See Which Maryland Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 6,500

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

There’s a lot to see and do in the relatively small state of Maryland — from the historic city of Annapolis where the naval academy is, the beautiful Chesapeake Bay full of delicious crabs, to Baltimore city with its lively nightlife and museums. That's not all though. You also have the sprawling mountains to the west, beaches on the Atlantic ocean, and dozens of historic Civil War sites. Maryland is such a historic state with so much to do, and it lends itself to being a relatively safe state overall.

Of the 25 safest cities in the state, the highest had a safety rating of 91.2 and the lowest was at 43.35. That is quite a big range, but keep in mind that the first 19 cities are over 70, and two of the cities are in the top 500 safest cities of the nation. It should also be noted that nearly all 25 cities that we ranked experienced a decline in property and violent crimes, most notably Bowie with a 20.4% drop in property crime and 14.8% drop in violent crimes.

Ocean Pines rated as the safest city in the state with a score of 91.2. There are 12,163 residents here, and is located on the Atlantic coastline. This city seems to be so safe due to having a mostly older population, with 66% of the population being over 45 years old. Therefore, most of the people are here to retire or live peacefully by the ocean, far from the noise of big city life.

Elsewhere in Maryland is Frederick, located near the Pennsylvania border. It is one of the more densely populated cities in the state, but with a high safety rating of 79.78. It is also within an hour drive to Baltimore and Washington D.C., so a lot of commuters choose to live in Frederick to raise their families.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 91.2

Ocean Pines, MD

12,163 639 6 49.2% 54 -48.3%

2 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.06

Taneytown, MD

6,757 449 11 83% 63 -15%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.34

Bowie, MD

58,304 869 66 -14.8% 686 -20.4%

4
Safety Score: 82.82

New Carrollton, MD

12,847 475 54 -34.6% 221 -29.8%

5
Safety Score: 82.68

Bel Air, MD

10,295 244 20 -33.1% 217 -31%

6
Safety Score: 82.4

Frostburg, MD

8,606 452 9 -35.6% 171 -12.1%

7
Safety Score: 81.92

Havre de Grace, MD

13,639 302 34 -0.1% 286 -7.2%

8
Safety Score: 79.86

Riverdale Park, MD

7,341 244 52 8.4% 145 -4.7%

9
Safety Score: 79.81

Aberdeen, MD

15,551 337 87 19.4% 323 -36.5%

10
Safety Score: 79.78

Frederick, MD

69,162 373 341 14.7% 1,406 -12.1%

11
Safety Score: 78.04

Annapolis, MD

38,986 255 189 -3% 977 2.5%

12
Safety Score: 77.13

Easton, MD

16,781 261 63 -19.2% 448 -13.8%

13
Safety Score: 75.39

Hagerstown, MD

40,470 345 240 -8.7% 1,088 -25.7%

14
Safety Score: 74.73

Westminster, MD

18,754 340 60 -32.2% 732 -2.3%

15
Safety Score: 74.36

Greenbelt, MD

24,385 380 109 16.2% 754 -6.4%

16
Safety Score: 73.64

Laurel, MD

26,406 321 118 -24.7% 868 -6.7%

17
Safety Score: 72.71

Mount Rainier, MD

8,515 404 44 30.7% 283 -7.2%

18
Safety Score: 72.57

La Plata, MD

9,048 502 35 -25.1% 307 -6.2%

19
Safety Score: 70.18

Bladensburg, MD

9,686 358 81 -6.6% 333 -9.5%

20
Safety Score: 59.7

Hyattsville, MD

18,605 364 84 -10.9% 1,036 -13.8%

21
Safety Score: 56.56

Baltimore, MD

621,252 209 9,542 14.7% 30,941 5.6%

22
Safety Score: 56.42

Salisbury, MD

33,125 277 311 4.3% 1,802 -5.8%

23
Safety Score: 50.3

Cumberland, MD

20,095 371 144 -2.1% 1,330 3.2%

24
Safety Score: 48.68

Cambridge, MD

12,606 228 164 30.8% 796 3.1%

25
Safety Score: 43.35

Elkton, MD

15,940 370 203 -12.3% 1,169 -0.3%


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