These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Maryland


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? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most.

And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

There are some really wealthy cities in Maryland, as well. But if the cost of living is too high, we ranked those cities lower on this list.

We looked at the 189 most populated cities in the Old Line State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a city.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in Maryland:

  1. Four Corners
  2. North Potomac
  3. Layhill
  4. South Kensington
  5. Ilchester
  6. Hillandale
  7. North Laurel
  8. Ellicott City
  9. Colesville
  10. Olney

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in Maryland for making a place home.

The worst city to live in Maryland? Elkton. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank Maryland’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for Maryland

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in Maryland, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased.

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1. Four Corners

Best Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,645
Crime Index: 43
Cost Of Living Index: 152

Four Corners is a really great place to live. It’s a neighborhood in the Silver Spring area of Maryland.

2. North Potomac

Best Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,220
Crime Index: 56
Cost Of Living Index: 189

North Potomac is an area north of Potomac, and in the Washington, D.C. metro area of Maryland.

3. Layhill

Best Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,498
Crime Index: 53
Cost Of Living Index: 157

This is a quiet suburb of Silver Spring.

4. South Kensington

Best Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,895
Crime Index: 46
Cost Of Living Index: 196

South Kensington is a wealthy area near the much more expensive area of Chevy Chase.

5. Ilchester

Best Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,035
Crime Index: 60
Cost Of Living Index: 138

Ilchester is a small place south of Ellicott City, and on the south side of Baltimore.

6. Hillandale

Best Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,981
Crime Index: 39
Cost Of Living Index: 145

Hillandale is outside of Silver Spring, on the border of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

7. North Laurel

Best Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,810
Crime Index: 91
Cost Of Living Index: 132

North Laurel is a relatively affordable area halfway between Baltimore and College Park.

8. Ellicott City

Best Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,476
Crime Index: 70
Cost Of Living Index: 161

This Howard County city has a slightly higher crime, and is more expensive than most other cities on this list.

9. Colesville

Best Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,709
Crime Index: 37
Cost Of Living Index: 155

Like most of the other cities on this list, Colesville is an area in Montgomery County. Crime and cost of living are in better shape than they are in Ellicott City.

10. Olney

Best Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,789
Crime Index: 48
Cost Of Living Index: 154

Olney is about 20 miles north of Washington, D.C.

There You Have It

If you desire safe communities, where it’s reasonably affordable, and where the local economies are in tip-top shape, then this is an accurate list.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Cumberland
2nd Worst: Salisbury
Worst: Elkton

We also wrote about the 10 worst cities in Maryland to live as well.

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Maryland

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
Four Corners 1 7,645 43 152
North Potomac 2 24,220 56 189
Layhill 3 5,498 53 157
South Kensington 4 7,895 46 196
Ilchester 5 24,035 60 138
Hillandale 6 6,981 39 145
North Laurel 7 19,810 91 132
Ellicott City 8 66,476 70 161
Colesville 9 14,709 37 155
Olney 10 33,789 48 154
Kemp Mill 11 12,111 55 148
Clarksburg 12 13,394 45 148
Travilah 13 12,384 45 148
Chevy Chase 14 9,344 67 239
Darnestown 15 6,735 36 210
Cloverly 16 14,735 43 151
Bethesda 17 59,591 84 217
Rockville 18 60,960 93 154
Columbia 19 100,735 100 131
Potomac 20 45,360 54 227
Scaggsville 21 8,747 88 141
North Bethesda 22 42,894 100 146
North Kensington 23 10,102 72 148
Redland 24 17,292 70 152
Germantown 25 88,039 92 122
Damascus 26 15,478 47 134
Montgomery Village 27 32,458 89 114
Forest Glen 28 6,865 81 151
Savage 29 6,556 113 136
Severna Park 30 38,014 40 155
Leisure World 31 8,826 30 116
Wheaton 32 48,089 88 133
Gaithersburg 33 60,223 112 134
Glenmont 34 13,619 92 143
Takoma Park 35 16,902 106 152
Friendship Heights Village 36 5,253 138 144
Aspen Hill 37 48,858 94 131
Crofton 38 28,086 77 129
Ashton-Sandy Spring 39 5,224 50 189
Bowie 40 55,059 79 126
Cape St. Claire 41 8,746 62 141
Elkridge 42 14,959 100 127
Urbana 43 8,965 38 145
Burtonsville 44 8,259 77 125
Calverton 45 18,442 91 133
Bel Air North 46 30,723 40 118
Fallston 47 8,327 18.4 130
Linganore 48 8,421 38 139
Silver Spring 49 74,476 140 138
Bel Air South 50 46,512 59 115
Arnold 51 22,626 55 140
Annapolis Neck 52 11,274 46 168
Edgewater 53 9,219 62 132
Spring Ridge 54 5,797 54 139
Mount Airy 55 9,198 52 139
Riviera Beach 56 11,869 60 105
Lake Shore 57 18,580 39 137
Eldersburg 58 31,650 40 143
Bensville 59 11,941 42 142
Mays Chapel 60 11,584 46 131
Mitchellville 61 10,300 46 144
Fairland 62 24,067 146 138
Pasadena 63 24,400 50 119
Odenton 64 36,495 88 119
White Oak 65 16,614 170 147
Mayo 66 8,395 51 141
Severn 67 43,690 89 126
Brock Hall 68 9,158 50 144
Annapolis 69 38,309 112 137
Lutherville 70 6,475 43 133
Glenn Dale 71 13,973 57 136
Friendly 72 9,407 50 135
Linthicum 73 10,858 44 118
Chesapeake Ranch Estates 74 11,180 65 108
Ocean Pines 75 10,464 41 108
Shady Side 76 6,413 61 116
Accokeek 77 10,528 40 124
Chesapeake Beach 78 5,674 91 123
Stevensville 79 6,609 56 129
Brandywine 80 7,601 48 132
Joppatowne 81 13,085 67 110
Cheverly 82 6,218 112 122
Fort Washington 83 24,841 49 117
Parole 84 16,300 75 145
Rosaryville 85 11,746 45 120
Woodlawn – Prince George 86 6,678 58 118
Perry Hall 87 27,978 73 120
Ferndale 88 17,517 114 117
Timonium 89 9,942 49 136
Camp Springs 90 19,034 74 127
Kettering 91 13,130 62 113
Lake Arbor 92 10,925 120 130
Riverside 93 6,886 111 99
Walkersville 94 5,853 60 120
Clinton 95 36,044 53 114
Hampstead 96 6,299 71 115
Maryland City 97 15,177 124 123
Lanham 98 9,606 60 125
Bel Air 99 10,172 118 117
Bel Air 100 10,172 118 117
Taneytown 101 6,690 68 110
Towson 102 55,811 101 129
Thurmont 103 6,204 61 111
Westphalia 104 6,668 58 127
Catonsville 105 42,527 80 121
Havre De Grace 106 13,066 115 112
Marlton 107 9,347 86 114
Brooklyn Park 108 14,650 80 100
White Marsh 109 9,155 68 124
California 110 11,055 85 116
Marlboro Village 111 9,893 112 115
Randallstown 112 32,626 97 106
Pikesville 113 31,713 78 107
Ballenger Creek 114 18,490 103 113
Waldorf 115 68,947 106 113
Brunswick 116 5,882 50 102
Largo 117 10,272 115 106
Bryans Road 118 7,635 69 108
La Plata 119 8,743 116 125
District Heights 120 5,870 110 102
Laurel 121 25,026 126 123
Overlea 122 12,728 80 108
Seabrook 123 16,231 122 108
Glen Burnie 124 66,456 123 110
Jessup 125 8,418 63 122
College Park 126 30,478 112 119
Bowleys Quarters 127 6,523 88 121
Frederick 128 65,171 115 115
East Riverdale 129 16,005 135 103
New Carrollton 130 12,195 117 111
Glenarden 131 6,056 74 106
Beltsville 132 16,673 104 119
Arbutus 133 19,913 88 102
Woodlawn (Baltimore County) 134 39,216 110 109
Garrison 135 7,485 137 121
Mount Rainier 136 8,134 134 120
Reisterstown 137 27,431 124 112
Westminster 138 18,614 116 117
Owings Mills 139 31,930 154 111
Carney 140 27,589 120 110
Riverdale Park 141 6,967 143 127
Parkville 142 30,337 117 102
Summerfield 143 11,844 154 118
Aberdeen 144 14,958 123 104
Adelphi 145 15,045 134 109
Oxon Hill 146 19,198 126 120
Hyattsville 147 17,549 164 116
Chillum 148 36,023 149 107
South Laurel 149 25,207 166 121
Lochearn 150 25,557 105 101
Forestville 151 11,942 116 114
Dundalk 152 62,459 104 92
Baltimore 153 620,644 150 88
Easton 154 16,044 105 116
Rosedale 155 18,224 81 102
Coral Hills 156 8,921 148 100
Temple Hills 157 7,841 190 109
Lexington Park 158 12,387 169 113
Hillcrest Heights 159 15,229 152 101
Greenbelt 160 23,113 136 98
Langley Park 161 20,675 172 107
Fountainhead-Orchard Hills 162 5,962 57 101
Glassmanor 163 17,400 191 102
Edgewood 164 25,719 127 95
Walker Mill 165 10,936 149 105
Suitland 166 25,060 190 110
Marlow Heights 167 6,246 160 124
Frostburg 168 8,886 94 89
Rossville 169 15,530 136 104
Landover 170 22,956 168 105
Edgemere 171 8,516 58 108
Bladensburg 172 9,140 161 102
Milford Mill 173 29,754 177 98
Silver Hill 174 5,818 198 111
Baltimore Highlands 175 7,135 156 109
Chestertown 176 5,297 115 105
Fort Meade 177 10,712 166 91
Halfway 178 10,217 77 92
Essex 179 38,666 138 100
Middle River 180 25,301 130 102
Cockeysville 181 19,759 162 128
Robinwood 182 7,738 130 103
Ocean City 183 7,134 198 114
Lansdowne 184 9,328 168 103
Cambridge 185 12,381 146 105
Hagerstown 186 40,078 109 88
Cumberland 187 20,776 155 86
Salisbury 188 30,407 175 93
Elkton 189 15,393 178 112

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