Nicknamed “America in Miniature,” Maryland is a diverse state in many ways. It is naturally stunning: from the forested mountains of Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore’s serene coastline. There’s no shortage of beauty across this small but densely populated state. Thanks to moderately low crime, Marylanders and visitors alike can enjoy its bounty without needing to be concerned for their well-being.
Based on the most recent FBI Crime Report, violent crime increased in the South from 2013 to 2014, but in Maryland — which the FBI includes in this region — the rate of both violent and property crimes fell approximately six percent each. Innovative crime-fighting initiatives like Safe Streets could be one reason Maryland is becoming a safer place to live. This law enforcement program identifies and pursues the core group of offenders who commit the majority of offenses in a specific area. There are nine Safe Street sites in Maryland, and several have reported a significant drop in crime.
Crimes in Maryland affect less than 29 out of 1,000 people. However, among Maryland’s 10 safest cities in 2014, less than eight out of every 1,000 residents were victims of crime — making these cities 70% safer. Analyzing the FBI data further, we found that six of the state’s safest cities reported no murders or robberies and nine cities reported less than 10 violent crimes. Additionally, all but two of the cities are on our list for the second consecutive year.
Whether or not you live in one of Maryland’s safest cities, it’s important to take proactive steps to help protect yourself and your property. Our Maryland Safety Directory puts a variety of helpful safety and security resources — from practical crime prevention tips to an interactive map identifying the state’s most and least burglarized counties — at your fingertips.
How We Chose the Safest Cities in Maryland
To identify the 10 safest cities in Maryland, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.
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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.
You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2013 Safest Cities in Maryland report here.
Previous rank: 1
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.59
Previous rank: 2
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.72
Previous rank: 3
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.48
Previous rank: Not ranked
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.66
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.66
5. Boonsboro ↓
Previous rank: 4
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.58
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.77
6. Ocean Pines ↑
Previous rank: 9
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.33
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.60
7. Hampstead ↓
Previous rank: 6
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.79
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.38
8. Taneytown ↓
Previous rank: 5
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.89
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.97
9. Thurmont ↓
Previous rank: 8
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.76
Previous rank: Not ranked
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.74
Didn’t see your city rank in the top 10?
Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.
|11. Centreville||12. Bowie||13. Capitol Heights|
|14. Brunswick||15. Berlin||16. District Heights|
|17. Berwyn Heights||18. Frostburg||19. Havre de Grace|
|20. Perryville||21. Riverdale Park||22. Frederick|
|23. Cheverly||24. Chestertown||25. Annapolis|
|26. New Carrollton||27. North East||28. Seat Pleasant|
|29. Bel Air||30. Delmar||31. Easton|
|32. Takoma Park||33. Greenbelt||34. Aberdeen|
|35. Mount Rainier||36. Laurel||37. La Plata|
|38. Hagerstown||39. Westminster||40. Bladensburg|
|41. Princess Anne||42. Denton||43. Baltimore|
|44. Salisbury||45. Hyattsville||46. Cambridge|
|47. Cumberland||48. Pocomoke City||49. Fruitland|
|50. Elkton||51. Ocean City|
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