These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Massachusetts For 2018


We looked at the most recent FBI crime data to identify the most dangerous cities in the Bay State.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Massachusetts?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Massachusetts — and anyone looking to move to Massachusetts — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Bay State:

  1. Holyoke (Photos)
  2. North Adams (Photos)
  3. Springfield (Photos)
  4. New Bedford (Photos)
  5. Brockton (Photos)
  6. Worcester (Photos)
  7. West Springfield
  8. Pittsfield (Photos)
  9. Chelsea (Photos)
  10. Hadley

Why did Holyoke take the top spot? For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on. Or learn more about the safest places in Massachusetts.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Massachusetts for 2018?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 233 cities in Massachusetts.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 233 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Massachusetts — Holyoke. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Massachusetts.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Massachusetts.

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1. Holyoke

Holyoke, Massachusetts

Population: 40,738
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,070
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,941
More on Holyoke: Data | Photos | Rankings

Holyoke comes in as the 1st most dangerous city in Massachusetts, losing the top position it has held in past years.

Part of the Springfield Metro area in western Mass., Holyoke experienced a small 4% rise in violent crime and 10% rise in property crime between 2014-16.

That left residents with a 1 in 20.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016, and a greater than 1% shot of being the victim of violence.

2. North Adams

North Adams, Massachusetts

Population: 13,162
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,375
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,289
More on North Adams: Data | Photos | Rankings
The smallest city to make this list and the home of the largest contemporary art museum in the country, North Adams may seem out of place on a list about dangerous cities.

Yet this center for tourism in Berkshire County has experienced a wicked 37% rise in violent crime between 2015, bringing the likelihood residents face of being the victim of violence to nearly 1%.

Property crime, meanwhile, has remained stagnant at roughly a 1 in 30.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year.

North Adams was also ranked as the most stoned city in Massachusetts, according to our research.

3. Springfield

Springfield, Massachusetts

Population: 154,102
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,030
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,291
More on Springfield: Data | Photos | Rankings
Just 8 miles south Holyoke, Springfield is the 3rd biggest city in Massachusetts, and the 3rd most dangerous overall.

Springfield is famous for being the headquarters of Smith & Wesson, the largest producer of handguns in the world, which may help explain Springfield’s violent streak.

While property crime is 44% less common in Springfield than some other cities on the list, residents still faced a 1 in 97 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.

4. New Bedford

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Population: 94,524
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 866
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,093
More on New Bedford: Data | Photos | Rankings
One of the largest cities on the south cost of Massachusetts, New Bedford ranks as the fourth most dangerous place in the state.

In 2016, residents faced a 1 in 92 chance of being the victim of violence, reflective of a very modest 5% drop from 2011.

Meanwhile, property crime has remained pretty much stagnant.

5. Brockton

Brockton, Massachusetts

Population: 95,189
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,081
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,405
More on Brockton: Data | Photos | Rankings

Located on the eastern part of the state, Brockton is second only to Chelsea in terms of violent cities in Massachusetts.

Yet while Chelsea has experienced an impressive drop in violent crime in recent years, Brockton’s numbers in both property and violent crime have been more or less the same from 2014-16.

And with residents facing a 1 in 81 chance of being the victim of violence each year, Brockton could easily pass out Chelsea for most violent city in Mass in just a few years.

6. Worcester

Worcester, Massachusetts

Population: 184,595
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 889
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,902
More on Worcester: Data | Photos | Rankings

The second biggest city in New England and Massachusetts (behind Boston), Worcester is among the most dangerous cities in the state.

The “Heart of the Commonwealth” (so named for its central location) has experienced no recent change in crime for better or for worse.

And that’s not a good thing for a city in the 7th most violent with the 7th most property crime in the state.

7. West Springfield

West Springfield, Massachusetts

Population: 28,689
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 655
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,203
Located on the western side of the Connecticut River across from Springfield, West Springfield has its own crime problems.

While it is the least violent place on this list, and has seen another 11% drop in violence from 2014-16, the West Side is the 2nd worst place in the state in terms of property crime.

The 1 in 23.8 chance residents faced of being the victim of a property crime did not significantly change between 2014-16.

8. Pittsfield

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Population: 43,031
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 790
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,361
More on Pittsfield: Data | Photos | Rankings
A smaller city on this list, Pittsfield has experienced some wild swings in crime in recent years.

While instances of violent crime fell to 340 between 2014-16, property crime now stands at 12th worst.

If they could get the same magic working for property crime as they have for violence, Pittsfield may one day be the idyllic place its residents want it to be.

9. Chelsea

Chelsea, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 40,096
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 922
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,279
More on Chelsea: Data | Photos | Rankings
Located directly across the Mystic River from Boston, Chelsea is the smallest city in Massachusetts in terms of total area (just 2.5 sq. miles).

Still, Chelsea knows how to pack a lot of violence into a small space, with residents facing 1 in 108 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.

The crazy thing is that this likelihood was 1 in 61 in 2011, meaning Chelsea has seen about a 35% drop in violent crime over the years, and is still the 6th most violent city in Mass.

10. Hadley

Hadley, Massachusetts

Population: 5,372
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 23)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 446
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,871
Hadley may not even be on this list in another year if the current trends continue — violent crime was more than cut in half between 2014-16, with the number of instances falling from to 24.

Property crime also fell during this time, so Hadley is improving its crime altogether.

Locking It All Up In Massachusetts

The latest FBI crime data shows that Holyoke ranks as the most dangerous city in Massachusetts for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Holyoke’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Massachusetts:

  1. Boxford
  2. Franklin
  3. Groveland

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Holyoke 40,738 1,070 4,941
2 North Adams 13,162 1,375 3,289
3 Springfield 154,102 1,030 3,291
4 New Bedford 94,524 866 3,093
5 Brockton 95,189 1,081 2,405
6 Worcester 184,595 889 2,902
7 West Springfield 28,689 655 4,203
8 Pittsfield 43,031 790 2,361
9 Chelsea 40,096 922 2,279
10 Hadley 5,372 446 3,871
11 Montague 8,242 691 2,159
12 Boston 673,880 707 2,150
13 Leominster 41,547 649 2,262
14 Fitchburg 40,391 772 2,094
15 Fall River 88,371 1,093 1,885
16 Lynn 92,443 772 2,079
17 Chicopee 56,887 465 2,313
18 Greenfield 17,456 670 2,090
19 Revere 53,514 489 2,134
20 Dennis 13,905 409 2,301
21 Lawrence 80,622 740 1,871
22 Northampton 28,521 452 2,103
23 Wareham 22,422 548 1,989
24 Fairhaven 16,120 347 2,313
25 Salem 42,888 305 2,408
26 Webster 16,842 718 1,733
27 Auburn 16,508 278 2,477
28 Falmouth 31,382 382 1,991
29 Ware 9,891 586 1,708
30 Athol 11,612 421 1,817
31 Saugus 28,131 323 2,033
32 Lowell 111,027 342 1,980
33 Haverhill 62,851 593 1,562
34 Palmer 12,171 542 1,585
35 Barnstable 43,974 452 1,616
36 Nantucket 11,036 235 2,772
37 Quincy 93,437 436 1,611
38 Sturbridge 9,520 357 1,743
39 Cambridge 111,030 264 2,133
40 Winchendon 10,727 354 1,668
41 Salisbury 9,425 360 1,633
42 Dartmouth 34,630 207 2,321
43 Southbridge 16,819 309 1,676
44 Lunenburg 11,438 271 1,835
45 Marlborough 39,899 401 1,406
46 Agawam 28,844 280 1,695
47 Taunton 56,720 357 1,320
48 Stoughton 28,583 290 1,539
49 Ayer 8,078 420 1,237
50 Peabody 52,501 392 1,304
51 Braintree 37,673 238 1,762
52 Everett 46,754 310 1,394
53 Adams 8,131 295 1,426
54 Orange 7,615 341 1,313
55 Seekonk 15,159 197 2,104
56 Lee 5,790 224 1,761
57 Randolph 33,807 283 1,393
58 Raynham 13,818 202 1,968
59 Somerville 80,899 254 1,490
60 Attleboro 44,225 210 1,761
61 Bellingham 16,922 200 1,896
62 West Bridgewater 7,097 197 1,831
63 Bourne 19,577 250 1,312
64 Ludlow 21,484 242 1,335
65 Burlington 26,083 199 1,736
66 Middleboro 24,490 412 988
67 Framingham 71,422 295 1,163
68 Abington 16,201 222 1,469
69 Danvers 27,997 139 2,171
70 Malden 61,102 276 1,173
71 Westfield 41,700 223 1,318
72 Easthampton 16,026 311 1,042
73 Swansea 16,418 200 1,498
74 Milford 28,606 237 1,216
75 Somerset 18,223 230 1,196
76 Millbury 13,532 162 1,655
77 Williamstown 7,591 158 1,712
78 Winthrop 18,216 411 839
79 Oxford 13,895 187 1,417
80 Leicester 11,355 202 1,312
81 Methuen 49,912 158 1,644
82 Harwich 12,112 206 1,246
83 Freetown 9,199 228 1,141
84 Weymouth 56,149 286 938
85 Canton 22,962 339 862
86 Northbridge 16,638 204 1,178
87 Acushnet 10,466 181 1,280
88 Mashpee 14,122 233 991
89 Woburn 39,638 206 1,125
90 Westminster 7,595 250 934
91 Natick 36,777 157 1,345
92 Mattapoisett 6,282 270 843
93 Carver 11,600 241 887
94 Monson 8,812 408 658
95 South Hadley 17,748 129 1,425
96 North Attleboro 29,013 120 1,492
97 Tewksbury 31,160 202 962
98 Gloucester 29,836 244 767
99 Hull 10,482 248 763
100 Kingston 13,378 164 1,061

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  1. Springfield is horrible my girls grew up learning how to fight to defend themselves while trying to get a education drugs yes everyone has them o wait guns these kids have more firepower than the gun store it’s crazy and as my sons grow I want out before they get shot or something cause these kids don’t fight they shoot I mean I walk around here like fuck you but it’s just sad

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