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 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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 28 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 35. 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 153.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Boston's rate for property crime is 22 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 46.

Boston Crime Data

 

Crime Index

17

(100 is safest)


Safer than 17% of U.S. Cities

Boston Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

4,547

15,187

19,734

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

6.55

21.86

28.41

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Boston 6.55
Massachusetts 3.38

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 153

in Boston

1 in 296

in Massachusetts

Boston VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 694,583
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 56 297 1,249 2,945
Rate per 1,000 0.08 0.43 1.80 4.24

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Boston 21.86
Massachusetts 12.63

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 46

in Boston

1 in 79

in Massachusetts

Boston Property CRIMES

Population: 694,583
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,894 12,125 1,168
Rate per 1,000 2.73 17.46 1.68

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Boston Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Boston 399
Massachusetts 21