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:

  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 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.

Hampstead, MD

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10
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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)
More on Hampstead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

It’s obvious why Hampstead ranks 1st in the state for best places to live: they have the 5th lowest unemployment rate and the 23rd highest home values.

Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Hampstead a great place to live.

Rockville, MD

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7.5
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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

If you own a home in Rockville, you’re aware that your home values are skyrocketing right now. That’s a sign that things are going swimmingly. Most people there have good jobs, and the commute times are short.

The median home costs a cool $499,400 and households make $101,774 which is good for 5th in Maryland.Rockville has a well deserved spot on this list.

Bowie, MD

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9.5
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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)
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bowie had the 19th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (6.8%) and the 5th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Bowie is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.

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)
More on Poolesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Poolesville has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Maryland. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Poolesville is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Poolesville residents to work is significantly higher than average.

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

We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Walkersville 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 Walkersville.

Mount Airy, MD

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6
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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

With the unemployment rate being the 7th lowest in Maryland and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Mount Airy.

Plus, the crime rate is the 26th lowest in the state!

La Plata, MD

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8.5
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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

La Plata is feeling the love as it ranks as the 7th best city to live in Maryland for 2019.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (7th overall) and low crime (22nd overall and one of the best in the top ten).

We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Maryland”.

Thurmont, MD

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9
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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)
More on Thurmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Little Thurmont has it made. It has the 29th 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!

Cheverly, MD

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8.5
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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)
More on Cheverly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Good things do come in small packages; it’s true for Cheverly, which with a population of 6,390 makes it one of the smallest on this list.

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

The 10th lowest crime rate in all of Maryland makes Cheverly one of the safest place on this list.

Takoma Park, MD

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8.5
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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 has a strong showing in our best places to live in Maryland analysis, coming it at 10th best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you’re thinking of moving to Maryland, Takoma Park is a great option.

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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