Maryland - aka The Free State or Old Line State - is a mid-Atlantic state that, back in 1791, donated the land that is now Washington D.C. Maryland stretches 31 miles down the Eastern Atlantic shoreline. Its capital city is Annapolis and its largest city is Baltimore. The state has a population of about 6 million people. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or thrill seeker, there's plenty to do in Maryland. Visitors can stroll among the flowers at Brookside Gardens, spend time at the heart and soul of Maryland at the Chesapeake Bay, take in some history at one of Maryland's many museums, or even take the family on a trip to Six Flags of America in Marlboro. Maryland's state flower is the Black-Eyed Susan and its state bird is the Baltimore Oriole, which also happens to be the name of the state's major league baseball team. Speaking of baseball, the legendary Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore (he went on to become one of the first five players to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame). Fun fact: Western Maryland Murray is the state's very own weather-predicting groundhog who helps Marylanders know whether or not to expect six more weeks of winter.
Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.
1. OCEAN PINES
Ocean Pines is situated along Maryland's eastern coast in Worcester County along the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts miles of waterfront property and 3,000 acres of wooded scenery. It has a population of 12,163. Its violent crime rate is 0.49/1,000 people, which is significantly lower than the state average of 5/1,000 people. Ocean Pines is home to thirteen parks. The city also has a beautiful golf course designed by legendary course designer, Robert Trent Jones Sr. If land isn't your playground of choice, you can rent a kayak or canoe and hit the open water. After a morning in the sun head to Ocean Pines' year-long farmers market for some fresh produce. Stay healthy and safe.
Taneytown is located in the northwest area of Carroll county and is about an hour’s drive from Baltimore - the state's largest city. Taneytown is the perfect place for history buffs as it’s only minutes away from both the Gettysburg and Antietam Battlefields. Taneytown is also home to beautiful parks and amazing schools. They even have a safe and affordable community transportation system which helps its residents get around to one of their many sports programs, clubs, or organizations. There's something for everyone in this charming community.
Glenarden is 32 miles south of Baltimore and located in Prince George's County. It reported 15 violent crimes and 52 property crimes - both lower than the state's averages. Maybe this is due to their annual Police and Community Partnership Event, where the local police department educate residents about safety, crime, and drug prevention. Glenarden also offers newly renovated parks and a variety of organizations for any interest: American Legion, Boys and Girls Club, Civic Association, Historical Society.
Bowie is also located in Prince George's County and sits 15 miles away from Maryland's capital city, Annapolis. Bowie has a population of 58,304, a violent crime rate of 1.13/1,000 people and a property crime rate of 11.77/1,000 people - both well below the state’s averages. Bowie offers a lot of emergency preparedness programs - severe weather safety, fire and lightning safety, and snow preparedness. The city even has its own alert system called "Alert Bowie 2.0" which sends emergency notifications, safety alerts, and other noteworthy news via phone, fax, email, and text. Along with their focus on safety, the city also makes room for creativity and an active lifestyle. Their arts committee advises the city council on community-based visual and performance art. In addition to an ice arena and a senior center, Bowie also offers numerous parks, museums, and a full gymnasium for residents to use (when it's not booked for sporting events).
Hampstead is in Carroll County and 35 miles northwest of Baltimore. Hampstead had 9 reports of violent crime (a rate of 1.14/1,000 people) and 71 incidents of property crime (a rate of 11.14/1,000 people). Home to top-notch schools and many community-focused organizations, its residents enjoy beautifully maintained parks and playgrounds, a variety of recreational activities, museums, and art galleries. Hampstead’s community is strengthened by their summer farmer’s market, annual Fireman's Carnival, and tree lighting ceremony. They even hold an annual celebration in the spring called Hampstead Days - an event centered around togetherness and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
The Top 30 Safest Cities in Maryland, 2017
1. Ocean Pines
11. New Carrollton
21. La Plata
24. Mount Rainier
6. District Heights
17. Riverdale Park
9. Bel Air
10. Havre de Grace
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 5,000.
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 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.