Worst Small Towns In Maryland For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in MD are the 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 small places to live in Maryland.

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Most Americans have never been to Maryland. However, as the people who live there know, Maryland is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Maryland has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Old Line State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 106 of Maryland's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Maryland where you'd never want to live:

So what is the worst small town to call home in maryland for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Crisfield is the worst small town to live in Maryland.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Maryland has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Maryland or the worst places to live in Maryland.

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

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Maryland For 2020

Crisfield, MD

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5
/10

Population: 2,593
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $103,100 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.4% (4th worst)
More on Crisfield:  Data | Photos

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5
/10

Population: 2,330
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $148,200 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (20th worst)
More on Wilson-Conococheague:  Data

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5
/10

Population: 2,712
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $197,800 (28th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (14th worst)
More on Perryman:  Data

Hurlock, MD

Source: Wikipedia
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5
/10

Population: 2,327
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $144,300 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.9% (12th worst)
More on Hurlock:  Data | Photos

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3
/10

Population: 1,481
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $114,800 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (24th worst)
More on Hancock:  Data

Federalsburg, MD

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4
/10

Population: 2,665
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $126,800 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (17th worst)
More on Federalsburg:  Data | Photos

Denton, MD

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,406
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $185,000 (24th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (25th worst)
More on Denton:  Data | Photos

Snow Hill, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,143
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $165,300 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (11th worst)
More on Snow Hill:  Data | Photos

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4
/10

Population: 2,476
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $145,800 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (35th worst)
More on Greensboro:  Data

Pocomoke City, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,082
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $127,800 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (56th worst)
More on Pocomoke City:  Data | Photos

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Maryland, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Maryland for 2020

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 106 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

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

There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Maryland

If you're analyzing teeny places in the Old Line State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Maryland, according to science:

  1. Chevy Chase (Pop. 2,965)
  2. Chevy Chase Village (Pop. 1,943)
  3. Somerset (Pop. 1,136)

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Maryland

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Crisfield 2,593 14.4% $103,100
2 Wilson-Conococheague 2,330 8.8% $148,200
3 Perryman 2,712 9.9% $197,800
4 Hurlock 2,327 10.9% $144,300
5 Hancock 1,481 8.4% $114,800
6 Federalsburg 2,665 9.7% $126,800
7 Denton 4,406 8.4% $185,000
8 Snow Hill 2,143 11.3% $165,300
9 Greensboro 2,476 7.2% $145,800
10 Pocomoke City 4,082 5.5% $127,800
11 Delmar 3,172 10.7% $120,500
12 Princess Anne 3,444 8.7% $151,800
13 Westernport 2,018 12.9% $69,200
14 Ridgely 1,558 6.4% $163,900
15 Mountain Lake Park 2,148 9.4% $140,900
16 Prince Frederick 3,189 15.3% $299,400
17 Oakland 1,823 3.9% $154,000
18 Pittsville 1,433 4.7% $128,200
19 Colmar Manor 1,398 9.9% $206,500
20 Trappe 1,210 4.5% $212,300
21 Fairmount Heights 1,789 13.9% $222,500
22 Seat Pleasant 4,759 8.3% $188,900
23 Rock Hall 1,361 7.6% $196,200
24 Hebron 1,218 9.7% $144,000
25 Capitol Heights 4,512 11.7% $214,500
26 Charlotte Hall 2,026 5.9% $241,300
27 Morningside 1,238 11.7% $194,400
28 Lonaconing 1,194 8.1% $79,600
29 Williamsport 2,264 3.7% $151,500
30 Landover Hills 1,833 6.6% $224,900
31 Edmonston 1,354 3.6% $246,000
32 Lusby 1,994 9.4% $283,600
33 Marlboro Meadows 3,487 7.2% $265,900
34 Algonquin 1,257 12.8% $215,800
35 West Ocean City 4,319 6.0% $299,200
36 Peppermill Village 4,628 8.3% $226,600
37 Drum Point 2,692 14.5% $261,900
38 Cavetown 1,117 1.2% $211,400
39 Bel Air 1,524 3.7% $154,000
40 Bowling Green 1,198 6.3% $104,500
41 Silver Hill 4,921 5.6% $180,600
42 Rising Sun 2,812 4.6% $215,900
43 Charle 1,391 3.1% $246,300
44 Forest Heights 2,573 8.7% $215,900
45 North East 3,624 4.5% $198,600
46 Boonsboro 3,500 7.9% $261,100
47 St. Michaels 1,057 7.0% $336,800
48 Maugansville 3,122 4.5% $202,000
49 Konterra 2,853 5.3% $344,500
50 Emmitsburg 3,058 6.2% $246,400
51 National Harbor 4,322 6.9% $337,800
52 Melwood 3,656 3.7% $267,900
53 Brentwood 3,468 3.2% $282,500
54 Berwyn Heights 3,257 5.8% $292,900
55 La Vale 3,421 2.2% $155,200
56 Potomac Heights 1,190 2.4% $78,800
57 Baden 1,712 3.9% $381,200
58 Mechanicsville 1,765 4.4% $340,400
59 North Beach 2,594 13.4% $304,800
60 Croom 2,490 3.4% $439,700
61 Berlin 4,606 4.3% $235,800
62 Grasonville 3,556 1.9% $306,100
63 Indian Head 3,819 5.2% $208,400
64 Long Beach 2,015 3.9% $286,400
65 Woodsboro 1,077 2.9% $314,200
66 Leonar 3,678 5.5% $398,300
67 Jarrettsville 2,992 5.4% $429,600
68 Perryville 4,395 4.4% $230,200
69 Dunkirk 2,449 8.2% $422,400
70 Chester 4,573 4.4% $332,400
71 Jefferson 2,155 6.5% $315,400
72 St. James 3,100 3.2% $242,500
73 Smithsburg 2,964 4.5% $232,600
74 Braddock Heights 3,258 3.0% $346,700
75 New Windsor 1,341 3.1% $267,800
76 Layhill 4,836 7.1% $432,100
77 Hughesville 2,105 0.0% $420,300
78 Buckeystown 1,318 6.6% $404,300
79 Paramount-Long Meadow 2,981 4.3% $273,500
80 Golden Beach 2,875 0.6% $286,700
81 Solomons 2,113 6.7% $465,400
82 Kingsville 4,404 3.3% $424,700
83 Deale 4,905 4.0% $344,100
84 Manchester 4,836 1.6% $283,400
85 Woodmore 4,541 3.1% $414,400
86 Gambrills 2,829 2.4% $455,400
87 Centreville 4,678 1.0% $328,100
88 Adamstown 2,263 6.9% $439,100
89 Myersville 1,838 3.8% $334,000
90 University Park 2,641 3.9% $468,100
91 Herald Harbor 2,615 5.7% $444,100
92 Fulton 4,429 2.6% $641,300
93 New Market 1,295 1.3% $420,700
94 Keedysville 1,154 2.5% $282,900
95 Riva 4,027 4.8% $485,200
96 Sykesville 3,944 2.7% $365,700
97 Huntingtown 3,609 1.6% $427,600
98 Middl 4,553 5.0% $410,300
99 Hampton 4,725 1.7% $454,800
100 Cabin John 2,085 4.8% $902,100

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9 thoughts on “Worst Small Towns In Maryland, 2020

  1. You have an inaccuracy regarding Crellin. I’m not from Crellin, but rather a larger town nearby that didn’t make your list. I realize you qualified that 45 minutes to the nearest town would be during a snow storm, but you’d have to be walking for it to take that long even with bad weather. I get the impression you didn’t interview many people when compiling your list. A lot of people in the areas with which I am familiar are quite happy living there, which is why they haven’t moved. I understand the spirit of your article, but highly recommend more thorough fact checking.

  2. Not only that. But I’d say your unemployment numbers are way off. You don’t think a hard working farmer is,employed?

  3. I’ve been sitting here trying to think of a polite way to respond to your article, but alas the only thing I can come up with is that you are a complete bonehead! Maryland has long considered the real Western Maryland, west of Frederick for you flatlanders, and the Eastern Shore red headed step children, but where do you all go in Maryland for your winter and summer fun close to home? I live in Garrett County and am darn proud of it, having been born and raised in the Baltimore metro area, I’ll take these small towns and the people here any day of the week. I challenge you to spend more than a few days out here and just maybe you’ll change your tune and if not go back to the city life cause we don’t need you anyway! By the way, your crime rate figures are a joke, nobody out here trashed their city or town because someone got killed, yes we have our crime and drug problems but at least I don’t have to carry a gun with me everywhere I go.

  4. Grew up in kitzmiller don’t know where you got your info but No One goes to that shop in elk garden. The town does rather quickly after the county stopped funding the elementary school and took our children 30 minutes away. Rather a shithole town with the worst mayor and council in many years.

  5. There on thing that bugs me about this, I’ve lived in pocomoke the majority of my life and this post said, “This Somerset county has a Walmart” first off most of this town especially the part where the Walmart is is in Worcester County, there is a very small portion was Pocomoke that is in Somerset and that is across the bridge more on the Northern eastern side, not West Pocomoke. This isn’t a big deal I just can stand the inaccuracy. If you did described the real West Pocomoke you would be right in this town it is the undesirable part of town, but you completely missed the area you were talking about when you were describing it. In fact the one area that is in Somerset is the country and is somewhat a desirable place to live, well at least more desirable than West Pocomoke.

  6. This “article” is insulting. Who apporved this trash? The only reason anyone has read it is because the title immediately comes off as snobby and directed at people who live in small towns. You cannot write something, and publish it based solely on statistics crunching and Google Street View. It’s rediculous and the author and whoever appoved it should see just how hard it is to live as an Unemployment Statistic.

  7. Where do you get off posting such crap?? I don’t know where you got your numbers but they are WRONG!! Finzel has the worst crime rate – are you kidding me??? I guess you haven’t counted Baltimore and all the surrounding areas?? Who are you to call any town a douchebag town? And GHETTO??? Again, have you over looked Baltimore and surrounding areas??? DID you even bother to drive through any of these towns – spend any time there – talk with any of the people?? You are completely wrong in this so called assessment and have absolutely no clue what you are talking about! Get the facts by spending time in these areas – go to the courthouses and get the public records and employment before you go running your mouth. Clearly the pictures came from Google maps and you showed the worst possible pictures out there! You are a complete moron of the worst kind. You think you are so smart but all you have done is piss off a bunch of people who love their towns and their people.

  8. It’s funny, people from the rest of the state like to look down on us in Western Maryland but you don’t seem to have a problem coming to vacation here or taking our tax dollars. It’s okay though, articles like this keep snobbish city people out of our lovely rural communities where there is incredibly little crime (your numbers aren’t particularly detailed and are, of course, skewed by the population). In fact, crime only seems to start to go up when people from downstate move here. Isn’t that an odd coincidence?

  9. I live in eden. I like the small town values, it beats city life any day. Don’t agree with the most high school drop outs either just your personal opinion which I don’t give a rat’s ass about.

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