Boston, MA Crime Statistics For 2020

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Updated: 2020-03-08
18,331
Total Crimes
2,638.8
Total Crimes / 100k People
2.74%
Above National Average

What is the crime rate in Boston, MA?

According to the most recent data from the FBI, the total crime rate in Boston is 2,638.8 per 100,000 people. That's 2.74% higher than the national rate of 2,568.4 per 100,000 people and 64.78% higher than the Massachusetts total crime rate of 1,601.4 per 100,000 people.

Note: Because the rates of crime are so low in America, we use "per 100,000 people" to make the number a bit easier to compare across locations visually. It's mathematically the same as doing per capita comparisons and isn't conveying that there are 100,000+ people in a location.

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Boston SnackAbility

8
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
7/10
Housing
9.5
Affordability
3
Diversity
10
Safety
5
Amenities
10
Education
8
Commute
4

How Does Boston Crime Compare To The Rest Of The Country?

Statistic Count
Raw
Boston
/ 100k People
Massachusetts
/ 100k People
National
/ 100k People
Total Crimes Per 100K 18,331 2,638.8 1,601.4 2,568.4
Murder 56 8.1 2.0 5.0
Robbery 1,172 168.7 60.0 86.2
Aggravated Assault 2,818 405.7 241.2 246.8
Violent Crime 4,324 622.5 338.1 368.9
Burglary 1,853 266.7 200.8 376.0
Larceny 11,000 1,583.5 966.8 1,594.6
Car Theft 1,154 166.1 95.7 228.9
Property Crime 14,007 2,016.3 1,263.3 2,199.5

Violent Crime Rates In Boston

4,324
Violent Crimes
622.5
Violent Crimes / 100k People
68.73%
Above National Average
  • You have a 1 in 160.7 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Boston each year. That compares to a 1 in 295.8 chance statewide.
  • The violent crime rate in Boston is 622.5 per 100,000 people.
  • That's 68.73% higher than the national rate of 368.9 per 100,000 people.
  • 84.10% higher than the Massachusetts violent crime rate of 338.1 per 100,000 people.

Property Crime Rates In Boston

14,007
Property Crimes
2,016.3
Property Crimes / 100k People
-8.33%
Below National Average
  • You have a 1 in 49.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Boston each year. That compares to a 1 in 45.5 chance nationally.
  • The property crime rate in Boston is 2,016.3 per 100,000 people.
  • That's -8.33% lower than the national rate of 2,199.5 per 100,000 people.
  • And 59.61% higher than the Massachusetts property crime rate of 1,263.3 per 100,000 people.

Boston Crime Compared To Massachusetts Average

Each category of crime indexed to the worst per capita in Massachusetts.
Data Source -- FBI UCR 2018.

Crime In Cities Around Boston

City Population Count
Raw
Total Crime
/ 100k People
Property Crime
/ 100k People
Violent Crime
/ 100k People
Cambridge, MA 114,881 2,407 2,095.2 1,800.1 295.1
Quincy, MA 94,388 1,542 1,633.7 1,260.8 372.9
Newton, MA 89,505 687 767.6 702.8 64.8
Somerville, MA 82,161 1,197 1,456.9 1,241.5 215.4
Malden, MA 61,469 768 1,249.4 956.6 292.8
Brookline, MA 59,199 688 1,162.2 1,067.6 94.6
Revere, MA 54,296 1,144 2,107.0 1,630.0 477.0
Everett, MA 47,005 858 1,825.3 1,457.3 368.0
Chelsea, MA 40,974 861 2,101.3 1,425.3 676.0
Lexington, MA 34,050 121 355.4 331.9 23.5
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