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 132 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:
- Smith Island
- West Pocomoke
- Bowmans Addition
- Deer Park
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.
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 crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 132 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.
1. Smith Island
Population: 195 Median Income: $22,143
Median Home Value: $96,700
Population: 758 Median Income: $26,932
Median Home Value: $84,400
Population: 109 Median Income: $32,024
Median Home Value: $87,600
4. West Pocomoke
Population: 417 Median Income: $35,221
Median Home Value: $157,600
5. Bowmans Addition
Population: 593 Median Income: $39,038
Median Home Value: $91,500
6. Deer Park
Population: 424 Median Income: $40,455
Median Home Value: $115,600
Population: 138 Median Income: $33,807
Median Home Value: $171,600
Population: 234 Median Income: $43,438
Median Home Value: $118,800
Population: 292 Median Income: $13,289
Median Home Value: $112,900
Population: 146 Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Value: $198,900
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.
- Best: Chevy Chase Section Three
- 2nd Best: Martin’s Additions
- 3rd Best: Chevy Chase View
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