Maryland’s statewide crime statistics are a mixed bag: the state average --likely due to the exceptionally high violent crime rate of its largest city, Baltimore—is among the nation’s worst. Yet, outside of its largest cities, Maryland is home to some very safe and family friendly communities. The overall safest is Ocean Pines, a small town of 12,207 near the coast with low rates of 1.56 violent crimes and 8.68 property crimes per 1,000 inhabitants.
Maryland’s second safest community is Bowie, a much larger municipality of 58, 631 located in Prince George’s County. Bowie’s very low 0.94 violent crimes and 12.89 property crimes per 1,000 is enough to convince people of its safety. The following three communities in the countdown, New Carrollton (#3), Aberdeen (#4) and Havre de Grace (#5), are all small towns of under 16,000. Their crime rates cannot match the low numbers put forward by the top two, yet they are rather safe, nonetheless.
1. OCEAN PINES
3. NEW CARROLLTON
5. HAVRE DE GRACE
Maryland's Safest Cities
|Violent per 1,000||Property per 1,000|
|5||Havre de Grace||13,604||37||308||2.72||22.64|
To identify the safest cities in Maryland, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes.