These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Maryland For 2019

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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Maryland.

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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.

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 Cities 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.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Maryland? That would be Hampstead.

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.

The 10 Best Places To Live In Maryland For 2019

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 is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 1st best place in Maryland?

Homes are priced around $234,800 and residents have the 18th shortest commute in Maryland.

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)
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If you want to live in Maryland, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Rockville area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $101,774 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Rockville as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Rockville.

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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There’s two types of people who live in Bowie. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $303,900 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Bowie is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

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 is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $391,600 and households earn a median salary of $150,000. One could get used to that.

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)
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Walkersville has a really low crime rate (17th lowest) and only 4.2% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($84,891). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Walkersville.

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)
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Mount Airy 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 7th lowest in the state at 4.9%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $108,578, and the average cost of a home is $351,300. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

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

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

Perhaps what makes La Plata so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn’t all that makes La Plata great. They also have the 7th highest median income and the 17th shortest commute time.

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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The crime is the 3rd lowest in the state in Thurmont, and there were only 6 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.

The schools are some of the best in Maryland, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Thurmont earn $70,954 a year.

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 has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Cheverly has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 8.8% and lowering. And the Cheverly police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 10th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

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

Well, I guess technically 7.7% of Takoma Park residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 24th closest of any city in Maryland.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Takoma Park also ranked well for crime (12th) and median income ($78,921).

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 the best place to live in Maryland for 2019.

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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One thought on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Maryland For 2019

  1. I think Annapolis is the best place to live, if you love history, historical houses, beauty, boats water views, great places to shop, great churches, performing arts, convenience of short distances to Washington D.C., Baltimore and airports and trains.

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