Total crime 151%
Violent crime 323%
Property crime 120%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
Crime data for this area is not available from the FBI. Either data from local enforcement agencies is applied or estimates are created based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.
StatisticReportedincidentsCentral/100k peopleBoston/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime18,3316,240 (estimate)2,6391,5072,489
Violent crime4,3241,605 (estimate)622328379
Vehicle theft1,154n/a166.189.0219.9
Property crime14,0074,635 (estimate)2,0161,1802,110

Key findings

  • Central crime rates are 151% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Central are 323% higher than the national average
  • In Central you have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Central is safer than 2% of the cities in Massachusetts
  • Year over year crime in Boston has not changed

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      Daily Crime In Central (per 100,000 people)

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      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Central

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Central is 1 in 63
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Central is 1 in 22
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Central is 1 in 17

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

      Boston police department

      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)n/a2,70011,659
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residentsn/a4.32.2

      Sex offenders in Massachusetts

      StateTotal offendersMassachusetts /100KNational /100K
      There are a total of 4,551 sex offenders in Massachusetts. This yields a total of 72 sex offenders in Massachusetts per 100,000 residents which is 73% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Dover, MA2,45316212229
      Milton, MA27,35140222262
      Lexington, MA32,93650228278
      Winchester, MA22,49131385416
      Wellesley, MA28,90924405428
      Arlington, MA44,40875366441
      Needham, MA30,16732432464
      Boston, MA658,2796222,0162,639

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Washington, DC659,0099774,2465,223
      Memphis, TN655,8571,9016,1288,030
      Denver, CO663,3037493,7444,492
      Seattle, WA668,8495854,4965,081
      Nashville, TN643,7711,0734,0415,114
      Boston, MA658,2796222,0162,639
      Source: The Central, Boston, MA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.