See Where Maryland Ranks in Key Categories


Digital State

Maryland is first in the nation for the Center for Digital Government’s 2022 State Government Experience Awards which honor states that offer a sophisticated digital user experience to their citizens.

Center for Digital Government, State Government Experience Awards 2022


Best place to rent (Columbia)

When comparing 80 rental markets based on 22 key measures of rental attractiveness and quality of life, WalletHub ranked Columbia as the leading place to rent in America.

WalletHub, Best Places to Rent in America, 2022


Safest City (Columbia)

Columbia ranks first among 180 cities across 42 key indicators of safety, including home and community safety, natural disaster risk, and financial security.

WalletHub, Safest Cities in America, 2022.


Best city for jobs (Columbia)

In a comparison of 180 U.S. cities across 31 key indicators of job-market strength, Columbia ranked first.

WalletHub, Best Cities for Jobs, 2022.


Digital county (Prince George's)

Prince George’s County ranks first among counties with a population from one-half to one million. The survey examines government technology practices and initiatives to streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration, and enhance cybersecurity.

Center for Digital Government, 2022 Digital Counties Survey.


Happiest state

In an analysis of 30 key metrics, ranging from the depression rate and the share of adults feeling productive to income growth and the unemployment rate, Maryland ranks as the second happiest state.

WalletHub, Happiest States in America, 2022.


Most affordable large city (Baltimore)

Baltimore ranked as the 3rd most affordable large city.

Business Facilities Annual State/Metro/Global Rankings, 2022.


Best places to live (Frederick)

Frederick was named the fourth best place to live in America. Columbia also broke the top 20, placing at 15th.

Livability, Top 100 Best Places to Live In America, 2021.


Best place to live (Columbia)

Money's Best Places to Live in the U.S. put Columbia in the #6 spot. Rockville also placed high on the list, coming in at #20.

Money, Best Places to Live in the U.S., 2022-2023


Best place to raise a family (Columbia)

In a comparison of 180 U.S. cities based on 48 key metrics that consider essential family dynamics, such as the cost of housing, quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation, Columbia ranks fifth.

WalletHub, Best & Worst Places to Race a Family, 2021.


Remote-ready city (Frederick)

With lightning-fast high-speed internet and a diverse community, Frederick ranks sixth among the top 10 remote-ready cities.

Livability, Top 10 Remote Ready Cities in the U.S., 2021.


Best state to live in

Maryland is eighth in a ranking of America’s Best States to Live In, based on poverty level, bachelor’s degree attainment and life expectancy.

24/7 Wall St., America’s Best States to Live In, 2021.

Top 25

travel destination in the world (Maryland Eastern Shore)

Maryland’s Eastern Shore was included in the “Best of the World 2022 List,” which unveiled 25 extraordinary places and communities to inspire travel.

National Geographic “Best of the World Journeys,” 2021.


Electric vehicle infrastructure

Maryland is a leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, ranking 9th for the total number of EV charges and chargers per capita., 2022

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