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Crime Statistics for Maryland

Overall Crime Rating:

B- (24.91% higher than national average)

High Risk Crimes:

  • Robbery (86% higher than the national average)
  • Murder (79% higher than the national average)
  • Violent Crime (40% higher than the national average)

  • Investing in a security camera system effectively protects your home and family from criminals. Research consistently shows that these devices deter crime, with a reduction of 65% or more. Additionally, having surveillance cameras provides valuable evidence of criminal activity occurring. Surveillance camera systems are a proven cost-effective method to prevent, record, and decrease the overall rate of crime and will provide both you and your family with a much-needed peace of mind.

    Cities with Highest Crime Rate:

  • Baltimore
  • Hagerstown
  • Annapolis
  • Salisbury
  • Laurel

  • Cities with Lowest Crime Rate:

  • Ocean Pines
  • Bel Air
  • Havre de Grace
  • New Carrollton
  • Bowie

  • Baltimore Crime Rating:

    F (504.45% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder

    Baltimore is the most populous city in Maryland, with a population of 585,708 as of the 2020 census. It is also the 30th-most populous city in the United States. Baltimore became an independent city in 1851 and is now the most populous independent city in the country. The Baltimore metropolitan area has an estimated population of 2,838,327, making it the 20th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. When combined with the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the Washington–Baltimore combined statistical area has a population of 9,973,383, the third-largest in the country. The land that is now Baltimore was once used as hunting grounds by Paleo-Indians, and later by the Susquehannock in the early 1600s. The Port of Baltimore was established in 1706 to support the tobacco trade with Europe, and the Town of Baltimore was established in 1729. During the American Revolutionary War, the Second Continental Congress moved their deliberations to Baltimore from December 20, 1776 to February 27, 1777, making Baltimore the temporary capital of the nation. In the mid-18th century, the first printing press and newspapers were introduced to Baltimore. The Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812 was a pivotal engagement, and Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the failed British bombardment of Fort McHenry. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the oldest railroad in the country, was built in 1830 and solidified Baltimore's status as a major transportation hub. Baltimore's Inner Harbor was once a significant port of entry for immigrants to the United States. The city was also a major manufacturing center, but has since shifted to a service-oriented economy. Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University are the top employers in the city. Baltimore is home to several major organizations and government agencies, including the NAACP, ABET, the National Federation of the Blind, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It is also the home of the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens.

    Columbia Crime Rating:

    B- (6.38% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Robbery

    Columbia is a planned community in Howard County, Maryland, United States. It consists of 10 self-contained villages. According to the 2020 census, it had a population of 104,681, making it the second most populous community in Maryland after Baltimore. Columbia is officially part of the Baltimore metropolitan area and is located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The Columbia Association governs the territory of Columbia itself, but the U.S. Postal Service and the Census Bureau include larger areas under its name. These areas include other communities such as Simpsonville, Atholton, and part of Clarksville. Columbia was developed with the idea of improving residents' quality of life. Its creator, James Rouse, aimed to prioritize human values over economics and engineering. The community was established in 1967 with the goal of eliminating the drawbacks of traditional subdivision design and promoting integration without regard to race, religion, or social class.

    Germantown Crime Rating:

    A+ (85.41% lower than national average)

    Germantown is a census-designated place in Maryland, United States. It has a population of 91,249 as of the 2020 census. It is the third most populous place in Maryland, after Baltimore and Columbia. Germantown is located about 28 miles outside of Washington, D.C. It is a significant part of the Washington metropolitan area. Germantown was established in the early 19th century by European immigrants. However, most of its development occurred in the mid-20th century. The original plan for Germantown included a downtown area and six town villages: Gunners Lake Village, Kingsview Village, Churchill Village, Middlebrook Village, Clopper's Mill Village, and Neelsville Village. The Churchill Town Sector is the center of Germantown and is home to various facilities such as the Upcounty Regional Services Center, Germantown Public Library, Black Rock Arts Center, and Regal Germantown Stadium 14. There are also restaurants and convenient transportation options nearby. Germantown has specific ZIP codes for delivery and post office boxes. The assigned ZIP codes are 20874 and 20876 for delivery and 20875 for post office boxes. It is the only recognized "Germantown, Maryland" by the United States Postal Service. However, there are three other Maryland counties with unincorporated communities sharing the same name.

    Silver Spring Crime Rating:

    B+ (39.39% lower than national average)

    Silver Spring is a census-designated place in Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. It is an edge city with a population of 81,015. It is the fifth-most populous place in Maryland. Downtown Silver Spring is the oldest and most urbanized area, surrounded by suburban neighborhoods. Since 2004, there have been many mixed-use developments in the area. Silver Spring gets its name from a spring discovered in 1840 by Francis Preston Blair. The original spring is believed to be located in Acorn Park.

    Waldorf Crime Rating:

    A- (50.08% lower than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Larceny Theft

    Waldorf is a census-designated place in Charles County, Maryland, United States. It is located 23 miles south-southeast of Washington, D.C. and is considered part of Southern Maryland. According to the 2020 census, Waldorf's population was 81,410, making it the fourth-most populous community in the state. The growth of Waldorf has been significant, with its population increasing 16-fold since 1980. Today, it is the largest commercial and residential area in Southern Maryland and serves as a major suburb in the Washington metropolitan area.

    Ellicott City Crime Rating:

    A- (54.76% lower than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Aggravated Assault

    Ellicott City is a community in Maryland, United States. It is the county seat of Howard County. The population of Ellicott City was 65,834 at the 2010 census. This makes it the most populous unincorporated county seat in the country. Ellicott City's historic downtown is called the Ellicott City Historic District. It is located in the valleys of the Tiber and Patapsco rivers. The district includes the Ellicott City Station, which is the oldest surviving train station in the United States. It was built in 1830 as the first terminus of the original B&O Railroad line. People often refer to the historic district as "Historic Ellicott City" or "Old Ellicott City" to distinguish it from the surrounding suburbs that extend south to Columbia and west to West Friendship.

    Frederick Crime Rating:

    B (20.62% lower than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Aggravated Assault

    Frederick, Maryland is a city and the county seat of Frederick County. It is situated at a significant junction where a major Native American trail intersects with east-west routes to the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and the Appalachian mountains leading to the Ohio River watershed. According to the 2020 census, Frederick has a population of 78,171 people, making it the second-largest incorporated city in Maryland after Baltimore. It is part of the Washington metropolitan area and the greater Washington-Baltimore combined statistical area. Frederick is home to Frederick Municipal Airport (IATA: FDK), which serves general aviation, and Fort Detrick, the largest employer in Frederick County, known for its U.S. Army bioscience and communications research facilities.

    Glen Burnie Crime Rating:

    F (504.45% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Murder

    Glen Burnie is an unincorporated town and census-designated place in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA. It is located near Baltimore and serves as a suburb. The population of Glen Burnie was recorded as 72,891 during the 2020 census.

    Gaithersburg Crime Rating:

    A (71.62% lower than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Burglary

    Gaithersburg is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. It has a population of 69,657 according to the 2020 U.S. Census. It is considered a suburb and a primary city within the Washington–Arlington–Alexandria, DC–VA–MD–WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. Gaithersburg became a town in 1878 and a city in 1968. Gaithersburg is divided by Interstate 270. The eastern section is the historic area with landmarks and buildings from the town's early days. The central business district, known as "Olde Towne," is located here. The east side also includes City Hall, the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Bohrer Park, and other recreational facilities. On the west side, there are wealthier neighborhoods designed with smart growth techniques and New Urbanism principles. These include the Kentlands community, the Lakelands community, and the Washingtonian Center (also known as Rio), which is a shopping and business district. There are also new development projects underway, such as Watkins Mill Town Center and "Science City." Gaithersburg is home to several major employers, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), IBM, Lockheed Martin, AstraZeneca, and Sodexo. It is also the location of the United States Army Reserve Legal Command. Gaithersburg is known for its ethnic and economic diversity. In fact, it was ranked second for ethnic diversity among the 501 largest U.S. cities and first among smaller U.S. cities by WalletHub in 2021.

    Bowie Crime Rating:

    A- (5.25% lower than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Larceny Theft

    Bowie is a city located in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. According to the 2020 census, its population was 58,329. Over time, Bowie has expanded from a small railroad stop to become the largest municipality in Prince George's County and the fifth most populous city in Maryland. Additionally, it is the third largest city in terms of area in the state. In 2014, CNN Money included Bowie in its list of Best Places to Live in the United States, ranking it 28th.

    Severn Crime Rating:

    B- (6.38% higher than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Robbery

    Severn is a CDP located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA. The population of Severn in 2020 was 57,118, which is a 22.6% increase from the population of 44,231 in 2010.

    Bel Air South Crime Rating:

    B (19.06% lower than national average)

    Highest Risk Crime: Robbery

    Bel Air South is a designated place in Harford County, Maryland. It is known as a census-designated place, or CDP. According to the 2010 census, the population of Bel Air South was 47,709, which was an increase from 39,711 in 2000.


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