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2. Kensington, Maryland

Suburb of: Washington, DC – Maryland - Virginia
Metro area unemployment rate: 5.8%
Median house value: $458,821
Safer from crime than this percent of all U.S. communities: 48%

The artsy, white-collar town of Kensington (pop. 1,924) has some of the highest housing costs in Maryland and the United States. It has better public schools than 79% of all U.S. communities, and its public schools are better than 82% of schools in the rest of the state. The majority of Kensington’s populace holds a four-year degree (58.8%), and a majority are homeowners (63.5%). Further analysis of the suburb is found on its Neighborhood Scout profile.

Andrew Bossi