These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Maryland For 2019


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 . This is our fourth 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 2019? According to the most recent census data, Snow Hill 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.

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 2019

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 2013-2017 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.

Snow Hill, MD

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5
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Population: 2,215
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $149,600 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.1% (8th worst)
More on Snow Hill:  Data | Photos

Crisfield, MD

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5
/10

Population: 2,615
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $99,200 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.0% (6th worst)
More on Crisfield:  Data | Photos

Pocomoke City, MD

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4
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Population: 4,099
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $123,300 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (17th worst)
More on Pocomoke City:  Data | Photos

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5
/10

Population: 2,869
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $186,000 (25th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.7% (10th worst)
More on Perryman:  Data

Federalsburg, MD

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3
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Population: 2,665
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $122,100 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.1% (3rd worst)
More on Federalsburg:  Data | Photos

Hurlock, MD

Source: Wikipedia
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4
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Population: 2,191
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $142,700 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.4% (13th worst)
More on Hurlock:  Data | Photos

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3
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Population: 1,563
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $114,000 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (19th worst)
More on Hancock:  Data

Denton, MD

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5
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Population: 4,386
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $182,300 (24th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (24th worst)
More on Denton:  Data | Photos

Princess Anne, MD

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4
/10

Population: 3,413
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $155,500 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.4% (2nd worst)
More on Princess Anne:  Data | Photos

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5
/10

Population: 1,381
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $128,900 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (36th worst)
More on Pittsville:  Data

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. 2,960)
  2. Somerset (Pop. 1,113)
  3. Chevy Chase Village (Pop. 1,984)

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Maryland

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Snow Hill 2,215 13.1% $149,600
2 Crisfield 2,615 15.0% $99,200
3 Pocomoke City 4,099 10.4% $123,300
4 Perryman 2,869 12.7% $186,000
5 Federalsburg 2,665 16.1% $122,100
6 Hurlock 2,191 12.4% $142,700
7 Hancock 1,563 10.0% $114,000
8 Denton 4,386 8.8% $182,300
9 Princess Anne 3,413 16.4% $155,500
10 Pittsville 1,381 7.4% $128,900
11 Greensboro 2,253 8.5% $143,500
12 Ridgely 1,665 7.5% $161,700
13 Mountain Lake Park 2,242 9.5% $141,400
14 Prince Frederick 3,065 13.0% $296,600
15 Oakland 1,744 3.8% $163,600
16 Colmar Manor 1,527 7.4% $193,600
17 Westernport 2,045 12.6% $73,100
18 Williamsport 2,091 6.0% $146,800
19 Rock Hall 1,236 5.7% $204,700
20 Delmar 3,163 8.2% $135,700
21 Lonaconing 1,142 11.6% $80,000
22 Fairmount Heights 1,778 12.7% $217,200
23 Seat Pleasant 4,781 7.6% $169,300
24 Edmonston 1,580 4.2% $215,600
25 Trappe 1,207 5.6% $207,200
26 Capitol Heights 4,519 11.3% $203,400
27 North East 3,624 7.1% $198,700
28 Kingstown 1,826 9.4% $218,600
29 Morningside 1,352 6.5% $177,400
30 Cottage City 1,255 6.5% $217,000
31 Rising Sun 2,809 8.5% $217,300
32 Peppermill Village 4,302 9.8% $222,300
33 Hebron 1,134 6.2% $142,700
34 Landover Hills 1,679 5.5% $214,100
35 Charlotte Hall 1,937 5.5% $242,800
36 Lusby 1,809 8.9% $286,400
37 Forest Heights 2,554 14.3% $200,500
38 Potomac Heights 1,212 2.5% $89,300
39 Marlboro Meadows 3,827 7.7% $257,100
40 West Ocean City 4,119 7.3% $291,800
41 Drum Point 2,938 15.9% $259,700
42 Konterra 2,743 4.9% $340,900
43 Charle 1,375 5.5% $249,400
44 Brentwood 3,478 2.7% $253,600
45 National Harbor 3,799 8.4% $291,800
46 Chester 4,904 7.0% $302,700
47 Boonsboro 3,472 8.8% $238,200
48 Berlin 4,566 5.2% $234,500
49 Bowling Green 1,176 6.5% $104,700
50 La Vale 3,374 2.4% $153,800
51 Indian Head 3,842 6.7% $195,900
52 Emmitsburg 3,024 7.2% $258,100
53 Bel Air 1,358 1.3% $152,100
54 Libertytown 1,097 4.4% $273,400
55 Leonar 3,639 6.0% $378,100
56 Preston 1,026 5.8% $195,000
57 Berwyn Heights 3,250 4.3% $285,800
58 North Beach 2,596 15.0% $312,300
59 Mechanicsville 1,779 1.2% $338,400
60 Grasonville 3,559 1.9% $313,900
61 Baden 1,766 3.1% $383,600
62 Croom 2,798 2.2% $423,600
63 St. James 3,379 4.0% $238,800
64 Maugansville 3,223 2.9% $200,400
65 Cavetown 1,149 1.5% $211,500
66 Algonquin 1,365 7.8% $218,700
67 Long Beach 2,080 4.1% $278,200
68 Perryville 4,395 5.3% $216,100
69 Arden On The Severn 2,301 10.1% $361,700
70 Spencerville 2,330 11.6% $494,000
71 Jarrettsville 3,255 4.4% $399,400
72 Derwood 1,984 5.9% $559,400
73 Woodsboro 1,084 2.6% $313,900
74 Braddock Heights 2,903 3.9% $331,800
75 Smithsburg 2,976 4.8% $231,000
76 Layhill 4,981 6.7% $412,400
77 Kingsville 4,545 3.8% $407,800
78 New Windsor 1,380 3.6% $257,700
79 Golden Beach 2,978 0.6% $285,400
80 Woodmore 4,426 6.5% $418,400
81 Adamstown 2,542 5.8% $434,800
82 Centreville 4,635 1.6% $332,000
83 Buckeystown 1,154 6.4% $396,400
84 Gambrills 2,770 3.7% $449,600
85 Solomons 2,168 6.3% $483,500
86 Jefferson 2,203 5.9% $298,300
87 Manchester 4,825 1.9% $279,900
88 University Park 2,645 4.9% $450,700
89 West Laurel 4,341 3.9% $358,600
90 Sykesville 3,921 3.0% $359,000
91 Herald Harbor 2,574 6.4% $412,600
92 Keedysville 1,117 3.7% $274,400
93 Myersville 1,771 4.1% $330,300
94 Owings 2,634 6.1% $459,100
95 Riva 3,802 3.8% $488,700
96 Fulton 3,783 1.6% $623,600
97 New Market 1,226 1.1% $423,100
98 Cabin John 2,115 6.4% $934,200
99 Middl 4,521 5.0% $420,900
100 Hampton 4,922 2.1% $438,400

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9 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Maryland For 2019

  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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