ELDERSBURG — Money Magazine has selected Eldersburg among its annual rankings of the "Best Places to Live in America."

The survey ranks towns across the country on issues such as jobs, schools, public safety, recreation, the local economy and other factors.

The magazine's listing of Eldersburg says that the community, "once mostly farmland, has seen a steady influx of families over the last 20 years."

The magazine says the median family income in the area is $104,222, and that the median age is 39. The magazine also says the area has seen job growth of 10.98 percent from 2000 to 2010, but suggests that the area still retains open space.


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"Don't let the new Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Kohl's department store fool you," the magazine states, "Eldersburg is still a small, quiet town with lush hills and a large reservoir.

"While the homes aren't cheap, the county's public schools rank among the best in the state."

The Carroll community is one of only three Maryland towns making the list — the others are Montgomery Village, in Montgomery County, which came in at No. 40, and Crofton, in Anne Arundel County, at No. 82.

The 2011 ranking isn't the first time Eldersburg has appeared on the Money Magazine list. The community debuted on the list in 2007 with a ranking of No. 56 in the nation, and actually reached its highest ranking in 2009, when it came in at No. 47. That year, Mount Airy also appeared on the list, at No. 53.

Last year, though, Eldersburg and Mount Airy both disappeared from the list — with Eldersburg making its comeback for 2011.