Waltham has an overall crime rate of 20 per 1,000 residents, making the crime rate here near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in America. According to our analysis of FBI crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in Waltham is 1 in 51. How does Waltham fare compared to other communities in Massachusetts of all population sizes? Waltham's crime rate is lower than approximately 39% of Massachusetts communities.
However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Waltham has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Waltham is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Waltham does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Waltham.
From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Waltham occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Waltham; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 329. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.
Moreover, the rate of property crime in Waltham; burglary, larceny ($50 or more), grand theft auto, and arson; is 17 per 1,000 residents. This is about average for all cities and towns in America of all population sizes.