SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Maryland for 2019. if your city made the list.
The 10 safest cities in Maryland stand out in a state with a violent crime rate that’s almost three times the national average. Maryland saw 12.25 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people in 2017, compared to just 4.49 nationwide.
Baltimore is a big contributor to the state’s violent crime rate, reporting a record-high homicide rate last year. With a homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 people, Baltimore beat out cities like Chicago and Detroit. But among the cities on our list, only one reported any counts of murder, and the top city (Manchester) didn’t have any violent crimes.
Maryland also has a higher property crime rate (38.29) than the national average of 27.11. But 80% of the cities we’ve recognized kept property crime to fewer than 20 incidents per 1,000 people. And only 7% of respondents to our State of Safety study reported a personal experience with property crime in the past year.
Did your city make the cut? Find out in our full ranking list below.
80% of this year’s safest cities are repeats from last year’s rankings.
It’s no surprise that property crime is a top safety issue in Maryland, with 65% of respondents reporting high or very high concern on our State of Safety survey, compared to 59% nationwide.
Violent crime and digital security tied for second place with 61% of participants expressing high concern in those areas.
15% reported having experienced violent crime in the past year—50% more than the national average of 10%.
Being robbed on the streets is the top violent crime concern, with 60% ranking it number one.
Getting murdered by a stranger is second, with 54%; nationwide just 46% rank murder a top concern.
Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?
Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.
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