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Total crime 6%
Violent crime 64%
Property crime 4%
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.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBoston/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime18,331n/a (estimate)2,6391,5072,489
Murder56n/a8.12.25.0
Rape278n/a40.032.042.6
Robbery1,172n/a168.752.481.6
Assault2,818n/a405.7241.0250.2
Violent crime4,324n/a (estimate)622328379
Burglary1,853n/a266.7179.0340.5
Theft11,000n/a1,583.5911.81,549.5
Vehicle theft1,154n/a166.189.0219.9
Property crime14,007n/a (estimate)2,0161,1802,110

Key findings

  • Boston crime rates are 6% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Boston are 64% higher than the national average
  • In Boston you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Boston is safer than 14% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Boston has not changed

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      Daily Crime In Boston (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Boston, per 100,000 residents. In Boston, the total number of daily crimes is 1.75 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.06 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Boston are 1.90 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.64 times more than the national average. For property crime, Boston has a daily crime rate that is 1.71 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.05 times less than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Boston (higher is better)

      Compared to the other cities in Massachusetts and all other cities across the US, is Boston safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Boston is safer than 7% of other cities in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Boston 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. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Boston 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 161
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Boston is 1 in 50
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Boston is 1 in 38
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Boston, Massachusetts you have a 1 in 161 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 50 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Boston.

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

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in Boston, Massachusetts (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Boston has not changed, the amount of property crime in Boston has not changed, and the total amount of crime in Boston has not changed year over year.

      Boston police department

      ItemBostonMassachusettsNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2,70011,659558,732
      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 31.7% greater than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Massachusetts

      StateTotal offendersMassachusetts /100KNational /100K
      Massachusetts4,55172266
      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 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.