The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Maryland For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in Maryland have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Maryland.

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Want to know where your family can have the best of the best that Maryland has to offer? HomeSacks is going to tell you.

That's right, If you can picture your family crabbing in Aberdeen, strolling the promenade in Potomac, or spending the day at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, then you should choose one of Maryland's best places to raise a family to live. The trick, however, was narrowing down the best places for families to live in this Mid-Atlantic gem, And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has done it again. We've created the ultimate guide to the best places for families in Maryland for 2021 and you can find it below.

But first, how did we do it? We consulted the US Census on places in the Old Line State with more than 5,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 32 family friendly Maryland places that any family would be lucky to call home.

Now, we're not just any national ranking website. We've been researching and ranking states and cities based on all types of criteria for the last five years. We've had more than ten million people read our published articles and we've been featured in hundreds of media outlets for our best of the best rankings, including this Maryland Patch feature. So, yes, we know what we're talking about. Want to know more? We suggest you take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of Maryland's top ten most family friendly places: we've taken the guessing out of the equation.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Maryland For 2021

  1. La Plata
  2. Glenarden
  3. Frederick
  4. Mount Airy
  5. Bowie
  6. Annapolis
  7. Takoma Park
  8. Hagerstown
  9. New Carrollton
  10. Hampstead

Maryland currently has 1.9 million families, and that number is expected to increase over the next ten years; and that folks, is because the state has a ton of awesome "Maryland" stuff to do, 90 Blue Ribbon schools, and local universities like the University of Maryland in College Park keep showing up on U.S. News' 'Best College' lists year after year.

No need to flip a coin and gamble with your family's happiness if you take a look at our list. There can only be one number one best place to raise your family in Maryland and that would be, La Plata.

To see how your favorite place in Maryland compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Maryland and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Maryland For 2021

La Plata, MD

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Population: 9,376
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 39.4%
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Population: 6,140
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Washington
Households with kids: 36.1%
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Frederick, MD

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Population: 70,887
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 69
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 33.2%
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Mount Airy, MD

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Population: 9,397
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 42.9%
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Bowie, MD

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Population: 58,481
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Washington
Households with kids: 31.0%
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Annapolis, MD

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Population: 39,278
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 91
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 28.1%
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Takoma Park, MD

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Population: 17,672
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Washington
Households with kids: 38.1%
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Hagerstown, MD

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Population: 40,152
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Arlington
Households with kids: 33.9%
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New Carrollton, MD

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Population: 12,935
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Washington
Households with kids: 32.5%
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Hampstead, MD

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Population: 6,362
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 32.3%
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How do you determine which place is best for families in Maryland anyways?

To give you the places in Maryland which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Old Line State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Maryland, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 5,000 people. For Maryland, that meant a total of 32 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Maryland

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Maryland ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Maryland according to the data:

  1. Fruitland
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Mount Rainier

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Maryland?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 La Plata, MD 9,376 59
2 Glenarden, MD 6,140 45
3 Frederick, MD 70,887 55
4 Mount Airy, MD 9,397 55
5 Bowie, MD 58,481 54
6 Annapolis, MD 39,278 85
7 Takoma Park, MD 17,672 53
8 Hagerstown, MD 40,152 83
9 New Carrollton, MD 12,935 40
10 Hampstead, MD 6,362 40

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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