Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Baltimore

By PropertyClub Team
Apr 23rd 2023
Baltimore is known for its working-class character, colonial history, and first-class seafood. Baltimore also gets a bad reputation for violent crime, and much of that reputation is justified. Despite being a regional economic and cultural hub, the city has a crime rate that is substantially higher than the national average. If you are considering relocating, these are the ten worst neighborhoods in Baltimore that you want to avoid. 

hash-markMost Dangerous Neighborhoods in Baltimore

  1. Middle East
  2. Fairfield
  3. West Baltimore
  4. East Monument Historic District
  5. Pulaski
  6. Cherry Hill
  7. Greenmount East 
  8. Greater Rosemont
  9. Grove Park
  10. Sandtown-Winchester

hash-mark1. Middle East

The most dangerous neighborhood in Baltimore is Middle East. This neighborhood is located in East Baltimore and has a population of 7,100. Although Middle East may be located near Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the neighborhood has undergone extensive urban decay, with entire streets being nearly abandoned. With a crime rate of 10,945 per 100,000, Middle East Baltimore has a crime rate that is 445% higher than the Maryland state average. Not only is the property crime rate extremely high, but Middle East is one of the most violent neighborhoods in Baltimore. 

hash-mark2. Fairfield

Fairfield is another one of the most dangerous areas in Baltimore. The Fairfield neighborhood is located along the I-895 and has a population of just 530. Even with a small population, this neighborhood has a crime rate that is 391% higher than the Maryland state average. Fairfield suffers from severe poverty, urban decay, and a lack of services. Property crimes are commonplace, and the violent crime rate alone is a whopping 667% higher than the national average. 

hash-mark3. West Baltimore

West Baltimore is also one of the worst neighborhoods in Baltimore. Although it is located near the University of Maryland’s downtown campuses, West Baltimore has a crime rate that is a whopping 350% above the national average. West Baltimore has among the worst ranks schools and employment prospects in the city, with many residents living below the poverty line. Despite recent renovation projects, West Baltimore remains one of the most violent neighborhoods in the city. 

hash-mark4. East Monument Historic District

The East Monument Historic District is a neighborhood in Baltimore known for its artistic Bohemian Community that existed in the city during the early 20th century. This neighborhood has a long history of European Immigration and African-American culture, earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Despite this, East Monument deals with a pervasive crime issue, with a violent crime rate that is 317% higher than the national average. 

hash-mark5. Pulaski

Pulaski is another dangerous Baltimore neighborhood. This small community of only 475, has an astonishingly high crime rate. The total crime rate in Pulaski is 307% above the national average, with the neighborhood lacking education and employment opportunities. Pulaski is home to the National Aquarium, and visitors are often warned to not venture too far from the building complex. 

hash-mark6. Cherry Hill

Home to the largest public housing project in Baltimore, Cherry Hill has a crime rate that is 291% higher than the state average. Cherry Hill is known for gang activity, with violent crime and drug trafficking being commonplace. Local gangs have been known to cause repeated trouble for neighborhood residents. With many residents living at or below the poverty level, the average price of a home is only $74,538. 

hash-mark7. Greenmount East 

Greenmount East has a population of 11,041 and a total crime rate that is 277% above the national average. This neighborhood is known for having high rates of burglary and theft and for being a major gang area in Baltimore. Shootings are fairly common in Greenmount East, and other violent crimes such as assaults. Residents report not feeling adequately protected by police, and traveling through this area on foot isn’t recommended. 

hash-mark8. Greater Rosemont

Greater Rosemont is a dangerous Baltimore neighborhood that is also one of the most neglected and underserved parts of the city. With a population of 18,664, Greater Rosemont has a total crime rate that is 202% above the national average. Some of the buildings in Greater Rosemont are so rundown that there have been reports of buildings collapsing and killing residents. While Greater Rosemont may not have a crime rate as high as other parts of the city, it is still advised to avoid this area. 

hash-mark9. Grove Park

Grove Park is a dangerous Baltimore neighborhood with a population of 1,872 and a crime rate that is 187% higher than the Maryland average. While some recent efforts have been made to build new housing in this neighborhood, much of Grove Park has fallen victim to urban decay. Violent crimes such as robbery, assault, and murder are much higher than the national average. 

hash-mark10. Sandtown-Winchester

Sandtown-Winchester is a West Baltimore community with a disproportionate number of residents living below the poverty line. In addition, with an unemployment rate nearly twice the city average, Sandtown is greatly affected by drug trafficking, gang activity, and rampant property theft. Sandtown-Winchester also has a turbulent history of unrest, being the location of the 2015 Freddie Gray riots.