These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Massachusetts

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 live in the safest state, either. Massachusetts is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Bay State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 221 places in Massachusetts with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Boxford
  2. Norfolk
  3. Hopkinton
  4. Sudbury
  5. Franklin
  6. Sharon
  7. Cohasset
  8. Wayland
  9. Weston
  10. Medway

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

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How we calculated the safest cities in Massachusetts

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 (2014). 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 three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 7 crimes committed in Boxford which had a reported population of 8,233. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00085 which translates into a 1 in 1176 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 2014. This left us with a total of 221 places in Massachusetts to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 221 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Boxford. The most dangerous? Holyoke, where residents had a 1 in 80 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.

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1. Boxford

Boxford - Safest Places In Massachusetts
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,233
Property Crime Rank: 6
Violent Crime Rank: 1

2. Norfolk

Norfolk - Safest Places In Massachusetts
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,835
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 14

3. Hopkinton

Hopkinton - Safest Places In Massachusetts
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,209
Property Crime Rank: 7
Violent Crime Rank: 9

4. Sudbury

Sudbury - Safest Places In Massachusetts
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,592
Property Crime Rank: 10
Violent Crime Rank: 7

5. Franklin

Franklin - Safest Places In Massachusetts
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,857
Property Crime Rank: 11
Violent Crime Rank: 13

6. Sharon

Sharon - Safest Places In Massachusetts
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,177
Property Crime Rank: 20
Violent Crime Rank: 3

7. Cohasset

Cohasset - Safest Places In Massachusetts
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,493
Property Crime Rank: 1
Violent Crime Rank: 37

8. Wayland

Wayland - Safest Places In Massachusetts
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,592
Property Crime Rank: 2
Violent Crime Rank: 35

9. Weston

Weston - Safest Places In Massachusetts
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,015
Property Crime Rank: 12
Violent Crime Rank: 20

10. Medway

Medway - Safest Places In Massachusetts
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,159
Property Crime Rank: 18
Violent Crime Rank: 19

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Boxford is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Massachusetts residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Massachusetts:
3rd Most Dangerous: New Bedford
2nd Most Dangerous: Springfield
Most Dangerous: Holyoke

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Massachusetts

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Boxford18,23361
Norfolk211,835414
Hopkinton316,20979
Sudbury418,592107
Franklin532,8571113
Sharon618,177203
Cohasset78,493137
Wayland813,592235
Weston912,0151220
Medway1013,1591819
Southborough119,9562116
Clinton1213,7551333
Holliston1314,3521728
Manchester-By-The-Sea145,290849
Norton1519,4772917
Dover165,8642427
Groton1711,2603610
Wenham185,114372
Medfield1912,4152826
Bedford2014,1792532
Shrewsbury2136,578408
Westford2223,6541942
Shirley237,7162243
Stow247,0103524
Rockport257,193586
Needham2629,9905412
Southampton276,0303157
Winchester2822,3135818
Dighton297,2679101
Wellesley3029,4124638
Lexington3133,0475625
Duxbury3215,3854155
Holden3318,2083763
Boxborough345,1853471
Georgetown358,5598211
Andover3634,8826636
Berkley376,5594770
Belmont3825,5505951
Newbury396,9173397
Lincoln406,6324880
Lynnfield4112,6357053
Hamilton428,1916364
Concord4319,7537741
Harvard446,5975581
Ipswich4513,7078334
Mendon465,9364990
Scituate4718,38539106
North Reading4815,5375292
Acton4923,1937265
Lancaster508,0758739
Hampden515,18810515
Littleton529,3506785
Grafton5318,30123153
Longmeadow5415,9018948
Ashland5517,3337577
Newton5688,8818460
Upton577,71951117
Milton5827,40510430
Norwell5910,8067682
Southwick609,6669750
Charlton6113,2587195
Rehoboth6211,9249267
North Andover6329,50212222
Billerica6442,3939674
Westwood6514,9788196
Granby666,30362131
Tyngsboro6712,26379100
Marshfield6825,65760136
Hopedale695,98244163
Douglas708,68750159
Blackstone719,11811947
Pembroke7218,20765139
Sterling737,93711752
Westborough7418,77311462
Dalton756,71769137
Wilbraham7614,54111168
Stoneham7721,90510384
Amherst7838,97768146
Melrose7927,94010093
Arlington8044,43988115
Hanson8110,37964157
Hanover8214,41815023
Easton8323,92810991
Newburyport8417,94194125
Norwood8529,11412873
Hingham8622,94013366
Ashburnham876,19095132
Townsend889,279101126
Northborough8914,900113109
Wilmington9023,41012199
Maynard9110,46386156
Marblehead9220,33212594
Pepperell9311,999106124
Walpole9425,06315261
Belchertown9514,758120116
Dudley9611,56253208
Sandwich9720,62898149
Halifax987,648110130
East Bridgewater9914,203124114
Acushnet10010,39290171
Sutton1019,20014487
Wakefield10226,394116133
Watertown10333,35315183
Mansfield10423,727112145
Uxbridge10513,732138113
Lakeville10611,287142102
Dracut10731,06717054
Lee1085,914141110
Monson1098,76274207
West Boylston1107,97118440
Bolton1115,128130144
Brewster1129,765134138
Williamstown1137,56119529
Spencer11411,819156111
Canton11522,441108183
Beverly11641,023132154
Chelmsford11735,03717576
Westport11815,785161107
Easthampton11915,954115186
Westminster1207,455164108
Waltham12162,756137160
Winthrop12218,314107200
Natick12335,879160123
Woburn12439,401149150
West Bridgewater1257,018172103
Plainville1268,99118788
Wrentham12711,37519378
Carver12811,521136177
Weymouth12955,996139175
South Hadley13017,747154151
Westfield13141,348147169
Dedham13225,49521058
Middleboro13323,784140180
Methuen13448,950167135
Kingston13512,902153165
Swampscott13614,028191104
Great Barrington1376,971127212
Medford13857,551166152
Ludlow13921,528159170
Mattapoisett1406,219189120
Brookline14159,413146190
Taunton14256,277129217
Bellingham14316,801176148
Deerfield1445,080131219
Barre1455,473126224
Whitman14614,786135211
Somerset14718,363169164
Hull14810,370148197
Burlington14925,765197119
Milford15028,434177158
Tewksbury15130,461158192
Chatham1526,150199122
Freetown1539,100165188
Palmer15412,161145218
Somerville15579,798168184
Harwich15612,224180178
Oxford15713,869173191
Bourne15819,781171198
Danvers15927,809225105
Adams1608,296163215
Peabody16152,366183185
Abington16216,200211141
Seekonk16314,568230112
Mashpee16414,123181199
Northbridge16516,245204161
Sturbridge1669,467186195
Orleans1675,878201167
Attleboro16844,084198176
Ayer1697,938179206
Raynham17013,635212155
Stoughton17128,451185202
Swansea17216,177209166
Millbury17313,473213162
Marlborough17439,748188204
Leicester17511,342207174
Quincy17694,035174226
Athol17711,655178221
Ware1789,838190209
Braintree17937,067214173
Lunenburg18011,238232147
Malden18160,925194214
Orange1827,737206194
Cambridge183108,201221189
Dartmouth18434,703237168
Saugus18528,078228181
Everett18643,368203223
Winchendon18710,628217205
Salisbury1888,676200228
Southbridge18916,858216216
Falmouth19031,760220210
Revere19154,402202237
Webster19216,869208233
Auburn19316,392244179
Northampton19428,465223230
Salem19542,847238213
Haverhill19662,552218241
Chicopee19755,831236220
Fairhaven19816,157233225
Barnstable19944,642222238
Montague2008,365219240
Dennis20114,074231231
Lowell202109,729229235
Lynn20392,131227244
Yarmouth20423,683224247
Pittsfield20543,895246229
Boston206654,413235242
Leominster20741,179240239
Wareham20822,585245234
Fall River20988,915226254
Hadley2105,277250232
Fitchburg21140,492241246
Gardner21220,462243243
Lawrence21378,169234252
West Springfield21428,767254227
Chelsea21538,396239253
North Adams21613,471252236
Worcester217183,248247248
Brockton21894,427248250
New Bedford21995,366251255
Springfield220153,766253251
Holyoke22140,336255249

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