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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Bel Air is a suburb of Baltimore with a population of 10,139. Bel Air is in Harford County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Bel Air offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Bel Air and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Bel Air are highly rated.
About Bel Air...
Population
10,139

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$239,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,149
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Bel Air Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    148.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    9.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    108.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    247.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,354.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    19.8
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Bel Air

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$68,196
National
$55,322

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Currently I live in Bel Air, MD. It is a great place to live if you are interested in settling down with a family! The schools are neighborhoods are great, and there is a small nightlife scene, but mainly families. The area is extremely safe, with mainly upper middle class families. Great places for kids to play sports and participate in the local scene.
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There are some very good restaurants and lots parks and places to walk around and enjoy nature. Some of the people though can be very judgmental and also very into their sports and academics. The coach class schedule opportunities for students in Bel Air Middle School is not all that great. You can really only go for help during the morning when some teachers are also doing hall duty. How can a teacher help a student while also watching over the over the other students in the hallway? You can't. Also Bel Air is a mainly white populated area, not much diversity.
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.