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 peopleWorcester/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime4,689n/a (estimate)2,2701,3922,324
Violent crime1,245n/a (estimate)603322370
Vehicle theft340n/a164.699.7282.7
Property crime3,444n/a (estimate)1,6671,0701,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Worcester, MA

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Worcester crime rate is 2.3% lower than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Worcester, there were 1245 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 603 per 100,000 individuals, 63% higher than the national average. Additionally, Worcester recorded 3444 property crimes, amounting to 1667 per 100,000 residents, 14.7% lower than the U.S. average.

In terms of the total Worcester 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 Worcester, revealed that the reported crime rates closely align with the nationwide average reported by other areas.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Worcester?

AreaVibes surveyed 91 local residents in Worcester to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 29% of people answered that there was very little crime in Worcester and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 71% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Worcester a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Worcester is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Worcester has an overall crime rate that is 2% lower than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 12.85 daily occurrences, comprising 3.41 violent crimes and 9.44 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Worcester as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Worcester Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Worcester. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Worcester has decreased by 1%. Violent crimes have increased by 3.8%, while property crimes have decreased by 2.7%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Worcester

Worcester has a poverty rate of 19.7, while the national average is 15.1. In the past, there has been a direct correlation between high or low poverty rates and high or low crime stats. Elevated poverty levels and income disparities can contribute to heightened criminal activity, as individuals may resort to unlawful means to address their fundamental necessities. While lower poverty levels have led to a reduction in typical crime levels compared to other areas.

The median home price in Worcester is $241,800, compared to the national average of $184,700. High housing costs can lead to financial stress for residents. When individuals struggle to make ends meet due to expensive housing, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities to address their financial difficulties, such as theft or fraud. Communities with stable housing environments tend to foster stronger social bonds and community engagement. This can lead to increased vigilance and cooperation among residents, which can deter criminal behavior.

In Worcester, the average rental rates are $1,115 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

Worcester crime map

The Worcester crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Worcester 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 Worcester crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Worcester 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

      • Worcester crime rates are 2% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Worcester are 63% higher than the national average
      • In Worcester you have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Worcester is safer than 17% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Worcester has decreased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Worcester (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Worcester for every 100,000 residents. The Worcester total amount of daily crime is 1.63 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.02 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Worcester, is 1.87 times more than the Massachusetts average, and it is 1.63 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Worcester has a daily crime average that is 1.56 times more than the Massachusetts average and 1.17 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Worcester (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Worcester, Massachusetts compared to other areas of Massachusetts, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Worcester safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Worcester is safer than 7% of Massachusetts cities, and 17% 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 Worcester. At this time, Worcester sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Worcester

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Worcester is 1 in 166
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Worcester is 1 in 60
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Worcester is 1 in 45
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Worcester, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 166. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 60 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 Worcester is 1 in 45.

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

        An ideal indicator of whether Worcester is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Worcester has decreased by 6% and the rate of property crime in Worcester has decreased by 12%. The total crime rate in Worcester has decreased by 11% year to year.

        Worcester police department

        Item Worcester Massachusetts National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)46211,659558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.52.23.3
        There are a total of 462 Worcester police officers. This results in 2.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 17% greater than the Massachusetts average and 22.5% 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
        Northborough, MA6,532321345
        Clinton, MA7,058523284
        Cordaville, MA2,88463209272
        Upton, MA2,279123184307
        Hopkinton, MA3,864156245401
        Hudson, MA15,222148367515
        Hopedale, MA3,64383432515
        Worcester, MA185,1866031,6672,270

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Knoxville, TN187,4878423,9084,750
        Vancouver, WA182,7926365,5766,212
        Brownsville, TX182,2304321,8352,268
        Frisco, TX188,3871031,3371,440
        Fort Lauderdale, FL181,8181711,0361,208
        Worcester, MA185,1866031,6672,270
        Source: The Worcester, 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.