Cambridge, MA
Crime Rates



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Cambridge, 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 Cambridge is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 27 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 Cambridge is 1 in 37. Based on FBI crime data, Cambridge is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Massachusetts, Cambridge has a crime rate that is higher than 95% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in Cambridge compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Cambridge with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Cambridge's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Cambridge 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 Cambridge; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 340. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Cambridge's rate for property crime is 24 per one thousand population. This makes Cambridge 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 Cambridge is one in 42.

Cambridge Crime Data

 

Crime Index

21

(100 is safest)


Safer than 21% of U.S. Cities

Cambridge Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

334

2,700

3,034

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.94

23.76

26.70

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Cambridge 2.94
Massachusetts 3.58

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 340

in Cambridge

1 in 279

in Massachusetts

Cambridge VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 113,630
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 2 23 104 205
Rate per 1,000 0.02 0.20 0.92 1.80

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
Cambridge 23.76
Massachusetts 14.37

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 42

in Cambridge

1 in 70

in Massachusetts

Cambridge Property CRIMES

Population: 113,630
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 317 2,280 103
Rate per 1,000 2.79 20.07 0.91

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

Cambridge Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Cambridge 427
Massachusetts 24