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.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Massachusetts for 2018:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Massachusetts, 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: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 294 (12th safest)
More on Franklin:
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 162 (2nd safest)
More on Groveland:
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 43 (1st safest)
More on Wayland:
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 175 (5th safest)
More on Norfolk:
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 215 (9th safest)
More on Sudbury:
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 443 (31st safest)
More on Medway:
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 51 (32nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 169 (4th safest)
More on Norton:
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 433 (30th safest)
More on Carlisle:
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 477 (34th safest)
More on Shrewsbury:
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (25th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 343 (15th safest)
More on Bedford:
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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|33||North Andover, MA||29,853||40||599|
|48||North Reading, MA||15,712||127||381|
|94||West Boylston, MA||7,895||101||1,127|
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