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Amherst, MA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2022 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2023 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2023 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

Amherst has an overall crime rate of 10 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 Amherst is 1 in 103. How does Amherst fare compared to other communities in Massachusetts of all population sizes? Amherst's crime rate is lower than approximately 33% of Massachusetts communities.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Amherst has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Amherst is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Amherst 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 Amherst.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Amherst 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 Amherst; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 455. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

Moreover, the rate of property crime in Amherst; burglary, larceny ($50 or more), grand theft auto, and arson; is 8 per 1,000 residents. This is about average for all cities and towns in America of all population sizes.

Amherst Crime Data

total Crime Index

49

(100 is safest)


Safer than 49% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Amherst Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

88

301

389

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.20

7.51

9.71

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
2.2
3.22
National Median: 4
    Amherst
    Massachusetts

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 455

in Amherst

1 in 311

in Massachusetts

Amherst Violent Crimes

Population: 40,059
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 40 1 47
Rate per 1,000 0.00 1.00 0.02 1.17

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,156 133,294 220,450 893,980
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.40 0.66 2.68

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
7.51
10.7
National Median: 20
    Amherst
    Massachusetts

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 133

in Amherst

1 in 93

in Massachusetts

Property Crimes

Population: 40,059
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 46 251 4
Rate per 1,000 1.15 6.27 0.10

United States Property Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,293 4,672,363 942,173
Rate per 1,000 2.70 14.02 2.83

Amherst Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
14
19
National Median: 27.0
    Amherst
    Massachusetts