College Park - The Best City in MD

Perhaps this is the best news of the year our City residents can celebrate.

Last Tuesday, the Bloomberg BusinessWeek, reported that our beloved city is the best place in the entire state of Maryland to raise families in 2011.

The City of Bel Air came as runner-up.

I’m definitely going to use this news in my “Welcome College Park” project that I wrote about earlier. I’m sure news like this will entice more families to move to our town.

Bloomberg used 2010 data from Onboard Informatics, a real estate information and technology company in New York and evaluated a total of 5,418 locations nationwide with populations larger than the state median but no larger than 50,000.

According to the report,

The rankings put the most weight on school performance and the number of schools, crime statistics, and cost of living. Other factors included job growth, air quality, ethnic diversity, and access to recreational amenities (within the county), such as parks, zoos, theaters, and museums.

Here are a few reasons why Bloomberg made this decision:

  • Home to the University of Maryland, College Park was developed starting the late 1800s.
  • Part of the city is part of the Calvert Hills Historic District and a number of historic sites are in the area, including College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operated airport in the world.
  • According to, many families move to College Park for its good schools (four elementary schools, three middle schools, and four high schools)
  • Proximity to Washington, D.C., about 10 miles away
  • Accessible by Metro.