Cambridge, MA
Crime Rates


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Cambridge, MA crime analytics

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 35 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 28. 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 97% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Cambridge to other communities of similar population, then Cambridge crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Cambridge does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

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 325. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Cambridge's rate for property crime is 32 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 31.

Cambridge Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 14% of U.S. Cities

Cambridge Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Cambridge 3.08
Massachusetts 3.91
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 325

in Cambridge

1 in 256

in Massachusetts
Population: 110,402
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 3 28 85 224
Rate per 1,000 0.03 0.25 0.77 2.03
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)

Cambridge 32.15
Massachusetts 16.91
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 31

in Cambridge

1 in 59

in Massachusetts
Cambridge Property CRIMES
Population: 110,402
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 503 2,921 125
Rate per 1,000 4.56 26.46 1.13
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

Cambridge Crimes Per Square Mile

Cambridge 547
Massachusetts 27