Top 15 Safest Cities In Massachusetts For 2018

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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 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:

  1. Boxford (Photos | Homes)
  2. Franklin (Homes)
  3. Groveland (Homes)
  4. Wayland (Homes)
  5. Norfolk (Homes)
  6. Hopkinton (Photos | Homes)
  7. Upton (Photos | Homes)
  8. Sudbury (Homes)
  9. Topsfield (Photos | Homes)
  10. Medway (Homes)
  11. Norton (Homes)
  12. Carlisle (Homes)
  13. Shrewsbury (Homes)
  14. Bedford (Homes)
  15. Groton (Photos | Homes)

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:

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 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:

  • 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 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.

Boxford, MA
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 8,271
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 181 (6th safest)
More on Boxford: PhotosReal Estate | Data

2. Franklin

Franklin, MA
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 33,264
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 294 (12th safest)
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3. Groveland

Groveland, MA
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,776
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 162 (2nd safest)
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4. Wayland

Wayland, MA
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 13,760
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 43 (1st safest)
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5. Norfolk

Norfolk, MA
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 11,991
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 175 (5th safest)
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Hopkinton, MA
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 16,960
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 377 (19th safest)
More on Hopkinton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Upton, MA
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 7,726
Rank Last Year: 39 (Up 32)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 362 (16th safest)
More on Upton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

8. Sudbury

Sudbury, MA
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 19,035
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 215 (9th safest)
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Topsfield, MA
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 6,590
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (29th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 166 (3rd safest)
More on Topsfield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

10. Medway

Medway, MA
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 13,289
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 443 (31st safest)
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11. Norton

Norton, MA
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 19,445
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 51 (32nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 169 (4th safest)
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12. Carlisle

Carlisle, MA
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,300
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 433 (30th safest)
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13. Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury, MA
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 36,874
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 477 (34th safest)
More on Shrewsbury: 

14. Bedford

Bedford, MA
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 14,280
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (25th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 343 (15th safest)
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Groton, MA
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 11,372
Rank Last Year: 47 (Up 32)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 430 (29th safest)
More on Groton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Bay State

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:

  1. Holyoke
  2. North Adams
  3. Springfield
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Massachusetts For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Boxford, MA 8,271 0 181
2 Franklin, MA 33,264 3 294
3 Groveland, MA 6,776 29 162
4 Wayland, MA 13,760 36 43
5 Norfolk, MA 11,991 33 175
6 Hopkinton, MA 16,960 11 377
7 Upton, MA 7,726 25 362
8 Sudbury, MA 19,035 36 215
9 Topsfield, MA 6,590 45 166
10 Medway, MA 13,289 0 443
11 Norton, MA 19,445 51 169
12 Carlisle, MA 5,300 18 433
13 Shrewsbury, MA 36,874 10 477
14 Bedford, MA 14,280 42 343
15 Groton, MA 11,372 35 430
16 Rockport, MA 7,222 69 207
17 Holden, MA 18,829 69 292
18 Georgetown, MA 8,623 23 545
19 Holliston, MA 14,656 68 375
20 Hopedale, MA 5,938 67 387
21 Clinton, MA 13,780 58 406
22 Needham, MA 30,733 19 575
23 Hamilton, MA 8,181 73 342
24 Sharon, MA 18,200 76 340
25 Lexington, MA 33,643 68 392
26 Lincoln, MA 7,550 26 596
27 Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA 5,387 92 278
28 Southborough, MA 10,048 49 527
29 Wellesley, MA 29,049 44 547
30 Westford, MA 24,103 87 365
31 Dover, MA 6,008 33 599
32 Weston, MA 12,147 82 428
33 North Andover, MA 29,853 40 599
34 Winchester, MA 22,523 17 737
35 Wenham, MA 5,198 115 211
36 Mendon, MA 6,033 49 629
37 Reading, MA 25,779 42 682
38 Billerica, MA 42,965 100 467
39 Andover, MA 35,558 64 607
40 Middleton, MA 9,852 81 548
41 Belchertown, MA 14,985 86 540
42 Rowley, MA 6,343 110 425
43 Hanover, MA 14,466 20 794
44 Belmont, MA 25,637 54 690
45 Tyngsboro, MA 12,397 96 508
46 Charlton, MA 13,430 81 595
47 Berkley, MA 6,678 104 494
48 North Reading, MA 15,712 127 381
49 Newton, MA 89,116 51 720
50 Merrimac, MA 6,859 102 539
51 Milton, MA 27,317 32 816
52 Pembroke, MA 18,274 93 574
53 Duxbury, MA 15,497 90 587
54 Lynnfield, MA 12,946 69 695
55 Boxborough, MA 5,223 134 402
56 Melrose, MA 28,070 67 762
57 Lancaster, MA 8,150 85 687
58 Northborough, MA 15,109 19 966
59 Arlington, MA 45,004 119 506
60 Concord, MA 20,189 89 653
61 Marshfield, MA 25,696 120 498
62 Stow, MA 7,197 138 472
63 Douglas, MA 8,741 137 480
64 Westborough, MA 18,984 79 758
65 Templeton, MA 8,169 73 771
66 Norwell, MA 11,030 108 625
67 Grafton, MA 18,613 155 429
68 Acton, MA 23,770 100 710
69 Ashland, MA 17,689 113 655
70 Newbury, MA 6,999 171 385
71 Ipswich, MA 13,863 129 591
72 Harvard, MA 6,552 137 564
73 Townsend, MA 9,585 156 479
74 Dighton, MA 7,430 107 699
75 Marblehead, MA 20,563 106 719
76 Longmeadow, MA 15,876 69 888
77 Hudson, MA 19,931 40 1,138
78 Granby, MA 6,375 109 768
79 Littleton, MA 10,074 109 774
80 Hampden, MA 5,227 57 1,109
81 Sterling, MA 7,993 137 675
82 Sutton, MA 9,292 86 947
83 Hingham, MA 23,204 103 844
84 Blackstone, MA 9,079 132 726
85 Halifax, MA 7,861 89 966
86 Marion, MA 5,098 117 784
87 Plymouth, MA 59,088 157 638
88 Bolton, MA 5,210 115 863
89 Newburyport, MA 18,011 94 1,066
90 Swampscott, MA 14,551 68 1,278
91 Norwood, MA 29,058 106 1,018
92 Ashburnham, MA 6,206 161 725
93 Chelmsford, MA 35,251 82 1,197
94 West Boylston, MA 7,895 101 1,127
95 Sandwich, MA 20,312 162 738
96 Rochester, MA 5,522 217 597
97 Amherst, MA 40,063 217 599
98 Shirley, MA 7,389 230 568
99 Pepperell, MA 12,242 196 718
100 Beverly, MA 41,303 157 798

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