These Are The 10 Safest Places 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 (Homes)
  8. Frostburg (Photos | Homes)
  9. Brunswick (Photos | Homes)
  10. Cheverly (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

Safest Cities in Maryland Graph

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)
10 Best Places To Live In Maryland

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.

1. Hampstead

Hampstead, MD
Source: Public domain

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.

2. Ocean Pines

Ocean Pines, MD

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 (CDP) 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.

3. Thurmont

Thurmont, MD

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 (north of Frederick, Maryland, the county seat), 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.

4. Taneytown

Taneytown, MD

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 ( /tnitan/ TAW-nee-town) 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.(sic) 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.

5. Glenarden

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.

6. Bowie

Bowie, MD

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 /bui/ 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.

7. District Heights

Source: Public Domain

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: 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.

8. Frostburg

Frostburg, MD

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 (13 km) 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.

9. Brunswick

Brunswick, MD
Source: Public domain

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.

10. Cheverly

Cheverly, MD
Source: Public domain

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.

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

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

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