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The 20 Safest Cities in Massachusetts — 2016

Safest Cities in Massachusetts

Whether you long for brilliant autumn foliage, fresh lobster, or the thrill of rooting for the home team while seated in a national landmark, Massachusetts has what you’re looking for. And you can enjoy all of it with peace of mind when you take advantage of the Bay State’s many wonders in one of its 20 safest cities. This year, 90 percent of the recognized cities are making their third consecutive appearance on our list, which speaks to the ongoing commitment to crime prevention and safety in these colonial communities.

Wayland, our safest Massachusetts city, has claimed the top spot for the second year in a row. This proud community is a modern-day melting pot that represents the best of America’s values: the community’s philanthropic spirit actively fosters volunteerism and civic responsibility. Wayland lives up to its ideals with a safety record boasting fewer than 20 total reported crimes, an impressive number for a city of more than 13,000 residents.

But that’s just one example of the dedication to safety represented on our list. In all 20 cities on our list, there was only one reported murder — and 85 percent of our safest cities cited fewer than 10 counts of violent crime according to the FBI’s most recent crime statistics.

No matter where you call home, it’s always prudent to make safety a priority. Find out ways to enhance both personal and home safety by consulting our inclusive Massachusetts Safety Directory.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Massachusetts

To identify the 20 safest cities in Massachusetts, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 8,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Wayland

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.44
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.96

2. Norfolk

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.17
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.86

3. Boxford

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.19

4. Hopkinton

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.06
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.65

5. Sudbury

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.05
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.17

6. Franklin

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.20

7. Weston

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.50

8. Clinton

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.44
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.64

9. Sharon

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.46

10. Medway

Previous rank: 28

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.41

11. Holliston

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.32

12. Southborough

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.52

13. Westford

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.44

14. Bedford

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.65

15. Norton

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.93

16. Medfield

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.91

17. Groton

Previous rank: 27

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.09
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.33

18. Shrewsbury

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.05
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.71

19. Holden

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.71
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.49

20. Duxbury

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.65
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.72

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Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Grafton 48. Westwood 75. Wakefield
22. Wellesley 49. Tyngsboro 76. Marblehead
23. Needham 50. Rehoboth 77. East Bridgewater
24. Lexington 51. Southwick 78. Hingham
25. Winchester 52. Billerica 79. Canton
26. Scituate 53. Arlington 80. Winthrop
27. Belmont 54. Dudley 81. Easthampton
28. North Reading 55. Milton 82. Uxbridge
29. Andover 56. Maynard 83. Hanover
30. Hamilton 57. Newburyport 84. Beverly
31. Lynnfield 58. Stoneham 85. Brewster
32. Littleton 59. Melrose 86. Sutton
33. Douglas 60. Acushnet 87. Waltham
34. Georgetown 61. North Andover 88. Walpole
35. Acton 62. Wilbraham 89. Lakeville
36. Marshfield 63.Westborough 90. Watertown
37. Concord 64. Townsend 91. Carver
38. Charlton 65. Sandwhich 92. Weymouth
39. Ipswich 66. Blackstone 93. Woburn
40. Ashland 67. Easton 94. Spencer
41. Pembroke 68. Pepperell 95. Westfield
42. Norwell 69. Monson 96. Taunton
43. Lancaster 70. Northborough 97. Middleboro
44. Amherst 71. Wilmington 98. South Hadley
45. Hanson 72. Belchertown 99. Kingston
46. Newton 73. Norwood 100. Natick
47. Longmeadow 74. Mansfield

 

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