How Maryland fares in national rankings [Pictures]
See where Maryland, its cities and its notable places rank on national lists, ranging from best places for singles to top-ranked institutions of higher learning.
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Cleanest beaches: No. 4( Nanine Hartzenbusch, Baltimore Sun / August 29, 2004 )
The Natural Resources Defense Council has named beaches in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware among the cleanest in the U.S.
Delaware's beaches ranked first in water quality.
Maryland's beaches ranked fourth in beach water quality in the 2014 study. Point Lookout State Park (pictured) and Assateague State Park were specifically recognized.
Virginia beaches ranked sixth for beach water quality.