We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.
For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Massachusetts, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Boxford.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Bay State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 233 cities in Massachusetts with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Massachusetts.Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
For example, there were a total of 15 crimes committed in Boxford which had a reported population of 8,271. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0018 which translates into a 1 in 551 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 233 of the biggest cities in Massachusetts to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 233 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Massachusetts".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Boxford. The most dangerous city in Massachusetts? Holyoke, where residents had a 1 in 16 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 181 (6th safest)
More on Boxford:
Taking the crown as the safest city in Massachusetts for 2018 is Boxford -- a classic example of everything that makes Massachusetts great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 551.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,000 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 294 (12th safest)
More on Franklin:
If you're thinking of moving to Massachusetts and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Franklin -- the 2nd safest in the Bay State.
Franklin is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 339.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Franklin.
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 162 (2nd safest)
More on Groveland:
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Groveland ranks as the 3rd safest city in Massachusetts.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Groveland.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 43 (1st safest)
More on Wayland:
This gem of a place in the Bay State boasts the 1st best property crime rate and 20th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 175 (5th safest)
More on Norfolk:
Finishing just inside the top five is Norfolk, MA.
You get what you pay for in Norfolk -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 2,997 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Norfolk residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Norfolk in a heartbeat.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 377 (19th safest)
More on Hopkinton:
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Hopkinton, the 6th safest city in Massachusetts.
The town of some 16960 people will have to try and continue to keep Hopkinton a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Hopkinton?
Rank Last Year: 39 (Up 32)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 362 (16th safest)
More on Upton:
Upton is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Massachusetts.
It has 1 in 275.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,863 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Massachusetts.
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 215 (9th safest)
More on Sudbury:
The eighth safest city in Massachusetts for 2018 goes to Sudbury. Let's see why.
There were only 7 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 41 property crimes to boot.
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (29th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 166 (3rd safest)
More on Topsfield:
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Massachusetts, may we present Topsfield as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Massachusetts, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
11 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 3rd best in Massachusetts on a rate basis.
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 443 (31st safest)
More on Medway:
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Medway.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Medway residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 0 violent crimes and 59 property crimes in Medway; that's really good for a place of 13289 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Boxford is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Massachusetts residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Massachusetts according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|North Andover, MA||33||60||29,853||40||599|
|North Reading, MA||48||33||15,712||127||381|
|West Boylston, MA||94||-||7,895||101||1,127|
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