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  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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    C+
Urbana is a town in Maryland with a population of 11,788. Urbana is in Frederick County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Urbana offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Urbana there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families live in Urbana and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Urbana are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$488,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,272
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    15%
  • Own
    85%
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Urbana 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
    19%
  • 10-17 years
    18%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    20%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    7%
  • 65+ years
    4%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    33%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Urbana

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$152,566
National
$55,322
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Urbana Reviews

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Urbana is a growing town in Maryland. What once was farmland is now a hustling town filling with townhomes, single family homes, and apartments. It’s very popular due to the location in Southern Frederick County. It’s a great place for those with government jobs since it’s a little over an hour to our Nation’s Capital. If that commute is too long for you then what might get you to stay is the public school systems. They are one of the best in the state. This charming town still is perfect for an active couple and has the option to be close to the city and close to the middle of nowhere. With the Application Mountain’s to the west and D.C. to the east, it’s very easy to find something to do and experience the four distinct seasons of nature!
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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!
Giving Urbana a 4 out of 5 because there is always room for improvement. I must say, after 19 years I'm happy to see the good changes that have been made (i.e. more diversity- still need more , stores). If you live in this area and work in montgomery county or in DC, just know that your commute will be about an hour or 2 but it is a lovely place to live. Downtown frederick is really cute/historic - great for a date night or drinks with friends (if you're of age). If you enjoy outdoor activities, there are plenty of places close by. Such as Sugarloaf mountain; for hiking and Sugarloaf winery; for wine tasting. Lake Linganore is close by as well if you want to lay out on a man made beach. If you have kids, they will be in great hands at Urbana Public schools.