MarylandLocated 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.

Related: Check out our Maryland Public Records guide.

Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary 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.

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#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.

#3 Easton


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%.

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Kyle Hollens - April 8, 2016

Bel Air is safer than Havre De Grace!

Sarah - April 8, 2016

I’ve lived in Harford county for all of my 22 years and both bel air and havre de grace are filled with DRUGS. Marijuana and heroin have taken over in both cities. I would never raise my children in these cities.

Ramona Dyson - April 8, 2016

Love this .I was born and raised up in Havre de Grace Md.

GingerS. - April 8, 2016

Havre de grace safe?!? That’s a JOKE!

ke - April 8, 2016

We should have stayed

Dorie Camp - April 9, 2016

I live in Ocean Pines, MD and recently had more than $500 of equipment stolen from my garage by the local hoodlums. Unfortunately, Ocean Pines has endured a lot of drug related crime recently. I built my house in 1994 and have had only one incident about 18 years ago. I am blaming the parents who let their 20+ year old sons live at home without jobs. Last summer, I paid the young men from the neighborhood to do some yard work. They apparently checked out my garage and knew exactly where I kept my valuable equipment. They repaid me by invading my garage and helping themselves to several items including a new vacuum cleaner still in the bag. My point: I do not think Ocean Pines deserve being advertised as the safest city in Maryland.

Lisa Patten - April 10, 2016

My hometown & current home! Yup, I feel so safe! And, all the towns mentioned are nice towns. I’m sorry Annapolis isn’t on the list as its super cool!


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