Massachusetts' Safest Cities

Terry Mansfield

Massachusetts is home to numerous cities and towns, each with unique characteristics. But when it comes to safety, how do they stack up?


This article will examine Massachusetts' safest cities. We used the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics (UCR) reports on Violent Crime and Property Crime.

The UCR subdivides its major categories into Murder, Rape, Robbery, Assault, Burglary, Theft, and Vehicle Theft. The UCR has now implemented the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which provides detailed, incident-based data.

In addition to the UCR, we utilized other sources to develop our list of Massachusetts' safest cities. The safest cities have the lowest violent and property crime rates.

The Safest Cities in Massachusetts

1. Wayland

2. Franklin

3. Clinton

4. Holden

5. Hopkinton

6. Westford

7. Sharon

8. Hanover

9. Shrewsbury

10. Duxbury

Other Safe Cities (in alphabetical order)

  • Arlington
  • Ashby
  • Boxford
  • Brookline
  • Charlton
  • Dover
  • Grafton
  • Groveland
  • Hamilton
  • Hampden
  • Holden
  • Lexington
  • Malden
  • Marshfield
  • Medford
  • Medway
  • Merrimac
  • Methuen
  • Milton
  • Newton
  • Norfolk
  • North Reading
  • Oakham
  • Peabody
  • Pembroke
  • Scituate
  • Somerville
  • Southborough
  • Stow
  • Taunton
  • Waltham
  • Wellesley
  • Wenham
  • Weymouth

What Makes a City Safe

In general, the safest cities in Massachusetts have lower crime rates, more police officers per capita, and higher levels of community engagement.

Interestingly, there is only sometimes a direct correlation between crime rates and police presence. Sometimes, this is due to poverty or a lack of social services.

Many factors can contribute to making a city safe. Some of these include:

Crime rates: A city with a lower crime rate will typically be safer.

Police presence: More police officers can help deter crime and provide a quicker response time in an emergency.

Community engagement: Stronger relationships between residents and law enforcement can help make a city safer by promoting trust and cooperation.

Tips For Staying Safe In Massachusetts

Massachusetts' safest cities have low crime rates and a strong law enforcement presence. If you are visiting or live in one of these cities, or any other town in Massachusetts, follow these safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk or drive in well-lighted areas.
  • Avoid being out alone at night.
  • Keep your valuables hidden and locked up.
  • Know the locations of the nearest police station and hospital.


In this article, we've listed the safest cities in Massachusetts, as determined by our research. These cities are safe because of their low violent and property crime rates, strong police presence, and good community engagement between residents and law enforcement.


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