Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCambridge/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,097n/a (estimate)2,6461,3922,324
Violent crime475n/a (estimate)406322370
Vehicle theft139n/a118.899.7282.7
Property crime2,622n/a (estimate)2,2401,0701,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Cambridge, MA

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Cambridge crime rate is higher than the national average by 13.9%. Specifically, there were 475 violent crimes in Cambridge, equivalent to 406 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 9.7%. Furthermore, Cambridge recorded 2622 property crimes, amounting to 2240 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 14.6%.

In terms of the total Cambridge crime rate per 100,000 people, it falls within the midrange when compared to other cities across the United States. Our analysis of total crimes, encompassing both violent and property offenses in Cambridge, revealed that the reported crime rates closely align with the nationwide average reported by other areas.

The violent crime rate in Cambridge closely mirrors the national average among all cities that reported crime, with 406 incidents per 100,000 people. The national average for violent crime per 100,000 people was 370. This consistency highlights Cambridge as a community where safety standards are in line with the broader national landscape, providing residents with a reliable sense of security.

In the most recently reported crime year, Cambridge registered zero reported homicides. This statistic not only designates the area as an exemplar of security but also emanates a profound sense of safety within its community. A minimal incidence of severe violent crime not only fosters a strong sense of well-being among residents but also sets a commendable standard for other regions aiming to cultivate similarly safe surroundings.

In the most recent release, Cambridge reported a property crime rate that closely aligns with the national average. In Cambridge, there were 2240 reported property crimes, a figure consistent with the national average of 1954 per 100,000 individuals. This positions the area as maintaining a level of safety and security on par with the typical city. The harmonious statistics underscore a balanced commitment to community well-being, offering residents a sense of stability and peace in their surroundings.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Cambridge?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Cambridge residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 37 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 57% of Cambridge residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 43% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Cambridge a Safe Place to Live?

Is Cambridge a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Cambridge has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 14%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 8.48 daily incidents, encompassing 1.3 violent crimes and 7.18 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Cambridge as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Cambridge Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Cambridge has increased by 13.2%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Cambridge, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has increased by 27.7%, while property crime has increased by 10.9%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Cambridge is a safe place to live.

Cambridge Neighborhood Crime Rates

There are more than 12 different neighborhoods in the Cambridge area. Depending on their location and other socioeconomic factors, the rate of crime in each neighborhood is vastly different. Areas that are located near the center or downtown core, tend to be more densely populated and typically see higher crime rates. While neighborhoods in the outskirts of the city tend to be less densely populated and have lower unemployment and poverty rates. Some of the safer neighborhoods in Cambridge include Mit, Aggasiz-Harvard and Neighborhood 9. While Mid-Cambridge, Wellington-Harrington and Area Iv have a reported crime rate that is higher than average. This reinforces the need to do a quality check on multiple neighborhoods as their crime rates can be quite different.

Potential Causes for Crime in Cambridge

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Cambridge, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 2.7%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

In Cambridge, the cost of living is 73% higher than the national average. A substantial cost of living can burden residents, particularly those with constrained financial means. When individuals contend with steep housing expenses, grocery bills, utility costs, healthcare and essential needs that strain their budgets, they may turn to criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities characterized by a more affordable cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, which could potentially lead to decreased crime rates.

Cambridge has an average rental rate of $2,293 per month, compared to the national average of $949. In areas with high rental costs, some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions. Overcrowding can lead to increased stress and tension, which may contribute to domestic disputes and related property or violent crimes. Addressing affordable housing and economic mobility can be important strategies for reducing crime in such areas.

Cambridge crime map

The Cambridge crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Cambridge as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Cambridge crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Cambridge crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Cambridge crime rates are 14% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Cambridge are 10% higher than the national average
      • In Cambridge you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Cambridge is safer than 23% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Cambridge has increased by 18%

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        Daily Crime In Cambridge (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Cambridge, per 100,000 residents. In Cambridge, the total number of daily crimes is 1.90 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.14 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Cambridge are 1.26 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.10 times more than the national average. For property crime, Cambridge has a daily crime rate that is 2.09 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.15 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Cambridge (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Cambridge, Massachusetts compared to other areas of Massachusetts, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Cambridge safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Cambridge is safer than 9% of Massachusetts cities, and 23% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Massachusetts, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Cambridge. At this time, Cambridge sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Cambridge

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Cambridge is 1 in 247
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Cambridge is 1 in 45
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Cambridge is 1 in 38
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Cambridge, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 247. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 45 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Cambridge is 1 in 38.

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

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Cambridge is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Cambridge has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have increased by 33% in Cambridge, while property crimes in Cambridge have increased by 15%. Total crime has increased by 18% year over year.

        Cambridge police department

        Item Cambridge Massachusetts National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)30811,659558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.92.23.3
        There are a total of 308 Cambridge police officers. This results in 2.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 33.6% greater than the Massachusetts average and 11.5% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Massachusetts

        State Total offenders Massachusetts /100K National /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 Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Dover, MA2,51885119203
        Nahant, MA3,51230211241
        Winchester, MA22,76040271311
        Lexington, MA33,30444286330
        Medfield, MA6,66876267343
        Wellesley, MA28,74761376437
        Cochituate, MA6,730105348453
        Cambridge, MA117,8224062,2402,646

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Lansing, MI117,4881,2792,6913,970
        Beaumont, TX117,3211,0803,8824,962
        Evansville, IN118,4147193,7674,486
        Independence, MO117,1395283,3093,837
        Rochester, MN117,1342231,8732,096
        Cambridge, MA117,8224062,2402,646
        Source: The Cambridge, MA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. 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.