Cambridge, MA Crime Statistics For 2021

Demographics | Crime | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2020-12-30
2,317
Total Crimes
1,932.3
Total Crimes / 100k People
-21.98%
Below National Average
266 out of 289
In Massachusetts
5,966 out of 9,891
In America

What is the crime rate in Cambridge, MA?

According to the most recent data from the FBI, the total crime rate in Cambridge is 1,932.3 per 100,000 people. That's -21.98% lower than the national rate of 2,476.7 per 100,000 people and 28.19% higher than the Massachusetts total crime rate of 1,507.4 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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Cambridge SnackAbility

9
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8.5/10
Housing
10
Affordability
3
Diversity
9
Safety
6
Amenities
10
Education
9
Commute
6

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

Statistic Count
Raw
Cambridge
/ 100k People
Massachusetts
/ 100k People
National
/ 100k People
Total Crimes Per 100K 2,317 1,932.3 1,507.4 2,476.7
Murder 1 0.8 2.2 5.0
Robbery 67 55.9 52.4 81.6
Aggravated Assault 240 200.2 241.0 250.2
Violent Crime 334 278.5 327.6 366.7
Burglary 161 134.3 179.0 340.5
Larceny 1,724 1,437.8 911.8 1,549.5
Car Theft 98 81.7 89.0 219.9
Property Crime 1,983 1,653.8 1,179.8 2,109.9

Violent Crime Rates In Cambridge

334.0
Violent Crimes
278.5
Violent Crimes / 100k People
-24.04%
Below National Average
  • You have a 1 in 359.0 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Cambridge each year. That compares to a 1 in 305.3 chance statewide.
  • The violent crime rate in Cambridge is 278.5 per 100,000 people.
  • That's -24.04% lower than the national rate of 366.7 per 100,000 people.
  • -14.97% lower than the Massachusetts violent crime rate of 327.6 per 100,000 people.

Property Crime Rates In Cambridge

1,983.0
Property Crimes
1,653.8
Property Crimes / 100k People
-21.62%
Below National Average
  • You have a 1 in 60.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Cambridge each year. That compares to a 1 in 47.4 chance nationally.
  • The property crime rate in Cambridge is 1,653.8 per 100,000 people.
  • That's -21.62% lower than the national rate of 2,109.9 per 100,000 people.
  • And 40.17% higher than the Massachusetts property crime rate of 1,179.8 per 100,000 people.

Cambridge 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 Cambridge

City Population Count
Raw
Total Crime
/ 100k People
Property Crime
/ 100k People
Violent Crime
/ 100k People
Newton, MA 88,658 559 630.5 575.2 55.3
Somerville, MA 81,668 1,191 1,458.3 1,255.1 203.3
Malden, MA 60,746 881 1,450.3 1,183.6 266.7
Brookline, MA 58,928 560 950.3 853.6 96.7
Medford, MA 57,484 642 1,116.8 915.0 201.8
Everett, MA 47,195 868 1,839.2 1,320.1 519.1
Arlington, MA 45,614 201 440.7 366.1 74.5
Chelsea, MA 40,496 864 2,133.5 1,466.8 666.7
Lexington, MA 33,824 94 277.9 227.6 50.3
Needham, MA 31,275 145 463.6 431.7 32.0
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