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Safest Cities in Massachusetts

2019 Guide to Massachusetts' Safest Cities

List of Massachusetts’ Safest Cities

 

One of the original 13 colonies, Massachusetts is one of the most historically significant states in the US. From the Old North Church to Plymouth Rock to the Bunker Hill Monument, the historical landmarks of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts played a prominent role in our nation’s early history. 

Bay Staters are especially proud of their higher education facilities (such as Harvard and MIT) and the success of the major professional sports franchises. (Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox)

The 3rd most densely populated state in the nation, Massachusetts has a median household income of $77,385. 

 

Average Massachusetts Crime Rate

 

The average Massachusetts Crime Rate is as follows:

Avg. Property Crime Rate in MA

Average Massachusetts Crime Rate -Property Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

 

What are the Safest Places to Live in Massachusetts?

 

The Bay State is home to a number of communities with outstanding reputations for low crime rates.

All of the Top 10 Safest Cities in Massachusetts had less than 100 property crimes.

Nine of these communities had 10 or less violent crimes.

These are extremely low numbers!

If you are looking for the best places to live in Massachusetts, this list of safest cities in Massachusetts is a good place to start.

Following are the top cities with populations above 10,000 which have been recognized as the safest communities in The Bay State.

The Top 10 Safest Cities in Massachusetts

(Population 10K +)

1.   Norton

2.   Holliston

3.   Franklin

4.   Clinton

5.   Sharon

6.   Holden

7.   Norfolk

8.   Groton

9.   Weston

10. Westford

Safest Cities in Massachusetts – Video Summary

Norton, MA

Norton, MA

Population

19,654

Violent Crimes

1

Property Crimes

18

Holliston, MA

Holliston, MA

Population

14,736

Violent Crimes

8

Property Crimes

30

Franklin, MA

Franklin, MA

Population

33,397

Violent Crimes

9

Property Crimes

74

Clinton, MA

Clinton, MA

Population

13,839

Violent Crimes

6

Property Crimes

34

Sharon, MA

Sharon, MA

Population

18,419

Violent Crimes

15

Property Crimes

45

Holden, MA

Holden, MA

Population

19,062

Violent Crimes

10

Property Crimes

52

Norfolk, MA

Norfolk, MA

Population

11,815

Violent Crimes

1

Property Crimes

35

Groton, MA

Groton, MA

Population

11,411

Violent Crimes

6

Property Crimes

34

Weston, MA

Weston, MA

Population

12,249

Violent Crimes

5

Property Crimes

37

Westford, MA

Westford, MA

Population

24,639

Violent Crimes

9

Property Crimes

76

More of the Safest Places to Live in Massachusetts

Best Places to Live in Massachusetts with 10,000+ Population

11-20

Hopkington

Shrewsbury

Grafton

Marshfield

Norwell

Sudbury

Medway

Bedford

North Reading

Wellesley

31-40

Southborough

Reading

Arlington

Needham

Billerica

Spencer

Duxbury

Belchertown

Beverly

Pepperell

21-30

Hanson

Winchester

Concord

Rehoboth

Maynard

Dudley

Ashland

North Andover

Ipswich

Pembroke

41-50

Winthrop

Whitman

Charlton

Hanover

Bridgewater

Newton

Easton

Acton

Littleton

Hudson

Safest Massachusetts Cities with Populations over 25K

Safest Cities in Massachusetts with Populations over 25,000

 

Larger cities face a number of challenges that smaller towns and communities might not have to deal with.  Following are some of the larger cities that have some of the safest neighborhoods in Massachusetts.

The Home Security Advisor recognizes the Top 10 larger cities in Massachusetts that have done an outstanding job keeping crime rates down and communities safe.

Following is our 2019 list of the safest communities in MA with a minimum population of at least 25K.

Franklin, MA

Franklin, MA

Population

33,397

Violent Crimes

9

Property Crimes

74

Shrewsbury, MA

Shrewsbury, MA

Population

36,974

Violent Crimes

3

Property Crimes

128

Marshfield, MA

Marshfield, MA

Population

25,929

Violent Crimes

31

Property Crimes

85

Wellesley, MA

Wellesley, MA

Population

29,434

Violent Crimes

12

Property Crimes

131

North Andover

North Andover, MA

Population

31,035

Violent Crimes

27

Property Crimes

164

North Andover

Reading, MA

Population

26,033

Violent Crimes

8

Property Crimes

157

Arlington, MA

Arlington, MA

Population

45,449

Violent Crimes

38

Property Crimes

257

Needham, MA

Needham, MA

Population

31,054

Violent Crimes

9

Property Crimes

194

Billerica, MA

Billerica, MA

Population

43,127

Violent Crimes

40

Property Crimes

244

Beverly, MA

Beverly, MA

Population

41,678

Violent Crimes

48

Property Crimes

235

How We Rated Safest Cities in Massachusetts

 

To rank the most secure towns and cities of Massachusetts, we analyzed the most recent complete (2017) FBI Uniform Crime Report. Towns and cities with ten thousand residents or higher, who recorded their crime data, were considered.

We reviewed both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft).  In order to reflect the seriousness of the crimes, these figures were weighted. Property crimes which were factored by .50 and were added to the violent crimes.

The sum of the two was then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

 

The Best Places to Live in Massachusetts – Crime Ratings

 

While no rating system is perfect, this provides a reasonably good mathematical gauge of the overall safety and security in the community. If you’re looking to find the best places to live in Massachusetts, this list is a great place to start.

Please note that not every town and city reports their records. If a town or city did not report their stats to the FBI, they were not included in the list.  Any communities with reporting ommissions or anomalies might also not be reflected in this year’s rankings.

When evaluating a community, one must realize that certain neighborhoods inside any city may have much lower crime rates than other areas. This is especially true in larger cities. Consequently, it is important to check into specific neighborhoods within the community and talk with local authorities to get a feel for the security and safety of a neighborhood.

If you are interested in ways to keep your family and home safer, check out our Tips for Better Home Security…and consider a professionally monitored home security system.

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