Maryland’s 10 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated February 1, 2019

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.

Maryland's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 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.

The 10 Safest Cities in Maryland




Manchester, Maryland
Population 4,820
Median Income $93,125
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.53




Taneytown, Maryland
Population 6,762
Median Income $71,903
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.15
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.39




Berlin, Maryland
Population 4,628
Median Income $58,177
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.43
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.37




Frostburg, Maryland
Population 8,622
Median Income $37,099
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.16
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.18




Thurmont, Maryland
Population 6,584
Median Income $68,879
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.22
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.05




Bowie, Maryland
Population 58,891
Median Income $108,637
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.38
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.89


Ocean Pines


Ocean Pines, Maryland
Population 12,263
Median Income $69,010
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.71
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.69




Centreville, Maryland
Population 4,753
Median Income $89,219
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.89
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.89




Glenarden, Maryland
Population 6,228
Median Income $87,829
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.56




Easton, Maryland
Population 16,598
Median Income $52,724
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.29
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 27.35

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

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.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email

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.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for 2019’s Best Home Security Systems.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 10?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
12Bel Air10,1092.6726.21
14Havre de Grace13,6102.9414.11
16Takoma Park17,9333.0725.04
17New Carrollton12,9713.3219.81
19District Heights6,0644.2911.05
20La Plata9,3244.2934.53
23Riverdale Park7,3585.3020.79
32Seat Pleasant4,8068.7424.97
36Ocean City6,98215.33146.81

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.


FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more

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