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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$439,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,214
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    11%
  • Own
    89%

Urbana Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$141,610
National
$55,322
Children
31%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Urbana is a beautiful but quickly growing area! When I first moved here, the town was pretty bare with minimal amenities available. As of 2018, there are several walking trails that traverse the town and numerous parks scattered throughout the neighborhood. Despite its RAPID growth in recent years, the area has maintained a small-town feel that has attributed to its family-friendly reputation.

The schools in Urbana are the best in Frederick County, by far, and Urbana High School consistently ranks among the top schools in Maryland. However, the town does have its weak points. Like many communities in the D.C. area, house prices have surged in recent years, leaving young families with fewer housing options.

Another weak spot of Urbana is the nightlife. Once the sun goes down, the town quite literally goes into hibernation. You won't find much (if any) late-night dining options, bars or clubs. If you find yourself wanting to spend a night out, DT Frederick is a short drive away!
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Urbana is famous for being the home of The Peter Pan Restaurant, which has, sadly, been closed. Urbana is much larger and more than just the Villages of Urbana and other new developments that have recently been and are currently being built in Urbana. We've lived here for over 30 years and have watched Urbana grow from farmland, Peter Pan, and little Mom and Pop stores, to more homes than can be counted, a grocery store, restaurants, a library with a Sr. Center, a drug store and gas stations. For years we had only one gas station. Our Volunteer Fire Department is active in the community and holds a terrific Carnival each July. There are many active clubs, such as the Lions, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rotary as well as smaller community Bunco and Book clubs. My only complaint is that there are no reasonably priced "starter" homes in the area. Even the ugly new apartment complex is high priced.
Arguably one of the most affluent areas in Frederick County and Western Maryland. Great schools and family amenities makes Urbana a great place to raise or start a family. Crime is not a concern here, largely due to the presence of school-age children. However, because of Urbana's lack of local amenities (authentic restaurants, a movie theater, any sort of nightlife), I would not recommend it for younger people. Of course you can access all of this less than an hour away in Frederick, Baltimore or D.C, but Urbana is an extremely family-oriented community, so finding places nearby for the younger crowd can be very difficult. All in all, Urbana is a great, family-friendly community and I would highly recommend it if you plan on raising a family in the D.C./Baltimore area.