Bowie 74 Excellent
Bowie Livability #96 ranked city in Maryland#8,986 ranked city in the USARanks better than 69% of areas

Livability Awards

C+ Bowie Amenities Some amenities close to this location
F Bowie Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% higher than Maryland
13333% more expensive than the US average
12121% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bowie cost of living
A Bowie Crime Total crime is 33% lower than Maryland
Total crime
1,61635% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6235% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
7%Year over year crime is up
Bowie crime
B Bowie Employment Household income is 39% higher than Maryland
Median household income
$106,09892% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$44,48849% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%6% higher than the US average
Bowie employment
C Bowie Housing Home value is 5% higher than Maryland
Median home value
$303,90065% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,80390% higher than the US average
Home ownership
83%30% higher than the US average
Bowie real estate or Bowie rentals
D Bowie Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Maryland
High school grad. rates
95%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
42%14% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:18% higher than the US average
Bowie K-12 schools
A+ Bowie User Ratings There are a total of 11 ratings in Bowie
Overall user rating
89% 11 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
88% 8 total surveys
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      Living in Bowie, MD

      Bowie is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. The city has a population of 57,633 residents. With a population density of 3,027 people per square mile, Bowie is well above the nation's average density level. Bowie is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (38%) and Black or African American (51%). Bowie is known to be family friendly as more than 73% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 57% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Are you trying to figure out if living in Bowie is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before moving to any new city in Maryland, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Bowie and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, weather, education and other important metrics.

      With a livability score of 69/100, Bowie is ranked #12,631 in the United States and #139 in Maryland. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Bowie has received high marks for crime (A+) and employment (B). Regrettably for Bowie, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F) and education (D).

      Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 138 crimes per 100,000 residents, Bowie has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Bowie is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Bowie come in at $303,900, which is 4.6% higher than the Maryland average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Bowie, the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 23.7% lower than the Maryland average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Bowie were 4.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.4%.

      Bowie transportation information

      Average one way commute37min32min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.2%73.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.0%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit10.6%8.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.1%2.4%2.8%
      Working from home4.4%4.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Bowie, MD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).