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Safest Cities In Massachusetts 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score87
  • Franklin Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,873
  • Franklin is a great place for families. It is a place that you can go out for a walk around the neighborhood or Franklin State Park. The neighbors or generally friendly. Franklin just invested in new…[read more]
83
  • Clinton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,232
86
  • Reading, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,490
  • Living in Reading, Massachusetts is wonderful as it has all the small town charm while not being too far away from the big city of Boston! People in this community are quite friendly and neighborly, the…[read more]
78
  • Milton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,351
  • When you put axis the relitvely high cost of living, Milton is a really nice little town outside of Boston. Though, there’s not really much here for single adults. The younger you are, I feel the more…[read more]
84
  • Wellesley, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,909
  • Located just outside of Boston, Wellesley is a beautiful and charming town that’s both safe and walkable. There’s a brilliant library, great schools, and a relatively essy transport connections to…[read more]
88
  • Winchester, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,491
  • Winchester is a beautiful town outside of Boston. It is very expensive but that's because it's such a wonderful place. It's very safe with good schools, nice scenery and a nice downtown. I wish I lived…[read more]
82
  • Sharon, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,841
86
  • Lexington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,936
  • Wow, I really love living in Lexington, MA. because city is full of culture and history. Its known world over as the birth place of the United States of America, where the battle of the American…[read more]
83
  • Needham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,167
  • Needham is a nice little town, with excellent schools and a robust LGBT support commmunity. The biggest problems that I’ve found, in living here, are that it might be difficult for middle-class families…[read more]
80
  • Lynnfield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,489
  • I've been living in Lynnfield Massachusetts for 5 years and have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere in this community on the outskirts of Boston that has provided me and my family with a very unique…[read more]
83
  • Northborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,314
80
  • Andover, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,194
  • Andover is a town filled with rich high educated families. It is well known for being filled with rich snooty rude people. They say you would be lucky to find someone who isn't. The children are rude and…[read more]
89
  • Belmont, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,555
  • I have really enjoyed living here. I think the cost of living is kind of high, but you definitely get what you pay for here and it is worth the money. There are so many things to do and everything is…[read more]
84
  • Scituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,471
88
  • Arlington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,408
  • I have lived in Arlington, Massachusetts almost all my life. I moved there with my parents when I was just 6 years old, since then I have fallen in love with the city and it's calm and cool seasons and…[read more]
87
  • Newton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 88,317
  • Newton is a great place to live, work and visit. Each of the 13 villages has its own little main street/business districts, community events and activities. The city values green space and its natural…[read more]
73
  • Rockport, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,101
85
  • Swampscott, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,250
  • I enjoy living in Swampscott because even though it is only 15 miles or so from Boston, it really has the feel of being a small beach town. History seems present everywhere. For example, I commute to…[read more]
80
  • Longmeadow, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,837
  • Well, this town is an upscale, beautiful, with charming streets, and a wonderful sense of safety! However, I must say that what you see on the outside is not always is. Some people here seem to think…[read more]
79
  • Spencer, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,790
76
  • Cochituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,940
79
  • Medfield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,575
83
  • Beverly, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,967
  • If you love Boston but hate living in the city, Beverly is definitely the best option. I’ve been living in Beverly for the past 10 years and, after living in the city my entire childhood and adolescence,…[read more]
78
  • Marblehead, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,363
  • Living in Marblehead is a thrill honestly. I love the state and living right here in the Massachusetts Bay is spectacular in more ways than one. I can't count how many crabs and lobster we caught on our…[read more]
83
  • Watertown Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,849
  • I absolutely love Watertown Massachusetts, it is so close to Boston and other popular places, where there is so much going on, and so much history. Living in Watertown Massachusetts has been the most…[read more]
84
  • Melrose, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,787
  • Melrose is a nice small city just outside of Boston. There are a lot of victorians and other nice houses in the area. Melrose has a wonderful downtown with shops, restaurants and a Victorian fair every…[read more]
86
  • Brookline, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,180
  • Brookline is a diverse, densely populated, safe and progressive society. There are many different types of restaurants and shops. It is walkable and has access to public transportation. The town is also…[read more]
86
  • Dedham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,272
  • I absolutely love living in Dedham. Most of the homes have big backyards compared to a lot of other towns nearby. We have a lot of family-friendly activities, good schools, and excellent shopping…[read more]
84
  • Newburyport, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,837
  • Newburyport is very quiet and laid back. We have a historic market area that provides more of a variety especially in the summer where we have several festivals. It is nice to be within walking distance…[read more]
85
  • Wakefield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,399
  • I absolutely adore living in Wakefield! I’ve lived here almost all of my life (short stint in Maine) and love living in a town where people actually care about you. The public school is great, my…[read more]
80
  • Wilmington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,310
  • I like living in Wilmington, it's a very pleasant city. The homes here are expensive, even by Massachusetts' standards, but in my opinion, the cost of living is worth it. Boston is pretty close which…[read more]
67
  • West Concord, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,622
80
  • Hingham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,777
70
  • North Scituate, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,187
82
  • Stoneham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,831
  • Stoneham, Massachusetts Is a quaint little suburb just outside of the bustling city of Boston. With a population of just under 22,000, Stoneham Is much quieter than inner-city Boston. Of course, there…[read more]
80
  • Milford, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,701
  • Milford has a variety of activities that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you want to engage in nature-centered attractions or you're looking for a great place to eat, these locations will make your…[read more]
86
  • Kingston, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,276
84
  • Abington, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,196
  • Abington is a close-knit community of nice friendly people. We are not that far from Boston which makes it easy for my commute to work. We value education as we just built another middle and high school…[read more]
84
  • Norwood, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,018
  • Norwood is a fantastic small city to move to. It's very busy for its size and you'll be sure to find something in the city that interests you. There are a lot of job opportunities available, especially…[read more]
82
  • Waltham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 62,699
  • I came to Waltham when I bought my first house as a single adult female about 10 years ago. Back then the housing market was more affordable and I got a lot of house for my buck. The most notable…[read more]
80
  • Gloucester, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,546
  • Gloucester is a great place to visit with many things to do. The downtown is nice and there are a lot of beaches. There are some nice livable neighborhoods too but also some that I wouldn't want to live…[read more]
81
  • Braintree Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,066
  • I've lived in Braintree Town a while and in New England my whole life and love it. Braintree Town is a great city a little south of Boston with its own unique vibe. Getting around Braintree is pretty…[read more]
77
  • Bellingham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,376
77
  • Danvers, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,558
  • Danvers is beyond quiet, and a great place to raise a family. Growing up here I made so many friends throughout high school, memories that will last a lifetime. I was surprised we managed to do that, as…[read more]
74
  • Bridgewater, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,544
72
  • Winthrop Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,031
  • Living in Wintrop Town was some of the best years of my life before I moved not long ago. I loved the water, and living right next to it along Sewall Avenue made me realize how beautiful it is to wake up…[read more]
81
  • Woburn, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,220
  • This place is amazing....as long as your making a ton of money. Ive lived here since i was 3, moved down to NC for about 8yrs and when i came back in 2010 it was impossible to find anyplace to live bc of…[read more]
82
  • Maynard, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,526
  • Maynard is where my family grew up, of course during the 60&70s family time was important. We had lots of activities withiin the town, from recreation to brownies and 4-H . We had place to swim and a…[read more]
78
  • Foxborough, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,491
79
  • Medford, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 57,180
  • This city has everything! It has multiple parks, low crime, and good transit access! Bus stations can be found on all major streets. Also, there is a rail station in the Western part of town, where it…[read more]

Low crime rates are an important factor when determining the livability of any given city in Massachusetts. Finding the safest places to live in Massachusetts can be challenging, especially in larger cities which tend to have more crime. Luckily, AreaVibes has done all the heavy lifting for you. Using science and data, AreaVibes has created a list of the safest places to live in Massachusetts with a population over 5,000.

The Massachusetts cities listed above have impeccably low crime rates when compared to other cities in the state. How did we choose the safest places to live in Massachusetts? To create the list, we looked at both property crimes (burglary, theft, vehicle theft) and violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault), then calculated the number of crimes per 100,000 people so that all cities are compared equally. Higher weights were given to violent crimes.

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