Worcester, MA
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Worcester, MA crime analytics


The crime rate in Worcester is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 40 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 Worcester is 1 in 25. Based on FBI crime data, Worcester is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Massachusetts, Worcester has a crime rate that is higher than 98% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Worcester to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

How does the crime rate in Worcester compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Worcester with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Worcester'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 Worcester 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 Worcester.

For Worcester, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Worcester is one in 112.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Worcester's rate for property crime is 31 per one thousand population. This makes Worcester 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 Worcester is one in 33.

Worcester Crime Data

 

Crime Index

11

(100 is safest)


Safer than 11% of U.S. Cities

Worcester Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

1,657

5,645

7,302

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.97

30.54

39.51

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Worcester 8.97
Massachusetts 3.91

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 112

in Worcester

1 in 256

in Massachusetts

Worcester VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 184,815
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 8 35 409 1,205
Rate per 1,000 0.04 0.19 2.21 6.52

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

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)

Crime
Worcester 30.54
Massachusetts 16.91

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 33

in Worcester

1 in 59

in Massachusetts

Worcester Property CRIMES

Population: 184,815
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,235 4,013 397
Rate per 1,000 6.68 21.71 2.15

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

Worcester Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Worcester 190
Massachusetts 27