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Quality of Life

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Maryland_Qualityoflife.pngIf you work hard, you want an excellent quality of life — high income, entertainment, and housing and education that will help your family thrive. Consider Maryland’s median household income of $78,945 (the top in the nation, and 37% above the national average), a climate that offers all four seasons, entertainment and recreation possibilities, excellent healthcare, and top rated education, and you’ll see why Maryland is a great place to call home. ​ In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked Maryl​and #8 in its 2017 Best States list​

From City to Countryside- Lifestyles for All

Maryland residents enjoy a broad range of lifestyles and activities in convenient reach of major metropolitan areas. From energized city living, to a convenient suburban lifestyle, or laid back life on the shore, Maryland fits everyone. Each region of the state presents distinctly different styles and histories. Maryland’s population is as kaleidoscopic as its varied options for living. In WalletHub's 2017 ranking of the most diverse cities​, three Maryland cities are among the top 10.

Browse through the photo viewer below to learn more about each region.

    • Explore Unique Quality of Life Assets
      • Plenty of entertainment and recreation, along with diverse living options and great education and healthcare make Maryland a great state to call home. ​

    • With Endless Entertainment, It’s Never a Dull Moment
      • Maryland presents a variety of activities and fun for the whole family. In Baltimore, you’ll find:

        Outside of Baltimore, Marylanders and visitors to the state can take advantage of: 

        • Endless shopping, from rows of specialty shops on Main Streets, to malls and shopping centers.
        • Six casinos located in all areas of the state including the new MGM National Harbor just minutes from Washington, D.C on the banks of the Potomac River.
        • Unique culinary experiences, from our legendary steamed crabs to haute cuisine, and microbreweries and wineries.
        • If outdoor recreation is your thing, then you'll enjoy the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic shoreline, miles of cycling trails and mountains offering almost limitless hiking, downhill and cross country snow skiing, and 4,000 miles of clean streams for fishing, as well as large and small game hunting

        Biking trails in Cumberland.

    • Countless Ways to Explore Art, History & Culture
    • Action-Packed Sports Scene
      • Maryland is home to several professional sports teams and more than a dozen nationally competitive college-level sports teams. Fans enjoy Baltimore Orioles major league baseball at Oriole Park at Camden Yards​ and t​he NFL 2001/2013 Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Stadium Journey ranked both Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium​ first for providing outstanding fan experiences in their respective leagues. The Washington Redskins, another NFL franchise, play at FedEx Field in Landover.

        Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

        Other professional sports teams include the Baltimore Blast (Professional Arena Soccer League), as well as the nearby Washington Wizards (NBA), and Washington Capitals (NHL). Other sports highlights:

        • Golf - Maryland is home to nearly 200 public, private and semiprivate golf courses located throughout the state including the legendary Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.
        • Sailing - In the Chesapeake Bay area, boating is a favorite pastime. Annapolis is known as America’s sailing capital.
        • Horse racing - Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore hosts the Preakness Stakes, one of three thoroughbred horse races that comprise the world famous Triple Crown.
        • Basketball - The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) competes in the Big Ten Conference after a long run with the ACC. The men's basketball team won the ​NCAA Division 1 national championship in 2002 and the women's basketball team won the NCAA Division 1 national championship in 2006.
        • Lacrosse – Lacrosse is Maryland’s official team sport, and Maryland is home to the U.S. Lacrosse headquarters and the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame. UMCP men and women both won the NCAA championship in 2017. Several Maryland colleges and universities have Division 1 men's lacrosse teams, including 2007 champion Johns Hopkins University and 2012 champion Loyola University Maryland. 

    • World-Renowned Healthcare Resources
      • Living in Maryland provides access to outstanding healthcare resources, including:

        • 50 acute care hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the top-rated hospitals in the nation.
        • The University of Maryland Medical System is home to the nation's first Shock Trauma Center, with affiliated shock trauma units around the state.
        • 22,500 doctors statewide, placing Maryland fifth in the country in physician’s per capita.

        Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    • Diverse Housing Options
      • Within a close drive of any particular employment center, Marylanders can find dozens of residential settings that include both recently-built homes and established neighborhoods. A snapshot of Maryland housing:

        • For 2016, the median price for settled residential sales was $267,431 for Maryland, ranging from $80,583 in Allegany County to $404,536 in Montgomery County.
        • Housing in the Baltimore metropolitan area is generally lower than other northeast and west coast metro areas.
        • A number of areas feature waterfront properties.


    • High-Quality Education Drives a Skilled Workforce
      • Maryland's public school systems offer high quality primary and secondary education. Maryland public schools boast:

        • Fifth overall in Education Week’s Quality Counts assessment of key indicators of student success, based on three graded categories: chance for success, K-12 achievement, and school finance.
        • Second in the percentage of public high school seniors who scored at the mastery level on Advanced Placement exams, with 30.4 percent earning a score of 3 or higher in 2016.
        • All school districts in the state offer: kindergarten, special education, adult continuing education, career-technical instruction, vocational rehabilitation, disadvantaged children’s programs, gifted and talented children’s programs, library services, and instructional TV.

        Private and parochial schools are available in most communities. Maryland is also home to 57 accredited two-and-four-year colleges and universities, and has the highest concentration of professional and technical workers among the states. More on workforce and higher education.

        The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. ​