These Are The 10 Best Places in Maryland To Get A Job

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by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in Maryland, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Annapolis would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Maryland to find a job.

After analyzing all 67 plus places in Maryland, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Old Line State:

  1. Annapolis
  2. Parole
  3. Elkridge
  4. Pasadena
  5. Ilchester
  6. Arnold
  7. Columbia
  8. Severn
  9. Odenton
  10. Eldersburg

So listen up Chillum as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Old Line State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Maryland. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 67 places in Maryland to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 67, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Maryland”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,309Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Recent Job Growth: 0.71%
Future Job Growth: 36.90%

2. Parole


Population: 16,300 Unemployment Rate: 4.80%
Recent Job Growth: 0.71%
Future Job Growth: 36.60%

3. Elkridge


Population: 14,959 Unemployment Rate: 3.90%
Recent Job Growth: 0.71%
Future Job Growth: 37.50%

4. Pasadena


Population: 24,400 Unemployment Rate: 4.80%
Recent Job Growth: 0.71%
Future Job Growth: 36.60%

5. Ilchester


Population: 24,035 Unemployment Rate: 3.90%
Recent Job Growth: 0.71%
Future Job Growth: 37.50%

6. Arnold


Population: 22,626 Unemployment Rate: 4.80%
Recent Job Growth: 0.71%
Future Job Growth: 36.60%

7. Columbia


Population: 100,735 Unemployment Rate: 3.90%
Recent Job Growth: 0.71%
Future Job Growth: 37.50%

8. Severn


Population: 43,690 Unemployment Rate: 4.80%
Recent Job Growth: 0.71%
Future Job Growth: 36.60%

9. Odenton


Population: 36,495 Unemployment Rate: 4.80%
Recent Job Growth: 0.71%
Future Job Growth: 36.60%

10. Eldersburg


Population: 31,650 Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Recent Job Growth: 0.71%
Future Job Growth: 36.90%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Maryland For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Annapolis 1 38,309 4.50% 0.71% 36.90%
Parole 2 16,300 4.80% 0.71% 36.60%
Elkridge 3 14,959 3.90% 0.71% 37.50%
Pasadena 4 24,400 4.80% 0.71% 36.60%
Ilchester 5 24,035 3.90% 0.71% 37.50%
Arnold 6 22,626 4.80% 0.71% 36.60%
Columbia 7 100,735 3.90% 0.71% 37.50%
Severn 8 43,690 4.80% 0.71% 36.60%
Odenton 9 36,495 4.80% 0.71% 36.60%
Eldersburg 10 31,650 4.50% 0.71% 36.90%
Crofton 11 28,086 4.80% 0.71% 36.60%
Westminster 12 18,614 4.50% 0.71% 36.90%
Ferndale 13 17,517 4.80% 0.71% 36.60%
Cockeysville 14 19,759 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Pikesville 15 31,713 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Rosedale 16 18,224 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Edgewood 17 25,719 5.30% 0.71% 36.10%
Rossville 18 15,530 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Joppatowne 19 13,085 5.30% 0.71% 36.10%
Catonsville 20 42,527 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Aberdeen 21 14,958 5.30% 0.71% 36.10%
Arbutus 22 19,913 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Elkton 23 15,393 6.30% 0.80% 35.30%
Randallstown 24 32,626 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Towson 25 55,811 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Carney 26 27,589 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Essex 27 38,666 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Overlea 28 12,728 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Waldorf 29 68,947 5.10% 0.19% 35.30%
Bowie 30 55,059 4.60% 0.19% 35.80%
Rockville 31 60,960 3.90% -0.47% 35.20%
Lochearn 32 25,557 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Damascus 33 15,478 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Dundalk 34 62,459 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Cloverly 35 14,735 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Reisterstown 36 27,431 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Clarksburg 37 13,394 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Easton 38 16,044 5.50% 0.16% 34.80%
Potomac 39 45,360 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Parkville 40 30,337 5.60% 0.71% 35.80%
Olney 41 33,789 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Redland 42 17,292 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Colesville 43 14,709 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Calverton 44 18,442 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Bethesda 45 59,591 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Glenmont 46 13,619 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Fairland 47 24,067 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Germantown 48 88,039 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Clinton 49 36,044 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Gaithersburg 50 60,223 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Beltsville 51 16,673 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Frederick 52 65,171 4.90% -0.47% 34.20%
Wheaton 53 48,089 4.10% -0.47% 35.00%
Kettering 54 13,130 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Baltimore 55 620,644 7.80% 0.71% 33.60%
Greenbelt 56 23,113 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Seabrook 57 16,231 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Hagerstown 58 40,078 7.40% -1.67% 29.30%
Cumberland 59 20,776 6.30% -0.03% 33.60%
Adelphi 60 15,045 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Landover 61 22,956 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Laurel 62 25,026 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Suitland 63 25,060 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Hyattsville 64 17,549 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Glassmanor 65 17,400 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%
Salisbury 66 30,407 8.20% -1.44% 28.90%
Chillum 67 36,023 5.60% 0.19% 34.80%