LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The real estate blog Movoto has compiled a list of the 10 most dangerous places to live in Maryland.
Researchers used the 2012 FBI Unified Crime Report to find the number of murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts and vehicle thefts in every location with at least 5,000 residents.
The list is as follows:
1. Elkton, Cecil County
In 2012, Elkton had 13 murders per 100,000 people, the third highest number of violent crimes on the top 10 list and more assaults per person than any other top 10 town or city.
Chance of being the victim of a crime: 1 in 11
Charm City had the most robberies per 100,000 people in 2012, which contributed to it having the second highest amount of violent crime rate in the state. Baltimore also had the eighth highest property crime, the seventh most total crime, and the second highest amount of murders (35 murders per 100,000 people).
Chance of being the victim of a crime: 1 in 16
3. Bladensburg, Prince George’s County
Bladensburg had by far the most vehicle thefts per 100,000 people in 2012 (1,041). It also ranked third most dangerous in regards to murder, eighth in total crime and sixth in violent crime.
Chance of being the victim of a crime: 1 in 17
4. Ocean City, Worcester County
Zero murders were reported in Ocean City in 2012, but it had the most thefts (16,437 per 100,000 people) and the most rapes on the list. That led to it being first in total crime.
Chance of being the victim of a crime: 1 in 5
5. Cambridge, Dorchester County
Cambridge had the ninth most murders per 100,000 people (8) in 2012. Additionally, it saw 72 rapes, 265 robberies, and 683 assaults per 100,000 people, which gave it the fifth place ranking in violent crime.
Chance of being the victim of a crime: 1 in 15
6. Salisbury, Wicomico County
Salisbury had a much lower murder rate than most places in Maryland and very few vehicle thefts, but it did have the fourth most total crime and the fifth most property crime in the ranking. The Eastern Shore town also had the fourth highest violent crime rate in the state, thanks to a high number of assaults and robberies.
Chance of being the victim of a crime: 1 in 14