These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Maryland


We used science and data to determine which places in Maryland are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Maryland?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Maryland – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Maryland cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Old Line State:

  1. Glassmanor
  2. White Oak
  3. Langley Park (Photos)
  4. Temple Hills
  5. Riverdale Park (Photos)
  6. Chillum
  7. Mount Rainier
  8. Landover (Photos)
  9. Coral Hills
  10. Brentwood

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Chevy Chase is the happiest place in Maryland.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Maryland

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Maryland, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Maryland with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 206 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Maryland’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Glassmanor

Glassmanor, Maryland

Source: Google Maps

Population: 18,389
People Who Own Their Home: 27.93%
Married Adults: 21.43%

2. White Oak

White Oak, Maryland

Source: Google Maps

Population: 18,101
People Who Own Their Home: 32.82%
Married Adults: 37.23%

3. Langley Park

Langley Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,318
People Who Own Their Home: 24.27%
Married Adults: 31.55%

4. Temple Hills


Population: 8,069
People Who Own Their Home: 29.88%
Married Adults: 26.55%

5. Riverdale Park

Riverdale Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,119
People Who Own Their Home: 46.97%
Married Adults: 34.65%

6. Chillum

Chillum, Maryland

Source: Google Maps

Population: 36,684
People Who Own Their Home: 36.31%
Married Adults: 31.4%

7. Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,277
People Who Own Their Home: 25.16%
Married Adults: 32.72%

8. Landover

Landover, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,112
People Who Own Their Home: 41.4%
Married Adults: 28.14%

9. Coral Hills

Coral Hills, Maryland

Source: Google Maps

Population: 10,196
People Who Own Their Home: 49.92%
Married Adults: 26.44%

10. Brentwood

Brentwood, Maryland

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,107
People Who Own Their Home: 43.03%
Married Adults: 35.14%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Maryland

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Glassmanor 1 27.93%
White Oak 2 32.82%
Langley Park 3 24.27%
Temple Hills 4 29.88%
Riverdale Park 5 46.97%
Chillum 6 36.31%
Mount Rainier 7 25.16%
Landover 8 41.4%
Coral Hills 9 49.92%
Brentwood 10 43.03%
Bladensburg 11 19.81%
Walker Mill 12 48.22%
Baltimore 13 38.57%
Suitland 14 35.94%
Marlow Heights 15 35.22%
Adelphi 16 46.71%
East Riverdale 17 48.05%
Fairland 18 43.6%
New Carrollton 19 53.93%
Oxon Hill 20 53.65%
Salisbury 21 28.12%
Lansdowne 22 44.12%
Hyattsville 23 41.51%
Hagerstown 24 34.34%
Denton 25 47.76%
Hillcrest Heights 26 44.56%
Cambridge 27 32.53%
Milford Mill 28 44.53%
Silver Spring 29 36.19%
Delmar 30 39.91%
Glenmont 31 57.34%
Baltimore Highlands 32 44.2%
Greensboro 33 54.11%
Forestville 34 59.1%
College Park 35 42.83%
Jessup 36 56.37%
Summerfield 37 43.78%
Laurel 38 43.72%
Seabrook 39 53.42%
Largo 40 56.22%
Silver Hill 41 29.35%
Greenbelt 42 42.95%
Essex 43 50.77%
Cumberland 44 47.2%
Wheaton 45 62.93%
Takoma Park 46 49.23%
Glenarden 47 56.79%
Frostburg 48 35.5%
District Heights 49 67.45%
Williamsport 50 32.02%
Reisterstown 51 52.22%
South Laurel 52 38.59%
Middle River 53 56.93%
Aspen Hill 54 61.84%
Friendly 55 90.27%
Edgewood 56 63.42%
Dundalk 57 61.37%
Beltsville 58 61.17%
Elkton 59 48.5%
Frederick 60 50.48%
Lake Arbor 61 63.21%
Perryville 62 48.99%
Lochearn 63 63.68%
Oakland 64 42.25%
Camp Springs 65 72.92%
Waldorf 66 65.73%
Parkville 67 59.44%
Montgomery Village 68 68.27%
Brunswick 69 70.14%
Brooklyn Park 70 67.7%
Aberdeen 71 57.57%
Gaithersburg 72 52.07%
Rosedale 73 69.54%
Chester 74 64.67%
Thurmont 75 69.44%
Ocean City 76 8.84%
Westminster 77 46.92%
Rossville 78 49.48%
Owings Mills 79 41.27%
Glen Burnie 80 55.51%
Fruitland 81 58.4%
Robinwood 82 39.6%
Randallstown 83 65.02%
Annapolis 84 46.09%
Bowleys Quarters 85 59.17%
Ferndale 86 59.4%
Chesapeake Ranch Estates 87 72.48%
Calverton 88 61.42%
Lexington Park 89 39.49%
Edgemere 90 73.76%
Chesapeake Beach 91 64.2%
Springdale 92 85.24%
Lanham 93 75.49%
Cockeysville 94 32.54%
Cheverly 95 69.2%
Forest Glen 96 60.54%
Ballenger Creek 97 58.49%
Germantown 98 65.17%
Westphalia 99 87.92%
Marlton 100 69.9%
Glenn Dale 101 79.57%
Bryans Road 102 77.32%
North Kensington 103 69.15%
Easton 104 51.81%
Towson 105 54.59%
Friendship Heights Village 106 31.96%
Maryland City 107 57.07%
Havre De Grace 108 56.72%
Clinton 109 83.61%
Fort Washington 110 83.14%
Four Corners 111 78.14%
Kettering 112 84.68%
North Laurel 113 54.87%
Carney 114 52.67%
Garrison 115 51.72%
Hillandale 116 78.79%
Redland 117 71.49%
Mitchellville 118 88.25%
Arbutus 119 64.09%
Taneytown 120 72.52%
Leisure World 121 73.34%
Berlin 122 55.37%
Rosaryville 123 85.75%
North Bethesda 124 49.46%
Brock Hall 125 83.44%
Overlea 126 67.97%
Savage 127 57.26%
Severn 128 68.56%
Ashton-Sandy Spring 129 78.44%
Shady Side 130 78.57%
Bowie 131 81.62%
Rockville 132 56.97%
Dunkirk 133 88.35%
Joppatowne 134 77.85%
Catonsville 135 63.27%
Cloverly 136 90.4%
Marlboro Village 137 77.22%
Fort Meade 138 1.19%
La Plata 139 67.45%
Ocean Pines 140 46.86%
Brandywine 141 86.08%
Bel Air 142 60.86%
Layhill 143 87.52%
Pikesville 144 62.22%
Accokeek 145 88.26%
Columbia 146 63.69%
Edgewater 147 75.27%
Fountainhead-Orchard Hills 148 69.9%
Burtonsville 149 76.63%
Long Beach 150 78.25%
Pasadena 151 80.13%
Halfway 152 65.96%
Riverside 153 69.52%
Mayo 154 79.92%
California 155 59.83%
Damascus 156 84.74%
University Park 157 85.11%
Elkridge 158 67.84%
Linganore 159 90.14%
Centreville 160 72.88%
Riviera Beach 161 80.99%
Kemp Mill 162 77.54%
Odenton 163 66.21%
Perry Hall 164 73.93%
Linthicum 165 80.37%
Parole 166 62.93%
Ilchester 167 77.49%
Timonium 168 71.63%
Clarksburg 169 86.81%
Colesville 170 88.52%
Bel Air South 171 76.59%
Bensville 172 87.26%
Manchester 173 80.97%
Crofton 174 76.74%
Mount Airy 175 84.58%
Stevensville 176 81.88%
Lake Shore 177 88.71%
North Potomac 178 79.46%
White Marsh 179 78.11%
Ellicott City 180 72.54%
Walkersville 181 74.88%
Olney 182 87.7%
Bethesda 183 64.26%
Jefferson 184 84.68%
Annapolis Neck 185 75.37%
Urbana 186 91.25%
Arnold 187 79.37%
Lutherville 188 81.48%
Fulton 189 85.44%
Hampstead 190 77.29%
Spring Ridge 191 75.25%
Travilah 192 89.65%
Bel Air North 193 86.42%
Darnestown 194 93.29%
Potomac 195 83.2%
Scaggsville 196 88.69%
Eldersburg 197 88.19%
Fallston 198 91.15%
Pleasant Hills 199 86.09%
Severna Park 200 88.38%
Chevy Chase 201 70.34%
Kingsville 202 91.24%
Hampton 203 92.43%
South Kensington 204 86.27%
Mays Chapel 205 80.47%
Chevy Chase 206 90.38%

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