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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Bel Air is a suburb of Baltimore with a population of 10,068. Bel Air is in Harford County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Bel Air offers residents a dense 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
10,068

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$245,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,186
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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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
    109.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    19.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    99.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    79.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,184.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    39.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Bel Air

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$71,082
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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Bel Air is quiet and has a lot of very kind and generous residents. It is mostly an older area, so there is not much to do regarding nightlife and parties, but there are festivals and farmers markets during the summer that are fun to attend. There is a lot of good places to eat, including independent restaurants and chains. There are also places to go outside, such as parks and walking trails. This area is great for families and older residents. It is also not too far from Baltimore.
Lived here since 2010 (came for a job at APG) so I can't speak for what it's like to grow up here, but I've enjoyed my time living here as a young adult. A little expensive but great location with everything you need, pretty much all my errands are done here. Central location to lots of different places (Baltimore, Philly, DC, Lancaster, Gettysburg and the beaches are doable for a day trip). Never felt unsafe walking in town, even at night. Young people my age (20s-30s) can be a little clique-ish...most of my friends are transplants through work, it was tough meeting local people my age that were looking for new friends. Overall, it's a nice to place settle down in.