TAKOMA PARK, MD — What’s the best place to live in Maryland? That depends on who you ask. According to a new set of rankings released by the neighborhood data site Niche.com, Takoma Park placed high on the "Best Places to Live in Maryland" 2018 list.
Takoma Park came in at No. 15 out of 251 communities.
Niche.com took several factors into consideration to arrive at the rankings, such as: the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, diversity, nightlife, walkability, weather, employment statistics and access to amenities.
Researchers gave Takoma Park: A+ in public schools; A+ in good for families; A+ in diversity; A in nightlife; B- in housing and C+ in crime and safety. The population is 17,567 with an estimated median home value at $508,600.
A current Takoma Park resident said: "Takoma Park, Maryland, is a quaint, super-sweet, progressive, and family-friendly town. For goodness sakes, we have a poet laureate! I came from the city of San Francisco and I was engaged in my community there, but Takoma Park gives us many more opportunities to be the neighbors we want to be. For example, in the winters, we are part of the Snow Angels who dig out our neighbors who are physically incapable of doing it themselves. Every Sunday, we walk up the street to the local farmer’s market and buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Each month, we receive a paper that tells us the goings on in the neighborhood and events to look out for. We rent our house, but wish we could buy it because we love the neighborhood so much."
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The suburbs in Montgomery County dominated the rankings. According to Niche.com, these are the best places to live in Maryland:
North BethesdaGarrett ParkNorth PotomacBethesdaSouth KensingtonKensingtonEllicott CityRockvilleUrbanaColumbia
>> See the full list here.
Niche.com "rigorously analyze dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S." Niche has over 100 million reviews and poll responses. Click here to read more about Niche’s grading process.
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Photo: Gift Ajieren, 11, of Silver Spring, marches in the parade with a group from Christ Embassy. Takoma Park’s 128th annual Independence Day Celebration was held on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Takoma Park, Maryland. The popular parade was held in the morning. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)