Bel Air was ranked 5th in the “Top 5 Safest Cities in Maryland 2016” by Background! Bel Air also made the Livability “Top Ten Best Small Towns” list ranking at 42 while also being ranked 7th in “10 Best Cities In Maryland To Achieve Work-Life Balance” on Zippia in 2015. Background explains:

“Located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, Maryland is home to just over 6 million residents. It is one of the smallest and most densely populated states in the country, with its largest city being Baltimore and its capital being Annapolis in the north. One of the original thirteen colonies, Maryland is known as the birthplace of religious freedom and the state benefits from its proximity to the nation’s capital, with the highest median household income of any U.S. state. If you’d like to make the Old Line State your next home, we’re giving you the five safest cities in Maryland for 2016.

Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and propriety research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 446 for violent crime and 2,508 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.”