Livability Awards

A+ Ellicott City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Ellicott City Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% higher than Maryland
Ellicott City
14747% more expensive than the US average
Maryland
12121% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ellicott City cost of living
A- Ellicott City Crime Total crime is 49% lower than Maryland
Total crime
1,27950% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7950% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-9%Year over year crime is down
Ellicott City crime
A Ellicott City Employment Household income is 59% higher than Maryland
Median household income
$121,019119% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$50,44469% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%49% lower than the US average
Ellicott City employment
F Ellicott City Housing Home value is 78% higher than Maryland
Median home value
$515,500179% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,58267% higher than the US average
Home ownership
75%18% higher than the US average
Ellicott City real estate or Ellicott City rentals
A+ Ellicott City Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Maryland
High school grad. rates
95%15% higher than the US average
School test scores
67%36% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Ellicott City K-12 schools or Ellicott City colleges

Living in Ellicott City, MD

Ellicott City, Maryland is a moderately-sized city with a population of 70,780 people. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Ellicott City might be a good fit as 87% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 50% have kids who are 18 years old or younger. When traveling to work, spending unnecessary time in your vehicle is not ideal. Across all of America, the average one way 26 is commute time minutes, unfortunately, living in Ellicott City offers up a higher than average one way commute time of 30 minutes.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Ellicott City, Maryland. The best areas in Ellicott City and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, weather, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Maryland and national averages.

Using data and statistics Ellicott City has received a livability score of 74/100. This score is ranked in the 78th percentile when compared to all other cities. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Ellicott City has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A-), education (A+) and employment (A). On a less positive note, Ellicott City does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Ellicott City on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: B&O Railroad Station Museum, Patapsco Valley State Park, and The Spa Turf Valley.

The average school test scores in Ellicott City are 67%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Ellicott City real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Ellicott City. Median real estate prices in Ellicott City come in at $515,500, which is 77.5% higher than the Maryland average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Ellicott City, the home price to income ratio is 4.3, which is 13.2% higher than the Maryland average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Ellicott City area were 3.2% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 2.6%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Ellicott City, MD Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Ellicott City, MD

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cheswolde Area, Baltimore77912,433
Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford, Baltimore7310.116,535
Inner Harbor, Baltimore689.82,535
Riverside, Baltimore66109,001
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Lower Northwood, Baltimore6612.413,686
Franklintown, Baltimore656.11,503
Upper Northwood, Baltimore641320,729
Glen-Fallstaff Area, Baltimore649.515,750

Best Cities Near Ellicott City, MD

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Countryside, VA8336.110,472
Fair Oaks, VA8340.933,478
Naval Academy, MD8325.86,040
Merrifield, VA8336.117,000
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cascades, VA823512,205
Friendship Heights Village, MD8226.24,730
Arlington, VA8231.4226,092
Kingstowne, VA8139.515,779
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12 reasons to Avoid Ellicott "City" MD

Attractions4/10
Community3/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping3/10
12. That's not a city.
11. The Folksy atmosphere is more conducive to rudeness than affability; in one visit, we were yelled at by a cyclist (who broke the law twice to tell us what he thought we were doing wrong), had one of our children PICKED UP by a stranger, and got a parking ticket at advertised "free" holiday parking).
10. Narrow streets.
9. "Quaint" streets more conducive to wrecks than a pleasant drive.
8. Not enough parking.
7. The "city" lies about parking being free, then collects hundreds of tickets during the Holiday season.
6. Cyclists act like they own the narrow streets.
5. Overpriced "merchants" on Main Street support the parking bait-and-switch.
4. Lots of hippie potheads on the street.
3. Unbelievably narrow sidewalks mean you must walk single file.
2. The B&O is better in Baltimore.
1. This whistle stop lost its importance a century ago.

Boring, trite, and dangerously narrow streets pale in comparison to the rudeness of the locals, who feel compelled to create a small-town feel by being overly familiar with strangers. We were yelled at, approached repeatedly by complete strangers, and criticized while trying to park in the "city's" minimal parking.

This whistle stop on the B&O is easily outdistanced by the Baltimore B&O museum. Totally forgettable, and avoidable. Skip it.
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Ellicott City, MD - A Wonderful Community

Attractions9/10
Community8/10
Nightlife4/10
Dining4/10
Shopping6/10
I lived just a few miles from Ellicott City, Maryland for eight years. Finding it to be a charming town, full of history. There are interesting museums there, quaint antique shops downtown, and good little restaurants and gift shops. Visitors should plan on spending a day perusing the interesting shops, and enjoying the charming atmosphere of Historic Ellicott City.

With fantastic museums like the B & O Railroad Museum, the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, and the Old Enchanted Forest Amusement Park location, known today as Clark's Eliok Farm, there is something to interest everyone. But, there's not too much nightlife.

Clark's Eliok Farm is fun for kids and adults. Many adults that grew up in the area have fond memories of the former Enchanted Forest Amusement Park. Opened in 1955, it closed and was sold in 1988, when the nearby farm started catering to tourists, featuring the former plaster characters from the original park. Kids today can enjoy climbing on the Old Woman Who Lived In a shoe's famous "shoe house." They can also see the other plaster figures, characters and homes from famous children's nursery rhymes. While there, everyone can enjoy the petting zoo, mini farm play area, the enchanted forest maze, hayrides and pony rides.

At the Thomas Isaac log cabin, visitors will be entertained by people and artists wearing period costumes from when the cabin was built, around 1780, giving them an idea of early 1700's life. The B & O Railroad museum gives visitors a glimpse into the first railroad station in America. Ellicott City, MD is full of charm and history, and a fun place to visit.
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Source: The Ellicott City, MD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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