Montgomery County Dominates Niche’s 2022 ‘Best Places to Live in Maryland’ List

Niche recently releases its 2022 list of the ‘Best Places to Live in Maryland’ and 18 of the top 25 are right here in Montgomery County. is an American company headquartered in Pittsburgh that runs a ranking and review site. The company is an online resource providing information on K–12 schools, colleges, cities, neighborhoods, and companies across the United States.

The ‘Best Places to Live’ ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.

Montgomery County is home to all 5 places in the top 5 and 18 of the top 25. 706 places are listed overall. Below you’ll see places in Montgomery County that have made Niche’s top 25.

1.North Potomac

2. South Kensington

3. North Bethesda

4. Potomac

5. Bethesda

7. Chevy Chase

8. Travilah

9. Rockville

11. Forest Glen

15. Brookmont

16. Four Corners

18. Clarksburg

19. Kensington

21. Darnestown

22. Takoma Park

23. Chevy Chase View

24. Olney

25. Derwood

The full list can be seen here.

Factors Considered

Cost of Living Grade Based on the consumer price index and access to affordable housing. Multiple Sources 12.5%
Higher Education Rate Percentage of residents who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher. U.S. Census 12.5%
Housing Grade Based on home values, property taxes, housing costs, local schools, and more. Multiple Sources 10.0%
Public Schools Grade Based on the average Niche K-12 Overall Grade for every public school serving the area, where each school is weighted by the number of students it serves. Multiple Sources 10.0%
Diversity Grade Based on ethnic, generational and economic diversity. Multiple Sources 7.5%
Composite Overall Score Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of the place. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%
Crime & Safety Grade Based on violent and property crime rates. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Family Grade Based on school quality, safety, and family-friendly living. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Health & Fitness Grade Based on community health statistics and access to healthcare. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Jobs Grade Based on employment rates, job and economic growth, and cost of living. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Nightlife Grade Based on access to bars, restaurants, theaters, and other attractions. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Outdoor Activities Grade Based on weather, air quality, and access to parks and other recreational opportunities. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Walkability Grade Based on the proportion of residents that walk or bike, as well as the proximity of amenities and the density of development. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Weather Grade Based on the number of sunny days, precipitation, and average temperatures in an area. Multiple Sources 5.0%
Shortest Commute Grade Based on typical commute times and methods. Multiple Sources 2.5%

The same methodology is used to produce the Overall Niche Grade for each ranked place. Statistics are primarily obtained from the U.S. Census and represent the most recent data available.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.

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Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

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Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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