The 10 Safest Cities in Maryland—2017

May 15, 2018 |

Maryland has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to crime. In early 2017, the Old Line State launched the Justice for Victims Initiative, which supports current victims of crime and helps prevent more citizens from experiencing this situation. The initiative unites victims, advocates, law enforcement, and government to help keep Maryland a safe place all can call home.

This type of cooperative community effort is especially evident in the cities we’ve honored as the state’s safest. Among our ten safest Maryland cities, 90% are repeat honorees, and Brentwood, our number-one safest city, tops the list for the second year in a row. Sykesville claims this year’s fourth spot on the list, and its citizens couldn’t be prouder.

“Sykesville is a great community to live, work, play, and enjoy,” says Sykesville Mayor Ian Shaw. “We have a great community with committed citizens and staff all working for Sykesville’s ongoing success. Special thanks to our police chief, Chief Spaulding and the entire Sykesville Police Department and auxiliary for all of their work to keep Sykesville one of Maryland’s safest communities.”

Overall, Maryland ranks twenty-third in the nation for property crime and comes in at thirty-nine for violent crime. While the state’s violent crime rate is slightly higher than the national average, every city on our list is well below both the national and the state averages for violent crime. According to the latest FBI crime data, 90% of these cities reported zero murders, with only one murder reported in all ten cities.

Likewise, nine of our safe cities reported no incidents of rape, and one such incident was reported to the FBI from within all ten communities. In regard to property crime, the state is slightly under the national average, and our ten safest cities are doing their part to keep that crime rate down. There were fewer than fifty property crimes reported in six of the cities on our list, and no city reported more than twenty burglaries.

We offer our congratulations to the ten cities recognized as the safest in Maryland and encourage every citizen to find out more about making their communities safer places to live. For example, you can use our Maryland Safety Directory for quick access to home security information and crime awareness programs to make your home and neighborhood safer.

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 2015, 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.

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.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Brentwood 

Previous Rank: 1

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.31
Property Crime per 1,000: 2.81

2. Manchester 

Previous Rank: 3

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.35 

3. Ocean Pines 

Previous Rank: 6

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.49
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.44

4. Sykesville ↓

Previous Rank: 2

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.25

5. District Heights ↑

Previous Rank: 16

Violent Crime per 1,000: 3.40
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.96

6. Glenarden 

Previous Rank: 10

Violent Crime per 1,000: 2.36
Property Crime per 1,000: 8.18

7. Boonsboro 

Previous Rank: 5

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.87
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.86

8. Taneytown 

Previous Rank: 8

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.63
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.32 

9. Hampstead 

Previous Rank: 7

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.41
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.14

10. Smithsburg 

Previous Rank: 4

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.33
Property Crime per 1,000: 12.31

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2018 or select the city nearest you in the drop down menu below.

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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