Located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, Maryland is home to just over 6 million residents. It is one of the smallest and most densely populated states in the country, with its largest city being Baltimore and its capital being Annapolis in the north. One of the original thirteen colonies, Maryland is known as the birthplace of religious freedom and the state benefits from its proximity to the nation’s capital, with the highest median household income of any U.S. state. If you’d like to make the Old Line State your next home, we’re giving you the five safest cities in Maryland for 2016.
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Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 446 for violent crime and 2,508 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.
#1 Ocean Pines
Located in Worcester County, the town of Ocean Pines is home to 11,700 residents. This is a residential community located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with over 9 miles of waterfront property and 3,000 acres of wooded areas. Community amenities include beaches, a yacht club, golf course, community center, and dedicated police force. Ocean Pines is the safest place to live in Maryland, with a violent crime rate of 117.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .06%.
#2 Havre de Grace
A city in Harford County, Havre de Grace has a current population of 12,900 residents. Situated at the head of the Chesapeake Bay on the Susquehanna River, the community is home to the Concord Point Lighthouse and the popular Havre de Grace Historic District, which is the site of many businesses and museums. Another safe place in Maryland to call home, the violent crime rate here is 235.5, and residents of Havre de Grace have a 2.7% chance of being involved in a property crime.
Located in Talbot County, the town of Easton is home to 16,600 residents. Also the county seat, the community has several distinct neighborhoods and is the site of the Third Haven Meeting House, the oldest Quaker meeting house in the country. The violent crime rate in Easton is 345.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is just 2.7%.
#4 Takoma Park
A city in Montgomery County, Takoma Park is home to 16,700 residents. Considered a suburb of Washington D.C., the community borders the D.C. neighborhood of Takoma. Takoma Park is known for its arts and music culture and is also home to Washington Adventist University, a private liberal arts college. The violent crime rate here is 372.4, and residents of Takoma Park have a 2.8% chance of being involved in a property crime.
#5 Bel Air
Located in Harford County, the town of Bel Air is home to 10,100 residents. Also the county seat, the community was founded in 1780, encompasses just 2.9 square miles, and has over twenty properties and locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another safe choice in Maryland, the violent crime rate in Bel Air is 388.9, and the chance of being affected by property crime here is 3.5%.