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A+ Salisbury Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Salisbury Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% lower than Maryland
1055% more expensive than the US average
12121% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Salisbury cost of living
F Salisbury Crime Total crime is 119% higher than Maryland
Total crime
5,485113% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 19113% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Salisbury crime
D- Salisbury Employment Household income is 50% lower than Maryland
Median household income
$37,78032% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,72431% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%6% higher than the US average
Salisbury employment
F Salisbury Housing Home value is 47% lower than Maryland
Median home value
$154,00017% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0096% higher than the US average
Home ownership
30%53% lower than the US average
Salisbury real estate or Salisbury rentals
F Salisbury Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than Maryland
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
39%21% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:116% lower than the US average
Salisbury K-12 schools or Salisbury colleges

Living in Salisbury, MD

Salisbury is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. The city has a population of 32,338 inhabitants. Salisbury is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (53%) and Black or African American (38%). The median age of all Salisbury residents is 28, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Salisbury is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great 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. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, weather, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Salisbury and in the areas around Salisbury is a much easier task.

The livability score in Salisbury is 58 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 12th percentile of all cities across America. Compared to the United States average, this city has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Salisbury has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Salisbury. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Salisbury 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. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Salisbury: Salisbury Zoo, Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (Delmarva Shorebirds), and Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Salisbury. 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 Salisbury are affordable. The median home price for Salisbury homes is $154,000, which is 47% lower than the Maryland average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Salisbury, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 7.9% higher than the Maryland average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Salisbury area were 7.5% and 5 year appreciation rates were 1.5%.

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Nightmare on Route 13 Street

Salisbury is a living nightmare of a town that haunts you with the only way out being to escape from it. And even if you escape from it, it’ll still haunt you until you sever all ties with it. And when you try severing ties with it you’ll open up another can of worms you don’t want to see. For me the can of worms was my house, market hasn’t recovered enough to sell my house, so renting it out was the only option unless I wanted a short sale. Bad decision! City requires you to get a landlords license, which cost $120 and you need to get a new one every year so you have to pay a fee to rent your house out every year. And guess what they don’t send you a notification or warning, they just give you a fine In March and it’ll cost $600 including the license fee. After all it wouldn’t be salisbury if you aren’t charged money for things other people can do for free 5 minutes away. And the property managers in the area don’t tell you about it since they are buddy buddy with the City officials, and why wouldn’t they be, since the city requires you to have a property manager if you don’t live in the county. And the Mayor wonders why rent is so high in the city, when they charge fee after fine after fee, and piggybank on property taxes by charging property taxes when the state and county already takes property taxes. They also prevent water utility bills from being in the name of tenants, because they are worried they would skip out on the bill. No wonder houses not in the city limit cost more even though they can’t be connected to the sewers. What a great can of worms. I wonder what is in the other can. Bad healthcare and doctors, I wonder what this could be about, alright, I have to call every single medical office I have been to in the city since they don’t report immunization to the state or share medical records with each office even when you get a new doctor, so you have to call them all so your new doctor in your new city has a complete medical record for you amazing. I moved from Salisbury 5 years ago and I still find new can of worms isn’t it just wonderful. Also to the person from the last review, county votes hard right, but city is hard left. Most of the people on the right lives outside city limits. It gets confusing since the schools are county ran, but Salisbury acts as if they run and fund it.
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Wow, what a s*&thole

It´s like the state goverment/Annapolis/Baltimore has completely abandoned this portion of the state & given it to the Perdue corporation for a couple of bucks under the table. A Fortune 500 company in a town of 30k people and they still can´t manage to keep up the place up?! Just thinking out loud here, but maybe Perdue doesn´t pay their fair share of taxes, eh? Especially for the environmental impact of their gross, stinking industry.

Lucky for us, the powers that be have also located the biggest prison in the state just south of the town (talk about the hypocrisy - the place is filled with convicts from Baltimore). Truly, the real crime is how few resources & oversight there is here.

The underdeveloped, underserved, & undereducated population struggles to attain anything like normal life found elsewhere in the state. Horrific health care, poor schools, bad roads, lousy employment options, jacked up prices in a few poorly run chain stores, cultural-familial retardation run amok... the worst of it all, as others have said. It really is like a small second world country located inside Maryland´s borders. Oh, and the best part, they manage to vote hard right every time.

The upshot, I guess, is that filming a Mad Max movie or a Walking Dead episode here will be very easy. The zombies are already in place.
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Do NOT live in SBY!!!!

Sby is, objectively, NOT a good place to live. Racism is rampent, and race relations are contentious (a direct lineage of the plantation system in the area). Salisbury University is disconnected from the community. Poverty, unemployment, and crime are high. The place is also environmentally hazardous, with mega-chicken farms dominating the rural areas (on hot summer days, one can REALLY smell this!). Relatedly, there is little to no open land (trees, parks, etc.). There is no entertainment or nightlife to speak of, no food co-ops, no local grocery—all of which seems odd given the size of the city and it’s proximity to larger metropolitan areas like DC & Philly. I wish there was some redeeming quality, but honestly, the city’s quality of life is very bad. There is no social solidarity or community feel in the area, only conflict and division. Trust me: if you have the option, do NOT live here.
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Warning: Stay away!

Unfortunately, some people were born in this hellhole and have no means of getting out. Most others, who move here for work or school, are desperately trying to get out. In short, there is NO good reason to live in, or visit Salisbury, MD. Stay away!!
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Worst City to Live in.

Rant:The "City" of Salisbury (by population it's counted as a large town) is one of the worst places to live. And the biggest problem is the City Government which loves the word taxes similar to Maryland. And the failure by such a government is what causing the unemployment rates. Since during my decade living in this town I have seen zero benefits brought by the city except increasing taxes, one of which was the rain tax being brought back by the name Bay Rest R in water and sewer bills. I may also have to mention that Salisbury is ranked as one of the highest taxed while being one of the poorest in the State of Maryland. And with the continuation of the failure by the city government employers flee the city. In the last three years several major employers had a massive exodus out of Salisbury, with employers including Safran Labinal, Gander Mountain, Gymboree, Kmart, and Corporate office of Perdue. Which cost the residents of Salisbury almost a quarter of jobs. And this does not include smaller businesses that had close their doors and possible closings in the next few years such as Sears, Toys R Us, and small businesses. Local Amenities:Attractions: There are very few attractions within Salisbury with the only things available being the Salisbury Zoo, Poplar Hill Mansion, and Brewing Company. There are some seasonal events, but that itself pale in comparison to near identical events approximately an hour away.Community: This is non-existent within Salisbury since the city is literally split in half by a major road that drives pass the town. Which means that the city has two community that have very little relations with each other than school or work. On most cases talking with or having gatherings with neighbors are rare.Nightlife: Nightlife is also non-existent with the only things available being bars or taverns where people drink. The City is also extremely scary at night with crime rates doubled the national average in almost all categories.Dining: Just yuck there are very few restaurants that serve decent food with most places serving either salty, sour, bland, greasy, or sweet foods. The place with the best food in Salisbury is Salisbury University, which isn't available to anyone except professors and students of the University.Shopping: There is a mall with very few stores, a Walmart, Sam's Club, and places like Food Lion. Truth be told no one goes shopping in Salisbury many drive to other places around an hour away.
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I'm Back Again

Ok, I'm back with the second review. I had to walk this morning and I have seen so many sticky burrs in my life. The humidity is ridiculous. I could walk in Atlanta and my hair is perfectly fine but as soon as I take one step out my door, my hair just puffs up. People here do not know how to drive. I have never in my life seen a bunch crash going in one straight direction. My friend just got hit by a car that was on a red light. Like what the hell? A taxis hit five parked cars. I'll be back
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I don't know where to begin

First off, let me start with of stores around here. The mall is trash. I don't even know why they call it a mall. It should be considered a plaza. The clothing here is basic. The cars are basic. The people are basic. The schools are just trash. The racists are out here like roaches. There is literally nothing to do and they have the nerve to call this a city. The people here have no education. AT ALL. The white people their taxes but whole time they only make $30,000 a year. The black people are ghetto and barely any of them want to learn about their history. (which is why they're stupid). They swear they are making all this money but I'm like bish where? As long as you drive a 1995 Lexus and have a pair retro 6 jordans you are making money. The white people act like all black people are lazy and ghetto. Like honey, I make $70,000 more than you. All they care about is farming (which is also why they are stupid), their chicken houses, deer, F150, fishing, and Donald Trump. They are the reason why people in Baltimore and D.C. call it "Slower Lower". Everyone here is slow. The schools are horrible. They are so unorganized and slow. I will be back with a second review because I can't with Slower Lower.
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Source: The Salisbury, MD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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