How safe is Baltimore, MD?

Baltimore's crime rate is significantly higher than the national rate, with the metro area experiencing its fair share of violent crime – particularly within the city proper. However, there are plenty of central Baltimore neighborhoods where residents feel safe walking around, including Mount Vernon and Federal Hill. The metro area's suburban communities also have lower crime rates than the city itself.  

Crime Index

Index Score: 3.9 /10

How we calculate this.


Baltimore has a higher crime rate than similarly sized metro areas.

Crime Rate 2017

Crime rate is the number of crimes committed per 100,000 people.
Baltimore, MD

782.5

Higher than average crime
Metro areas similar to Baltimore
Chicago, IL

326.0

Lower than average crime
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

369.0

Lower than average crime
Houston, TX

593.0

Higher than average crime
Baltimore, MD

2732.9

Higher than average crime
Metro areas similar to Baltimore
Chicago, IL

1979.0

Lower than average crime
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

1357.0

Lower than average crime
Houston, TX

1481.0

Lower than average crime

Violent Crime Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report.