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Waltham, 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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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

Waltham is safer than the majority of cities, towns, and villages in America (70%) and also has a lower crime rate than 43% of the communities in Massachusetts, according to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI crime data. How risky is that? Your chance of becoming a victim in Waltham is one in 134 based on the total crime rate (violent and property crimes, combined). In America overall, your chance of becoming a victim of crime is 1 in 43. It is for these reasons that Waltham 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 Waltham, and we found that the crime rate in Waltham is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Waltham 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 Waltham 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 Waltham.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Waltham'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 Waltham is one in 750.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis of property crime reveals that the property crime rate in Waltham 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 Waltham than in most communities in America. Your chance of becoming a victim of property crime if you live here? Just one in 163.

Waltham Crime Data

 

Crime Index

70

(100 is safest)


Safer than 70% of U.S. Cities

Waltham Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

87

399

486

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

1.33

6.12

7.45

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
1.33
3.03
National Median: 4
    Waltham
    Massachusetts

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 750

in Waltham

1 in 330

in Massachusetts

Waltham VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 65,218
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 11 3 72
Rate per 1,000 0.02 0.17 0.05 1.10

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
6.12
10.33
National Median: 19
    Waltham
    Massachusetts

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 163

in Waltham

1 in 97

in Massachusetts

Waltham Property CRIMES

Population: 65,218
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 53 322 24
Rate per 1,000 0.81 4.94 0.37

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Waltham Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
35
18
National Median: 26.9
    Waltham
    Massachusetts