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:
- Four Corners
- North Potomac
- South Kensington
- North Laurel
- Ellicott City
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.
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.
1. Four Corners
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
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.
Crime Index: 53
Cost Of Living Index: 157
This is a quiet suburb of Silver Spring.
4. South Kensington
Crime Index: 46
Cost Of Living Index: 196
South Kensington is a wealthy area near the much more expensive area of Chevy Chase.
Crime Index: 60
Cost Of Living Index: 138
Ilchester is a small place south of Ellicott City, and on the south side of Baltimore.
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
Crime Index: 91
Cost Of Living Index: 132
North Laurel is a relatively affordable area halfway between Baltimore and College Park.
8. Ellicott City
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.
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.
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
We also wrote about the 10 worst cities in Maryland to live as well.
Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Maryland
|Friendship Heights Village||36|
|Cape St. Claire||41|
|Bel Air North||46|
|Bel Air South||50|
|Chesapeake Ranch Estates||74|
|Woodlawn – Prince George||86|
|Havre De Grace||106|
|Woodlawn (Baltimore County)||134|