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Safest Places to Live in Maryland 2019

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2019

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

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2017. 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 2018

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Manchester4,82000.00
2Taneytown6,76210.15
3Berlin4,62820.43
4Boonsboro3,52120.57
5Smithsburg3,00220.67
6North East3,66141.09
7Denton4,38551.14
8Frostburg8,622101.16
9Thurmont6,58481.22
10Perryville4,43261.35
11Bowie58,891811.38
12Ocean Pines12,263211.71
13Berwyn Heights3,30061.82
14Brentwood3,20561.87
15Centreville4,75391.89
16Glenarden6,228142.25
17Easton16,598382.29
18Cheverly6,517162.46
19Capitol Heights4,582122.62
20Bel Air10,109272.67

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Crime Score in All Cities in Maryland

In case your city didn’t make it to the top 20, 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 Elite Personal Finance 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
1Chevy Chase Village2,08000.00
2Lonaconing1,12500.00
3Trappe1,00500.00
4Oxford61200.00
5Luke6300.00
6Ridgely1,62210.62
7Cottage City1,37810.73
8Crisfield2,61620.76
9Upper Marlboro67211.49
10Forest Heights2,59741.54
11Greensboro1,87631.60
12Oakland1,86731.61
13Hancock1,55231.93
14Hurlock2,01941.98
15Fairmount Heights1,57942.53
16Edmonston1,52842.62
17St. Michaels1,03932.89
18Snow Hill2,06562.91
19University Park2,67782.99
20Rock Hall1,29743.08
21Landover Hills1,82163.29
22Rising Sun2,800113.93
23Federalsburg2,664176.38
24Colmar Manor1,474117.46

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Manchester4,82000.00
2Taneytown6,76210.15
3Berlin4,62820.43
4Boonsboro3,52120.57
5Smithsburg3,00220.67
6North East3,66141.09
7Denton4,38551.14
8Frostburg8,622101.16
9Thurmont6,58481.22
10Perryville4,43261.35
11Berwyn Heights3,30061.82
12Brentwood3,20561.87
13Centreville4,75391.89
14Glenarden6,228142.25
15Cheverly6,517162.46
16Capitol Heights4,582122.62
17Pocomoke City4,088112.69
18Fruitland5,298152.83
19Chestertown5,056152.97
20Brunswick6,219243.86
21District Heights6,064264.29
22La Plata9,324404.29
23Riverdale Park7,358395.30
24Delmar3,216185.60
25Bladensburg9,683767.85
26Sykesville3,940317.87
27Seat Pleasant4,806428.74
28Princess Anne3,639339.07
29Ocean City6,98210715.33

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Ocean Pines12,263211.71
2Easton16,598382.29
3Bel Air10,109272.67
4Havre de Grace13,610402.94
5Takoma Park17,933553.07
6New Carrollton12,971433.32
7Aberdeen15,720744.71
8Hyattsville18,579904.84
9Greenbelt24,0991445.98
10Laurel25,9971596.12
11Westminster18,6821216.48
12Cumberland19,8421507.56
13Elkton15,79418411.65
14Cambridge12,47116212.99

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Bowie58,891811.38
2Annapolis39,5962215.58
3Hagerstown40,5682496.14
4Frederick70,8604686.60
5Salisbury33,5583269.71
6Baltimore613,21712,43020.27

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?

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