These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Massachusetts For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Massachusetts where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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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 Norton.

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 237 cities in Massachusetts with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Massachusetts for 2019:

  1. Norton (Homes)
  2. Wayland (Homes)
  3. Boxford (Photos | Homes)
  4. Franklin (Homes)
  5. Norfolk (Homes)
  6. Hopkinton (Photos | Homes)
  7. Dover (Photos | Homes)
  8. Shrewsbury (Homes)
  9. Wenham (Homes)
  10. Manchester-by-the-Sea (Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

For more reading on safe places to live and Massachusetts, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Massachusetts

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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 2018) 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:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 19 crimes committed in Norton which had a reported population of 19,654. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.001 which translates into a 1 in 1,034 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 2017. This left us with a total of 237 of the biggest cities in Massachusetts to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 237 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 Norton. 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.

1. Norton

Norton, MA
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Population: 19,654
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 5 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 91 (2nd safest)
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Norton takes the crown as the safest place to call home in Massachusetts. It's the kind of place you can wrap up in your afghan with a book by the fire and not have to worry about anyone bothering you.

The city has the third lowest violent crime and the second lowest property crime rate in the state.

Norton is a town in Bristol County in the southeast region of Massachusetts.

2. Wayland

Wayland, MA
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Population: 13,976
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 64 (1st safest)
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Boxford, MA
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Population: 8,333
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 264 (10th safest)
More on Boxford: PhotosReal Estate | Data

4. Franklin

Franklin, MA
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Population: 33,397
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 221 (6th safest)
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5. Norfolk

Norfolk, MA
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Population: 11,815
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 8 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 296 (12th safest)
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Hopkinton, MA
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Population: 17,348
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 340 (19th safest)
More on Hopkinton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Dover, MA
Source: Public domain
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Population: 6,053
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 24)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 297 (13th safest)
More on Dover: PhotosReal Estate | Data

8. Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury, MA
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Population: 36,974
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 8 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 346 (20th safest)
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9. Wenham

Source: Public Domain
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Population: 5,242
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 27)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 152 (3rd safest)
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10. Manchester-By-The-Sea

Source: Public Domain
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Population: 5,435
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 17)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 257 (9th safest)
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There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Bay State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Norton 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:

  1. Holyoke
  2. North Adams
  3. Springfield
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List Of Safest Cities In Massachusetts For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Norton, MA 19,654 5 91
2 Wayland, MA 13,976 14 64
3 Boxford, MA 8,333 0 264
4 Franklin, MA 33,397 26 221
5 Norfolk, MA 11,815 8 296
6 Hopkinton, MA 17,348 0 340
7 Dover, MA 6,053 16 297
8 Shrewsbury, MA 36,974 8 346
9 Wenham, MA 5,242 38 152
10 Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA 5,435 36 257
11 Westford, MA 24,639 36 308
12 Norwell, MA 11,150 26 385
13 Clinton, MA 13,839 43 245
14 Merrimac, MA 6,948 28 374
15 Harvard, MA 6,572 15 410
16 Holliston, MA 14,736 54 203
17 Weston, MA 12,249 40 302
18 Holden, MA 19,062 52 272
19 Groton, MA 11,411 52 297
20 Medway, MA 13,407 44 395
21 Wellesley, MA 29,434 40 445
22 Sharon, MA 18,419 81 244
23 Sudbury, MA 19,120 57 376
24 Winchester, MA 23,059 39 516
25 Hamilton, MA 8,216 48 474
26 Lincoln, MA 6,860 29 583
27 Bedford, MA 14,607 61 403
28 Rockport, MA 7,255 96 165
29 Reading, MA 26,033 30 603
30 Needham, MA 31,054 28 624
31 Stow, MA 7,196 69 430
32 Georgetown, MA 8,715 45 585
33 Concord, MA 20,193 69 510
34 Topsfield, MA 6,604 105 363
35 Pembroke, MA 18,454 65 568
36 Ipswich, MA 13,951 64 573
37 Rehoboth, MA 12,153 82 518
38 Hanover, MA 14,597 34 698
39 Grafton, MA 18,763 117 319
40 Townsend, MA 9,626 83 540
41 North Andover, MA 31,035 86 528
42 Marshfield, MA 25,929 119 327
43 Southborough, MA 10,148 68 591
44 Newton, MA 89,736 54 641
45 Duxbury, MA 16,085 55 634
46 Arlington, MA 45,449 83 565
47 Ashland, MA 17,878 100 514
48 Hudson, MA 19,963 35 751
49 Billerica, MA 43,127 92 565
50 Hopedale, MA 5,959 117 436
51 Beverly, MA 41,678 115 563
52 Belmont, MA 26,432 45 794
53 Westborough, MA 19,074 52 791
54 Rowley, MA 6,378 109 611
55 Lynnfield, MA 13,042 53 797
56 Milton, MA 27,420 54 784
57 Longmeadow, MA 15,848 37 927
58 Tyngsboro, MA 12,490 64 760
59 North Reading, MA 15,780 152 411
60 Newbury, MA 7,071 127 565
61 Bolton, MA 5,272 94 682
62 Templeton, MA 8,184 109 647
63 Northborough, MA 15,109 19 1,025
64 Acton, MA 23,937 96 710
65 Melrose, MA 28,101 81 768
66 Douglas, MA 8,795 159 477
67 Pepperell, MA 12,267 122 644
68 Cohasset, MA 8,598 69 872
69 Granby, MA 6,379 156 532
70 Littleton, MA 10,196 107 735
71 West Boylston, MA 7,856 114 712
72 Lancaster, MA 8,212 121 681
73 Upton, MA 7,816 179 422
74 Halifax, MA 7,963 75 916
75 Hampden, MA 5,217 115 747
76 Hingham, MA 23,392 55 1,000
77 Blackstone, MA 9,079 143 649
78 Charlton, MA 13,523 140 658
79 Southwick, MA 9,778 112 767
80 Maynard, MA 10,756 195 502
81 Sutton, MA 9,401 95 893
82 Wilmington, MA 23,791 126 735
83 Ashburnham, MA 6,255 111 799
84 Watertown, MA 35,586 89 958
85 Spencer, MA 11,920 159 612
86 Belchertown, MA 15,097 165 602
87 Mendon, MA 6,069 148 708
88 Middleton, MA 9,788 153 684
89 Berkley, MA 6,745 177 593
90 Whitman, MA 15,000 166 640
91 Shirley, MA 7,499 213 546
92 East Bridgewater, MA 14,573 116 912
93 Sterling, MA 8,102 111 975
94 Easton, MA 24,176 165 661
95 Winthrop, MA 18,319 196 605
96 Stoneham, MA 22,077 122 901
97 Brookline, MA 59,233 75 1,122
98 Southampton, MA 6,263 175 654
99 Rochester, MA 5,593 160 715
100 Boxborough, MA 5,972 301 401

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