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A+ Rockville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Rockville Cost of Living Cost of living is 25% higher than Maryland
15050% more expensive than the US average
12020% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Rockville cost of living
B+ Rockville Crime Total crime is 45% lower than Maryland
Total crime
1,51045% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6745% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Rockville crime
A- Rockville Employment Household income is 34% higher than Maryland
Median household income
$101,77484% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$49,66867% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%25% lower than the US average
Rockville employment
F Rockville Housing Home value is 72% higher than Maryland
Median home value
$499,400170% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,80290% higher than the US average
Home ownership
58%8% lower than the US average
Rockville real estate or Rockville rentals
B+ Rockville Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Maryland
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
59%20% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:111% lower than the US average
Rockville K-12 schools or Rockville colleges

Living in Rockville, MD

Rockville, Maryland is a mid-sized city with a population of 65,171 inhabitants. In Rockville, there are 4,798 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. Rockville is known to be family friendly as more than 78% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 53% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Rockville can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Maryland, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! With useful information like crime, weather, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Rockville and in the areas around Rockville is a much easier task.

The livability score in Rockville is 70 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 64th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we know that Rockville ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (B+), education (B+) and employment (A-). Rockville does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Rockville has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, Rockville Tow Square, and Rock Creek Regional Park.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Rockville. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Rockville are affordable. The median home price for Rockville homes is $499,400, which is 72% higher than the Maryland average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Rockville, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.9, which is 28.9% higher than the Maryland average. Real estate appreciation rates in Rockville are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Rockville homes comes in at 5.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 2.6%.

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Compare Rockville, MD Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Rockville, MD

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Williamsburg, Arlington8112.62,968
Rock Spring, Arlington81123,223
Yorktown, Arlington8012.63,417
Woodmont, Arlington7912.9697
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Riverwood, Arlington7912.7199
Dover Crystal, Arlington7912.6535
Donaldson Run, Arlington7812.42,254
Stafford Albemarle Glebe, Arlington7811.3378

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Fair Oaks, VA8318.633,478
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
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I grew up there

I grew up in Rockville and Potomac. It is a souless town. There is a feeling of vacuous void. No character. No friendliness. Nothing of any real interest to do except for going to Great Falls. There is just something about the Rockville area that is very resistant to happiness. If it weren't that I were forced to, I could not honestly recommend this place for any of the categories listed as a-hole was not one of the categories. There is almost nothing to do. There is no community. The nightlife consists of young alcoholics who are escaping the souless void through drugs. Dining is expensive and poor quality. Shopping is expensive and limited, but for some healthy choices and Trader Joes is awesome, but WAY TO CROWDED. The area is over run with a-holes. The few who are not a-holes are not happy to be among the a-holes and may themselves therefore become a-holes over time. Hopefully, if you work there you don't live there. I do not recommend this town to anyone who wants to raise a happy well adjusted family. Find a place with some real character, where people say hello to one another and not like it is a stressful scary thing to do. No one even wants to make eye-contact in Rockville. Even at the check out people have some sort of awkward virus that won't allow them to comfortably make eye contact and you will catch this virus if you live there, especially if you grow up there. Save your children. Find a better place.
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Rockville has EVERYTHING !

Parks, shopping, city services, libraries, colleges, nightlife, diversity, transportation, retirement facilities, golf, tennis, pools, lakes, skate park, theaters, safety, celebrations and a great location ! Just to name a few things. Single family homes range from $250,000 to $1.375 Million (6/30/16), There's two bus lines, Metro rail, Marc train, AMTRAK, Zip cars and bike rentals at Metros. Automotive services, Court houses, hotels, hospital, bio-med industries and high tech companies can all be found in Rockville. Then there's the Rockville Town Square that brings the community together with restaurants with outdoor dining, shops, library, gym, organic market, arts center and outdoor stage for live music. You really can't beat Rockville !
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Rockville Does NOT Rock...

I moved here from Charlottesville, VA. Before that I lived in Roanoke, VA. I have lived in Denver, CO, Durango, CO, Kitty Hawk, NC and have traveled this country more than most and I can honestly say that Rockville Maryland....(at a loss for words). I'll just go over the real "VIBE" of this town that this sugar coated website apparently forgot to include.

Traffic. It's absolutely terrible in rockville. It can take up to a half an hour to drive the 6 miles to work and if there is an accident, then it can take even longer. Drivers are shameless, impatient, mean, and they don't care who's life they endanger. They only care about one thing-getting to their destinations a couple seconds faster. Which brings me to...

People. I have met some nice people in Rockville but they are people that I work around. Otherwise, people are not going to be friendly to you if they don't know you. This is kind of like big city (with out the rich culture) but also like the suburbs. Where I grew up neighbors would introduce themselves if your new to the area, say "hello" in passing, lend brown sugar...shit like that. It's not like that here. To most people here, you are simply an inconvenience. When you smile and say hello, the just avoid eye contact (how's that for vibe?). Basically, there is no sense of community unless your idea of community is a bunch of angry people trying to avoid each other.

Restaurants / nightlife. I LOVED going out to eat with my fiancé before we moved here. Now we just stay in and save the money or go into Washington DC. Before I moved here I was excited about the opportunities to eat at all the fantastic places that a smaller town couldn't compete offer. I was unpleasantly surprised to find a hundreds of restaurants everywhere but very few that were worth eating at for a second time. Because the demographics of the area are so diverse (*although this has not made Rockville culturally rich), there is basically every kind of restaurant you could want. The quantity of eateries is great but the quality is mediocre to poor in most cases. The downtown Rockville area is mostly composed of sport bars that are only worth going to if you going with good pals. Because the food sucks there as well.

Cost of Living. Its off the charts. Need I say more?

Well I have more to say but I have to go. Sorry for the lack of spellcheck in my review but I think you get the idea.
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A nice place to settle in

I stayed in Rockville for an entire summer, for an internship. The neighborhood is extremely safe and culturally diverse. Public transit is surprisingly accessible and intuitive. There are quite a few restaurant options for the adventurous; ranging from classic american to regional seafood and cultural combinations like Jamaican-Asian. There's a bit of a dead mall nearby, so shopping wasn't great, but all of the D.C. attractions were just a subway ride away. The weather is agreeable and there were plenty of nature trails and public parks nearby. It's a perfect destination for nature lovers and foodies. Everything's virtually at your fingertips.
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Rockville, MD - More Than A Typical Suburb

With a truly suburban feel, while being as close to metropolitan as one can get, Rockville, MD is a place offering the best of everything. I've lived in Rockville for most of my life and never want for more.

Rockville is more than a typical suburb of a large, metropolitan area. It is a thriving area with easy access to the city. We do have beautiful parks that are so serene, you can be fooled into thinking you are in the country. As much as I enjoy the level of activity around me, sometimes a trip to one of these parks is just what I need to rejuvenate.

Rockville is easy to navigate, even to a newcomer. The town is very well laid out, and there is easy access to public transportation. The Metro can take you to work, or into downtown Washington, DC. Avoiding the traffic is a must. Why not take the Metro and spend that time reading or listening to music? No need to worry about finding parking and the rates are affordable.

Shopping and eating are two of my most enjoyed activities. I can enjoy foods from around the world without ever leaving my neighborhood. Thai, Italian, Ethiopian, Greek, you name it, can be found within minutes of my kitchen! One of my favorites, though, is an all american diner on Rockville Pike. I love the atmosphere and the endless menu.

If you live in Rockville, MD now, take some time to explore the area. I am always finding new places to shop or eat. With our close proximity to Washington, DC, the possibilities are endless. Although my area is expensive, there are many low cost activities available.
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