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Safest Places to Live in Massachusetts 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

As one of the New England states, Massachusetts is located in the Northeastern United States. Massachusetts is certainly one of the historically essential U.S. states since it was a place of many momentous events. Plymouth was the first colony in New England, the Boston Tea Party is considered to be the starting point of the American Revolutionary War, while Springfield is the birthplace of basketball.

There are around 6,800,000 people living in Massachusetts, which makes it the 15th most populated state. Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and home to numerous prestigious higher education institutions, such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Tufts University and Berklee College of Music.

All of this, combined with the safety levels in this state, puts Massachusetts among the best states to live in the US. Believe it or not, violent crime has been constantly decreasing in this state. In the period from 2016 to 2017, it decreased even further – 5.4%, which is 5.9% per 100,000 residents.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 5,000.

50 Safest Places in Massachusetts 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Bolton 5335 0 0,00
2 Dover 6104 0 0,00
3 Groveland 6833 0 0,00
4 Northborough 15124 0 0,00
5 Wayland 14088 1 0,07
6 Norfolk 11872 1 0,08
7 Shrewsbury 37631 4 0,11
8 Hopkinton 18516 2 0,11
9 Hanover 14521 2 0,14
10 Franklin 33156 5 0,15
11 Belmont 26700 5 0,19
12 Carlisle 5289 1 0,19
13 Reading 26293 5 0,19
14 Andover 36324 7 0,19
15 Georgetown 8757 2 0,23
16 Lexington 34050 8 0,23
17 Boxford 8355 2 0,24
18 Hamilton 8088 2 0,25
19 Winchester 23036 6 0,26
20 Dedham 25437 7 0,28
21 Lynnfield 13141 4 0,30
22 Blackstone 9345 3 0,32
23 Hopedale 5984 2 0,33
24 Wellesley 29681 12 0,40
25 Weston 12264 5 0,41
26 Concord 19459 8 0,41
27 Wrentham 11952 5 0,42
28 Milton 27642 12 0,43
29 Duxbury 16049 7 0,44
30 Westford 24649 12 0,49
31 Bedford 14319 7 0,49
32 Halifax 7901 4 0,51
33 Needham 31264 16 0,51
34 Melrose 28552 15 0,53
35 Wenham 5299 3 0,57
36 Merrimac 6993 4 0,57
37 Swampscott 15380 9 0,59
38 Harvard 6572 4 0,61
39 Westwood 16267 10 0,61
40 Upton 7979 5 0,63
41 Williamstown 7845 5 0,64
42 Newton 89505 58 0,65
43 Rehoboth 12268 8 0,65
44 Mendon 6130 4 0,65
45 Rockport 7284 5 0,69
46 Cohasset 8665 6 0,69
47 Stow 7171 5 0,70
48 Norton 19983 14 0,70
49 Sharon 18373 13 0,71
50 Clinton 14009 10 0,71

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Crime Score in All Cities in Massachusetts 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of cities in Massachusetts.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Aquinnah 329 0 0,00
2 Chilmark 923 0 0,00
3 Goshen 1067 0 0,00
4 Shelburne 1842 0 0,00
5 Wales 1902 1 0,53
6 Pelham 1326 1 0,75
7 Holland 2502 2 0,80
8 New Braintree 1028 1 0,97
9 Williamsburg 2493 3 1,20
10 Whately 1559 2 1,28
11 Northfield 2982 4 1,34
12 Oakham 1952 3 1,54
13 Stockbridge 1900 3 1,58
14 Egremont 1202 2 1,66
15 Plympton 2988 5 1,67
16 Becket 1716 3 1,75
17 Wellfleet 2733 5 1,83
18 Bernardston 2108 4 1,90
19 Truro 2004 5 2,50
20 Gill 1498 4 2,67
21 West Tisbury 2920 8 2,74
22 Erving 1762 6 3,41
23 Provincetown 2960 18 6,08

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Millville 3260 0 0,00
2 Princeton 3458 0 0,00
3 Bolton 5335 0 0,00
4 Dover 6104 0 0,00
5 Groveland 6833 0 0,00
6 Carlisle 5289 1 0,19
7 Georgetown 8757 2 0,23
8 Boxford 8355 2 0,24
9 Hamilton 8088 2 0,25
10 Blackstone 9345 3 0,32
11 Hopedale 5984 2 0,33
12 West Newbury 4694 2 0,43
13 Halifax 7901 4 0,51
14 Wenham 5299 3 0,57
15 Merrimac 6993 4 0,57
16 Harvard 6572 4 0,61
17 Paxton 4888 3 0,61
18 Upton 7979 5 0,63
19 Williamstown 7845 5 0,64
20 Boylston 4674 3 0,64
21 Mendon 6130 4 0,65
22 Rockport 7284 5 0,69
23 Cohasset 8665 6 0,69
24 Stow 7171 5 0,70
25 Lincoln 6839 5 0,73
26 Boxborough 6634 5 0,75
27 West Bridgewater 7272 6 0,83
28 Sterling 8181 7 0,86
29 Avon 4514 4 0,89
30 Topsfield 6628 6 0,91
31 Berlin 3222 3 0,93
32 Townsend 9600 9 0,94
33 Ashburnham 6335 6 0,95
34 Hampden 5213 5 0,96
35 Berkley 6748 7 1,04
36 Plainville 9281 10 1,08
37 Sunderland 3638 4 1,10
38 Granby 6347 7 1,10
39 Manchester-by-the-Sea 5428 6 1,11
40 Dunstable 3407 4 1,17
41 Hatfield 3302 4 1,21
42 Rochester 5623 7 1,24
43 Newbury 7135 9 1,26
44 Shirley 7724 10 1,29
45 West Boylston 8103 11 1,36
46 Orleans 5809 8 1,38
47 Deerfield 5012 7 1,40
48 Rowley 6392 9 1,41
49 Chatham 6174 9 1,46
50 Sutton 9527 15 1,57
51 Westminster 7835 13 1,66
52 Middleton 9991 17 1,70
53 Nahant 3513 6 1,71
54 Southwick 9810 17 1,73
55 Marion 5134 9 1,75
56 Southampton 6254 11 1,76
57 Sherborn 4351 8 1,84
58 Templeton 8156 15 1,84
59 Lancaster 8074 15 1,86
60 Mattapoisett 6369 12 1,88
61 Hardwick 3029 6 1,98
62 Rutland 8803 18 2,04
63 Eastham 4871 10 2,05
64 Salisbury 9567 20 2,09
65 Dalton 6556 14 2,14
66 Lenox 4941 11 2,23
67 Douglas 8925 20 2,24
68 Monson 8890 22 2,47
69 Sturbridge 9626 24 2,49
70 Freetown 9404 24 2,55
71 Great Barrington 6821 18 2,64
72 Adams 8036 23 2,86
73 Lee 5694 17 2,99
74 Brewster 9831 31 3,15
75 Ayer 8246 36 4,37
76 Ware 9850 46 4,67
77 Oak Bluffs 4699 25 5,32
78 Tisbury 4131 24 5,81
79 Edgartown 4357 27 6,20
80 Hadley 5347 34 6,36
81 Montague 8235 58 7,04

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Northborough 15124 0 0,00
2 Wayland 14088 1 0,07
3 Norfolk 11872 1 0,08
4 Hopkinton 18516 2 0,11
5 Hanover 14521 2 0,14
6 Belmont 26700 5 0,19
7 Reading 26293 5 0,19
8 Winchester 23036 6 0,26
9 Dedham 25437 7 0,28
10 Lynnfield 13141 4 0,30
11 Wellesley 29681 12 0,40
12 Weston 12264 5 0,41
13 Concord 19459 8 0,41
14 Wrentham 11952 5 0,42
15 Milton 27642 12 0,43
16 Duxbury 16049 7 0,44
17 Westford 24649 12 0,49
18 Bedford 14319 7 0,49
19 Melrose 28552 15 0,53
20 Swampscott 15380 9 0,59
21 Westwood 16267 10 0,61
22 Rehoboth 12268 8 0,65
23 Norton 19983 14 0,70
24 Sharon 18373 13 0,71
25 Clinton 14009 10 0,71
26 Scituate 18761 15 0,80
27 Holliston 14924 12 0,80
28 Norwell 11144 9 0,81
29 Pembroke 18446 15 0,81
30 Wilmington 24005 20 0,83
31 Littleton 10292 9 0,87
32 Westborough 19226 17 0,88
33 Longmeadow 15898 15 0,94
34 Charlton 13652 13 0,95
35 North Attleboro 29208 28 0,96
36 Groton 11462 11 0,96
37 Marblehead 20652 20 0,97
38 Newburyport 18146 18 0,99
39 Ipswich 14107 14 0,99
40 North Reading 15849 16 1,01
41 Pepperell 12234 13 1,06
42 Southborough 10187 11 1,08
43 Acton 24038 26 1,08
44 Sudbury 19037 21 1,10
45 Bellingham 17184 19 1,11
46 Grafton 18900 21 1,11
47 Sandwich 20248 23 1,14
48 Lakeville 11525 14 1,21
49 Ashland 17860 22 1,23
50 Marshfield 25922 33 1,27
51 Norwood 29267 39 1,33
52 South Hadley 17799 24 1,35
53 Millbury 13802 19 1,38
54 Mansfield 24050 34 1,41
55 Burlington 27562 40 1,45
56 Wilbraham 14760 22 1,49
57 Winthrop 18783 28 1,49
58 Stoneham 22135 33 1,49
59 Spencer 11989 18 1,50
60 East Bridgewater 14558 22 1,51
61 Wakefield 27447 42 1,53
62 Lunenburg 11498 18 1,57
63 Medway 13406 21 1,57
64 Hingham 23588 37 1,57
65 Tyngsboro 12499 20 1,60
66 Northbridge 16759 27 1,61
67 Seekonk 15820 26 1,64
68 Belchertown 15165 25 1,65
69 Walpole 25204 42 1,67
70 East Longmeadow 16398 28 1,71
71 Auburn 16771 29 1,73
72 Swansea 16619 29 1,74
73 Easton 25225 45 1,78
74 Acushnet 10576 19 1,80
75 Amesbury 17623 32 1,82
76 Raynham 14320 27 1,89
77 Kingston 13700 26 1,90
78 Danvers 27703 54 1,95
79 Maynard 10744 21 1,95
80 Harwich 12130 24 1,98
81 Dudley 11807 24 2,03
82 Bridgewater 27584 57 2,07
83 Westport 15959 33 2,07
84 Holbrook 11052 23 2,08
85 Milford 29056 61 2,10
86 Easthampton 16050 34 2,12
87 Ludlow 21590 46 2,13
88 Somerset 18166 39 2,15
89 Bourne 19894 46 2,31
90 Saugus 28471 66 2,32
91 Oxford 14015 33 2,35
92 Hudson 20060 48 2,39
93 Foxborough 17667 44 2,49
94 Abington 16443 41 2,49
95 Whitman 15093 38 2,52
96 Carver 11743 30 2,55
97 Stoughton 28729 76 2,65
98 Hanson 10858 30 2,76
99 Leicester 11435 35 3,06
100 Nantucket 11388 37 3,25
101 Mashpee 14215 47 3,31
102 Canton 23709 81 3,42
103 Fairhaven 16076 55 3,42
104 Winchendon 10933 38 3,48
105 Agawam 28955 105 3,63
106 Northampton 28587 113 3,95
107 Middleboro 25125 111 4,42
108 Gardner 20704 92 4,44
109 Dennis 13872 63 4,54
110 Palmer 12320 57 4,63
111 Yarmouth 23269 113 4,86
112 Athol 11721 57 4,86
113 Southbridge 16933 89 5,26
114 Greenfield 17443 101 5,79
115 West Springfield 28802 168 5,83
116 Webster 17051 108 6,33
117 Wareham 22747 160 7,03
118 North Adams 12858 100 7,78

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Shrewsbury 37631 4 0,11
2 Franklin 33156 5 0,15
3 Andover 36324 7 0,19
4 Lexington 34050 8 0,23
5 Needham 31264 16 0,51
6 Newton 89505 58 0,65
7 Arlington 45876 34 0,74
8 Watertown 36320 29 0,80
9 Billerica 44482 37 0,83
10 Methuen 50676 44 0,87
11 Chelmsford 35264 31 0,88
12 Brookline 59199 56 0,95
13 Beverly 42114 42 1,00
14 North Andover 31394 35 1,11
15 Woburn 39895 46 1,15
16 Medford 57997 73 1,26
17 Dracut 31917 41 1,28
18 Braintree 37345 52 1,39
19 Natick 36717 56 1,53
20 Waltham 62655 117 1,87
21 Salem 43634 83 1,90
22 Dartmouth 34322 66 1,92
23 Somerville 82161 177 2,15
24 Attleboro 44719 98 2,19
25 Gloucester 30356 72 2,37
26 Tewksbury 31561 82 2,60
27 Westfield 41854 111 2,65
28 Weymouth 57069 160 2,80
29 Malden 61469 180 2,93
30 Cambridge 114881 339 2,95
31 Amherst 40242 120 2,98
32 Peabody 53209 159 2,99
33 Randolph 34535 108 3,13
34 Lowell 111989 363 3,24
35 Framingham 72510 253 3,49
36 Falmouth 31033 109 3,51
37 Everett 47005 173 3,68
38 Quincy 94388 352 3,73
39 Barnstable 44015 166 3,77
40 Plymouth 60349 230 3,81
41 Marlborough 40052 167 4,17
42 Taunton 57304 243 4,24
43 Revere 54296 259 4,77
44 Leominster 41727 219 5,25
45 Haverhill 64012 358 5,59
46 Fitchburg 40836 238 5,83
47 Lynn 94558 563 5,95
48 Lawrence 80669 500 6,20
49 Boston 694673 4324 6,22
50 New Bedford 95106 603 6,34
51 Chelsea 40974 277 6,76
52 Worcester 186188 1271 6,83
53 Pittsfield 42298 356 8,42
54 Brockton 95922 868 9,05
55 Holyoke 40470 391 9,66
56 Springfield 155179 1534 9,89
57 Fall River 89475 908 10,15

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