Safest Places to Live in Maryland 2021

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Last Update: January 21, 2021 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, 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 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 that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

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

10 Safest Places in Maryland 2021

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Mount Airy 9 472 5 0,53
2 Glenarden 6 234 4 0,64
3 Ocean Pines 12 264 8 0,65
4 Bowie 59 093 59 1,00
5 Hampstead 6 397 7 1,09
6 Frostburg 8 510 14 1,65
7 Taneytown 6 824 13 1,91
8 Bel Air 10 031 21 2,09
9 Thurmont 6 824 15 2,20
10 Brunswick 6 426 15 2,33

Crime Score in All Cities in Maryland 2021

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at 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
1 Luke 61 0 0,00
2 Oxford 598 0 0,00
3 Upper Marlboro 675 0 0,00
4 Hancock 1 539 0 0,00
5 Chevy Chase Village 2 073 0 0,00
6 University Park 2 651 0 0,00
7 Smithsburg 2 967 1 0,34
8 Edmonston 1 499 1 0,67
9 Hurlock 2 013 2 0,99
10 Oakland 1 816 2 1,10
11 Crisfield 2 554 3 1,17
12 Cottage City 1 363 2 1,47
13 Rock Hall 1 264 2 1,58
14 Greensboro 1 874 3 1,60
15 Rising Sun 2 799 6 2,14
16 Ridgely 1 652 4 2,42
17 Snow Hill 2 029 5 2,46
18 Forest Heights 2 583 9 3,48
19 Colmar Manor 1 468 6 4,09
20 Federalsburg 2 652 14 5,28
21 Landover Hills 1 656 9 5,43
22 St. Michaels 1 025 6 5,85
23 Fairmount Heights 1 533 10 6,52
24 Morningside 1 296 9 6,94

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Manchester 4 858 0 0,00
2 Boonsboro 3 596 1 0,28
3 Mount Airy 9 472 5 0,53
4 Berlin 4 862 3 0,62
5 Glenarden 6 234 4 0,64
6 Pocomoke City 4 025 3 0,75
7 Centreville 4 882 4 0,82
8 Hampstead 6 397 7 1,09
9 Frostburg 8 510 14 1,65
10 Taneytown 6 824 13 1,91
11 Berwyn Heights 3 278 7 2,14
12 Thurmont 6 824 15 2,20
13 Brunswick 6 426 15 2,33
14 Denton 4 504 11 2,44
15 Chestertown 5 027 13 2,59
16 Fruitland 5 346 15 2,81
17 Riverdale Park 7 258 22 3,03
18 North East 3 639 12 3,30
19 District Heights 6 015 20 3,33
20 Perryville 4 431 15 3,39
21 Delmar 3 248 12 3,69
22 Cheverly 6 482 24 3,70
23 Mount Rainier 8 143 33 4,05
24 Capitol Heights 4 551 19 4,17
25 Brentwood 3 494 15 4,29
26 La Plata 9 538 47 4,93
27 Bladensburg 9 476 59 6,23
28 Seat Pleasant 4 803 36 7,50
29 Princess Anne 3 549 29 8,17
30 Sykesville 3 959 33 8,34
31 Ocean City 6 905 91 13,18

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Ocean Pines 12 264 8 0,65
2 Bel Air 10 031 21 2,09
3 New Carrollton 13 036 33 2,53
4 Havre de Grace 13 890 36 2,59
5 Easton 16 523 49 2,97
6 Westminster 18 664 68 3,64
7 Takoma Park 17 893 71 3,97
8 Hyattsville 18 331 85 4,64
9 Greenbelt 23 417 110 4,70
10 Laurel 25 814 123 4,76
11 Aberdeen 16 194 120 7,41
12 Cumberland 19 321 151 7,82
13 Elkton 15 662 151 9,64
14 Cambridge 12 264 119 9,70

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Bowie 59 093 59 1,00
2 Frederick 73 030 296 4,05
3 Hagerstown 40 258 213 5,29
4 Annapolis 39 277 252 6,42
5 Salisbury 33 132 294 8,87
6 Baltimore 597 239 11 101 18,59

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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