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

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%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    78
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    10
    41
  • Robbery
    107
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    204
    525
  • Theft
    1,884
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    19
    263

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Bel Air Reviews

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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.
I grew up in the same town and the same home in which my mother was raised. I love being able to experience both nature and city environments in a short amount of time. As I have gotten older though, the area is becoming more densely populated and being so close to Baltimore City, drug addiction is becoming more and more of a problem. I would like to see an increase in the access to rehabilitation for those in need, and greater attempts by local government and law enforcement in pursuing distributors of illegal substances.
Overall, Bel Air, MD is a pleasant place to live if you have a family and enjoy the quiet suburb life. In my perspective, I think that Bel Air should redesign its atmosphere, and make it more enjoyable to those who are younger. To do this, Bel Air should invest in more "hip" places such as renovating the Harford Mall and installing more trendy stores, and encouraging the opening of a diverse chain of restaurants and cafes. Moving on to another aspect of living - safety - I can say that Bel Air is one of the most safest places in Harford County and I am proud to be a part of the community here.