Compared to the other cities in Massachusetts and cities in all other U.S. states, how safe is Reading, MA? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Reading, MA has been ranked safer than 88% of other cities in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Reading, MA is safer than 89% 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 Reading, MA. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Reading, MA is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.