Maryland and Virginia towns placed high on the list — Howard County’s Ellicott City and Columbia, ranked together as one entry, came in sixth. The magazine mentioned that public transportation to Washington and Baltimore is limited, as is local nightlife, but praised the towns for their recreational facilities, school district and proximity to good jobs.
Reston was ranked #10. Money noted the traffic that frustrates commuters driving into D.C. but said the opening of the Silver Line has offered Restonians a traffic-free option. Plus, the planned city has lakes, golf, ice skating and walking trails going for it.
Rockville made the list at #24, and Bowie at #28. And Dale City, which was listed at #37, also earned a special distinction from Money — among all 50 towns on the list, the highest portion of its residents have a commute longer than 45 minutes.