The 10 Richest Cities In Maryland For 2022


We analyzed 41 places in Maryland to determine where the 1% live.

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You probably won’t find these places featured on the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, but Maryland’s richest places house many of the state’s super wealthy.

Yes, The Old Line State has the finest blue crab cakes, some super rich housewives in Potomac, and, now, HomeSnacks’ list of the top ten richest places for 2022.

How do you get your hands on one of these Maryland gems? Well, a couple of things are going to have to fall into place for you. First, you are going to need a high paying job: one that pays on average $83,654/year. Although, to make this dream a reality, you might want to bring a job to the table: currently, there are not many high paying jobs within a short driving distance of the top ten places. Incidentally, the highest paying jobs in the state are in healthcare and tech and the state’s overall unemployment rate is below the national average.

The upside to living the Maryland dream, however, once you get settled in one of the state’s richest places, you will be able to experience all of the posh features that this state has to offer. Like, the Michelin Star restaurants in Rockville, season passes to the Baltimore Ravens, and/or five star weekends in Annapolis.

Whatever you decide, don’t make any major life changing decisions until you take a gander at the list of Maryland’s richest places below.

Here are the 10 richest places in Maryland for 2022:

  1. Walkersville
  2. Chesapeake Beach
  3. Mount Airy
  4. La Plata
  5. Poolesville
  6. Rockville
  7. Bowie
  8. Cheverly
  9. Thurmont
  10. Glenarden

It was quite a feat to narrow down the richest places in Little America. The state is, after all, one of the richest states in the country. So, to cut down our list, we looked at the latest Census data from the American Community Survey for 41 Maryland cities with more than 5,000 residents. And, folks, the number one richest place in Maryland does not disappoint.

So, what is the richest place in Maryland for 2022? That would be, Walkersville.

To see a list of the rest of Maryland’s richest places, hit that down arrow. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Maryland:

The 10 Richest Cities In Maryland For 2022

1. Walkersville

Walkersville, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,306
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 6)
Median Income: $107,781
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Walkersville: Real Estate | Photos

2. Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,996
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $111,379
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Chesapeake Beach: Real Estate | Photos

3. Mount Airy

Mount Airy, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,439
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $123,750
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Mount Airy: Real Estate | Photos

4. La Plata

La Plata, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,516
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $94,755
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on La Plata: Real Estate | Photos

5. Poolesville

Poolesville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,228
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $183,700
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 0.5%
More on Poolesville: Real Estate | Photos

6. Rockville

Rockville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 68,155
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $111,797
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Rockville: Real Estate | Photos

7. Bowie

Bowie, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,158
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $116,796
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Photos

8. Cheverly

Cheverly, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,439
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $99,343
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
More on Cheverly: Real Estate | Photos

9. Thurmont

Thurmont, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,783
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $83,654
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Thurmont: Real Estate | Photos

10. Glenarden

Glenarden, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,158
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $87,917
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Glenarden: Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Maryland For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Maryland
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 41 places with more than 5,000 people in Maryland, we ranked each place from 1 to 41 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Walkersville, crowned the “Richest City In Maryland For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 41 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Maryland For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Maryland, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Maryland.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Maryland, according to data:

Poorest: Frostburg
2nd Poorest: Cambridge
3rd Poorest: Salisbury

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Maryland

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Walkersville 4.0 $107,781
2 Chesapeake Beach 4.0 $111,379
3 Mount Airy 5.0 $123,750
4 La Plata 6.33 $94,755
5 Poolesville 6.33 $183,700
6 Rockville 8.33 $111,797
7 Bowie 8.67 $116,796
8 Cheverly 9.33 $99,343
9 Thurmont 12.0 $83,654
10 Glenarden 13.33 $87,917
11 Annapolis 15.0 $87,897
12 Hyattsville 15.0 $80,618
13 Riverdale Park 16.33 $84,695
14 Takoma Park 17.0 $83,919
15 Taneytown 17.0 $67,689
16 Gaithersburg 17.67 $91,845
17 Hampstead 18.67 $75,392
18 Havre De Grace 19.33 $80,853
19 Frederick 19.67 $78,400
20 Easton 20.0 $61,639
21 Laurel 20.33 $80,255
22 Aberdeen 20.33 $66,481
23 Ocean City 22.0 $55,954
24 Mount Rainier 22.0 $57,200
25 Brunswick 23.33 $84,133
26 New Carrollton 23.33 $70,776
27 Westminster 23.33 $64,399
28 Cheste 23.67 $39,682
29 Bel Air 25.0 $60,476
30 Greenbelt 27.33 $71,744
31 College Park 27.67 $68,825
32 Elkton 31.33 $54,871
33 District Heights 31.67 $66,758
34 Baltimore 33.0 $52,164
35 Fruitland 33.67 $52,392
36 Bladensburg 34.0 $50,390
37 Cumberland 35.0 $40,888
38 Hagerstown 36.33 $41,905
39 Salisbury 37.33 $44,474
40 Cambridge 37.67 $39,063
41 Frostburg 39.67 $40,781

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Maryland.

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.

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