No. 4: North Laurel, Howard County (20723)
( Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun / April 25, 2008 )
In real estate, it's all about location, location, location. And Laurel has location in spades. The town sits almost halfway between Baltimore and Washington and spans three counties (Arundel, Howard and Prince George's). The growth of the NSA and other military jobs in nearby Fort Meade has also given this area a boost.
The development of Emerson (above) is a likely a major factor in this Zip Code's ranking, according to Realtor Mike Sloan with Keller Williams Pat Hiban Real Estate Group. The community has a lot of the benefits of one of Columbia's villages without the Columbia Association's homeowners fees, he says. The median price for homes in this area is $355,00.