There’s a lot more to Maryland than crab cakes and football.

Often referred to as “America in Miniature,” Maryland packs a ton of topographic variety into its 10,460 square miles of land and water. There are the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains in the West, the farmlands of the Piedmont Plateau in the East, the Atlantic Coastal Plain and Chesapeake Bay in the South, and the bustling cities of Baltimore, Annapolis and College Park nestled in the central part of the state.

Plus, Maryland is only a stone’s throw from other major Mid-Atlantic cities, including Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York.

With all that nature and the plethora of urban and suburban environments to choose from, it’s no wonder Maryland is the 19th most populous state, with over 6 million residents.

Top Places to Live in Maryland

From historic cities and miles of shoreline in Anne Arundel County, to award-winning culinary experiences and vibrant communities in Montgomery County, the quaint suburban feel of Howard County or the pulsing urban center of Baltimore City, there are plenty of communities to choose from in Maryland. These include:

The Best Schools In Maryland

Maryland is home to some of the best schools in the country, including Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which consistently ranks on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings and is one of the best schools in Maryland. There are too many wonderful colleges and universities in Maryland to list here. Among the largest are:

  • The United States Naval Academy – Annapolis
  • Salisbury University – Salisbury
  • Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore
  • College of Southern Maryland – La Plata
  • The University of Maryland Baltimore County – Catonsville
  • The University of Maryland College Park – College Park
  • Towson University – Towson

5 Things To Know Before Moving To Maryland

  1. The weather varies. Between its longitudinal location and its mixed topography, Maryland weather can vary significantly. Humidity is the name of the game during the summer months, and on average, temperatures hover around 90 degrees; during the dead of winter, most of Maryland sees temperatures well below freezing for extended periods of time. But the transitional seasons of Spring and Fall mean different things in different regions. The mountain areas in the west remain fairly dry and cool during these periods, while the flatlands towards the shore tend to retain their humidity most months of the year. And the areas between the two? They can vary from day to day. If you love to experience all four seasons, relocating to Maryland is a great idea!
  2. The cost of living is affordable(-ish). It probably comes as no surprise that parts of Maryland can be expensive. On the high end, are Bethesda, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, Silver Spring, and Waldorf, Maryland, where residents spend almost 60% more for energy, food, healthcare, housing, and transportation than the national average, according to NerdWallet. Residents in Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, and Dundalk spend slightly less than that – but still more than the national average. However, there are good apartment deals in Maryland, especially compared to nearby Washington DC. In addition, Maryland’s economy is one of the best in the nation. Median household income in Maryland was $86,223 in 2018, compared to the national average of $63,179. The state’s unemployment rate in July 2020 was 7.6%, the lowest in the region, and lower than the national rate of 10.2%.
  3. The culture is diverse. Before moving to Maryland, you probably want to know a little bit about your future neighbors. Maryland has a tradition of tolerance and political freedom. In fact, one of the state’s nicknames is the “Free State.” It was also the first state in the country to enact workman’s compensation laws in 1902 and is home to King Williams School (now named Saint Johns College), which was the first “free” school in the country.
  4. There are plenty of game days. From football to baseball, lacrosse to horse racing, Maryland has a sporting event for every season. The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl titles in 2001 and 2013. Meanwhile, Baltimore’s beloved Orioles baseball team has won the World Series three times. Finally, lacrosse (or lax) is the official Maryland team sport. The U.S. Lacrosse National Headquarters and The Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame are located in Sparks, Maryland.
  5. It’s a transportation hub. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is the busiest airport in the region. It offers more than 650 domestic and international flights daily and in 2018 served an average of 74,372 people per day. Maryland has a variety of transportation options for moving throughout the region, including the MetroSubway Link serving the greater Baltimore area, the MARC commuter rail system serving the Baltimore–Washington area, as well as a fleet of commuter buses. Baltimore’s Penn Station is the ground transportation hub for the region and services nine of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor routes, MARC’s Penn Line, the LightRail Link connecting the BWI airport to the Baltimore suburbs, and the Charm City Circulator.

Relocating to Maryland? Southern Management Can Help

With its boundless natural assets, culturally diverse communities, top-ranked schools, and high-paying job opportunities, Maryland will certainly live up to anyone’s expectations, especially those of DC workers deciding whether they should live in DC.

If you’re moving to Maryland and looking for a place to live, start by browsing Southern Management’s Maryland apartment communities. You can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands with Southern Management.

Before moving to Maryland, reach out to our team. We’d love to answer all of your questions about relocating to Maryland — communities, pricing, our Student Housing Program, where to find the best crab cakes, and so much more. Contact our team online!