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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    C
Harford County is located in Maryland with a population of 250,132. Harford County is one of the best places to live in Maryland. In Harford County, most residents own their homes. In Harford County there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Harford County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Harford County are highly rated.
Population
250,132

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$281,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,197
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%
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Harford County 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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    218.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    33
    40.7
  • Robbery
    101.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    245.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,445.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    27.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Harford County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$83,445
National
$55,322

Harford County Reviews

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Harford county Maryland was a great place to grow up as a child. The community is filled with families and local businesses that are highly loved by locals. After having experienced the Harford county public school system, I do believe this county highly lacks in diversity. As a biracial Asian American, I feel as though Harford County is racially isolated. Smaller communities within harford county appear as racially separated, each having its own reputation.
Growing up in a primarily white community inhibited me from exploring my own ethnic background, however, Harford county was still a generally good community for families, mine included. While it is not the most exciting or well known community, it will forever be a part of me.
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This is a decent location to start a family and safety is not as huge of an issue as other parts of Maryland, however, things can get pretty boring here. While things can get pretty boring, there are quite a few employment opportunities at local grocery stores, restaurants, department stores, medical practices, etc. However, getting from place to place can be a hassle without a car. There are not a lot of transportation options.
Overall Harford County is a pretty safe and family friendly place to reside, I have very minimal complaints about living here. The school systems make the safety of students and visitors a top priority and it shows. Many fundraising and charity events are put together that bring people together for separate causes.