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Watertown, 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 2022 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2023 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2023 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

Watertown has an overall crime rate of 12 per 1,000 residents, making the crime rate here near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in America. According to our analysis of FBI crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in Watertown is 1 in 85. How does Watertown fare compared to other communities in Massachusetts of all population sizes? Watertown's crime rate is lower than approximately 23% of Massachusetts communities.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Watertown has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Watertown'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 Watertown is one in 715.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Watertown's rate for property crime is 10 per one thousand population. This makes Watertown 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 Watertown is one in 96.

Watertown Crime Data

total Crime Index

42

(100 is safest)


Safer than 42% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Watertown Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

49

365

414

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

1.40

10.42

11.82

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
1.4
3.22
National Median: 4
    Watertown
    Massachusetts

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 715

in Watertown

1 in 311

in Massachusetts

Watertown Violent Crimes

Population: 35,022
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 4 4 41
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.11 0.11 1.17

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,156 133,294 220,450 893,980
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.40 0.66 2.68

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
10.42
10.7
National Median: 20
    Watertown
    Massachusetts

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 96

in Watertown

1 in 93

in Massachusetts

Property Crimes

Population: 35,022
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 35 316 14
Rate per 1,000 1.00 9.02 0.40

United States Property Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,293 4,672,363 942,173
Rate per 1,000 2.70 14.02 2.83

Watertown Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
101
19
National Median: 27.0
    Watertown
    Massachusetts