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Best places to raise a family in Maryland

  • Best places to raise a family in Maryland
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    Best places to raise a family in Maryland

    For the majority of people, there comes a moment in time when the prerequisites for a place to call home drastically change. This usually happens while planning to have children or shortly after the little ones arrive. Priorities dramatically shift, often prompting a move to a new home or even a new city. Cutting-edge restaurants and hipster cocktail bars suddenly take a backseat to excellent schools and plenty of playgrounds.

    So where exactly are the best places to raise a family in Maryland? Stacker has collected data from Niche’s 2018 best places to raise a family rankings to determine where children are most likely to thrive. The rankings measure the appeal of an area based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, affordability, and access to family-friendly amenities.

    To create this list, Niche used data from several databases, including the U.S. Census, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as Niche’s own proprietary data and community reviews. The data includes the area’s population, median home value, median rent, median household income, and the percentage of households with children. It also takes into consideration the national average for median home value—$184,700, median rent—$949, and median household income—$55,322.

    Read on to find out where to consider moving if you are raising a family in Maryland.

    ALSO: Best commutes in Maryland

  • #25. Fulton—suburb of Baltimore, MD
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    #25. Fulton—suburb of Baltimore, MD

    Population: 3,097
    Median home value: $615,700
    Median rent: $3,501
    Median household income: $134,118
    Percentage of households with children: 24%

  • #24. Takoma Park—suburb in Maryland
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    #24. Takoma Park—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 17,567
    Median home value: $508,600
    Median rent: $1,121
    Median household income: $78,921
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #23. Columbia—city in Maryland
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    #23. Columbia—city in Maryland

    Population: 103,439
    Median home value: $364,900
    Median rent: $1,604
    Median household income: $102,899
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #22. Ilchester—suburb of Baltimore, MD
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    #22. Ilchester—suburb of Baltimore, MD

    Population: 26,674
    Median home value: $375,400
    Median rent: $1,685
    Median household income: $117,194
    Percentage of households with children: 23%

  • #21. Clarksburg—suburb in Maryland
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    #21. Clarksburg—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 20,441
    Median home value: $446,600
    Median rent: $2,268
    Median household income: $135,274
    Percentage of households with children: 29%

  • #20. Four Corners—suburb in Maryland
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    #20. Four Corners—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 8,596
    Median home value: $430,400
    Median rent: $2,017
    Median household income: $117,925
    Percentage of households with children: 23%

  • #19. Derwood—suburb in Maryland
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    #19. Derwood—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 2,012
    Median home value: $556,200
    Median rent: $1,529
    Median household income: $97,857
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #18. Darnestown—suburb in Maryland
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    #18. Darnestown—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 6,509
    Median home value: $728,400
    Median rent: $1,378
    Median household income: $188,565
    Percentage of households with children: 17%

  • #17. Chevy Chase—suburb in Maryland
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    #17. Chevy Chase—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 9,618
    Median home value: $887,100
    Median rent: $2,374
    Median household income: $162,351
    Percentage of households with children: 22%

  • #16. Cabin John—suburb in Maryland
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    #16. Cabin John—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 1,958
    Median home value: $887,600
    Median rent: $2,115
    Median household income: $163,029
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #15. Rockville—town in Maryland
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    #15. Rockville—town in Maryland

    Population: 65,171
    Median home value: $499,400
    Median rent: $1,802
    Median household income: $101,774
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #14. North Bethesda—suburb in Maryland
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    #14. North Bethesda—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 49,971
    Median home value: $543,000
    Median rent: $1,850
    Median household income: $103,916
    Percentage of households with children: 16%

  • #13. Chevy Chase Village—suburb in Maryland
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    #13. Chevy Chase Village—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 2,030
    Median home value: $1,608,300
    Median rent: $3,375
    Median household income: $250,001
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #12. Chevy Chase Town—suburb in Maryland
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    #12. Chevy Chase Town—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 2,948
    Median home value: $1,185,500
    Median rent: $3,501
    Median household income: $250,001
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #11. Brookmont—suburb in Maryland
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    #11. Brookmont—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 3,810
    Median home value: $947,700
    Median rent: $2,491
    Median household income: $184,464
    Percentage of households with children: 22%

  • #10. Ellicott City—suburb of Baltimore, MD
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    #10. Ellicott City—suburb of Baltimore, MD

    Population: 70,780
    Median home value: $515,500
    Median rent: $1,582
    Median household income: $121,019
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #9. Travilah—suburb in Maryland
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    #9. Travilah—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 11,858
    Median home value: $1,055,400
    Median rent: $2,936
    Median household income: $215,688
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #8. Bethesda—town in Maryland
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    #8. Bethesda—town in Maryland

    Population: 62,608
    Median home value: $858,800
    Median rent: $1,917
    Median household income: $146,664
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #7. Potomac—suburb in Maryland
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    #7. Potomac—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 45,882
    Median home value: $889,100
    Median rent: $1,809
    Median household income: $181,890
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #6. Somerset—suburb in Maryland
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    #6. Somerset—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 1,215
    Median home value: $1,165,700
    Median rent: $3,429
    Median household income: $250,001
    Percentage of households with children: 22%

  • #5. South Kensington—suburb in Maryland
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    #5. South Kensington—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 8,682
    Median home value: $697,700
    Median rent: $2,188
    Median household income: $153,477
    Percentage of households with children: 23%

  • #4. Garrett Park—Suburb in Maryland
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    #4. Garrett Park—Suburb in Maryland

    Population: 1,058
    Median home value: $744,900
    Median rent: $2,033
    Median household income: $162,000
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #3. North Potomac—suburb in Maryland
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    #3. North Potomac—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 24,148
    Median home value: $633,500
    Median rent: $1,964
    Median household income: $150,976
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #2. Urbana—town in Maryland
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    #2. Urbana—town in Maryland

    Population: 10,872
    Median home value: $439,900
    Median rent: $2,214
    Median household income: $141,610
    Percentage of households with children: 31%

  • #1. Kensington—suburb in Maryland
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    #1. Kensington—suburb in Maryland

    Population: 2,111
    Median home value: $662,900
    Median rent: $1,356
    Median household income: $132,750
    Percentage of households with children: 24%

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