Carroll County, Maryland hosts four of the top ten safest cities in Maryland, according to rankings from Safewise, a website dedicated to making communities safer.  The Carroll County cities that ranked in the top ten include Manchester, Hampstead, Sykesville, and Taneytown.

The website provides this overview of how the rankings were determined:

To identify the 10 safest cities in Maryland, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down 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) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

The Carroll County cities that ranked in the Top Ten, and their respective metrics were:

2. Manchester
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.35

4. Sykesville 
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.25

8. Taneytown 
Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.63
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.32

9. Hampstead 
Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.41
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.14

The website has praise for Maryland’s state of safety:

Maryland has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to crime. In early 2017, the Old Line State launched the Justice for Victims Initiative, which supports current victims of crime and helps prevent more citizens from experiencing this situation. The initiative unites victims, advocates, law enforcement, and government to help keep Maryland a safe place all can call home.

View a video overview of Maryland’s top safety rankings: