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Health in Maryland

The health of Maryland's population is of great importance to the state. To ensure the public's safety and well-being, there are a number of medical facilities located throughout the state that provide care and treatment for those in need. These include local hospitals, urgent care centers, community clinics, primary care providers, and specialty care providers. Each facility provides a variety of services tailored to meet the individual needs of their patients. Whether you are looking for preventive services or acute care, there is a facility available to meet your needs. Additionally, many individuals can access remote or virtual healthcare through telemedicine services offered by some providers in the state. With all these options available it is easier than ever to get quality healthcare in Maryland.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 280 physicians per 100,000 population in Maryland. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Maryland area is 96.6 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

96.6 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Maryland area is 54 (100=best). The US average is 55.

54 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Maryland area is 91 (100=best). The US average is 87.

91 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Maryland commutes 32.7 minutes one-way, which is longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Maryland area is 52 (100=best). The US average is 58.

52 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    Reviews for Maryland    69 Reviews
    Lots to do in Maryland and beautiful state - 10/1/2017
    I was born here and sill live here 43 years later, the thing I don't like is the cold winters, we can get very cold and get plenty of snow and the summer can get very... Read More

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    Great... if you fit in - 7/6/2017
    Since my family moved to Maryland we have experienced numerous electrical and plumbing catastrophes, including small fires in the house, because of incompetent utility... Read More

    worst drivers - 3/2/2017
    nobody from Maryland can drive. they cause so many accidents and block traffic with their bizarre driving habits. it's not just an urban legend, it's actually true. ... Read More

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