Boston, MA
Crime Rates



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Boston, 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 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 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

The crime rate in Boston is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 30 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Boston is 1 in 34. Based on FBI crime data, Boston is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Massachusetts, Boston has a crime rate that is higher than 97% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Boston has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Boston 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 Boston 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 Boston.

For Boston, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Boston is one in 142.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Boston's rate for property crime is 23 per one thousand population. This makes Boston a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Boston is one in 44.

Boston Crime Data

 

Crime Index

18

(100 is safest)


Safer than 18% of U.S. Cities

Boston Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

4,816

15,440

20,256

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.03

22.54

29.57

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Boston 7.03
Massachusetts 3.58

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 142

in Boston

1 in 279

in Massachusetts

Boston VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 685,094
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 57 314 1,505 2,940
Rate per 1,000 0.08 0.46 2.20 4.29

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Boston 22.54
Massachusetts 14.37

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 44

in Boston

1 in 70

in Massachusetts

Boston Property CRIMES

Population: 685,094
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 2,163 12,059 1,218
Rate per 1,000 3.16 17.60 1.78

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

Boston Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Boston 410
Massachusetts 24