North Potomac again top ranked in 2022 as the Best Place to Live in Maryland

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Update: once again ranks North Potomac and the best place to live in Maryland.  See 2022 Best Places to Live in Maryland – Niche

From Patch:  North Potomac-Darnestown, MD, March 16, 2021: released the 2021 ranking of “Best Places to Live in Maryland” this week

On Monday, the website released the 2021 ranking of ‘Best Places to Live in Maryland’ — and North Potomac is No. 1. uses data from dozens of public sources, including the U.S. Department of Education, FBI, and Census Bureau to compile a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. The website compiles statistics throughout the year and also takes into account thousands of reviews.

Rankings are based on a number of factors, including the cost of living, higher education, housing, public schools, diversity, and nightlife. Each community is then assigned a grade, on an A+-to-D- scale.

Here are this year’s top 10 communities:

  1. North Potomac
  2. North Bethesda
  3. South Kensington
  4. Ellicott City
  5. Potomac
  6. Bethesda
  7. Chevy Chase
  8. Rockville
  9. Columbia
  10. Travilah

According to, the pandemic has changed the way people live and work, with many “thinking hard about where they want to live if they no longer have a daily commute.”

“In the past year, many people have become more mobile than ever before. Especially if they’re able to work remotely, people are asking themselves where they really want to live,” Luke Skurman, CEO and founder, said in a statement.

“Our rankings are designed to help our users find the next place they want to call home based on their unique priorities.”

You can read more about their process and process and methodology here.

See where their data comes from by clicking here.


From the MOCO Show Blog:

18 of the Top 25 ‘Best Places to Live in Maryland’ are In MoCo


Niche has released their 2019 ‘Best Places to Live’ lists and 18 of the top 25 ‘Best Places to Live in Maryland’ are in MoCo!

Making the top 25 are the following places in MoCo:

1. North Potomac
2. North Bethesda
3. Garrett Park
4. South Kensington
5. Bethesda
6. Potomac
8. Chevy Chase
10. Rockville
11. Kensington
12. Forest Glen
14. Travilah
16. Somerset
17. Takoma Park
18. Derwood
20. Brookmont
23. Clarksburg
24. Olney
25. Four Corners

North Potomac also came in at #13 nationwide in their ‘Best Suburb to Raise a Family in America’ list.

The full list from Niche is available here and the Niche website explains where their grades come from and how they calculate rankings.