Amherst, MA
Crime Rates


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Amherst, MA crime analytics

With a crime rate for both violent and property crime combined of 11 per 1,000 residents, the crime rate in Amherst is one of the lower rates in America among communities of all sizes (lower than 65% of America's communities). One's chance of becoming a victim of crime in Amherst is one in 90. Compared to communities within Massachusetts, Amherst‘s crime rate is lower than nearly 49% of the state's cities and towns.

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 433. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis of property crime reveals that the property crime rate in Amherst is below average to all cities and towns in the nation. This means that you are less likely to become a victim of arson, motor vehicle theft, larceny, or burglary in Amherst than in most communities in America. Your chance of becoming a victim of property crime if you live here? Just one in 113.

Amherst Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 65% of U.S. Cities

Amherst Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Amherst 2.31
Massachusetts 3.91
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 433

in Amherst

1 in 256

in Massachusetts
Population: 39,833
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 31 8 53
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.78 0.20 1.33
Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Amherst 8.86
Massachusetts 16.91
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 113

in Amherst

1 in 59

in Massachusetts
Amherst Property CRIMES
Population: 39,833
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 72 266 15
Rate per 1,000 1.81 6.68 0.38
United States Property CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Amherst Crimes Per Square Mile

Amherst 16
Massachusetts 27