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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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

According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI crime statistics, Amherst is safer than 77% of the cities and towns in the US of all population sizes. In Massachusetts, only on the order of 45% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Amherst. If you live in Amherst, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in the community is 1 in 167. The US average across communities from the largest to the smallest is 1 in 43. It is for these reasons that Amherst is ranked as one of the top 100 safest cities in the U.S.A.

Additionally, NeighborhoodScout analyzed all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to Amherst, and we found that the crime rate in Amherst is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Amherst is one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size, a very important finding.

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.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Amherst's violent crime rate is 2 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape (not statutory), and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Amherst is one in 623.

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 228.

Amherst Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 77% 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)

20 15 10 5 0
National Median: 4

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 623

in Amherst

1 in 330

in Massachusetts


Population: 39,263
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 20 4 39
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.51 0.10 0.99


Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
National Median: 19

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 228

in Amherst

1 in 97

in Massachusetts

Amherst Property CRIMES

Population: 39,263
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 27 131 14
Rate per 1,000 0.69 3.34 0.36

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Amherst Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
National Median: 26.9