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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Harford County is located in Maryland with a population of 250,132. Harford County is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Harford County offers residents a suburban feel and 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
Area Feel
Suburban
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
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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%

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Harford County Reviews

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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.
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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.
Harford County is a great place. The people are friendly and you make new friends all the time. There are great public and private schools, so parents can take there pick. There are parks and hiking trails but also malls, shops, and movie theaters. Downtown Bel Air is a cute little town with great restaurants, and a welcoming small town vibe. Or if you do not like being around people all the time, you can move out to where there are rolling hills and deep forests. I have never heard anyone say anything bad about Harford County. It is such a desirable place to live and it only gets better everyday. New people move in all the time which is great for making new friends. I could not imagine living anywhere else. HArford County is a beautiful haven.