Top 15 Safest Cities In Maryland For 2018

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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.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Maryland for 2018:

  1. Hampstead (Photos | Homes)
  2. Ocean Pines (Photos | Homes)
  3. Thurmont (Photos | Homes)
  4. Taneytown (Photos | Homes)
  5. Glenarden (Homes)
  6. Bowie (Photos | Homes)
  7. District Heights (Photos | Homes)
  8. Frostburg (Photos | Homes)
  9. Brunswick (Photos | Homes)
  10. Cheverly (Photos | Homes)
  11. Takoma Park (Photos | Homes)
  12. Bel Air (Photos | Homes)
  13. Havre de Grace (Photos | Homes)
  14. New Carrollton (Photos | Homes)
  15. Easton (Photos | Homes)

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

Hampstead, MD
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

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

Hampstead is a town in Carroll County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The population was 6,323 at the 2010 census. Ocean Pines, MD
Source: Town of Ocean Pines
Overall SnackAbility
7
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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

Ocean Pines is a census-designated place in Worcester County, Maryland, United States. The population was 11,710 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. It shares the same ZIP code as Berlin, Maryland, which is considered the town center. Thurmont, MD
Overall SnackAbility
9
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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

Thurmont is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,170 at the 2010 census. The town is located in the northern part of Frederick County, approximately ten miles from the Pennsylvania border, along U.S. Highway 15. It is very close to Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park, which contains the presidential retreat of Camp David. Thurmont is also home to Catoctin Colorfest, an arts and crafts festival that draws in about 125,000 people each autumn. Taneytown, MD
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

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

Taneytown is a town in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,728 at the 2010 census. Taneytown was founded in 1754. Of the town, George Washington once wrote, "Tan-nee town is but a small place with only the Street through wch. the road passes, built on. The buildings are principally of wood." Taneytown has a history museum that displays the history of the town for visitors and citizens to see. The Bullfrog Road Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Overall SnackAbility
9
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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

Glenarden is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,000 at the 2010 census.
Bowie, MD
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
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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

Bowie is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland. The population was 54,727 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George's County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014 CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in America list. District Heights, MD
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

District Heights is an incorporated city in Prince George's County, Maryland, located near Maryland Route 4. The population was 5,837 at the 2010 United States Census. For more information, see the separate articles on Forestville, Maryland and Suitland. Frostburg, MD
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

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

Frostburg is a city in Allegany County, Maryland, United States, and is at the head of the Georges Creek Valley. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 9,002 at the 2010 census. Located 8 miles west of Cumberland, the town is one of the first cities on the "National Road", US 40, and the western terminus of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Since 1973, the city has been served by what is now Interstate 68. Brunswick, MD
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
5
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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

Brunswick is a city in Frederick County, Maryland, United States at the Maryland/Virginia border. The population was 5,870 at the 2010 census. Cheverly, MD
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

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

Cheverly is a town in Prince George's County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., United States. The town was founded in 1918, and it was incorporated in 1931. Cheverly had 6,173 residents as of the 2010 Census.
Takoma Park, MD
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 17,905
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 335 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,183 (16th safest)
More on Takoma Park: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Takoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and part of the Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1890, Takoma Park, informally called "Azalea City", is a Tree City USA and a nuclear-free zone. A planned commuter suburb, it is situated along the Metropolitan Branch of the historic Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, just northeast of Washington, D.C., and it borders the neighborhood of Takoma, Washington, D.C. It is governed by an elected mayor and six elected councilmembers, who form the city council, and an appointed city manager, under a council-manager style of government. The city's population was 16,715 at the 2010 national census. Bel Air, MD
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
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Population: 10,200
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 215 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,500 (19th safest)
More on Bel Air: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The town of Bel Air is the county seat of Harford County, Maryland. According to the 2010 United States Census the population of the town was 10,120. Havre De Grace, MD
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
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Population: 13,604
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 271 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,264 (17th safest)
More on Havre De Grace: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Havre de Grace, abbreviated HdG, is a city in Harford County, Maryland, situated at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the head of Chesapeake Bay. It is named after the port city of Le Havre, France, which in full was once Le Havre de Grce. The population was 12,952 at the 2010 United States Census. The city was honored as one of America's 20 best small towns to visit in 2014 by Smithsonian magazine. New Carrollton, MD
Overall SnackAbility
8
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Population: 12,914
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 425 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,610 (10th safest)
More on New Carrollton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

New Carrollton is a city located in central Prince George's County, Maryland, in the United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 12,135. New Carrollton is located 12 miles east of central Washington, D.C. Easton, MD
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 16,689
Rank Last Year: 14 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 251 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,768 (21st safest)
More on Easton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Easton, Maryland is an incorporated town and the county seat of Talbot County, Maryland, United States. The population was 15,945 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population in 2015 of 16,617. The primary ZIPCode is 21601, and the secondary is 21606. The primary phone exchange is 822, the auxiliary exchanges are 820, 763, and 770, and the area code is 410.

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
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Maryland For 2018

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

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