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There's nothing crabby about Maryland except for maybe their "all you can eat blue crab specials". The people here are super nice and some of the best places in America are nestled inside Maryland's Mid-Atlantic borders.
And, you don't have to do a Google scavenger hunt to find them. HomeSnacks has used science to create a list of the top ten best places in Maryland for 2019. We looked at 37 places and rated them according to median home prices, median household incomes, education, and safety.
The competition was fierce to say the least. Our top ten best places really brought their A-game. We can thank some of Maryland's best places for Marriott Hotels, The Discovery Channel, and Perdue Farms. And we can thank the other half for higher education institutions like John Hopkins and University of Maryland for educating the future of those companies.
Whether you want to be a Chesapeake Bay crabber, a Potomac Housewife, or you just want to live like Maryland royalty, there's a place on our top ten list for you.
Have we peaked your curiosity? If so, head on down to our list of the top ten best places to live in The Old Line State.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Maryland for 2019:
- Hampstead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rockville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bowie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Poolesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Walkersville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mount Airy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- La Plata (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Thurmont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cheverly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Takoma Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
All great jobs and super smart Marylanders aside, the best places on our list are the best because the people in these places take affordable homes, high incomes, and safe neighborhoods very seriously.
However, there can only be one number one best place to live in Maryland. What is the best place to live in Maryland? According to the data we looked at, that would be Hampstead. We are not at all surprised. Hampstead has great people, amazing parks, gold star restaurants, and great shopping.
To see Maryland's other best of the best places, take a look below. And if you don't find it there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Maryland For 2019
Things can't get much better than in the town of Hampstead. The crime is the 1st lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Hampstead make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $234,800 and households make $80,313 which is good for 10th in Maryland.
Rockville has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Rockville had the 5th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $101,774.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
The Bowie has the 19th 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 Bowie is higher than the national average and households make $106,098 per year.
We'd move to Bowie if we could in a heart beat.
Poolesville is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It's safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It's quite a gem tucked away in Maryland.
Walkersville takes 5th place on our list of best places in Maryland for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (4th overall) and things to do.
Walkersville is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $304,200 at the median.
If you don't have a job in Mount Airy, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 4.9%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $108,578.
That's actually not a bad idea...
Well, I guess technically 3.4% of La Plata residents who want to have a job can't find one, so not everyone has a job, but it's the 1st 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, La Plata also ranked well for crime (22nd) and median income ($87,759).
Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Thurmont ranked highly for adjusted median income (14th), crime (3rd), and unemployment (29th).
With a population of 6,435 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it's a "community though not a city".
But don't listen to what they say people of Thurmont, you can be anything you want.
Little Cheverly has it made. It has the 30th lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Maryland.
Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it's a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living
We'd recommend you start saving up!
Takoma Park 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 $508,600 and households earn a median salary of $78,921. One could get used to that.
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'.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
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
- Chevy Chase Village (Pop. 2,030)
- Chevy Chase (Pop. 2,948)
- Somerset (Pop. 1,215)
- Brookmont (Pop. 3,810)
- Garrett Park (Pop. 1,058)
- Cabin John (Pop. 1,958)
- Kensington (Pop. 2,111)
- Middletown (Pop. 4,460)
- Herald Harbor (Pop. 2,620)
- Friendship Heights Village (Pop. 4,730)
Best Small Towns To Live In Maryland
- Martin's Additions (Pop. 912)
- Chevy Chase Section Three (Pop. 733)
- Chevy Chase View (Pop. 935)
- North Chevy Chase (Pop. 498)
- Chevy Chase Section Five (Pop. 641)
- Glen Echo (Pop. 334)
- Nanticoke (Pop. 443)
- Tolchester (Pop. 284)
- Highland (Pop. 950)
- Beaver Creek (Pop. 296)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Maryland according to the data:
- Baltimore (Pop. 621,000)
- Bladensburg (Pop. 9,505)
- Cambridge (Pop. 12,552)
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