Melrose, 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 2021 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2022 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2022 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, Melrose is safer than 70% of the cities and towns in the US of all population sizes. In Massachusetts, only on the order of 49% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Melrose. If you live in Melrose, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in the community is 1 in 165. The US average across communities from the largest to the smallest is 1 in 43. It is for these reasons that Melrose 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 Melrose, and we found that the crime rate in Melrose is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Melrose 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 Melrose 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 Melrose.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Melrose's violent crime rate is 1 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 Melrose is one in 977.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis of property crime reveals that the property crime rate in Melrose 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 Melrose than in most communities in America. Your chance of becoming a victim of property crime if you live here? Just one in 198.

Melrose Crime Data

total Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 70% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Melrose 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

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 977

in Melrose

1 in 328

in Massachusetts

Melrose Violent Crimes

Population: 29,312
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 1 3 26
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.03 0.10 0.89

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 331,888,310
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 22,941 144,285 202,155 943,774
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.43 0.61 2.84

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
National Median: 19

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 198

in Melrose

1 in 96

in Massachusetts

Property Crimes

Population: 29,312
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 23 106 19
Rate per 1,000 0.78 3.62 0.65

United States Property Crimes

Population: 331,888,310
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,656 4,626,970 890,179
Rate per 1,000 2.71 13.94 2.68

Melrose Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
National Median: 26.8