Massachusetts’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated April 4, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Massachusetts for 2019. See if your city made the list.

Massachusetts keeps crime low—beating national rates for both property and violent crime. In fact, Massachusetts’s property crime rate of 13.98 per 1,000 people is one of the lowest we’ve seen (and it’s half the national rate of 27.11). But the safest cities do even better—90% reported 10 or fewer property crimes per 1,000.

The Bay State does a good job of limiting violent crime as well. The state comes in at 3.53 violent crimes per 1,000 people, and the national rate is 4.49. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise to find that Massachusetts residents have less experience with violent crime. According to our State of Safety study, 9% of Massachusetts respondents personally experienced violent crime in the past year, which is 10% below the national average of 10%.

Find out more about crime in Massachusetts, and see if your city made the cut in our full list below.

Massachusetts's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 70% of the cities made our list for the second consecutive year.
  • 95% had 12 or fewer total violent crimes reported, and 85% had 10 or fewer.
  • There was only one murder reported by the safest cities.
  • All cities reported fewer than one violent crime per 1,000.
  • Overall, Massachusetts is pretty close to national trends and averages for safety concerns—most responses are within four percentage points of the national averages reported on the State of Safety report.

The 20 Safest Cities in Massachusetts

#1

Hopkinton

+72

Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Population 17,348
Median Income $151,357
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.40

#2

Norton

+14

Norton, Massachusetts
Population 19,654
Median Income $102,869
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.05
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.92

#3

Shrewsbury

-1

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Population 36,974
Median Income $100,640
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.08
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.46

#4

Northborough

+2

Northborough, Massachusetts
Population 15,109
Median Income $111,875
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.20
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.26

#5

Franklin

-4

Franklin, Massachusetts
Population 33,397
Median Income $111,935
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.27
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.22

#6

Needham

-1

Needham, Massachusetts
Population 31,054
Median Income $141,690
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.29
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.25

#7

Reading

+7

Reading, Massachusetts
Population 26,033
Median Income $114,354
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.31
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.03

#8

Hanover

-1

Hanover, Massachusetts
Population 14,597
Median Income $111,311
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.99

#9

Hudson

+2

Hudson, Massachusetts
Population 19,963
Median Income $83,765
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.35
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.51

#10

Westford

New

Westford, Massachusetts
Population 24,639
Median Income $138,006
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.37
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.08

#11

Longmeadow

New

Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Population 15,848
Median Income $112,831
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.38
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.28

#12

Winchester

-8

Winchester, Massachusetts
Population 23,059
Median Income $152,196
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.39
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.16

#13

Dedham

-3

Dedham, Massachusetts
Population 25,358
Median Income $89,514
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.39
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.84

#14

Wellesley

1

Wellesley, Massachusetts
Population 29,434
Median Income $176,852
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.41
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.45

#15

Belmont

+3

Belmont, Massachusetts
Population 26,432
Median Income $118,370
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.45
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.94

#16

Westborough

New

Westborough, Massachusetts
Population 19,074
Median Income $107,604
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.52
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.92

#17

Holden

New

Holden, Massachusetts
Population 19,062
Median Income $101,827
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.52
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.73

#18

Holliston

New

Holliston, Massachusetts
Population 14,736
Median Income $118,933
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.54
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.04

#19

Newton

-2

Newton, Massachusetts
Population 89,736
Median Income $133,853
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.55
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.42

#20

Milton

-12

Milton, Massachusetts
Population 27,420
Median Income $126,000
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.55
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.84

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

Rank City Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21 Hingham 23,392 0.56 10.00
22 Duxbury 16,085 0.56 6.34
23 Sudbury 19,120 0.58 3.77
24 Bedford 14,607 0.62 4.04
25 Pembroke 18,454 0.65 5.69
26 Concord 20,193 0.69 5.1
27 Brookline 59,233 0.76 11.23
28 Sharon 18,419 0.81 2.44
29 Melrose 28,101 0.82 7.69
30 Arlington 45,449 0.84 5.65
31 North Andover 31,035 0.87 5.28
32 Wilbraham 14,749 0.88 12.14
33 Watertown 35,586 0.9 9.58
34 North Attleboro 29,158 0.93 16.29
35 Billerica 43,127 0.93 5.66
36 Swampscott 15,016 0.93 12.05
37 Acton 23,937 0.96 7.1
38 Ashland 17,878 1.01 5.15
39 Natick 36,705 1.06 12.4
40 Beverly 41,678 1.15 5.64
41 Westwood 16,347 1.16 10.09
42 East Bridgewater 14,573 1.17 9.13
43 Grafton 18,763 1.17 3.2
44 Marshfield 25,929 1.2 3.28
45 Stoneham 22,077 1.22 9.01
46 Wilmington 23,791 1.26 7.36
47 Chelmsford 35,392 1.27 13.84
48 Braintree 37,579 1.28 17.7
49 Dracut 31,685 1.29 10.1
50 Swansea 16,597 1.33 15.61
51 Newburyport 18,092 1.44 12.1
52 Norwood 29,194 1.44 10.04
53 Westport 15,919 1.44 9.23
54 East Longmeadow 16,288 1.47 17.13
55 South Hadley 17,804 1.52 14.1
56 North Reading 15,780 1.52 4.12
57 Medford 57,418 1.53 11.55
58 Waltham 63,413 1.55 9.6
59 Seekonk 15,521 1.55 17.01
60 Woburn 39,677 1.59 10.91
61 Bellingham 17,121 1.64 15.36
62 Mansfield 23,847 1.64 10.44
63 Easton 24,176 1.65 6.62
64 Belchertown 15,097 1.66 6.03
65 Whitman 15,000 1.67 6.4
66 Sandwich 20,362 1.67 7.61
67 Wakefield 27,049 1.7 7.21
68 Danvers 28,168 1.7 17.68
69 Marblehead 20,618 1.75 7.52
70 Methuen 50,396 1.87 13.29
71 Somerset 18,239 1.92 9.27
72 Winthrop 18,319 1.97 6.06
73 Burlington 26,678 1.99 18.18
74 Andover 35,898 2.01 7.99
75 Milford 28,772 2.02 10.7
76 Abington 16,369 2.02 9.65
77 Bourne 19,867 2.06 13.19
78 Dartmouth 34,802 2.1 20.31
79 Agawam 28,839 2.29 18
80 Somerville 82,326 2.32 13.01
81 Walpole 25,312 2.33 9.84
82 Northbridge 16,711 2.33 12.09
83 Ludlow 21,529 2.42 9.89
84 Fairhaven 16,188 2.47 20.88
85 Auburn 16,563 2.48 20.95
86 Amherst 40,313 2.48 6.52
87 Westfield 41,735 2.52 13.39
88 Plymouth 59,803 2.52 9.88
89 Foxborough 17,636 2.55 10.89
90 Easthampton 16,061 2.55 10.58
91 Saugus 28,241 2.58 16.93
92 Weymouth 56,382 2.61 10.23
93 Salem 43,385 2.67 21.92
94 Attleboro 44,607 2.69 13.29
95 Tewksbury 31,245 2.72 10.59
96 Gloucester 29,980 2.74 6.9
97 Cambridge 111,707 2.8 18.18
98 Bridgewater 27,769 2.81 5.58
99 Amesbury 17,636 2.84 6.8
100 Lowell 111,294 2.89 19.75
101 Peabody 52,721 2.9 11.84
102 Framingham 72,153 3.26 10.37
103 Everett 47,185 3.33 14.03
104 Malden 61,098 3.39 12.77
105 Middleboro 25,084 3.51 9.69
106 Randolph 33,837 3.58 14.27
107 Stoughton 28,678 3.63 13.56
108 Marlborough 39,919 3.81 15.28
109 Canton 23,551 3.82 6.33
110 Taunton 57,047 3.86 8.62
111 Falmouth 31,487 3.91 14.86
112 Quincy 93,966 4.08 16.64
113 Barnstable 44,142 4.46 12.39
114 Revere 53,425 4.64 18.91
115 Gardner 20,491 4.83 16.4
116 Chicopee 56,255 5.14 24.55
117 Southbridge 16,860 5.22 16.79
118 Leominster 41,846 5.59 22.46
119 Wareham 22,743 5.67 18.69
120 Northampton 28,458 5.8 19.5
121 West Springfield 28,635 6.08 38.59
122 Haverhill 63,244 6.18 14.5
123 Greenfield 17,462 6.3 19.07
124 New Bedford 95,107 6.66 28.57
125 Boston 682,903 6.69 20.89
126 Yarmouth 23,370 6.8 15.92
127 Lynn 93,140 7.15 17.51
128 Lawrence 80,890 7.23 17.2
129 Worcester 185,107 7.27 21.86
130 Webster 16,883 7.29 14.93
131 Fitchburg 40,445 7.39 18.32
132 Chelsea 40,514 7.78 16.34
133 Springfield 154,562 8.74 29.72
134 Pittsfield 42,546 8.81 25.67
135 Brockton 96,016 9.55 20.42
136 Fall River 89,012 9.89 17.57
137 Holyoke 40,451 10.83 48.11

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To find out about home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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