Maryland has much to offer. Home to The Johns Hopkins University, Port of Baltimore and one of the lowest poverty rates in the country, Maryland is among the most densely populated states in the nation. And as a “buffer state” in the Civil War, Maryland is replete with history and culture.
With opportunities for government jobs, jobs with government contractors, and jobs servicing the government and its contractors, the Washington, D.C. area consistently boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
Which places in Maryland are really living the good life? We’ve got the list of the top 15 small cities to call home in The Free State.
With 2 main attractions to this small city of only 25,968 residents, according to City Data, the Reisterstown Festival and the Sportsplex are popular with both locals and visitors. Each year the festival boasts vendors galore, a parade and great entertainment.
There are actually 2 festivals, the Bloomin’ Arts Festival held in the spring and the bigger, Reisterstown Festival held the weekend after Labor Day, as stated on the Reisterstown Fest website. The Sportsplex is the leading sports facility in the Baltimore County area. It is home to a 200×85 foot NHL ice rink and a 180×80 foot soccer field, according to the town sports online site.
Reisterstown is located 14.8 miles from the Baltimore area, which makes it a great city that is close, but outside of the metro buzz and it’s still a reasonable drive to the Washington, D.C. area. Most common industries for employment are healthcare, educational services and finance. The median household income is $54,617 and home values average $269,081, as listed by City Data.
Amenities are rated quite high with 100s of shopping and dining availability, and though education is slightly above average in this city, the unemployment rate is on the decline and lower than the states average of 7.1%.
A family perk is the Reisterstown Recreation Council, a part of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and parks that offers many programs not only for kids, but the whole family as well. Reisterstown Recreation offers a Mega Sports and Arts Camp, Camps at Chatsworth for Kids with Disabilities, Family Board Gaming, and much more. Also, the Reisterstown Theatre project produces many different plays throughout the year.