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Top 15 Small Cities In Maryland

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3. Eldersburg

According to CNN Money, Eldersburg ranked 67 out of the top 100 best places to live. It’s classified as a quaint community with a population of only 31,200. Though it’s touted to be an easy commute to the metro DC area, comments on the site suggest that peak traffic times, 6:00am – 9:00am are a nightmare trying to get to work. What these residents love is the quaint, small town attitude that comes with living in this small city.

Once a farmland community, CNN Money reports that there has been an influx of families within the last decades bringing growth to the area. Even though you will find the big box stores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, Eldersburg offers quiet neighborhoods, lush hills and a reservoir making it a choice spot for residents to call home.

City Data displays the median age for this city as 41, with a household median income of over $102,000. Average home values hover in the low $400,000s, with a median gross monthly rental unit going for just under $1,100. The livability rating, as provided by Area Vibes, is 78 out of 100.

In the education area, the student to teacher ratio is slightly higher than the state and national average of 16 to 1, showing a 19 to 1 ratio according Area Vibes. The crime rate is fairly low as it is 18% lower than the Maryland state average.

With a slow, but steady growth rate, according to the Eldersburg website, this is a progressive community that families can thrive within. Several amenities that residents appreciate include grocery stores, fitness clubs and schools, but the best attraction to this small city is the charming feel and its gently rolling landscape that surrounds the community while being close to the metro area.

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