These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Massachusetts For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Bay State for 2019.

Join RoadSnacks
This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2019.

Article continues below.

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 for 2019:

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

After analyzing 237 cities in Massachusetts, 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.

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Massachusetts

Most Dangerous Cities In Massachusetts Graph

Click To Enlarge

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Massachusetts for 2019?

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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

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 237 cities in Massachusetts.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 237 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.

Holyoke, MA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 40,451
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,082 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,810 (1st most dangerous)
More on Holyoke:  Data | Photos

Holyoke comes in as the most dangerous city in Massachusetts.

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 2015-17.

That left residents with a 1 in 20.8 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017, and a greater than 1% shot of being the victim of violence.

North Adams, MA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,948
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,490 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,081 (3rd most dangerous)
More on North Adams:  Data | Photos

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 2016, 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 32.5 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.

Springfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 154,562
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 874 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,972 (4th most dangerous)
More on Springfield:  Data | Photos

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 114 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Pittsfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 42,546
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 881 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,566 (6th most dangerous)
More on Pittsfield:  Data | Photos

Pittsfield residents faced a 1 in 113 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017 and a 1 in 39.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime — both statistics that have barely changed in recent years.

It’s the 5th most violent city.

New Bedford, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 95,107
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 665 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,856 (5th most dangerous)
More on New Bedford:  Data | Photos

One of the largest cities on the south cost of Massachusetts, New Bedford ranks as the fourth most dangerous place in the state.

In 2017, 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.

6. West Springfield

West Springfield Location In Massachusetts

West Springfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 28,635
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 607 (19th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,858 (2nd most dangerous)
More on West Springfield:

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 2015-17, the West Side is the 2nd worst place in the state in terms of property crime.

The 1 in 25.9 chance residents faced of being the victim of a property crime did not significantly change between 2015-17.

Brockton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 96,016
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 955 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,042 (17th most dangerous)
More on Brockton:  Data | Photos

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 2015-17.

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.

Worcester, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 185,107
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 726 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,186 (12th most dangerous)
More on Worcester:  Data | Photos

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 11th most violent with the 12th most property crime in the state.

Boston, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 682,903
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 669 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,089 (14th most dangerous)
More on Boston:  Data | Photos

Boston has the 15th highest rate of violent crime, giving it a 9th place danger ranking overall.

Folks in Boston had a 1 in 149 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017, a 5% increase from 2016.

Property crime went up during this interval, giving a Boston resident a 1 in 47.9 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Chicopee, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 56,255
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 513 (24th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,454 (8th most dangerous)
More on Chicopee:  Data | Photos

Chicopee is one of the most crime-ridden cities in Massachusetts.

Violent crime and property crime have become an issue between 2015-17, which left Chicopee’s residents with a 1 in 194 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 40.7 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Locking It All Up In Massachusetts

The latest FBI crime data shows that Holyoke ranks as the most dangerous city in Massachusetts for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Holyoke and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

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

  1. Boxford (Pop. 8,333)
  2. Wayland (Pop. 13,976)
  3. Norton (Pop. 19,654)

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Holyoke 40,451 1,082 4,810
2 North Adams 12,948 1,490 3,081
3 Springfield 154,562 874 2,972
4 Pittsfield 42,546 881 2,566
5 New Bedford 95,107 665 2,856
6 West Springfield 28,635 607 3,858
7 Brockton 96,016 955 2,042
8 Worcester 185,107 726 2,186
9 Boston 682,903 669 2,089
10 Chicopee 56,255 513 2,454
11 Leominster 41,846 559 2,246
12 Fitchburg 40,445 739 1,832
13 Fall River 89,012 988 1,757
14 Nantucket 11,165 420 2,364
15 Greenfield 17,462 629 1,906
16 Northampton 28,458 579 1,950
17 Wareham 22,743 567 1,868
18 Dennis 13,976 414 2,082
19 Lynn 93,140 715 1,751
20 Lawrence 80,890 723 1,719
21 Ware 9,907 454 1,948
22 Revere 53,425 464 1,890
23 Chelsea 40,514 777 1,634
24 Hadley 5,382 315 2,489
25 Montague 8,211 779 1,534
26 Athol 11,630 498 1,736
27 Yarmouth 23,370 680 1,591
28 Southbridge 16,860 521 1,678
29 Webster 16,883 728 1,492
30 Gardner 20,491 483 1,639
31 Lowell 111,294 289 1,974
32 Quincy 93,966 407 1,664
33 Haverhill 63,244 618 1,449
34 Salem 43,385 267 2,192
35 Cambridge 111,707 280 1,818
36 Falmouth 31,487 390 1,486
37 Auburn 16,563 247 2,095
38 Marlborough 39,919 380 1,528
39 Fairhaven 16,188 247 2,087
40 Randolph 33,837 357 1,427
41 Winchendon 10,812 305 1,572
42 Stoughton 28,678 362 1,356
43 Saugus 28,241 258 1,692
44 Everett 47,185 332 1,402
45 Barnstable 44,142 446 1,239
46 Dartmouth 34,802 209 2,031
47 Agawam 28,839 228 1,799
48 Orange 7,569 303 1,374
49 Malden 61,098 338 1,276
50 Salisbury 9,517 346 1,271
51 Raynham 14,048 242 1,644
52 Burlington 26,678 198 1,817
53 Palmer 12,136 411 1,062
54 Holbrook 11,064 352 1,165
55 Mashpee 14,272 280 1,296
56 Adams 8,051 248 1,415
57 Leicester 11,369 237 1,495
58 Attleboro 44,607 269 1,329
59 Peabody 52,721 290 1,183
60 Westfield 41,735 251 1,339
61 Danvers 28,168 170 1,767
62 Framingham 72,153 325 1,036
63 West Bridgewater 7,189 250 1,279
64 Lunenburg 11,477 217 1,376
65 Sturbridge 9,605 218 1,343
66 Middleboro 25,084 350 968
67 Somerville 82,326 232 1,300
68 Tewksbury 31,245 272 1,059
69 Great Barrington 6,815 352 939
70 Foxborough 17,636 255 1,088
71 Seekonk 15,521 154 1,700
72 Taunton 57,047 385 862
73 Northbridge 16,711 233 1,208
74 Bourne 19,867 206 1,318
75 Lee 5,749 139 1,826
76 Easthampton 16,061 255 1,058
77 Bellingham 17,121 163 1,536
78 Weymouth 56,382 260 1,023
79 East Longmeadow 16,288 147 1,712
80 Acushnet 10,547 303 957
81 Ayer 8,240 279 983
82 Freetown 9,343 246 1,070
83 Methuen 50,396 186 1,329
84 Williamstown 7,756 128 1,779
85 Monson 8,842 350 814
86 Braintree 37,579 127 1,769
87 Harwich 12,150 189 1,242
88 Plymouth 59,803 252 988
89 Kingston 13,615 198 1,189
90 Milford 28,772 201 1,070
91 Ludlow 21,529 241 989
92 South Hadley 17,804 151 1,409
93 Swansea 16,597 132 1,560
94 Walpole 25,312 233 983
95 Brewster 9,895 222 990
96 Westminster 7,699 259 831
97 Carver 11,671 214 976
98 Millbury 13,626 154 1,218
99 Hull 10,553 274 748
100 Canton 23,551 382 632

Like RoadSnacks on Facebook:

 Most Dangerous Cities 

3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Massachusetts For 2019

  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

  2. Pittsfield and north Adams?? You obviously have never been to Massachusetts I can ten more cities that are worse than those two cities.. and Brockton should be higher on that list definitely top three worst cities in MA… where is Fall River? Chelsea? Lynn? I doubt you’ve been to MA seeing how you made this list..

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

    I’m pretty sure this sentence makes zero sense.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *