Two Areas in MoCo Ranked in Top 7% of ‘Best Small Cities in America’ List

With almost one third of the population saying that they’d prefer to live in a suburban area, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Best Small Cities in America, with two areas in MoCo listed in the top 7% (and others ranking relatively high on the list, as seen below). We refer to them as areas, since not all are technically considered cities.

”To help Americans put down roots in places offering good quality of life and affordability, WalletHub compared more than 1,300 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 across 45 key indicators of livability. They range from housing costs and school-system quality to restaurants per capita and the crime rate.”

Small-City Living in Bethesda (1=Best; 661=Avg.):

  • Overall % rank for Bethesda: 96th (top 4%)
  • 528th – Affordability
  • 166th – Economic Health
  • 26th – Education & Health
  • 100th – Quality of Life
  • 48th – Safety

Small-City Living in Rockville (1=Best; 661=Avg.):

    • Overall % rank for Rockville: 93rd (top 7%)
    • 679th – Affordability
    • 143rd – Economic Health
    • 44th – Education & Health
    • 134th – Quality of Life
    • 48th – Safety

Olney came in at the 84th percentile (top 16%), Gaithersburg was in the 77th percentile (top 23%), and Potomac was in the 72nd percentile (top 28%).

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