Report: Locust Point is safest large neighborhood in Baltimore
A crime analysis for a consumer-finance website dubs Locust Point the safest large neighborhood in Baltimore, with residents less likely to be victims of violence or serious property crimes than people living in most other parts of the country.
"As it turns out, some big cities contain neighborhoods that are among the safest of any place in the nation, hopefully breaking stereotypes," WalletPop, the website, says in its announcement of the findings.
Locust Point, a neighborhood with deep blue-collar roots, has a location alongside Baltimore's waterfront that has brought it high-end residential development in recent years.
WalletPop, which relied on NeighborhoodScout for the data and analysis, says it ranked the safest neighborhood of at least 1,000 people in each of the nation's largest cities. Those neighborhoods tended to be either wealthy or "more modest income neighborhoods with many tightly-knit working class families."
The chances of becoming a crime victim in a year of living in Locust Point are 1 in 84, better odds than in 70 percent of U.S. neighborhoods, WalletPop said.
The site says it saw similar themes across the country:
Surprisingly, many of the neighborhoods [NeighborhoodScout] discovered are substantially safer than neighborhoods in the suburbs. Some of these same cities are also home to the most dangerous neighborhoods in America, underscoring the importance of looking at neighborhoods, and not passing judgment on entire cities. For safety, it really is all about your location, not just your city or your zip code.
So is Locust Point actually the safest place in Baltimore? It depends on your definition. WalletPop says neighborhoods with fewer than 1,000 residents were excluded from the analysis, which is why Locust Point is listed as No. 3 overall in the city but topped this particular ranking.
There's also modeling at work. NeighborhoodScout's parent, Location Inc., says it uses "proprietary computer models developed by its expert analysts to statistically estimate the number of violent crimes and property crimes for every neighborhood in the U.S." That's designed to try to deal with less-than-ideal data, including "the lack of specific locations for crimes reported by most law enforcement agencies."
Do you agree that Locust Point is the safest of Baltimore's larger neighborhoods?
Where do you feel safest?