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Safest Places to Live in Maryland 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Maryland is located on the East Coast of the United States, bordering Delaware to the east, Pennsylvania to the north, and Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C. to the south and west.

Maryland is the 19th most populous state, with slightly over 6 million residents. It is one of the smallest states, but also one of the most densely populated ones. The capital is Annapolis, whereas the largest city is Baltimore, which is home to over 600,000 people.

Maryland was one of the original thirteen colonies and the 7th state to ratify the US Constitution. It also played a major role in creating Washington D.C. Some of the nicknames of Maryland are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State.

Maryland is the wealthiest state in the United States by median household income. The main reason for this is the fact that many people working in D.C. officially live in Maryland. Still, the economy of this state is fairly strong, spanning over many fields like manufacturing, services, and biotechnology.

From 2016 to 2017, the violent crime rate in Maryland increased by 4.3%, which is 3.8% per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 3,000.

20 Safest Places in Maryland 2020

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Boonsboro356900,00
2Manchester483700,00
3Taneytown679500,00
4Mount Airy943440,42
5Berlin466020,43
6Hampstead636440,63
7Brentwood351341,14
8Ocean Pines12244141,14
9Thurmont671281,19
10Glenarden625881,28
11Bowie59356801,35
12Centreville484491,86
13Brunswick6322121,90
14North East364271,92
15Easton16550362,18
16Frostburg8591192,21
17Bel Air10027232,29
18Havre de Grace13655322,34
19Denton4485112,45
20Pocomoke City4044102,47

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Crime Score in All Cities in Maryland 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Maryland cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Luke6000,00
2Oxford60100,00
3Upper Marlboro67600,00
4Lonaconing112000,00
5Snow Hill204400,00
6Chevy Chase Village209400,00
7Forest Heights258800,00
8Ridgely163810,61
9Smithsburg297720,67
10Cottage City137510,73
11Rock Hall126310,79
12University Park267051,87
13Morningside159431,88
14Hancock154631,94
15Hurlock202341,98
16Oakland182942,19
17Rising Sun280072,50
18Greensboro188252,66
19Crisfield258772,71
20St. Michaels102832,92
21Edmonston150853,32
22Fairmount Heights154563,88
23Landover Hills167995,36
24Federalsburg2656155,65
25Colmar Manor1476138,81

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Boonsboro356900,00
2Manchester483700,00
3Taneytown679500,00
4Mount Airy943440,42
5Berlin466020,43
6Hampstead636440,63
7Brentwood351341,14
8Thurmont671281,19
9Glenarden625881,28
10Centreville484491,86
11Brunswick6322121,90
12North East364271,92
13Frostburg8591192,21
14Denton4485112,45
15Pocomoke City4044102,47
16District Heights6062162,64
17Perryville4424143,16
18Cheverly6519213,22
19Fruitland5349193,55
20Chestertown5035203,97
21Capitol Heights4587194,14
22Berwyn Heights3300144,24
23Mount Rainier8198354,27
24La Plata9449414,34
25Bladensburg9518565,88
26Riverdale Park7330456,14
27Seat Pleasant48574910,09
28Princess Anne36003910,83
29Sykesville39414411,16
30Ocean City69508311,94

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Ocean Pines12244141,14
2Easton16550362,18
3Bel Air10027232,29
4Havre de Grace13655322,34
5New Carrollton13115403,05
6Takoma Park18049573,16
7Hyattsville18448794,28
8Laurel260381154,42
9Westminster18603844,52
10Greenbelt236611164,90
11Aberdeen162101167,16
12Cumberland195551467,47
13Cambridge1236412810,35
14Elkton1568119912,69

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Bowie59356801,35
2Frederick722992853,94
3Annapolis394612155,45
4Hagerstown403842556,31
5Salisbury331832728,20
6Baltimore6054361110018,33

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

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