The 10 Richest Cities In Maryland For 2021


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 2021.

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 $78,245/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 2021:

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

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 2021? That would be, Mount Airy.

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 2021

1. Mount Airy

Mount Airy, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,397
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $125,365
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Mount Airy: Real Estate | Photos

2. Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,960
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Median Income: $104,318
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Chesapeake Beach: Real Estate | Photos

3. Poolesville

Poolesville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,191
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $180,524
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Poolesville: Real Estate | Photos

4. La Plata

La Plata, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,376
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $87,036
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on La Plata: Real Estate | Photos

5. Bowie

Bowie, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,481
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $113,338
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Photos

6. Rockville

Rockville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 67,542
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $106,576
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on Rockville: Real Estate | Photos

7. Walkersville

Walkersville, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,179
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $93,049
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
More on Walkersville: Real Estate | Photos

8. Thurmont

Thurmont, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,638
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Median Income: $78,245
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on Thurmont: Real Estate | Photos

9. Cheverly

Cheverly, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,435
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $99,261
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Cheverly: Real Estate | Photos

10. Laurel

Laurel, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,767
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $78,313
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Laurel: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Maryland For 2021

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 2015-2019 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, Mount Airy, crowned the “Richest City In Maryland For 2021”. 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.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Maryland For 2021

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: Cumberland
2nd Poorest: Frostburg
3rd Poorest: Hagerstown

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Maryland

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mount Airy 4.0 $125,365
2 Chesapeake Beach 5.33 $104,318
3 Poolesville 5.33 $180,524
4 La Plata 6.67 $87,036
5 Bowie 6.67 $113,338
6 Rockville 8.67 $106,576
7 Walkersville 11.0 $93,049
8 Thurmont 11.33 $78,245
9 Cheverly 12.67 $99,261
10 Laurel 14.0 $78,313
11 Hyattsville 14.67 $81,736
12 Taneytown 14.67 $73,649
13 Gaithersburg 16.0 $89,763
14 Glenarden 16.0 $86,506
15 Easton 16.33 $61,651
16 Takoma Park 16.33 $84,591
17 Hampstead 16.67 $77,083
18 Annapolis 17.33 $85,636
19 Brunswick 19.0 $81,250
20 Bel Air 19.0 $71,122
21 Riverdale Park 21.0 $79,219
22 Greenbelt 21.67 $71,734
23 Frederick 22.0 $76,118
24 Cheste 22.33 $47,703
25 Havre De Grace 22.67 $77,690
26 Ocean City 23.33 $54,014
27 Aberdeen 24.0 $63,842
28 Westminster 24.67 $60,518
29 New Carrollton 25.0 $66,991
30 College Park 26.0 $66,679
31 Mount Rainier 26.67 $55,768
32 District Heights 29.67 $77,278
33 Elkton 31.0 $56,250
34 Bladensburg 32.67 $44,905
35 Fruitland 34.0 $56,964
36 Baltimore 34.67 $50,379
37 Cambridge 36.67 $43,120
38 Salisbury 37.33 $41,905
39 Hagerstown 37.67 $40,800
40 Frostburg 38.0 $42,699
41 Cumberland 38.33 $36,145

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh 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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