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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    C+
Damascus is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 15,094. Damascus is in Montgomery County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Damascus offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Damascus there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Damascus and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Damascus are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$388,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,677
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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Damascus 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
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Damascus

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$121,556
National
$55,322
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Damascus Reviews

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I have really only known the town of Damascus for about 7 years, yet in that time I have learned enough to know what a great community it is. I attended Damascus high school when I was supposed to attend the one in the neighboring town - this meant I had to leave the community I grew up with behind. At first this was scary, being in a new town among new people. However, as I moved through high school and grew as an individual, I became involved in my new community and came to love my new environment. I participated at the local recreation center, had my first real part-time job at the town's deli, shopped at farmers markets and other small local business... Damascus envelopes its residents in a sense of community that I never experienced in my old town. Not every town is perfect, but the community within Damascus is passionate and is always striving to make it better for students, families, business owners, and anyone else who might find themselves in its small town.
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I've lived in Damascus all my life and it is very much a tight knit community. Everything is so close by. We have our elementary, middle and high school not even a block away from each other. We have our little town center that is growing slowly but surely and creating places for all ages to meet, such as our Starbucks, chipotle, and Quincys. My two favorite times of the year would have to be when we have our Damascus day parade and watch fireworks afterwards, or the annual Santa's helper workshop at the Rec center.
It's a small, farm town where everyone knows everyone. Very close knit and always fun things to do if you look for them! It's in a great location, close to Baltimore, D.C., and Frederick!