A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$240,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,141
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%

Bel Air Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    78
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    10
    41
  • Robbery
    107
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    204
    1
  • Theft
    1,884
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    19
    0

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$66,828
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Bel Air Reviews

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I love living in Bel Air, I think it's a wonderful place to raise your family and the school system is very good. The downside is that there aren't many things to do here, not many bars, not a lot of places to go out and listen to music and dance. You would have to go to Baltimore to do that! Also, though, there are African Americans who reside in Bel Air, there aren't many places that they can have a drink at that don't resemble a motorcycle bar where they aren't welcome.
Review Bel Air
Bel Air is a great town located in a very unique state. A suburb of Baltimore, Bel Air is very much reflective of old Baltimore culture. There is a strong sense of community and a distinct set of values by which residents live. Its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, the East coast, the Appalachian Mountains, and other great cities such as New York and Philadelphia are hard to parallel. The town is generally safe and offers enough entertainment and recreation while maintaining a small-town vibe. Nightlife could be improved, as there are few options for socializing and many establishments close relatively early (usually by midnight). The one looming dark cloud over the area, however, is the growing opioid epidemic. But police and citizens are doing their best to counter the problem effectively.
Belair is a safe, relaxing wonderful place to come home to each day.. Quiet enough to be in the country with all the conveniences of the city. Cost of living in Bel Air is very affordable and its an easy commute to work with I-95 just a few miles away! I love living here