These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Maryland

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by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Maryland have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Maryland places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Mays Chapel, the happiest place in Maryland.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Old Line State”:

  1. Mays Chapel
  2. South Kensington
  3. Chevy Chase
  4. Severna Park
  5. Fallston
  6. Eldersburg
  7. Scaggsville
  8. Potomac
  9. Darnestown
  10. Bel Air North
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Old Line State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 184 places in Maryland with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 184 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Maryland”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Maryland ranked. Our apologies to Travilah which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Mays Chapel


Population: 11,957 People Who Own Their Home: 80.5%
Married Adults: 65.3%

2. South Kensington


Population: 8,387 People Who Own Their Home: 86.3%
Married Adults: 64.2%

3. Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase, Maryland

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Population: 9,435People Who Own Their Home: 70.3%
Married Adults: 62.4%

4. Severna Park


Population: 38,177 People Who Own Their Home: 88.4%
Married Adults: 63.6%

5. Fallston


Population: 9,056 People Who Own Their Home: 91.2%
Married Adults: 64.6%

6. Eldersburg


Population: 31,799 People Who Own Their Home: 88.2%
Married Adults: 60.5%

7. Scaggsville


Population: 9,204 People Who Own Their Home: 88.7%
Married Adults: 64.8%

8. Potomac


Population: 46,475 People Who Own Their Home: 83.2%
Married Adults: 66.3%

9. Darnestown


Population: 6,841 People Who Own Their Home: 93.3%
Married Adults: 69.4%

10. Bel Air North


Population: 30,758 People Who Own Their Home: 86.4%
Married Adults: 59.7%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Maryland

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Mays Chapel 1 11,957 80.5% 65.3%
South Kensington 2 8,387 86.3% 64.2%
Chevy Chase 3 9,435 70.3% 62.4%
Severna Park 4 38,177 88.4% 63.6%
Fallston 5 9,056 91.2% 64.6%
Eldersburg 6 31,799 88.2% 60.5%
Scaggsville 7 9,204 88.7% 64.8%
Potomac 8 46,475 83.2% 66.3%
Darnestown 9 6,841 93.3% 69.4%
Bel Air North 10 30,758 86.4% 59.7%
Travilah 11 11,989 89.7% 67.7%
Spring Ridge 12 5,895 75.3% 62.0%
Hampstead 13 6,342 77.3% 57.0%
Lutherville 14 6,476 81.5% 57.7%
Arnold 15 23,131 79.4% 56.5%
Urbana 16 9,990 91.3% 68.5%
Annapolis Neck 17 11,266 75.4% 61.3%
Bethesda 18 62,024 64.3% 59.0%
Olney 19 35,017 87.7% 59.1%
Walkersville 20 5,966 74.9% 57.7%
Ellicott City 21 68,507 72.5% 65.2%
White Marsh 22 9,671 78.1% 53.6%
North Potomac 23 24,003 79.5% 66.4%
Lake Shore 24 19,045 88.7% 63.6%
Stevensville 25 6,393 81.9% 55.7%
Mount Airy 26 9,333 84.6% 59.6%
Crofton 27 28,140 76.7% 57.1%
Bensville 28 12,024 87.3% 59.4%
Bel Air South 29 46,614 76.6% 57.3%
Colesville 30 14,574 88.5% 58.3%
Clarksburg 31 15,941 86.8% 69.4%
Timonium 32 10,280 71.6% 53.2%
Ilchester 33 24,959 77.5% 54.0%
Parole 34 17,060 62.9% 49.0%
Linthicum 35 10,466 80.4% 52.5%
Perry Hall 36 28,924 73.9% 52.3%
Odenton 37 38,787 66.2% 53.3%
Kemp Mill 38 11,850 77.5% 59.8%
Riviera Beach 39 12,811 81.0% 54.5%
Linganore 40 9,154 90.1% 65.4%
Elkridge 41 16,750 67.8% 55.4%
Damascus 42 15,094 84.7% 58.7%
California 43 12,132 59.8% 57.8%
Mayo 44 8,560 79.9% 57.5%
Riverside 45 7,150 69.5% 52.8%
Halfway 46 10,609 66.0% 52.7%
Pasadena 47 25,030 80.1% 51.5%
Burtonsville 48 8,541 76.6% 53.6%
Fountainhead-Orchard Hills 49 5,754 69.9% 51.4%
Edgewater 50 9,192 75.3% 52.6%
Columbia 51 102,116 63.7% 53.9%
Accokeek 52 10,806 88.3% 55.9%
Pikesville 53 32,125 62.2% 53.3%
Layhill 54 5,066 87.5% 48.1%
Bel Air 55 10,240 60.9% 51.4%
Brandywine 56 8,791 86.1% 50.7%
Ocean Pines 57 10,727 46.9% 60.7%
La Plata 58 8,903 67.4% 43.9%
Fort Meade 59 9,809 1.2% 64.1%
Marlboro Village 60 10,046 77.2% 34.0%
Cloverly 61 15,467 90.4% 60.3%
Catonsville 62 42,437 63.3% 44.4%
Joppatowne 63 12,948 77.9% 54.2%
Rockville 64 63,402 57.0% 54.1%
Bowie 65 56,335 81.6% 48.4%
Shady Side 66 6,550 78.6% 52.4%
Ashton-Sandy Spring 67 5,555 78.4% 50.5%
Severn 68 45,396 68.6% 51.0%
Savage 69 6,139 57.3% 52.7%
Overlea 70 12,197 68.0% 44.4%
Brock Hall 71 10,427 83.4% 56.3%
North Bethesda 72 46,738 49.5% 48.1%
Rosaryville 73 11,268 85.7% 47.7%
Leisure World 74 9,089 73.3% 44.3%
Taneytown 75 6,738 72.5% 54.1%
Arbutus 76 21,404 64.1% 45.9%
Mitchellville 77 10,819 88.3% 44.5%
Redland 78 17,443 71.5% 56.2%
Hillandale 79 5,819 78.8% 56.3%
Garrison 80 8,139 51.7% 42.2%
Carney 81 28,194 52.7% 47.6%
North Laurel 82 21,437 54.9% 50.5%
Kettering 83 13,331 84.7% 41.7%
Four Corners 84 8,486 78.1% 59.1%
Fort Washington 85 24,062 83.1% 51.8%
Clinton 86 38,873 83.6% 47.6%
Havre de Grace 87 13,360 56.7% 51.5%
Maryland City 88 17,000 57.1% 43.1%
Towson 89 57,146 54.6% 40.4%
Easton 90 16,541 51.8% 51.4%
North Kensington 91 9,850 69.1% 53.3%
Bryans Road 92 7,772 77.3% 46.5%
Glenn Dale 93 13,584 79.6% 50.7%
Marlton 94 9,460 69.9% 44.2%
Westphalia 95 7,217 87.9% 46.2%
Germantown 96 88,717 65.2% 52.6%
Ballenger Creek 97 18,400 58.5% 47.1%
Forest Glen 98 7,393 60.5% 46.2%
Cheverly 99 6,307 69.2% 47.6%
Cockeysville 100 21,006 32.5% 45.5%
Lanham 101 10,102 75.5% 48.8%
Chesapeake Beach 102 5,816 64.2% 47.8%
Edgemere 103 8,295 73.8% 48.7%
Lexington Park 104 12,516 39.5% 48.6%
Calverton 105 18,488 61.4% 45.6%
Chesapeake Ranch Estates 106 10,385 72.5% 51.7%
Ferndale 107 18,577 59.4% 48.1%
Bowleys Quarters 108 6,419 59.2% 49.1%
Annapolis 109 38,599 46.1% 40.4%
Randallstown 110 33,815 65.0% 40.8%
Robinwood 111 7,431 39.6% 46.1%
Fruitland 112 5,028 58.4% 41.0%
Glen Burnie 113 67,559 55.5% 41.1%
Owings Mills 114 32,927 41.3% 38.7%
Rossville 115 15,298 49.5% 38.2%
Westminster 116 18,656 46.9% 40.8%
Ocean City 117 7,093 8.8% 52.4%
Thurmont 118 6,333 69.4% 56.2%
Rosedale 119 18,779 69.5% 44.6%
Gaithersburg 120 63,491 52.1% 50.6%
Aberdeen 121 15,137 57.6% 46.6%
Brooklyn Park 122 14,136 67.7% 45.5%
Brunswick 123 6,006 70.1% 48.1%
Montgomery Village 124 33,027 68.3% 46.5%
Parkville 125 31,606 59.4% 41.0%
Waldorf 126 71,358 65.7% 44.0%
Camp Springs 127 19,600 72.9% 40.1%
Lochearn 128 25,888 63.7% 41.6%
Lake Arbor 129 11,052 63.2% 37.9%
Frederick 130 66,646 50.5% 45.8%
Elkton 131 15,673 48.5% 43.2%
Beltsville 132 17,580 61.2% 50.1%
Dundalk 133 62,186 61.4% 41.5%
Edgewood 134 26,479 63.4% 44.2%
Friendly 135 9,881 90.3% 45.9%
Aspen Hill 136 51,603 61.8% 48.3%
Middle River 137 26,652 56.9% 44.6%
South Laurel 138 25,633 38.6% 44.6%
Reisterstown 139 27,493 52.2% 44.4%
District Heights 140 5,977 67.5% 30.1%
Frostburg 141 8,802 35.5% 26.0%
Glenarden 142 6,145 56.8% 33.4%
Takoma Park 143 17,307 49.2% 45.0%
Wheaton 144 49,831 62.9% 45.6%
Cumberland 145 20,557 47.2% 38.8%
Essex 146 37,380 50.8% 40.6%
Greenbelt 147 23,612 42.9% 33.0%
Silver Hill 148 5,335 29.3% 21.5%
Largo 149 10,301 56.2% 29.6%
Seabrook 150 17,115 53.4% 38.5%
Laurel 151 25,673 43.7% 39.2%
Summerfield 152 11,970 43.8% 33.0%
Jessup 153 7,535 56.4% 22.9%
College Park 154 31,387 42.8% 18.5%
Forestville 155 11,286 59.1% 37.7%
Baltimore Highlands 156 7,078 44.2% 38.8%
Glenmont 157 15,412 57.3% 43.3%
Silver Spring 158 75,748 36.2% 44.0%
Milford Mill 159 29,758 44.5% 34.9%
Cambridge 160 12,511 32.5% 35.7%
Hillcrest Heights 161 15,604 44.6% 25.9%
Hagerstown 162 40,295 34.3% 39.7%
Hyattsville 163 18,049 41.5% 33.2%
Lansdowne 164 8,714 44.1% 37.9%
Salisbury 165 31,334 28.1% 29.5%
Oxon Hill 166 18,723 53.6% 37.1%
New Carrollton 167 12,412 53.9% 37.7%
Fairland 168 24,127 43.6% 46.9%
East Riverdale 169 15,975 48.0% 36.4%
Adelphi 170 15,885 46.7% 40.5%
Marlow Heights 171 5,667 35.2% 32.2%
Suitland 172 24,180 35.9% 25.1%
Baltimore 173 622,271 38.6% 26.5%
Walker Mill 174 11,001 48.2% 27.0%
Bladensburg 175 9,371 19.8% 28.4%
Coral Hills 176 10,196 49.9% 26.4%
Landover 177 23,112 41.4% 28.1%
Mount Rainier 178 8,277 25.2% 32.7%
Chillum 179 36,684 36.3% 31.4%
Riverdale Park 180 7,119 47.0% 34.6%
Temple Hills 181 8,069 29.9% 26.5%
Langley Park 182 21,318 24.3% 31.5%
White Oak 183 18,101 32.8% 37.2%
Glassmanor 184 18,389 27.9% 21.4%

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