Safest Places to Live in Maryland of February 2024

Last Update: March 11, 2023 Living

Maryland is located on the East Coast of the United States, bordering Delaware to the east, Pennsylvania to the north, 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, 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 Maryland’s nicknames 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, this state’s economy is fairly strong, spanning many fields like manufacturing, services, and biotechnology.

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, safer cities got the lowest score, and those more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those under 5,000 residents were not included in the list.

10 Safest Places in Maryland of February 2024

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Mount Airy9 47250,53
2Glenarden6 23440,64
3Ocean Pines12 26480,65
4Bowie59 093591,00
5Hampstead6 39771,09
6Frostburg8 510141,65
7Taneytown6 824131,91
8Bel Air10 031212,09
9Thurmont6 824152,20
10Brunswick6 426152,33

Crime Score in All Cities in Maryland of February 2024

If your city didn’t make our list, you could see our full list of Maryland cities.

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

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
3Upper Marlboro67500,00
4Hancock1 53900,00
5Chevy Chase Village2 07300,00
6University Park2 65100,00
7Smithsburg2 96710,34
8Edmonston1 49910,67
9Hurlock2 01320,99
10Oakland1 81621,10
11Crisfield2 55431,17
12Cottage City1 36321,47
13Rock Hall1 26421,58
14Greensboro1 87431,60
15Rising Sun2 79962,14
16Ridgely1 65242,42
17Snow Hill2 02952,46
18Forest Heights2 58393,48
19Colmar Manor1 46864,09
20Federalsburg2 652145,28
21Landover Hills1 65695,43
22St. Michaels1 02565,85
23Fairmount Heights1 533106,52
24Morningside1 29696,94

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Manchester4 85800,00
2Boonsboro3 59610,28
3Mount Airy9 47250,53
4Berlin4 86230,62
5Glenarden6 23440,64
6Pocomoke City4 02530,75
7Centreville4 88240,82
8Hampstead6 39771,09
9Frostburg8 510141,65
10Taneytown6 824131,91
11Berwyn Heights3 27872,14
12Thurmont6 824152,20
13Brunswick6 426152,33
14Denton4 504112,44
15Chestertown5 027132,59
16Fruitland5 346152,81
17Riverdale Park7 258223,03
18North East3 639123,30
19District Heights6 015203,33
20Perryville4 431153,39
21Delmar3 248123,69
22Cheverly6 482243,70
23Mount Rainier8 143334,05
24Capitol Heights4 551194,17
25Brentwood3 494154,29
26La Plata9 538474,93
27Bladensburg9 476596,23
28Seat Pleasant4 803367,50
29Princess Anne3 549298,17
30Sykesville3 959338,34
31Ocean City6 9059113,18

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Ocean Pines12 26480,65
2Bel Air10 031212,09
3New Carrollton13 036332,53
4Havre de Grace13 890362,59
5Easton16 523492,97
6Westminster18 664683,64
7Takoma Park17 893713,97
8Hyattsville18 331854,64
9Greenbelt23 4171104,70
10Laurel25 8141234,76
11Aberdeen16 1941207,41
12Cumberland19 3211517,82
13Elkton15 6621519,64
14Cambridge12 2641199,70

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Bowie59 093591,00
2Frederick73 0302964,05
3Hagerstown40 2582135,29
4Annapolis39 2772526,42
5Salisbury33 1322948,87
6Baltimore597 23911 10118,59

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