977 $67,000 6.0% 15.2%
Hyattsville 141 18,049 $61,806 13.3% 6.8%
Fruitland 142 5,028 $52,813 19.1% 5.4%
Robinwood 143 7,431 $64,152 8.1% 10.6%
Oxon Hill 144 18,723 $66,860 7.3% 13.1%
Woodlawn CDP (Prince George’s County) 145 7,439 $63,432 6.7% 13.5%
Thurmont 146 6,333 $67,565 8.4% 12.1%
Havre de Grace 147 13,360 $65,641 11.8% 8.9%
Reisterstown 148 27,493 $57,478 12.4% 7.6%
Fairland 149 24,127 $67,500 11.0% 10.3%
Hillcrest Heights 150 15,604 $56,425 6.9% 11.6%
Lochearn 151 25,888 $55,673 8.3% 9.6%
Parkville 152 31,606 $54,430 11.3% 7.8%
Adelphi 153 15,885 $61,870 12.0% 8.6%
Forestville 154 11,286 $64,393 8.4% 12.2%
Middle River 155 26,652 $55,505 11.1% 8.6%
Cresaptown 156 5,048 $40,820 11.9% 7.1%
Ocean City 157 7,093 $56,458 9.5% 10.3%
East Riverdale 158 15,975 $60,488 13.2% 9.0%
New Carrollton 159 12,412 $59,438 9.1% 12.9%
Bladensburg 160 9,371 $42,265 12.0% 8.0%
Coral Hills 161 10,196 $58,708 9.0% 13.3%
Temple Hills 162 8,069 $66,143 11.3% 14.0%
Cheste 163 5,221 $35,081 30.7% 6.9%
Chillum 164 36,684 $56,494 14.1% 8.9%
Elkton 165 15,673 $55,625 11.7% 10.1%
Suitland 166 24,180 $56,951 10.0% 12.1%
Milford Mill 167 29,758 $58,137 10.6% 12.0%
Edgemere 168 8,295 $55,500 11.4% 10.7%
Marlow Heights 169 5,667 $50,912 7.7% 14.0%
Rosedale 170 18,779 $55,155 11.3% 10.9%
Riverdale Park 171 7,119 $58,342 14.5% 10.1%
Aberdeen 172 15,137 $50,327 11.8% 9.9%
Langley Park 173 21,318 $54,671 19.1% 9.0%
White Oak 174 18,101 $63,378 13.7% 12.2%
Edgewood 175 26,479 $56,025 12.6% 11.2%
Essex 176 37,380 $50,311 11.5% 10.8%
Brooklyn Park 177 14,136 $54
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12.5% 11.0%
Mount Rainier 178 8,277 $44,902 13.8% 9.5%
Walker Mill 179 11,001 $63,750 13.8% 14.3%
College Park 180 31,387 $56,736 35.5% 10.7%
Glenarden 181 6,145 $53,981 13.1% 11.6%
Jessup 182 7,535 $53,272 11.3% 15.3%
Dundalk 183 62,186 $49,225 12.9% 11.4%
Baltimore Highlands 184 7,078 $49,560 13.9% 11.4%
Landover 185 23,112 $49,820 14.5% 11.3%
Glassmanor 186 18,389 $52,687 11.6% 16.9%
Salisbury 187 31,334 $37,131 32.1% 10.6%
Lansdowne 188 8,714 $43,185 19.9% 13.0%
Frostburg 189 8,802 $27,044 41.9% 11.8%
Baltimore 190 622,271 $41,819 22.0% 13.9%
Hagerstown 191 40,295 $38,080 22.8% 13.9%
Cumberland 192 20,557 $31,750 24.1% 12.9%
Cambridge 193 12,511 $32,341 25.8% 14.2%

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