Reported Annual Crime In Boston

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBoston/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime19,256n/a (estimate)2,8571,9382,837
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBoston/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder49n/a7.32.05.3
Rape278n/a41.331.240.4
Robbery1,530n/a227.078.8102.8
Assault2,910n/a431.8265.0248.5
Violent crime4,767n/a (estimate)707377386
Burglary1,837n/a272.6281.8468.9
Theft11,429n/a1,696.01,161.01,745.0
Vehicle theft1,223n/a181.5118.3236.9
Property crime14,489n/a (estimate)2,1501,5612,451
The table above offers a complete overview of all reported annual crimes in Boston, MA. The total number of reported crimes in Boston, MA is shown and for comparison purposes, each crime is also displayed based on the number of crimes per 100,000 people. The crimes are also broken down into two categories; violent crimes and property crimes. The table shows that the overall Boston, MA crime rate is 47% higher than the Massachusetts average and is 1% higher than the national average. Looking at violent crime specifically, Boston, MA has a violent crime rate that is 88% higher than the Massachusetts average and 83% higher than the national average. For property crime, Boston, MA is 38% higher than the Massachusetts average and 12% lower than the national average.

Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Lexington, MA32,30668392461
Wellesley, MA28,85845547592
Needham, MA29,54020576595
Arlington, MA43,728120507627
Cochituate, MA6,637123508630
Dover, MA2,24933599632
North Scituate, MA4,962137566703
Boston, MA639,5947072,1502,857

Did you know?

  • The overall crime rate in Boston is 1% higher than the national average.
  • For every 100,000 people, there are 7.83 daily crimes that occur in Boston.
  • Boston is safer than 14% of the cities in the United States.
  • In Boston you have a 1 in 35 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total year over year crimes in Boston has decreased by 5%.

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Daily Crime In Boston (per 100,000 people)

The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Boston, MA per 100,000 residents. Additionally, daily crime statistics are also listed for Massachusetts as well as national figures. In Boston, MA the total number of daily crimes is 1.47 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.01 times more than the national average. Violent crime statistics in Boston, MA are 1.88 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.83 times more than the national average. Regarding crimes committed against personal property, Boston, MA has a daily crime rate that is 1.38 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.14 times less than the daily national average.

How Safe is Boston (higher is better)

Compared to the other cities in Massachusetts and cities in all other U.S. states, how safe is Boston, MA? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Boston, MA has been ranked safer than 10% of other cities in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Boston, MA is safer than 14% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Massachusetts and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Boston, MA. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Boston, MA is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Boston

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Boston is 1 in 142
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Boston is 1 in 47
The chance of being a victim of crime in Boston is 1 in 35
Wondering what the chances are that you will be the victim of a crime in Boston, MA? The illustrations above show how likely you are to become a victim of violent crime, property crime or any crime. In Boston, MA you have a 1 in 142 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 47 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 35 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Boston, MA.

Year Over Year Crime In Boston (per 100,000 people)

An analysis of year to year crime rates in Boston, MA is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer area to live or a more dangerous area. In the above graph, you can see that the year to year crime rates are shown for the total crime, property crime, and violent crime per 100,000 people. The amount of violent crime in Boston, MA has not changed, the amount of property crime in Boston, MA has decreased by 7%, and the total amount of crime in Boston, MA has decreased by 5% year to year.

Boston police department

ItemBostonMassachusettsNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2,70011,659556,527
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents4.32.23.3
There are a total of 2,700 Boston police officers. This results in 4.3 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 98.7% greater than the Massachusetts average and 31.1% greater than the National average.

Sex offenders in Massachusetts

StateTotal offendersMassachusetts /100KNational /100K
Massachusetts3,87661222
There are a total of 3,876 sex offenders in Massachusetts. This yields a total of 61 sex offenders in Massachusetts per 100,000 residents which is 73% less than the national average.

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Seattle, WA637,8506135,4886,101
Denver, CO633,7776573,5904,247
Washington, DC633,7361,1324,6485,780
Nashville, TN624,2611,1023,6974,799
Memphis, TN656,7151,8205,6357,455
Boston, MA639,5947072,1502,857
Source: The Boston, MA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2016. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.