These Are The 10 Safest Places In Maryland For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Maryland where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Maryland, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Hampstead.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Old Line State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 35 cities in Maryland with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Maryland

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Maryland.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 49 crimes committed in Hampstead which had a reported population of 6,365. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0077 which translates into a 1 in 129 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 35 of the biggest cities in Maryland to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 35 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Maryland".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Hampstead. The most dangerous city in Maryland? Ocean City, where residents had a 1 in 6 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Hampstead

Hampstead, MD
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,365
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 738 (1st safest)
More on Hampstead: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Taking the crown as the safest city in Maryland for 2018 is Hampstead -- a classic example of everything that makes Maryland great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 135.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,182 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Ocean Pines

Ocean Pines, MD

Population: 12,207
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 155 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 868 (3rd safest)
More on Ocean Pines: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're thinking of moving to Maryland and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Ocean Pines -- the 2nd safest in the Old Line State.

Ocean Pines is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 115.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Ocean Pines.

3. Thurmont

Thurmont, MD

Population: 6,507
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 92 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,045 (6th safest)
More on Thurmont: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Thurmont ranks as the 3rd safest city in Maryland.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Thurmont.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Taneytown

Taneytown, MD

Population: 6,749
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 177 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 918 (4th safest)
More on Taneytown: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might be surprised to find Taneytown this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Taneytown is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Old Line State boasts the 4th best property crime rate and 6th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Glenarden

Population: 6,390
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 140 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,048 (7th safest)
More on Glenarden: Real Estate | Data

Finishing just inside the top five is Glenarden, MD.

You get what you pay for in Glenarden -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 710 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Glenarden residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Glenarden in a heartbeat.

6. Bowie

Bowie, MD

Population: 58,631
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,289 (8th safest)
More on Bowie: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Bowie, the 6th safest city in Maryland.

The town of some 58631 people will have to try and continue to keep Bowie a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Bowie?

7. District Heights

Source: Public Domain

Population: 6,204
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 370 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 757 (2nd safest)
More on District Heights: Real Estate | Data

District Heights is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Maryland.

It has 1 in 132.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 269 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Maryland.

8. Frostburg

Frostburg, MD

Population: 8,601
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,802 (11th safest)
More on Frostburg: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The eighth safest city in Maryland for 2018 goes to Frostburg. Let's see why.

There were only 17 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 155 property crimes to boot.

9. Brunswick

Brunswick, MD
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,162
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 421 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,022 (5th safest)
More on Brunswick: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Maryland, may we present Brunswick as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Maryland, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

63 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 5th best in Maryland on a rate basis.

10. Cheverly

Cheverly, MD
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,546
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 351 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,955 (12th safest)
More on Cheverly: PhotosReal Estate | Data

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Cheverly.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Cheverly residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 23 violent crimes and 128 property crimes in Cheverly; that's really good for a place of 6546 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Old Line State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Hampstead is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Maryland residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Maryland according to the data:

  1. Ocean City
  2. Elkton
  3. Baltimore
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List Of Safest Cities In Maryland For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Hampstead, MD 1 4 6,365 31 738
Ocean Pines, MD 2 1 12,207 155 868
Thurmont, MD 3 5 6,507 92 1,045
Taneytown, MD 4 3 6,749 177 918
Glenarden, MD 5 6 6,390 140 1,048
Bowie, MD 6 2 58,631 93 1,289
District Heights, MD 7 8 6,204 370 757
Frostburg, MD 8 7 8,601 197 1,802
Brunswick, MD 9 15 6,162 421 1,022
Cheverly, MD 10 12 6,546 351 1,955
Takoma Park, MD 11 - 17,905 335 2,183
Bel Air, MD 12 9 10,200 215 2,500
Havre De Grace, MD 13 10 13,604 271 2,264
New Carrollton, MD 14 11 12,914 425 1,610
Easton, MD 15 14 16,689 251 2,768
Aberdeen, MD 16 16 15,704 503 1,598
La Plata, MD 17 22 9,201 347 2,945
Frederick, MD 18 13 70,316 487 2,006
Chestertown, MD 19 26 5,067 552 1,973
Greenbelt, MD 20 21 24,511 456 2,692
Riverdale Park, MD 21 17 7,373 773 1,966
Westminster, MD 22 18 18,683 417 3,543
Laurel, MD 23 20 26,424 412 3,826
Annapolis, MD 24 19 39,703 629 2,362
Mount Rainier, MD 25 25 8,552 537 2,771
Hagerstown, MD 26 24 40,567 569 3,110
Fruitland, MD 27 23 5,287 453 5,485
Bladensburg, MD 28 28 9,735 996 3,061
Hyattsville, MD 29 27 18,666 600 5,480
Salisbury, MD 30 29 33,417 888 5,072
Cumberland, MD 31 30 19,995 885 6,091
Cambridge, MD 32 32 12,524 1,022 5,046
Baltimore, MD 33 31 618,385 1,780 4,778
Elkton, MD 34 33 15,837 1,003 6,882
Ocean City, MD 35 - 7,045 1,263 15,031

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