These Are The 10 Cities In Maryland With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Maryland with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Maryland for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Old Line State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Rockville(Jobs)
  2. Annapolis(Jobs)
  3. Westminster(Jobs)
  4. Bel Air(Jobs)
  5. Gaithersburg(Jobs)
  6. Easton(Jobs)
  7. Frederick(Jobs)
  8. Hyattsville(Jobs)
  9. Laurel(Jobs)
  10. Greenbelt(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Rockville takes the cake as the place in Maryland with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Maryland that have the most robust job force.

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How We Determined The Cities In Maryland With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Maryland’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 22 places in Maryland.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 22 with one being the “most employed city in Maryland”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Rockville

Rockville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,402
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Rockville comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 5.2 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,599
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Annapolis doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Westminster

Westminster, Maryland

Source: Flickr

Population: 18,656
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Westminster, earning the bronze medal with a score of 5.7 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Bel Air

Bel Air, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,240
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Bel Air. With a population of 10240 residents, Bel Air is a solid place to move in Maryland if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,491
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Gaithersburg. Numbering around 63491 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 6.1%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Easton

Easton, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,541
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
The city of Easton is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,646
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Frederick. With a unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Hyattsville

Hyattsville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,049
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Coming in at #8, Hyattsville has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Maryland’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Laurel

Laurel, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,673
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Laurel, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Greenbelt

Greenbelt, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,612
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Greenbelt, Maryland. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 22.

Greenbelt’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Maryland

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Maryland with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. New Carrollton
  2. Baltimore
  3. Hagerstown

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Maryland

City Rank Unemployment
Rockville 1 5.2%
Annapolis 2 5.3%
Westminster 3 5.7%
Bel Air 4 6.1%
Gaithersburg 5 6.1%
Easton 6 6.2%
Frederick 7 6.6%
Hyattsville 8 6.7%
Laurel 9 6.7%
Greenbelt 10 6.8%
Takoma Park 11 7.4%
Bowie 12 7.5%
College Park 13 8.5%
Elkton 14 9.0%
Aberdeen 15 9.3%
Havre De Grace 16 9.8%
Salisbury 17 10.5%
Cumberland 18 11.9%
Cambridge 19 12.2%
Hagerstown 20 12.4%
Baltimore 21 13.1%
New Carrollton 22 13.5%