These Are The 10 Safest Cities 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 live in the safest state, either. Maryland is somewhere in the middle.

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

After analyzing 35 places in Maryland with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Hampstead (Photos)
  2. Ocean Pines
  3. Thurmont (Photos)
  4. Taneytown (Photos)
  5. Glenarden
  6. Bowie (Photos)
  7. District Heights
  8. Frostburg (Photos)
  9. Brunswick (Photos)
  10. Cheverly (Photos)

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

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How we calculated the safest cities in Maryland

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). 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 130 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 places in Maryland to rank.

We ranked each place 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 population, is Hampstead. The most dangerous? 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.

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1. Hampstead

Hampstead, Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,365
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 738 (1st safest)

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 Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Ocean Pines

Population: 12,207
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 155 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 868 (3rd safest)

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, Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,507
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 92 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,045 (6th safest)

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, Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,749
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 177 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 918 (4th safest)

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)

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 heartbeat.

6. Bowie

Bowie, Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,631
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,289 (8th safest)

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

The town of some 58,631 people will have to try and continue to try and 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: intro Domain
Population: 6,204
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 370 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 757 (2nd safest)

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, Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,601
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,802 (11th safest)

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, Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,162
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 421 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,022 (5th safest)

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, Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,546
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 351 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,955 (12th safest)

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 6,546 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Maryland

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.

Most dangerous cities in Maryland:
3rd Most Dangerous: Baltimore
2nd Most Dangerous: Elkton
Most Dangerous: Ocean City

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Maryland For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Ocean Pines2112,207155868
District Heights786,204370757
Takoma Park11 -
Bel Air12910,2002152,500
Havre de Grace131013,6042712,264
New Carrollton141112,9144251,610
La Plata17229,2013472,945
Riverdale Park21177,3737731,966
Mount Rainier25258,5525372,771
Ocean City35 -

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