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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 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.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Maryland for 2019:
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:
Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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".
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.
Population: 6,584 Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 121 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 804 (2nd safest) More on Thurmont:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 6,762 Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,138 (4th safest) More on Taneytown:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 12,263 Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 171 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 668 (1st safest) More on Ocean Pines:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 58,891 Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 137 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,288 (6th safest) More on Bowie:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 8,622 Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 115 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,018 (13th safest) More on Frostburg:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 13,610 Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 293 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,410 (8th safest) More on Havre De Grace:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 6,064 Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 428 (16th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,104 (3rd safest) More on District Heights:Photos | Real 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.
Population: 5,056 Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 296 (12th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,582 (9th safest) More on Chestertown:
Population: 6,517 Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 245 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,439 (16th safest) More on Cheverly:Photos | Real 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.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Old Line State
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.