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The Best Places to Live in Maryland: An In-Depth Guide

Read about some of the most popular neighborhoods in Maryland. You will discover the perfect place for you and your family to live based on your lifestyle and income. Connect with a Clever Partner Agent in Maryland to find the right place for you.
Read about some of the most popular neighborhoods in Maryland. You will discover the perfect place for you and your family to live based on your lifestyle and income. Connect with a Clever Partner Agent in Maryland to find the right place for you.

Are you excited to move to Maryland?

Although a small state, Maryland has a lot to offer. You are within a stone’s throw to our nation’s capital, and real estate prices are more affordable in Maryland than Washington D.C.

Maryland has a lot of job opportunities in the tech and health-care industries. In fact, top-rated Johns Hopkins Hospital is in Baltimore.

Maryland is the home of the Baltimore Ravens, the only professional football teams named after a poem. Now that’s pretty cool, and a great reason to move to this beautiful state.

You know you want to move to Maryland, but you may not be sure how to narrow down your search for the perfect house. Here are some cities and towns to consider, but to receive even better information, connect with a Clever Partner Agent working out of the Old Line State. Your agent will ask you a series of pertinent questions to help you find the best place to live based on your lifestyle and income.


Located west of Baltimore, Columbia continuously appears on livability ranking lists.

Columbia was a planned community, and the city is broken up into 10 different villages. Most of the neighborhoods have home associations that monitor the houses to make sure homeowners are maintaining them. This can be a positive or negative attribute, depending upon how you look at it.

Columbia is a safe community, and Howard County ranks as one of the best in the state for providing residents quality public schools.

Home prices in Columbia average $350,000 and the real estate market is hot. Visit the city to see if you would rather live in Hickory Ridge or Long Reach. Your Clever Partner Agent will find the right neighborhood for you.


Along the Potomac River, just north of Washington D.C., you will find the charming community of Bethesda. Residents of Bethesda can hop on a train to commute to their jobs in our nation’s capital.

Bethesda is far from a bedroom community serving D.C. The National Institutes of Health are located there, as well as corporate giants Marriott, Lockheed Martin, and Walter Reed.

You will find that Bethesda is not only listed as one of the wealthiest communities in the country, but its citizens are also some of the best educated. Those smart people better make a lot of money as home prices average $860,000.


Located east of D.C. on the Chesapeake Bay you will find Annapolis. You probably connect Annapolis with the U.S. Naval Academy, but there is so much more to this city than this prestigious institution.

Annapolis is also home to historic St. John’s College, the third oldest in the nation.

Annapolis is a seafaring community. Locals argue where to buy the best lobster rolls. Millionaires cruise the bay in their fancy boats, and there are a lot of opportunities to take part in water-based activities, such as sailing, fishing, and paddle boarding.

Houses in Annapolis average $427,000, and rentals go for $2,200.


Located northwest of Bethesda, Rockville is a town of 64,000 residents. It’s a safe community with good public schools.

You can tell that recreational green space is important to the residents of Rockville. Most houses are located within a short walk to a park, and there are over 1,000 acres of parkland within the community.

Rockville’s Town Square draws shoppers and diners each day as the town’s population continues to grow.

Rockville’s population is not the only thing growing. The house prices continue to rise, and right now they average around $500,000.


Frederick, Maryland is conveniently located on interstates that connect residents to Baltimore and D.C. It has a population of around 67,000 and offers its citizens a view of the Catoctin Mountains.

Frederick has a strong military presence. It is the home of Fort Detrick and offers many historic sites associated with the Civil War. Frederick is the home of Monocacy National Battlefield and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

You will find that Frederick’s housing is much more affordable than neighboring communities. Houses average $288,000, but the prices of the homes are continuing to rise.

With all these great communities in Maryland, how do you pick the best one for your situation? Take time to visit each city. Check out the ratings of their local schools and visit grocery stores and bars. Talk with the locals.

Your best resource for finding the perfect home in Maryland is your Clever Partner Agent. Your agent lives and breathes real estate and knows what areas are hot and what areas you should avoid.

Another benefit of working with a Partner Agent is you may qualify for a rebate of $1,000 on homes over $150,000 and rebates of up to 1% on homes over $500,000.

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Jamie Ayers

Jamie is the Director of Content at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents and helps you save thousands on commission. In the past, Jamie has managed columns for clients in a variety of leading business publications, including Forbes, Inc., CEO World, Entrepreneur, and more. At Clever, Jamie's primary goal is to provide home sellers, buyers, and investors with the information they need to successfully navigate the ins and outs of the real estate industry.

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