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8 perfect places for young professionals to live in Maryland
By Julie Miller /
June 14, 2019
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Whether a jet setter or homebody, Maryland is made for young professionals looking for a great place to call home. But where to lay down roots in the state depends on what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for. With bustling cities, quaint and quiet towns, and everything in between, there’s something for every personality. Here are a few recommendations. 

Have it All in Columbia

Smack dab between two of the East Coast’s major metropolitan areas (Baltimore and Washington D.C.) is Columbia, a diverse suburb that offers nearby access to major job markets while being a growing job market itself. In fact, CNBC named it the #2 best city to find a job in 2019. While dozens of quiet neighborhoods with tree-lined streets and miles of trails are quintessentially suburban, Columbia’s headlining concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion bring the big city to heart of its growing downtown district. 

Charlestown Offers a Waterfront Life

Paddleboarding? Check. Kayaking? Check. Boating, fishing? Check, check. With miles of access to the North East and Susquehanna Rivers, Charlestown provides the best of waterfront living. Residents who want to live it up are just miles from Hollywood Casino Perryville, and directly between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Companies like Northrop Grumman, W.L. Gore, and Amazon all have significant presence in the area, offering great job prospects for young professionals. 

Baltimore Brings Non-Stop Action

Like the colorful row houses lining its streets, Baltimore is anything but boring. Home to America’s largest free art festival, the world’s best Rye Whiskey, and one of the best baseball parks in the nation, there’s a reason Travel + Leisure called Baltimore “the coolest city on the East Coast.” Baltimore is a great home base for high-tech professionals, offering tons of job opportunities and a lower cost of living than other high-tech markets like San Francisco or Boston. And speaking of cost of living, Baltimore is one of the most affordable options for artists, according to Thrillist. Check out Live Baltimore’s website for an introduction to the varying neighborhoods throughout the city. 

Beach + Small Business = Berlin

So close to the beach, you can smell the saltwater from Berlin. While it’s only 15 minutes from Ocean City, Berlin offers its own unique personality. In fact, its charm earned it a “Coolest Small Town in America” award by Budget Travel. More than 50 retail sites line the streets of downtown Berlin, ranging from art galleries and clothing boutiques. It's the perfect place to settle for the beach lover with an entrepreneurial spirit. 

Frederick is for Foodies

Top Chef runner-up Bryan Voltaggio put Frederick on the map for fine food when he opened VOLT in 2008. Today, VOLT is among many must-see restaurants nestled in charming downtown Frederick. Great food pairs well with locally made craft beverages, and Frederick has a lot to offer in that department. With Flying Dog as its cornerstone, the craft beer scene is bustling in Frederick, earning the town a spot on “Thrillist’s top 7 Best Small Beer Cities” list.  And when the weekend of great food and beer comes to an end, head into work at one of Frederick’s growing biohealth businesses, or commute into Baltimore or D.C., since both markets are accessible from Frederick. 

Live in Mountain Maryland

If your perfect evening or weekend includes exploring the great outdoors, then Allegany County, the heart of “Mountain Maryland,” is the place for you. Locals love biking on the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath, which both connect in Cumberland and provide access to hundreds of miles of trails. Two Maryland Arts & Entertainment Districts (Frostburg and Cumberland) are just miles apart, providing residents endless opportunities for entertainment and entrepreneurial ventures. 

Lexington Park is a STEM Hub

Home to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Lexington Park has the nation’s highest share of high-tech jobs in its local economy, according to Forbes. Nearly a quarter of its workforce is employed in STEM fields, and those employees take home the highest median STEM wage in the U.S. at $102,826. In addition to the Naval Air Station, contractors including BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin all have a presence in the area, providing many opportunities for young STEM pros. Surrounded by water and just minutes from Leonardtown, a charming Arts & Entertainment District, there's plenty to keep locals entertained. 

Bethesda is Booming

In 2018, Bethesda was among Money Magazine’s top 20 places to live...and for good reason. A mecca of cultural diversity and entertainment that’s just minutes from D.C., Bethesda is a great place for young professionals who love to learn and explore. A thriving downtown district at the heart of Bethesda keeps locals entertained with a year-round calendar of festivals and celebrations. Located in Montgomery County, Bethesda is in one of the nation’s biggest biohealth hubs, which includes the National Institutes of Health, the Food & Drug Administration and hundreds of biohealth and life science companies.

Find out more about why Maryland is a great place to live and work.

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