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A+ Waldorf Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Waldorf Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Maryland
12020% more expensive than the US average
12020% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Waldorf cost of living
F Waldorf Crime Total crime is 24% higher than Maryland
Total crime
3,38523% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3023% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Waldorf crime
B- Waldorf Employment Household income is 15% higher than Maryland
Median household income
$87,53358% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$36,46722% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%21% lower than the US average
Waldorf employment
D+ Waldorf Housing Home value is 13% lower than Maryland
Median home value
$253,10037% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,60469% higher than the US average
Home ownership
69%9% higher than the US average
Waldorf real estate or Waldorf rentals
F Waldorf Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Maryland
High school grad. rates
91%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
36%28% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:115% higher than the US average
Waldorf K-12 schools or Waldorf colleges

Living in Waldorf, MD

Waldorf is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. The city has a population of 72,413 residents. Waldorf is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (33%) and Black or African American (56%). Something to be aware of when living in Waldorf is the above average commute times. If you're looking for a short commute to work, this might not be the right area for you. With one way commute time of 44 minutes, this comes in higher than the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Waldorf, Maryland could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Waldorf, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like cost of living, education, housing and more.

Waldorf, MD receives 64/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #241 in Maryland and #18,675 in the USA. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Waldorf scores well for amenities (A+) and employment (B-). On a less positive note, Waldorf does not have favorable scores for the following: crime (F), cost of living (F) and education (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Waldorf 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.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Waldorf. 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 Waldorf are affordable. Median real estate prices in Waldorf come in at $253,100, which is 12.8% lower than the Maryland average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Waldorf, the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 23.7% lower than the Maryland average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Waldorf area were 4.8% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.8%. 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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Waldorf, a great place to live!

I have lived in Waldorf for over 16 years. Waldorf is a diverse bedroom community for those working primarily in Washington DC, Andrews AFB, and Northern Virginia. It is a large DC suburb In Charles County, MD with over 72,000 residents comprising nearly half of the county's population. A shopping and restaurant hub, it has numerous strip malls and supermarkets, nationally known chain restaurants, automobile dealerships, and the sprawling St. Charles Towncenter Mall. Other shopping centers include Waldorf Marketplace, The Shoppes at Waldorf, Shoppers World and others. The plethora of stores and restaurants draws people from all over Southern Maryland and traffic on the weekends can be a challenge to the uninitiated. Waldorf also has several recreation options including a popular AMC movie theater with large reclining seats and reserved seating, a recreation center known as the Capital Clubhouse, nearby White Plains Golf Course, Regency Furniture Baseball Stadium, home to the minor league Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, and the nearby Cedarville State Forest for the outdoor enthusiast. The MGM casino is only a short drive away in National Harbor. However, nightlife here is practically non-existent. Most residents travel to DC or the more close in suburbs to enjoy night clubs, high end restaurants and the like. Waldorf has several elementary and middle schools and four high schools: Thomas Stone, Westlake, North Point, and St. Charles. The College of Southern Maryland is minutes away in La Plata. Waldorf has several neighborhoods with many different types of housing. Most of the newer neighborhoods consist of colonial style single family homes and town homes. Most of the older neighborhood homes tend to be split foyers or ramblers. There are several new apartment complexes that have been built in just the last few years. Because Waldorf is a bedroom community, nearly everyone commutes to work. That means heavy rush hour morning and evening traffic. Commuting for all in the DC area can be difficult, and Waldorf residents are known to have some of the longest commutes in the COUNTRY!Waldorf does have it's issues, but I have liked living here overall. I find it to be a safe comfortable place to live with easy access to DC, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia. It's home!
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A Great and Growing City to Live In

I lived in Waldorf, MD for 19 years in the neighborhood of Carrington. Waldorf is a suburb of southern Maryland and is very close to Washington D.C. This city is considered a mattress town for military and other government workers working in or around Washington D.C. Waldorf has a population of 68,947 so there are a lot of franchised restaurants and stores. Any store you can think of is in Waldorf. There is a mall called St. Charles Town Center. This is a good size mall with a lot of stores and a large food court. Finding a house or apartment will not be an issue because apartments and houses are constantly being built. This city grew very rapidly and there are no city planners, therefore, there is no organization to the city. There is no downtown, just a lot of strip malls that can make driving around very confusing. Growing very fast in the early 2000s also increased the crime. The older suburban neighborhoods became unsafe to live in and many families moved to newer neighborhoods of Waldorf.

Waldorf does have a lot to offer besides restaurants and stores. They have a hockey/ ice skating rink, movie theatre, bowling alley, kids sport leagues, a Maryland University campus, and gyms. Just outside of the city is a minor league baseball team called the Blue Crabs? The night life to the city is not great. There are restaurant and bars, however, if looking for a dance club this is not the city. Many people go out to Washington D.C. to enjoy the night life. There are a lot of churches and community clubs if you enjoy meeting new people. Overall Waldorf is a good city to live in if you enjoy the ease of shopping and not too involved in the night life.
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Source: The Waldorf, MD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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