Last March 20 was a sad day for many in Maryland: a school shooting in Great Hills injured two students and rocked the entire state. But in typical Old Line State style, Maryland leadership found a way to overcome the tragedy and make the state even safer in the long run. In October the state announced a new tip line and app where people can report threats.

It’s this kind of response that creates safe havens in Maryland. According to the 2016 FBI crime reports (the most recent data available), the 10 towns on our list all had a violent crime rate at least 45% less than the national average.

Other good news from the FBI data shows that the number one safest city on our list, Hampstead, experienced 93% less violent crime than the national average and 97% less than the state average.  Property crime is also incredibly low in all the cities on our list. Hampstead experienced 73% less property crime than the national average and 80% less than the state average.

Another outstanding city on our list when it comes to low crime rates is Bowie—a city with a population just over 58,000. For a city that size, you might expect to see crime rates rising and perhaps even matching some national or state averages. That’s not the case in Bowie, however. The city boasts a violent crime rate almost 80% lower than the national average and 91% lower than the state average.

The state that lives by “strong deeds, gentle words” offers many resources for staying safe besides the tip hotline and school safety app. For information on emergency preparedness, crime prevention, and more, see our Maryland Safety Directory.

The 10 Safest Cities in Maryland

1. Hampstead
Population: 6,365
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.31
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.38
Total crime: 4.26% violent, 95.74% property

2. Manchester
Population: 4,820
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.41
Property crimes per 1,000: 3.53
Total crime: 11.76% violent, 88.24% property

3. Thurmont
Population: 6,507
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.92
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.45
Total crime: 8.82% violent, 91.18% property

4. Bowie
Population: 58,631
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.94
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.89
Total crime: 7.28% violent, 92.72% property

5. Glenarden
Population: 6,390
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.41
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.49
Total crime: 13.43% violent, 86.57% property

6. Ocean Pines
Population: 12,207
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.56
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.68
Total crime: 17.92% violent, 82.08% property

7. Taneytown
Population: 6,749
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.78
Property crimes per 1,000: 9.19
Total crime: 19.35% violent, 80.65% property

8. Frostburg
Population: 8,601
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.98
Property crimes per 1,000: 18.02
Total crime: 10.97% violent, 89.03% property

9. Bel Air
Population: 10,200
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.16
Property crimes per 1,000: 25.00
Total crime: 8.63% violent, 91.37% property

10. Easton
Population: 16,689
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.52
Property crimes per 1,000: 27.68
Total crime: 9.09% violent, 90.91% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Maryland

To identify the ten safest cities in Maryland, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape,

and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities Reports.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

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.

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Written by Laura E. Hilton

Laura is a writer, teacher, and mother based out of Utah. She is passionate about making and maintaining strong, safe, healthy communities. To learn more, visit her website at Learn more

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