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Best Cities for Women (Columbia)

When comparing 182 cities across 15 key indicators of living standards for women, WalletHub ranks Columbia as the #1 best city for women to thrive.

WalletHub, “2023's Best & Worst Cities for Women,” September, 2023.


Safest City (Columbia)

Columbia ranks second 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, 2023.


Best cities for job seekers (Columbia)

Columbia, Maryland is the fourth best city for job seekers.

WalletHub "Best Cities for Jobs 2023," January 2024


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 third happiest state.

WalletHub, Happiest States in America, 2023.


Best state for remote workers

Maryland is the third best state for remote workers. The ranking is based on 12 key metrics including: share of workers working from home, household internet access, internet and electricity cost, as well as a number of other living and work environment factors.

WalletHub “Best States for Working From Home” April 10, 2023


Digital county (Prince George's & Calvert)

Prince George’s County ranks first among counties with a population from one-half to one million and Calvert County ranks first among counties with a population of up to 150,000. The survey examines government technology practices and initiatives to streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration, and enhance cybersecurity.

Center for Digital Government, 2023 Digital Counties Survey.


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


Most affordable large city (Baltimore)

Baltimore ranked as the 3rd most affordable large city.

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


Top state for young workers to find jobs, live affordably, and have fun

Maryland ranked fourth in top states for young workers, assessing career factors such as: employment rate, financial considerations and lifestyle priorities.

Scholaroo, Top 10 states for young workers to find jobs, live affordably and have fun, September 2023.


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 quality of life for middle- and working-class people (Baltimore/Columbia/Towson MSA)

The Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity, Local Analysis ranks the Baltimore/Columbia/Towson MSA fourth for best quality of life for middle- and working-class people.

LISEP Local Analysis, 2023


Greenest state

Maryland is the fifth greenest state. The ranking is based on 25 key metrics including: air quality, water quality, energy-efficiency score, green buildings per capita, solar capacity, and carbon-dioxide emissions per capita.

WalletHub “2023’s Greenest States” April 12, 2023


Most affordable LGBTQ-friendly place to live (Baltimore)

Baltimore was named among the top 10 most affordable LGBTQ-friendly places to live., 2022


Best state to find a job

Maryland ranks sixth best state to find a job across 34 key indicators of job market strength and economic health, analyzing employment growth, median annual income, average commute time, and more.

WalletHub, Best & Worst States for Jobs, November 2023


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


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 mental health of residents

U.S. News reported Maryland residents having the sixth-best mental health

U.S. News, "The States with the Best Mental Health," 2023


Best state to own an electric vehicle

Based on six key metrics including estimated fuel saving, EV vehicles as a percentage of vehicles in state, charging stations per road miles, charging ports per EV’s, EV incentives, and state fees on owning EV; Smart asset ranks Maryland the seventh best state to own an electric vehicle.

Smart Asset, "Best States to Own an Electric Vehicle," 2022


Electric vehicle infrastructure

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

Business Facilities, Annual State/Metro/Global Rankings Report, 2023


Best place to rent (Columbia)

When comparing 182 rental markets based on 22 key measures of rental attractiveness and quality of life, WalletHub ranked Columbia as the 11th best place to rent in America.

WalletHub, Best Places to Rent in America, 2023

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.

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