These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Maryland For 2017

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 32 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. Taneytown
  3. Bowie
  4. Hampstead
  5. Thurmont
  6. Glenarden
  7. District Heights
  8. Frostburg
  9. Bel Air
  10. Havre de Grace

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 2015). 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 460 crimes committed in Ocean Pines which had a reported population of 11,025. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0417 which translates into a 1 in 24 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 32 places in Maryland to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 32 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 2 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

Population: 11,025
Property Crime Rank: 83
Violent Crime Rank: 377

2. Taneytown

Taneytown - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,740
Property Crime Rank: 357
Violent Crime Rank: 1,402

3. Bowie

Bowie - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,885
Property Crime Rank: 616
Violent Crime Rank: 965

4. Hampstead

Hampstead - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,351
Property Crime Rank: 522
Violent Crime Rank: 1,218

5. Thurmont

Thurmont - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,392
Property Crime Rank: 630
Violent Crime Rank: 1,205

6. Glenarden

Population: 6,212
Property Crime Rank: 284
Violent Crime Rank: 2,002

7. District Heights

District Heights - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,036
Property Crime Rank: 202
Violent Crime Rank: 2,536

8. Frostburg

Frostburg - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,759
Property Crime Rank: 1,400
Violent Crime Rank: 843

9. Bel Air

Bel Air - Safest Places In Maryland
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,247
Property Crime Rank: 1,573
Violent Crime Rank: 1,692

10. Havre De Grace

Population: 13,445
Property Crime Rank: 1,584
Violent Crime Rank: 2,073

There You Have It - The Safest In Maryland

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: Salisbury
2nd Most Dangerous: Cambridge
Most Dangerous: Elkton

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Maryland

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Ocean Pines111,02583377
District Heights76,0362022,536
Bel Air910,2471,5731,692
Havre de Grace1013,4451,5842,073
New Carrollton1112,5421,1832,833
Riverdale Park167,1691,4793,438
La Plata218,9942,6942,689
Mount Rainier248,3292,6843,102

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