The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Baltimore For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Baltimore are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Baltimore.
Safest Neighborhoods In Baltimore

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Baltimore are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Baltimore. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Baltimore neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Baltimore in 2020? That would be Cheswolde Area. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Baltimore.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Baltimore neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Baltimore that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Baltimore.

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How We Determined The Safest Baltimore Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Baltimore.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 54 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Baltimore.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Cheswolde Area.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Baltimore. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Baltimore For 2020

Cheswolde Area Baltimore, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,433
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 278
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,139
More on Cheswolde Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Cheswolde is residential community in northwest Baltimore, Maryland. It is located along the Western Run. The main roads running through the area are Greenspring Avenue, Cross Country Boulevard, and Taney Road.

The violent crime per 100K people in Cheswolde Area comes in at 278 and the property crime per capita is 1,139 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 20,729
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 882
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,885
More on Upper Northwood: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Upper Northwood comes in at 882 and the property crime per capita is 1,885 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 24,827
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 634
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,148
More on Chinquapin Park-Belvedere: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Chinquapin Park-Belvedere comes in at 634 and the property crime per capita is 2,148 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 16,535
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 519
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,336
More on Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford comes in at 519 and the property crime per capita is 2,336 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,467
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 923
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,093
More on Westgate: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Westgate comes in at 923 and the property crime per capita is 2,093 for 2020.

Riverside Baltimore, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,001
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 737
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,817
More on Riverside: Homes For Sale | Data

Riverside Park is a nearly 17-acre public park located in the historic Riverside neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland.

The violent crime per 100K people in Riverside comes in at 737 and the property crime per capita is 2,817 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,686
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 993
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,697
More on Lower Northwood: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Lower Northwood comes in at 993 and the property crime per capita is 2,697 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,911
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,470
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,076
More on Wakefield: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Wakefield comes in at 1,470 and the property crime per capita is 2,076 for 2020.

Locust Point Baltimore, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,917
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 920
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,188
More on Locust Point: Homes For Sale | Data

Locust Point is a peninsular neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Located in South Baltimore, the neighborhood is entirely surrounded by the Locust Point Industrial Area; the traditional boundaries are Lawrence street to the west and the Patapsco River to the north, south, and east. It once served as a center of Baltimore’s Polish-American, Irish-American and Italian-American communities; in more recent years Locust Point has seen gradual gentrification with the rehabilitation of Tide Point and Silo Point. The neighborhood is also noted as being the home of Fort McHenry.

The violent crime per 100K people in Locust Point comes in at 920 and the property crime per capita is 3,188 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,535
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,176
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,858
More on Inner Harbor: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Inner Harbor comes in at 1,176 and the property crime per capita is 2,858 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Baltimore

Looking at the data, you can tell that Cheswolde Area 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.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Baltimore For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Cheswolde Area 1,417
2 Upper Northwood 2,767
3 Chinquapin Park-Belvedere 2,782
4 Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford 2,855
5 Westgate 3,016
6 Riverside 3,554
7 Lower Northwood 3,690
8 Wakefield 3,546
9 Locust Point 4,108
10 Inner Harbor 4,034
11 Franklintown 3,872
12 Hamilton Area 4,183
13 Hunting Ridge 4,108
14 Greater Mount Washington 4,330
15 Glen-Fallstaff Area 4,457
16 Cedonia 4,532
17 Howard Park 4,475
18 Winsor Hills 5,036
19 Govans 5,114
20 Belaire-Edison 5,132
21 Hampden-Woodberry-Remington 5,397
22 Forest Park 5,478
23 Canton 6,152
24 Reservoir Hill-Bolton Hill Area 6,116
25 Park Heights 5,876
26 Lakeland 6,034
27 Monument Street Area 6,365
28 Federal Hill 6,446
29 Grove Park 6,595
30 Old Town Area 6,317
31 Beechfielf-Irvington Area 6,730
32 Bayview Area 7,028
33 Orangeville 7,251
34 Midway-Coldstream 7,561
35 Fells Point 7,824
36 Mondawin-Walbrook Area 8,108
37 Greater Rosemont 8,062
38 Patterson Park East 8,687
39 Charles Village 8,620
40 Downtown 8,660
41 Cherry Hill 8,933
42 Greenmount East 10,072
43 Morrell Park 10,709
44 Brooklyn-Curtis Bay 10,445
45 Berea Area 10,394
46 Madison-Eastend 11,352
47 Pulaski 11,128
48 Fairfield Area 11,128
49 Highlandtown 10,919
50 Dundalk Cityside 11,539
51 Jonestown 12,349
52 Pimlico 13,525
53 West Baltimore 12,132
54 Hopkins-Middle East 12,471

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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