These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Maryland

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. Ocean Pines
  2. Hampstead
  3. Thurmont
  4. Taneytown
  5. Glenarden
  6. Bowie
  7. Frostburg
  8. Havre de Grace
  9. Brunswick
  10. District Heights

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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 three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 20 crimes committed in Ocean Pines which had a reported population of 12,100. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00165 which translates into a 1 in 605 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 2014. 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 three 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 Ocean Pines. The most dangerous? Elkton, where residents had a 1 in 105 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. Ocean Pines

Ocean Pines - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,100
Property Crime Rank: 12
Violent Crime Rank: 8

2. Hampstead

Hampstead - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,360
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 15

3. Thurmont

Thurmont - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,463
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 11

4. Taneytown

Taneytown - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,743
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 16

5. Glenarden

Glenarden - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,238
Property Crime Rank: 14
Violent Crime Rank: 26

6. Bowie

Bowie - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,188
Property Crime Rank: 24
Violent Crime Rank: 19

7. Frostburg

Frostburg - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,626
Property Crime Rank: 35
Violent Crime Rank: 25

8. Havre De Grace

Havre De Grace - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,625
Property Crime Rank: 34
Violent Crime Rank: 30

9. Brunswick

Brunswick - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,111
Property Crime Rank: 20
Violent Crime Rank: 55

10. District Heights

District Heights - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,053
Property Crime Rank: 28
Violent Crime Rank: 42

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Ocean Pines is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Maryland residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

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

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Maryland

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Ocean Pines112,100128
Havre de Grace813,6253430
District Heights106,0532842
Riverdale Park127,1923165
Bel Air1410,3385036
Takoma Park1717,9675440
New Carrollton1812,6034163
Mount Rainier228,3495847
La Plata249,1005958
Ocean City347,0897672

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