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 Thurmont.
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 33 cities in Maryland with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
So what's the safest place to live in Maryland for 2019? According to the most recent FBI UCR data, Thurmont ranks as the safest place to live on a violent crime and property crime rate basis.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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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 2018) 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:
For example, there were a total of 61 crimes committed in Thurmont which had a reported population of 6,584. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0093 which translates into a 1 in 107 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 2017. This left us with a total of 33 of the biggest cities in Maryland to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 33 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 Thurmont. 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.
No this is not a suburb of Washington, D.C., but Thurmont, Maryland is just as safe and just as cool. It's so safe that it made the number one spot on our Safest Places to Live in Maryland 2019 list.
Located on Maryland's northern border, the only crimes that might happen in this city of 6,500 residents is someone dips their crab cake in ranch or someone is caught wearing a Redskins jersey.
When Thurmont's residents aren't busy spying on Camp David or checking on their neighbors, they are busy running around adding those "Your Children Live Here" signs to the community. Good work Thurmont.
There really is a true sense of community in this quaint town in Frederick county. Thurmont's gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes, their large number of educated residents, and just their overall safety standards are the reason it has moved up two from last year to clinch our number one spot. Yes, Thurmont, you truly offer a better life.
Where Maryland Highway 194 meets Maryland Highway 140 is Taneytown. They take safety seriously in 'Taney'. So serious that their efforts moved them up three spots from last year to become our second safest city in Maryland for 2019.
Located in Maryland's northern region, Taneytown offers a safe environment with small town charm that packs a big punch. Not literally, of course. No fighting happens in Carroll County; that wouldn't be safe. Unless, of course, you're wearing a Colts jersey; and then, we're pretty sure no one would be able to guarantee your safety.. #You'reOnYourOwn
All this 'we can't figure out what NFL football team to root for' aside, Taneytown is also known for its safe, family friendly atmosphere. There is a ton of stuff to do in this little city of close to 8,000 residents. They have a boat load of places to shop and dine, and play. Their immaculate parks, provide the backdrop for safe, friendly games of basketball, volleyball, and soccer for all ages.
Ocean Pines is the ideal destination when you're trying to find that true Maryland feel with safe, small city vibes and big city pride. This is definitely one of the reasons it has held strong in the top three to be our third safest city in Maryland.
Ocean Pines' gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes per 100,000 residents, their large number of educated residents, and their A+ social and economic infrastructure, speaks volumes. #KudosOP
It might not be Baltimore, but this little beach city with a vibrant art scene, five star restaurants, unforgettable summer festivals, and endless fun, is just as notable and just as safe. Probably why it's one of the most populous cities on the Atlantic side of Maryland.
Of course Bowie is safe. It's the home to Bowie State University. You wouldn't send your college kids just anywhere, right? Probably why they also have a large number of educated residents, and probably why they are our fourth safest city in Maryland. Safe and smart?! Good work Bowie!
This is the quintessential Maryland city located just East of Washington, D.C. Not surprising, they received an 8/10 safety score and an 9/10 amenities score. The neighborhoods are safe and there's a ton of stuff to do.
Whether it's betting on horses, strolling their bustling downtown, or buying crab at the local seafood shop, nothin' says safe like a community that creates opportunities to get to know anything and everything about each other. Just make sure you take the trash out in proper attire cuz someone is always watching, and you wouldn't want to make the front page of the Bowie Blade News.
It might not be Barney Fife's Mayberry, or maybe it is, but this safe, little Prince George County city with a vibrant community, quiet neighborhoods, and hardworking residents is just as notable and just as safe. And it is definitely why Glenarden is our fifth safest city in Maryland.
It doesn't end there, folks. This little Maryland gem, scored a strong 9/10 on our snackability scale. They scored an 8/10 for job opportunities and an 8/10 for number of educated residents. I think it's safe to say they're the poster city for the rest of the state. And word on the street, young professionals are starting to take notice and move Glenarden's direction. So don't wait, cuz the word is out.
Frostburg, located in the Allegheny Mountains on the eastern slope of Big Savage Mountain is our sixth safest city in Maryland. Don't let the words frost and savage scare you, it's really safe here. This little city river city is super family friendly and virtually crime free. It's one of the safest places to call home on our list.
Frostburg's overall HomeSnacks snackability score was off the hook: a straight up 7/10! Not surprising, considering their safety rating is an 8/10 and percentage of educated residents is 8/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.
Keep makin' the Old Line State proud, Frostburg. We all could learn a lot from this Allegany County city. #safetyischic
In District Heights they love their proximity to Washington, D.C., their parks, their safe neighborhoods, and their downtown with rich American history.
This little piece of Maryland heaven in has every right to be our eighth safest city in 'Little America,' for 2019. They scored off the charts on our snackability scale with an emphasis on education; and of course, safety.
District Heights is so safe, that the only crime here is a bad haircut or dipping your crabcake in ketchup. Its small city charm delivers big opportunities to all that are searching for a safe place to call home. They claim to be more then prepared to show you the good 'ol hometown pride that makes the East Coast famous and safe. Yes, it's that safe and friendly, folks.
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 296 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,582 (9th safest)
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Chestertown is a small Maryland city on the Chester River. It's the perfect city if you want a middle-of-nowhere Maryland river city vibe. This chill, safe lifestyle is why it moved up ten spots from last year to become our ninth safest city in Maryland.
You won't hear 'hold my beer and watch me handle this" in this city in Kent County. They are a safe, family friendly, town with a ton of respect for each other. Heck, crime is pretty much nonexistent in this city with a little more than 5,000 angels. Yep, you heard hear first, folks: Marylanders can get along.
Cheverly rounds out our safest cities in Maryland list coming in at number ten. They crushed our snackability scale with a gold star job ranking and an education score that make the smartest cities in Maryland look like chump change. Smart people know that working hard creates a safe, productive environment necessary for a small city to survive.
So if you want to ditch the need to always feel like you have to look over your shoulder like people do in those other super unsafe cities, grab the fam, pack up the sedan, and get a-movin' so you don't miss out on any of Cheverly's safe, family friendly, activities scheduled for 2019.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Thurmont 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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|3||Ocean Pines, MD||12,263||171||668|
|7||Havre De Grace, MD||13,610||293||1,410|
|8||District Heights, MD||6,064||428||1,104|
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