Towson Among the Most Livable Cities in the U.S.

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Via’s annual Top 100 Best Places to Live list ranks small to mid-size U.S. cities in “livability,” taking into account a city’s economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. The study, a joint effort between and the Martin Prosperity Institute. This year, Towson, Md., was ranked 42nd.

The list noted Towson University, the Towson Town Center, and the Towson Bike Beltway. The Bike Beltway may have been the crucial factor. It’s new this year, and last year, Towson didn’t make it into the ranking’s top 100.

By the way, if any of you Towson residents are ever looking to move to a different city with virtually the exact same degree of livability, try Portland, Maine; Tempe, Ariz.; Alameda, Calif.; or Renton, Wash. Their scores match Towson’s.


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  1. I live in Towson and life here just keeps on getting better every day. We just had a new 15 sceen movie complex open and it has like 8 very nice eat in food places. We have a new LA Fitness with a pool and lots of nice things. They are clearing land for the new 350 Towson Row Apartment \ Business \ Student Housing complex that will give Towson a unique upscale urban feel. There is talk of a new massive apartment complex being built to increase density in the Town Center area. With increased options for living 24\7 in Towson Town Center will come more businesses to meet the needs of new urbanites. Towson has a robust mostly white collar economy full of IT people, medical folks and management types. Towson has college students gallore who bring a young hip vibe to the area. Towson will be adding lots of new Class A office space online soon. The new 10 floor Oylmpic Center office building filled up in no time flat with Towson University Wellness Center and Mile One as major tenants.

    Towson Town Center is very walkable now and is becoming more so with every new development. Towsoh has a master plan that envisions a totally walkable Town Center with an urban density. Towson Town Center will be getting a new Whole Foods Market as part of its upscale Towson Row development. The best thing about Towson is you have all the fun lively amenities and convenience of upscale Baltimore City Inner Harbor East \ West urban living but with addition of the totally LOW Baltimore County taxes, Baltimore City urban living comes with a hefty 100% mark up in property taxes compared to Baltimore County. Add to that crime while higher in Towson than I’d like it being so close to Baltimore City is less than the crime stats of Baltimore City.

    All in all Towson is the best of both worlds low suburban taxes and low crime relative to Baltimore City. Amenities equal to or better than Baltimore City. All the amenities of Baltimore just a short drive or light rail trip away. Lots os places to see and things to do within easy walking distance. All the factors in my post is what makes me ready to retire in Towson because; I will never want for things to do.

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