These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Maryland For 2018

These are the cream of the crop when it comes to living in the Old Line State.

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Where are the best places in the state of Maryland?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Old Line State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Maryland.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 37 places in Maryland, we came up with this list of the best places:

  1. Hampstead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Rockville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bowie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Poolesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Walkersville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Mount Airy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. La Plata (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Thurmont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Cheverly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Takoma Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Well, it looks like you should check out Hampstead if you’re thinking of moving to Maryland — it’s the best the Old Line State has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Maryland.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Maryland

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Annapolis with a population of 39,009 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 37 cities, 120 towns, and 139 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Maryland

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Maryland across a number of criteria from one to 37, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Maryland”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Maryland.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Hampstead at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Hampstead, MD

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Population: 6,352
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $234,800 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (5th best)
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Hampstead has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Maryland.

The unemployment rate is the 5th lowest in the state at 4.3%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $80,313, and the average cost of a home is $234,800. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Hampstead one of America’s gems.

Rockville, MD

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Population: 65,171
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $499,400 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (7th best)
More on Rockville: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Rockville broke into the top ten best places to live in Maryland on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 7th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 5th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 15th shortest average commute time of any place in Maryland.

Bowie, MD

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Population: 57,633
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $303,900 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (19th best)
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We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Bowie one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.

They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Bowie.

Poolesville, MD

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Population: 5,108
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $391,600 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (2nd best)
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Poolesville’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 1st highest, making Poolesville a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Poolesville has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

Walkersville, MD

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Population: 5,989
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $304,200 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (4th best)
More on Walkersville: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Good things do come in small packages; it’s true for Walkersville, which with a population of 5,989 makes it one of the smallest on this list.

Relatively low unemployment and relatively high adjusted income are just two blessings Walkersville residents enjoy.

The 17th lowest crime rate in all of Maryland makes Walkersville one of the safest place on this list.

Mount Airy, MD

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Population: 9,376
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $351,300 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (7th best)
More on Mount Airy: Real Estate| Data| Photos

The Mount Airy has the 7th lowest unemployment rate in Maryland. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Mount Airy is higher than the national average and households make $108,578 per year.

We’d move to Mount Airy if we could in a heart beat.

La Plata, MD

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Population: 9,059
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $320,600 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (1st best)
More on La Plata: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with La Plata.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 1st lowest in Maryland and the median income comes in at $87,759.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Thurmont, MD

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Population: 6,435
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $238,800 (21st best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (29th best)
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Thurmont comes in at a close 8th. They have the 29th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 14th highest median income as well, which means the people in Thurmont are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 21st best in the state.

Cheverly, MD

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Population: 6,390
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $297,100 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (30th best)
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Cheverly is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 9th best place in Maryland?

Homes are priced around $297,100 and residents have the 25th shortest commute in Maryland.

Takoma Park, MD

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Population: 17,567
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $508,600 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (24th best)
More on Takoma Park: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Takoma Park isn’t just the nicest place to live in Maryland – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It’s got the 24th lowest unemployment rate, the 11th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you’re looking at science and data, Takoma Park definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2018.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Maryland

If you’re looking at areas in Maryland with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Hampstead made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.

Best Towns To Live In Maryland

  1. Chevy Chase Village (Pop. 2,030)
  2. Chevy Chase (Pop. 2,948)
  3. Somerset (Pop. 1,215)
  4. Brookmont (Pop. 3,810)
  5. Garrett Park (Pop. 1,058)
  6. Cabin John (Pop. 1,958)
  7. Kensington (Pop. 2,111)
  8. Middletown (Pop. 4,460)
  9. Herald Harbor (Pop. 2,620)
  10. Friendship Heights Village (Pop. 4,730)

Best Small Towns To Live In Maryland

  1. Martin’s Additions (Pop. 912)
  2. Chevy Chase Section Three (Pop. 733)
  3. Chevy Chase View (Pop. 935)
  4. North Chevy Chase (Pop. 498)
  5. Chevy Chase Section Five (Pop. 641)
  6. Glen Echo (Pop. 334)
  7. Nanticoke (Pop. 443)
  8. Tolchester (Pop. 284)
  9. Highland (Pop. 950)
  10. Beaver Creek (Pop. 296)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Maryland according to the data:

  1. Baltimore (Pop. 621,000)
  2. Bladensburg (Pop. 9,505)
  3. Cambridge (Pop. 12,552)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Maryland

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Hampstead 6,352 4.3% $234,800
2 Rockville 65,171 4.9% $499,400
3 Bowie 57,633 6.8% $303,900
4 Poolesville 5,108 3.6% $391,600
5 Walkersville 5,989 4.2% $304,200
6 Mount Airy 9,376 4.9% $351,300
7 La Plata 9,059 3.4% $320,600
8 Thurmont 6,435 8.7% $238,800
9 Cheverly 6,390 8.8% $297,100
10 Takoma Park 17,567 7.7% $508,600
11 Gaithersburg 66,104 7.1% $369,900
12 Havre De Grace 13,505 10.6% $271,500
13 Glenarden 6,110 7.9% $242,800
14 Annapolis 39,009 5.1% $377,200
15 Frederick 68,229 5.6% $245,500
16 Easton 16,637 4.9% $268,600
17 Taneytown 6,755 3.7% $240,100
18 Brunswick 6,101 6.0% $199,500
19 Westminster 18,665 5.7% $234,100
20 Chesapeake Beach 5,866 8.3% $317,300
21 Laurel 25,703 7.2% $235,800
22 Frostburg 8,718 12.1% $165,800
23 Greenbelt 23,623 6.3% $190,500
24 Aberdeen 15,361 6.6% $195,000
25 Fruitland 5,151 6.3% $163,200
26 College Park 31,942 6.6% $269,500
27 New Carrollton 12,727 11.7% $232,000
28 Mount Rainier 8,364 7.8% $275,900
29 Hyattsville 18,262 6.5% $265,600
30 Riverdale Park 7,221 7.3% $248,100
31 Elkton 15,687 6.7% $197,500
32 Hagerstown 40,325 10.4% $149,400
33 Cumberland 20,290 10.6% $87,700
34 Salisbury 32,338 7.7% $154,000
35 Baltimore 621,000 11.4% $153,000
36 Bladensburg 9,505 8.0% $179,800
37 Cambridge 12,552 10.9% $157,400

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