A new online ranking names North Potomac as the best place to live in Maryland, while North Bethesda came in third.
Seven Montgomery County communities were among the top 10 in the state, according to the report, released by Niche, a website that classifies regions nationally. Potomac placed fourth, Darnestown sixth, Bethesda seventh, Kensington ninth and Travilah, a North Potomac neighborhood, was 10th.
The two other locales in the top five were Howard County’s Columbia and Ellicott City.
Other county communities also made it onto the list: Rockville ranked No. 11, Somerset was No. 12, South Kensington came in at No. 13 and the Town of Chevy Chase was No. 14.
To compile the rankings, Niche looks at education rates, crime, public school ratings, cost of living, job opportunities, diversity, local amenities and other factors, according to its website. It pulls data from the census, government organizations and reviews from residents.
On its national list, North Potomac ranks 43rd and North Bethesda ranks 77th among more than 15,000 cities, towns and neighborhoods.