The 10 Worst Places To Live In Maryland For 2020

We used science and data to find the places in the Old Line State that are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst places to live in Maryland.

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Maryland is a pretty fantastic state, overall. There are some of the most underrated beaches on the east coast here. The western side has some awesome mountains and scenery. And Baltimore, is well, Baltimore. At least the Ravens are always contenders, and the O's have proven they can contend in the AL East.

But is it all great in the Old Line State? Of course not. Just like every other state, Maryland has its trouble spots. The purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which cities in Maryland are the least desirable to live in.

Of course, you'll most likely disagree if you see your town atop this list. But nonetheless, according to science, these cities are the worst places you could possibly live if you make Maryland your home. These places need a big hug right about now.

After analyzing 37 of the state's most populous cities (over 5,200 people), we came up with this list as the 10 worst places to live in Maryland:

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we're picking on small town America, that's not the case.

We understand there's a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn't measure things like beauty and 'friendly people'), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. And the worst place to live in Maryland? That would be Elkton.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2020.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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The 10 Worst Places To Live In Maryland For 2020

Elkton, MD

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Population: 15,675
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $191,700 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (10th worst)
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When you're looking at the worst places you could live in Maryland, Elkton ranks worst. Let's see why.

When you're comparing the crime rate to the rest of the nation, Maryland is above average, but not completely out of line. Here in Elkton, crime is the highest in the state, and 1 out of 15.8 residents was robbed here according to the latest FBI numbers.

That's not the first place you think of making home, is it?

Additionally, you have a 1 in 78 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rapes, attacks or murders. That's really high.

When you look at adult education in Maryland, the folks in Elkton have the 6th highest drop out rate. And other factors that make Elkton undesirable are the low median incomes and home prices.

The unemployment rate is the 10th highest in Maryland, at 7.6%. That's actually on par with the national average, which means Maryland has some hard workers.

Elkton is on Route 40 right on the Delaware state line.

Cambridge, MD

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Population: 12,401
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $158,400 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (5th worst)
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In a surprise move to the top, Cambridge, located across the sound on Route 50, takes the top spot for worst places to live in Maryland for 2020. That's not a honor you really want, but let's see why.

There are some real economic issues here as the unemployment rate is at 9.3%, which is the 5th highest in Maryland. And the household income levels are $39,007 a year, which are the 3rd lowest. Additionally, crime is far above the state average. You have a 1 in 20.6 chance of being robbed out here.

That's a lot of stolen cell phones, laptops and Ray Rice jerseys.

Salisbury, MD

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Population: 32,536
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $154,300 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (11th worst)
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The same problems that plague Elkton affect Salisbury. The only real difference is Salisbury is a tiny bit safer, and the schools are rated a lot higher in terms of resources for students. In fact, Salisbury actually has one of the lowest student-teacher ratios in the state, which means lots of personal attention for the kids here.

However, the unemployment rate in Salisbury is at 7.6%, which is the 11th worst in Maryland. And households earn a combined $38,645 a year, which is far below the state average. An average home in Salisbury is merely $154,300.

Salisbury is across the Tangier Sound on Route 50.

Bladensburg, MD

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Population: 9,397
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $229,600 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (17th worst)
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While the median household income in Bladensburg is higher than other towns on this list, causing it to be lower down on the list of "worst cities", Bladensburg still has the 17th worst unemployment rate in the state, as well as the 10th worst crime index.

Therefore, though the average Bladensburg household brings in a higher income, there are fewer people working here than in other cities across the state. It doesn't help that everyone has to be constantly worried about crime, either.

Hagerstown, MD

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Population: 40,186
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $152,200 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (4th worst)
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Hagerstown is by far the largest city to make this list. It was the state's 8th highest unemployment rate (7.4%), along with some of the lowest home prices and household incomes. Residents earn about $42,000 a year, and their homes are only valued at $116,000.

The public schools are in the bottom 10% when it comes to resources for the kids.

Apparently there are a lot of ex-cons who have been released from the numerous nearby prisons. On a positive note, the crime here is above the state average, but not horrendous.

As one lifelong resident of Hagerstown said on City-Data: Take a look at the city of Baltimore and it's urban decay and drug problems, and you see the future of Hagerstown. It's sad but at this point I only see Hagerstown going from bad to worst."

Mount Rainier, MD

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Population: 8,110
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $336,200 (31st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (9th worst)
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When you're looking at science and data, Mount Rainier is the worst place you can live in Maryland. Let's see why.

The unemployment rate here is 7.7%. The schools are underfunded, and property values are well below the state average. A home costs $336,200, which is a sure sign of lack of demand.

You have a 1 in 30.0 chance of being the victim of some type of property crime here every year. That's not fun, either.

Mount Rainier is a far drive south from Louisville.

Riverdale Park, MD

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Population: 7,219
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $304,100 (24th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (25th worst)
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When you're looking at the worst places you could live in Maryland, Riverdale Park ranks 7th worst. Let's see why.

Here in Riverdale Park, crime is the 17th highest in the state, and 1 out of 41.5 residents was robbed here according to the latest FBI numbers.

That's not the first place you think of making home, is it?

Additionally, you have a 1 in 160 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rapes, attacks or murders. That's really high.

When you look at adult education in Maryland, the folks in Riverdale Park have the highest drop out rate. And other factors that make Riverdale Park undesirable are the low median incomes and home prices.

The unemployment rate is the 25th highest in Maryland, at 5.6%. That's actually on par with the national average, which means Maryland has some hard workers.

Baltimore, MD

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Population: 614,700
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $156,400 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (6th worst)
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When you're looking at science and data, the city of Baltimore is the 8th worst place you can live in the state of Maryland. Let's see why.

You may be surprised to hear that the crime here is the 2nd-highest in the state per capita, according to the FBI data base.

Residents in Baltimore had a 1 in 22.6 chance of being robbed in 2019. To put things into perspective, since the average person has 300 friends on Facebook, if everyone you friended lived in Baltimore, statistically, 25 of them would have been the victim of a property crime, meaning a home robbery, car break in or a stolen wallet.

Baltimore's other issues are a very high unemployment rate (9.1%) and income levels of its residents ($48,840).

Cumberland, MD

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Population: 19,845
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $93,000 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.7% (2nd worst)
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You might assume that the cities out on Maryland's manhandle are a little behind the times economically. That's why several of them rank atop this list.

Sure, it's beautiful up there. But there's a certain lifestyle that comes with it. While Cumberland's unemployment rate is at the national average, it's very low for Maryland. But the income levels out here are some of the lowest in the state. Residents earn a combined $34,750 a year in salaries. That's not enough to really get ahead in life.

Additionally, the homes are the cheapest in the entire state at $93,000. Again, some people like the cheap cost of living, but housing is priced on demand, and the fact is, there's not a lot of demand to live way out in Cumberland. Plus, what do you do for fun way out there for half the year when it's snowing?

Crime is the 8th worst in the state. You have a 1 in 22.5 chance of being robbed here and a 1 in 135 chance of being attacked or raped. Yikes.

Greenbelt, MD

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Population: 23,203
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $212,800 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (19th worst)
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The city of Greenbelt is the 10th worst place you can live in the state of Maryland in 2020.

It's unlucky for Greenbelt, which has the 19th highest unemployment rate (6.0%), the 17th lowest household incomes ($72,337) and the 10th lowest home prices in the state ($212,800).

Basically, a lot of people in Greenbelt are out of work. And crime is certainly a factor here as well. Although it's not one of the most dangerous places we'll look at, it's in the top 20%.

Add it all up, and this is truly one of the worst places you could live in Maryland.

How we determined the worst places to live in Maryland for 2020

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We don't think it's a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census's most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight -- if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered -- leaving 37 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 37 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one "Worst Place To Live Score".

Finally, we ranked every city on the "Worst Place To Live Score" with the lowest score being the worst city in Maryland -- Elkton. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Maryland. You can download the data here.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

Wrapping Up The Worst In Maryland

If you're looking at areas in Maryland with the worst economic situations, where there's higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Elkton ranks as the worst city to live in Maryland for 2020.

If you're curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Maryland:

  1. Rockville (Pop. 67,062)
  2. Bowie (Pop. 58,368)
  3. Mount Airy (Pop. 9,395)

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Where Are The Worst Places To Live In Maryland?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Elkton 15,675 7.6% $191,700
2 Cambridge 12,401 9.3% $158,400
3 Salisbury 32,536 7.6% $154,300
4 Bladensburg 9,397 6.4% $229,600
5 Hagerstown 40,186 9.4% $152,200
6 Mount Rainier 8,110 7.7% $336,200
7 Riverdale Park 7,219 5.6% $304,100
8 Baltimore 614,700 9.1% $156,400
9 Cumberland 19,845 10.7% $93,000
10 Greenbelt 23,203 6.0% $212,800

How Is The Area In ?

49 thoughts on “The 10 Worst Places To Live In Maryland For 2020

  1. I might not like the results, but, come on…how seriously can we take this guy who confuses the Tangier Sound with the Chesapeake Bay? Shouldn’t a basic familiarity with geography be a prerequisite?

  2. I can prove this report was biased. Their polling data was confined by their own staff to only certain categories to determine.

    Anyone with an iq above 60 knows baltimore city is the worst place in md to live atm.

    1. It is bad and I don’t go there. They trie to dump money into the Inner Harbor, but it’s bad. OF course you have a black mayor who gives the people who wish to destroy room to do it and you get shit.

  3. While you are entitled to post incorrect data to drive traffic to your page I feel compelled to correct you on a huge mistake. While the town of Elkton has just under 15,000 people much of Cecil County’s eastern and northern population resides in an area known as Elkton to the postal service. If you adjust the population based on this you are talking about 45-50,000 people in a county of 100,000. Three different police agencies serve that area and report statistics to the FBI. While Elkton has many problems you are far more likely to be a victim of violent crime in Edgewood or Dundalk or Baltimore than you ever will be in the town of Elkton. Thank you for pepetuating bad journalism in the name of click bait.

    1. Michael: “you are far more likely to be a victim of violent crime in Edgewood or Dundalk or Baltimore than you ever will be in the town of Elkton.” I don’t have any skin in the game since I don’t live in any of those neighborhoods. But anecdotally, having passed through those areas and given that I used to live nearby, I agree with that statement. Anywhere near 695 around Baltimore (including and especially the city) is going to be bad. That includes places like Middle River, Dundalk, etc.; it’s hard to find a place near Baltimore that isn’t a depressed area. The one thing Elkton has going for it is that it’s further away from Baltimore City. But it’s still a rural, depressed area too.

    1. Actually Robinwood technically is not a part of Hagerstown, it sits just outside the city limits. But that said, its place on this list is ridiculous. Robinwood is home to the county’s main Hospital, college, and several of the most affluent neighborhoods in Washington county including Black rock estates, and Bright wood Acres East with home prices starting in mid 300’s and going into 7 figures. Also home to one of the best municipal golf courses in all of MD. Having it in the top 10 of this list demonstrates just how invalid this whole thing is, and that “the data” is either false or just plain bad.

  4. I grew up in Elkton have spent almost my entire life here and I know that their is nothing here as far as work goes , which brings problems drugs , robberies , homelessness , prostitution , gangs , ect… The list goes on . Welcome to Socialism people . This is what happens when factories move out of state or out of the country. Look at the former Soviet Union they were left with nothing , but what Elkton and many other little towns across this country . I use to walk all over Elkton as a teenager I don’t feel safe doing that anymore and the police don’t care because they’re not from here . Nothing invested , but a paycheck and some health benefits . A lady tried to open a roller rink and was shot down , instead they opened another pain clinic that got robbed the first week it was opened in the location where she wanted to open the roller rink . There is nothing for teenagers to do around here .

    1. You should open recreation centers with ping pong tables and badminton nets. People don’t play sports anymore. But really people don’t ride bikes or play tennis anymore or go fishing. When people are just hanging around with time on their hands they are going to do stupid things. You can forget about jobs. You got to go out and open your own diner or something. Jobs are not coming back. They can pay $2 an hour. They are not going to pay $15

    2. Absolutely correct. We live here and its just as bad as they say it is. There is nothing for teenagers to do.. we have a skatepark that is perpetually vacsnt and locked. Several methadone clinics, no jobs, too many drugs and homeless people with no way to better themselves. Robberies and other crime is through the roof. Hate this place.

  5. The thing that factors in is the amount of coloreds. In the interior you got loads of coloreds From Salisbury to Frederick and that means the schools are shit. At Ocean City you have so many more benefits. You can go fishing, water skiing, sunbathing and you can easily ride down to Chincoteague and Virginia Beach by boat. The nights are at least 10 degrees cooler. You can get around by walking and riding a bike and don’t even need a car. You can go to Assateague which isn’t commercialized or crowded like Ocean City. You can go up on the boardwalk at night where it is cooler and play some games. It is a whole lot more to do than places like Cambridge and Salisbury. I don’t know why Easton didn’t make the list. It is a shitty town with plenty of coloreds. Maybe the one that did the write up is from Easton. In Easton they won’t let people put out literature and they try to arrest them when they do.
    Cambridge has right many coloreds. The worst thing about Cambridge was when the idiot fast food places didn’t allow the bridge to bypass the town and so all the damn beach traffic has to come through which means you sit at lights on side streets for many minutes. Thank you idiot county commissioners. Now with the bridge like it is. We can never bypass the town. So thank the county commissioners who took bribes from the fast food places. They could have raise the bridge and come in at Jacktown. So enjoy the delays. They bypassed Salisbury and they even messed that up because they came in too early and you end up hitting a few lights . Some dumb ass engineers.

    1. Can those of us who love America and WANT it to be the wonderful place described in the Constitution, and have served for it to be so, please know where Cindy Adams lives, so that all of the people like her can move there, thus leaving NO QUESTION as to where the WORST city in Maryland (or America, for that matter) is?

  6. I live in Cumberland and I absolutely agree with the data. There is definitely not much to do here at all. It’s basically a place for people to retire. The crime is getting worse by the day. But where does Baltimore fall into this? I realize there is a lot to do in Baltimore and the harbor is there which is beautiful. However, the crime alone there should have been enough to put Baltimore on this list.

  7. I have to disagree … The numbers really do lie. The crime numbers that your
    article refer to does not take into consideration the 300,000 people that are here
    per weekend in the summer months. We host over 1.2 million people over their year.
    Of course if you take the crimes reported (most of which are minor in nature) when
    we are the second largest city in the state (summer months) but then only divide
    that by the 7,000 full time residents the numbers will look falsely high. I feel
    it’s irresponsible reporting

    1. Baltimore City is to me the #1 crime center in Md, I’ve lived here all my life
      I’m 64 and will be 65 this July and it is a shame the politicians have not and are not doing ANYTHING to make life better for ALL of it’s people, We need change we need for NIEBORHOODS to start taking over things on there own. Too much corruption by the police too little jobs , education stinks the teachers are dumber then the students. We need a great face lift in Md as a State.

  8. I have a problem with your criteria.
    Population Density (The lower the worse) – some people don’t want to commute far so they won’t move out farther
    Highest Unemployment Rates – some places people don’t work by choice
    High Housing Vacancy Rate – property values drive the price, some people c an’t \afford more
    Education (Low expenditures per student and high Student Teacher Ratio) – wealthy family send kids to private schools so there will be lower S/T ratio

    Some of the towns that you selected as the best are pretty ridiculous

  9. The best nowhere to live is Kingsville. I have been to many places but Kingsville is the most unliveable that I know and I came from the hills of W.Va. If I lived alone I would commit suicide. It is unsociable. When I hade a friend next door, It was tolerable. Now, I feel all alone on a mountain top. I am a retired physician. Someone, please help me to get out of this place. K. Bonovich,M.D. Tele. 21087

  10. I can get you out of there. I know a piece of property you can buy and you would only be an hour from the beach. There are rivers and bays and you can get free seafood. Virginia beach is not far away.

  11. Baltimore is the absolute worst place in Maryland hands down, because of the blacks. It can’t be saved. They built up the Inner Harbor but it is hopeless. Time to abandon the city and give to the blacks. Ocean City is not a bad place, but it is so expensive. Want them to lower their food prices. Everyone just bring down their own cooler of food and those food prices will fall real quick.

      1. Jason perfect response!
        I was a 14 yr old when I started going to OC with my friends and lived there during the summer at 16 renting chairs and umbrellas…. I would never allow my Daughter to go out with friends or live in OC now! It is not what it was and the teens from the 70s and 80s that use to just enjoy hanging out and meeting new people are replaced with teens that want to fight and cause trouble ….. BTW Steve you can’t blame an entire Race of people for the issues in the City of Baltimore …… I certainly hope people don’t compare us because we may both be white….you are embarrassing to the white people that aren’t prejudice….. I feel like the world is going backwards not forward….those that fought and marched in the 60s are probably mortified !

    1. Baltimore City is to me the #1 crime center in Md, I’ve lived here all my life
      I’m 64 and will be 65 this July and it is a shame the politicians have not and are not doing ANYTHING to make life better for ALL of it’s people, We need change we need for NIEBORHOODS to start taking over things on there own. Too much corruption by the police too little jobs , education stinks the teachers are dumber then the students. We need a great face lift in Md as a State.You are wrong and have a misunderstanding or how things never started for us Blacks. You talk that inner harbour crap but don’t know the real story .First the hourbor was built around tourism and was the safest place in the U.S.A. but it decline when our young ones got upset cause everything was inner harbour inner harbour inner harbour, No proper education no where to go cause of closing recreation centers poor learning in schools and lack of jobs. I know , I been there I’ve seen this for five decades and counting , It’s easy to point the finger but it’s hard to listen to the truth from someone that have been there done that .And if you think Blacks are the problem you better look at the poor whites cause there children feel the wrath too and are forced to suffer with or like the blacks .So don’t throw stones learn to listen and try putting yourself in a poor white persons shoe then imagine what the Blacks have been going through for centuries.

  12. I moved to salisbury from central nj a few years ago, man what a step down that was. 5 years here, we bought a house in Delmar and are excited to finally get out of here.

    I’ve been called a cracker and a homeboy. I used to work for dish, so I went into a lot of customers homes. That job really opened my eyes to how people live down here. I had a customer come home from jail whole doing work and he proceeded to smoke crack with his family.

    This place is disgusting, if it weren’t for my gfs great job, we would have moved by now.


    1. Hahah of course nothing but racist comnents about blacks when white peopke rape and murder but only do 3 months in jail typical trolls lol

  14. I agree black people have issues with each other, whites and many have problems with anyone / everyone. We as whites have issues with people sometimes as well but I guess we blame ourselves when things go wrong and try to work at improving ourselves. I believe “”, not black people ( totally different by the way ), have someone to blame for their lives sucking so badly. When one blames others instead of looking to themselves, they never learn and it encourages hatred and hence violence. We as white people don’t have a group to blame and direct our anger and aggression towards. I believe if our lives suck, we have nowhere to look but at ourselves and this allows us to either change for the better or go down with the white trash. The sad reality is that some blacks or many… Have not and probably will never get it. These individuals live in their world and convince themselves, with the help of their fellow losers, that what they’re doing is the right thing or that it’s some how going to change things. The only way your life will change for the better is for you to put blame on yourself and work it out. I don’t give a where, how you live or who enslaved your great great grandfather. Man up you worthless, good for nothing lost pieces of and do something for yourself and those around you. Good luck! I’m almost positive you will never gain any insight and you will continue to watch each other get killed or locked up. Strong work! At what point do you see your lives improving? What responsibility will you take for all the you cause? Please, do yourselves and our country well. Figure yourselves out and add something positive to yourselves and the world. Stop! Don’t blame. I don’t give a flying what color you are. Are you worth something or are you a useless angry piece of ? Reflect you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember, the BIG government, not the cops or whites, want your asses DOWN. They see you as much easier to control and they have no worries of you clogging up the job market that’s for damn sure.

  15. Hey Lol, do some true research. Check the statistics and facts before you make untrue comments. You are exactly who I am referring to in my comment about blaming others and not yourselves. You can blame us for enslaving your great great grandfather and then collect your SSI… check but until you see that you are your own worst enemy you will NEVER grow and make anything of yourselves. Look at the amount of Indians killed by whites. They reflected, saw that they may have been heading nowhere and decided to collectively build billion dollar empires. Now, they could have just continued to hate and blame, but they had enough insight to see that no one will prosper if they refuse to focus on themselves. I feel that you will never get it! You are an embarrassment to yourselves, the country, the world and God.

    1. Wow!
      I thought people were allow to have their own opinions without being called names…. I was starting to agree with some of what you were saying but now I’m worried. The Native Americans are not all doing as well as you think ….. they are still living in poverty, have alcoholism and allot haven’t any higher education. I think drug addicts and alcoholics living in poverty having kids that repeat the cycle is the biggest problem…. it’s easy to tell people to just make a better life but harder when you don’t have enough to eat and no transportation to get help…. have you been to the mountains in Tennessee? I have and it’s like stepping back in time…. people think they know the answers but most don’t even know what the real issues are in our country. My Grandmother never took charity, and only went to 4th grade, she was a proud native woman but sadly never owned a house or even had a license to drive. Thank God my Mother broke that cycle and I had a better life, then made sure my Daughter had a great education and is now an RN in a Baltimore City Hospital…… but we can not blame an entire group of people when each one has a different story.

  16. Feel free to edit out the swears in my first post. I thought this was an online… not newspaper. Please insert decent substitutes though so that the message has the straight forwardness needed to hopefully give people something to think about so that they can better themselves

  17. Its a JIGGERBOOO problem man! Turn on any Baltimore TV Channel, say WJZTV and for the most part you see the most unbelievable crimes committed by Blacks on Blacks and some Whites. They fuck up anything they come in contact with. I agree with the one poster here. You have a large black population and you have complete mayhem and insanity! Remember the riots a little over a year a go?? that’s what they are about and stupid shit like BLM LOL My advice, if you want to move anyplace in the USA, look at and check out the posts and demographics. If its a large population of Negros , you can bet its hell on earth, stay away!

  18. I moved from North Potomac (ranked here as second to best) to Hagerstown (ranked here as fourth to worst) and don’t regret the move at all. Basic amenities and public infrastructure are virtually indistinguishable. The architectural flare of the variety of communities here is much more interesting, something I love as I bicycle around town. Compared to the DC-metro area, traffic and parking are non-issues, with no rush-hour traffic jams. And there’s public transportation including to the DC Metro Rail. I for one love this town!

  19. You’re right, high black populations almost always equate to crime. Where are most of the Blacks in Berlin MD? It seems like a very nice place from the web. One has to really look out these days about these things, or you could end up a number on TV.

  20. Wow I’m from South Carolina, researchin a job relo to Baltimore, and I realize I may not fit in. Why? Because there’s some very serious racism and ancient Jim Crow stuff going on in this forum! I’m white and can’t believe this. In SC we have a lot of diversity, but it’s pretty 50-50 whether you are white or black, which culture-stream tends to be followed. The ghetto is the ghetto and the trailer park is the trailer park; but in between there are a LOT of hard working, God-loving, decent tax payers of many colors. I judge by actions, language, body language, and yep even clothes… but not by skin color. My most amazing neighbor is a black man and he flies a plane that he built-he makes me look like a 1st grader! Seems like I may not fit in because I’m too “open minded?”

    1. Don’t let the comments here dissuade you. I think some racists found this page and have decided to troll here. Of course, there are racists everywhere and Maryland is no exception. We have had swastikas emblazoned on some local schools. But Maryland is probably among the most diverse regions of the country. Montgomery County, where I live, is only ~50% white. I read somewhere that the DC/Baltimore area has among the highest rates of interracial marriages. I think this is what irks racists, they can’t stand to see people living together in harmony. That said, Baltimore is a diverse areas. There are some good areas with good jobs. But it is a high-crime city. This is why I would agree that, overall, the better places to live in Maryland are mostly further away from Baltimore and more towards Montgomery County instead.

    2. I love it! Finally an educated American that doesn’t see color. I make over 6 figures and I’m a black women living in Frederick, MD. Yet, they think we are all ghetto, uneducated and even on government assistance. Sad world…

  21. In a nutshell: Avoid Baltimore City or the neighborhoods nearby. Avoid Ocean City because it’s overrun by white trash partying all summer long and mini golf courses. The wealthier neighborhoods are in the suburbs of DC closer to the NW end of the beltway.

  22. Ya, live in the diverse crime ridden parts of MD. Most of the liberal Hypocrites (Morons) that post on here don’t have a black person around them. I lived here all my life , and there are a lot of nice places to live in MD, but its a fact black people destroy anything they come in contact with here; just check out WZTV or any other TV station in MD and check out the insane crimes and who’s doing it, or check out and look at the demographics and crime;guess what!! it go’s real high in Black sections!! Berlin MD is a very nice town, voted coolest small town in the nation, outside OC. OC is nice to , overcrowded during summer months. As far as white trash, the only white trash I see is the diverse whites in PG and Montgomery counties, the most expensive places to live, by the way!

  23. Whites enslaved blacks and then gave blankets with smallpox to Indians.

    Would it be fair to say ALL white people are lazy because they didnt want to work for themselves or that whites are liars and thieves and can’t be trusted?

    Or that white people were fine with living amongst blacks as long as blacks were taking care of their children, cooking their food, and tending to white folks crops?

    People please don’t judge an entire race based on an experience you’ve had with one person or because you saw something on the news about people who happened to be of a certain race.

    I am a proud, educated, black women. I am a Physical Scientist and I’ve worked hard to get where I am in life. It’s just hard to believe that some people can be so judgemental and cruel. God made several races for a reason so just learn to get along with people.

    And if you don’t believe in God just know that the world is a beautiful place full of people with differences good and bad. But the best part is if you peel back the skin we are ALL the same!

  24. This is a horrid pool of ignorance. When you begin a statement about a predominantly black area being crime ridden and impoverished, as if it’s the CAUSE of America’s problems more than the RESULT of them, you have lost any credibility of even having the potential to engage in productive discussion.

  25. I live in Mount Rainer and have been here over 30 years. Never had any problems . My job is 2 miles from here and I make 83K a year. You have to be street smart and mind your business. And you must respect people . I love it here. Convenient to everything . I’m sure there is crime but that’s everywhere. It’s funny the white people who work with me commute hours to get to work. They just don’t want to live around minorities but have no problem working in our communities. You just have to get to know people . I can make it to work in 8 minutes if I catch all the green lights .

  26. I live in Indian head md for last 16 years. Have no problems living here. Yes it is a more economical depressed area in Charles county. I have some of the best neighbors I have ever had. Point don’t judge a place just on hearsay and rumors. Surprised Indian Headbis not on the list .

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