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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The 10 Best Places To Live In Maryland For 2019

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

The crime is the 1st lowest in the state in Hampstead, and there were only 2 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 Hampstead earn $80,313 a year.

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

Rockville comes in 2nd in our best places to live in Maryland analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (7th overall) and crime rate (15th overall), Rockville is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.

Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Rockville in our lists for years to come.

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

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, 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

Let’s take a look at why Poolesville is a great place to call home for 2019.

There’s low crime in Poolesville, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.6% unemployment rate).

You can make Poolesville your home for only $391,600 which won’t be too hard on a $150,000 household salary.

Walkersville, MD

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6
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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

Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Walkersville. Statistically the 17th safest place in the state, there were only 30 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It’s really beautiful in Walkersville, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $84,891 a year, and homes are valued at more than $304,200.

What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?

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)
More on Mount Airy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Airy 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.

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

It’s obvious why La Plata ranks 7th in the state for best places to live: they have the 1st lowest unemployment rate and the 7th highest home values.

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

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

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.

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

Cheverly had the 30th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (8.8%) and the 10th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

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

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 isn’t just the nicest place to live in Maryland – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It’s got the 24th lowest unemployment rate, the 11th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you’re looking at science and data, Takoma Park definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.

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.

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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Where Are The 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

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One thought on “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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