This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Massachusetts and is updated for 2020.
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If you’re from Massachusetts then you know that you have to watch out for more than just Old World ghosts in Boston, scary Witches in Salem, and grumpy New Englanders in Worcester: The Bay State has some pretty dangerous places, too.
It’s not all bougie Harvard graduates and snobby Celtics fans, either. Massachusetts has some pretty scary criminals, and they can be found in the state’s most dangerous cities. Lucky for you, RoadSnacks has created a list of the most dangerous places in Massachusetts for 2020 and we think that you should definitely check it out before you make any major moves.
How’d we determine the most dangerous places in Red Sox country? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 238 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. We discovered that Massachusetts has some pretty interesting statistics when it comes to violent and property crime compared to the national average. The state is winning the arson game, but losing in murder and aggravated assault. And, shockingly, the city with the most assaults and murders in the state only has 13,000 residents.
While Massachusetts was not in the top ten most dangerous states in the country, Springfield is one of the most dangerous cities in the country. And if we were handing out the “Most Dangerous New England State” award, word on the street is that Massachusetts would be number one. Maybe Massachusetts’ just needs a hug? Or, maybe the state’s most dangerous cities need more police presence. We’re not entirely sure; but one thing we do know is that you should check out Massachusetts’ most dangerous places below: there may be some surprises.
Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Massachusetts for 2020:
If you guessed that most of Massachusetts’ problems are centered around many of the state’s biggest cities, you guessed right. Surprisingly, however, the state’s most dangerous city is not one of the state’s most populated.
So, where is the most dangerous place in The Baked Bean State? The most dangerous place in Massachusetts would be Holyoke.
If you want to know where the rest of Massachusetts’ most dangerous cities are located, take a look below. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.
Years ago Holyoke was bad, but tor the past 10 years the ghetto n the crime has extremely decreased!! Last 2 years there were no deaths on crime at all and this year 2 and the ones that did the crime were already caught.
The economy of North Adams is based on drug trafficking, abetted by proudly corrupt city administrators and a few bad apples among the State Police commanders of Berkshire County. At least half the people walking the streets are junkies, and most of the North Adams police officers above patrol rank are in the business of protecting organized crime.
Soon after a multiagency bust in November 2015 disrupted the Latin Kings leadership around Springfield, MA, hordes of Latin Kings from Springfield began pouring into North Adams to establish a lucrative new base for their narcotics trade. Around the same time, the police director issued a taxi license to two business partners who had been previously convicted of operating a taxi service to distribute narcotics in the Philadelphia area. This taxi service – whose employees range from shady to scary – keeps busy 24/7 ferrying customers, dealers, and bag men to and from drug houses all over the city, with no fear of police intervention.
Meanwhile, the NAPD and Berkshire Narcotics Task Force make headlines for their drug busts – chiefly targeting the UNPROTECTED players in the local drug scene who dare compete with the Latin Kings. This serves the purpose of making local law enforcement look proactive against narcotics even while protecting a major faction of criminals.
The Latin Kings have a history of corrupting public officials in several states, and even of infiltrating police departments. Presto, in late 2017 the North Adams police director was bold enough to appoint a full-time police officer whose shoddy personal history would disqualify him even from civilian duties with any police department upholding minimal standards. This person’s pattern of bad driving, failing to pay bills, defaulting on court appearances, falsifying job applications, obtaining Taser training under false pretenses, and being dismissed from previous part-time police positions, makes a mockery of every respectable police officer on the force.
Woe to any citizens who complain about this state of affairs. If you don’t like the network of Latin Kings drug operators colonizing entire apartment buildings near your home, or the noise and menace emanating from one of their crack dens, forget about seeking assistance from the police. They will ignore all demands for investigation or intervention. If the thugs start to burglarize and vandalize your home in retaliation, the police will ignore it, all the while denying the existence of any crimes, failing to take reports even of felonies, and filing false reports to support their crooked agenda. If you complain too persistently, the police may target you, trying to silence you with name-calling and threats, gaslighting you as crazy, and even encouraging the criminals to lay siege to your home.
Don’t expect help from the mayor, either. Although the City Charter mandates oversight of the police department as one of his duties, Thomas Bernard has no intention of changing the status quo of corruption and abuse. His concerns don’t include crime victims, or the more abstract notion of justice as a crucial underpinning of civilized society. As a petty bureaucrat, his instinct is not to lead, but to dodge responsibility while groveling to appease his masters higher up in the Berkshire County political food chain. Which brings us to the former mayor Richard Alcombright, the former district attorney David Capeless. and the recently retired police director Michael Cozzaglio. It was on their watch that the Latin Kings swarmed into North Adams,and it was those crooked officials who stood by for years, refusing to intervene as an 86-year-old woman and her middle-aged daughter suffered hundreds of crimes ranging from prowling to felony burglaries, home invasions, and relentless vandalism of their home.
Per the City Charter, the City Council’s role is to represent the people of North Adams in matters concerning the municipality. In reality, most of the councilors ignore their constituents and care little about many serious problems in the city. During my 6+ years here, I have observed that they take their cues from the mayor to ignore major criminal problems and marginalize people whom Alcombright and Cozzaglio wanted to silence.
All the city councilors have enough intelligence to do their job, but they are self-serving and complacent, displaying no curiosity about matters outside their own areas of concern. As long as they feel safe and comfortable, they see no problem with fellow North Adams residents being victimized to the point of ruin. They refuse to hold the mayor accountable for the quality of the police department or to stand up for vulnerable people who are being victimized. The mayor, in his turn, lacks the integrity and brainpower to do his job. Despite an elite academic pedigree and an advanced degree in public administration, he appears unfamiliar with a concept most 12-year-olds encounter in middle school civics class: that ensuring that a justice system that fails to serve everyone fairly ends up serving nobody at all. Here in North Adams, the vacuum of civic leadership has resulted in the police department subverted to serve organized crime, at the expense of all the rest of us.
What stands out in North Adams- Drugs, drugs, and more drugs! The mayor who refuses to do his job of overseeing the police department, and the city councilors who turn their backs on crime victims, can’t wait to bring legalized marijuana into town. Farms! Retail stores! Accessories! Edibles! POT POT POT! Medical! Recreational! Warehouses full of it!
Note also: The Porches, an upscale hotel catering to the needs of MassMOCA, is located square in the middle of a major corridor of police-sanctioned Latin Kings activity, with unsavory characters strollingbiking past the hotel day and night. It seems likely that the officials who welcome Springfield gangsters to the neighborhood have worked out some agreement that the criminals are to refrain from menacing The Porches’ guests. However, the Porches itself apparently doesn’t bother to conduct even rudimentary background checks of its employees. Several young women on the housekeeping staff and at the front desk are local junkies/dealers who work closely with the Latin Kings. They are criminals, with criminal boyfriends who may specialize in home invasions, cat burglaries, identity theft, etc. These are the people who handle your credit card and driver’s license when you check in. Then you must trust them to clean your room, with your luggage and expensive possessions sitting there unguarded when you go out to lunch.
Population: 42,298 Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 841 (5th most dangerous) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,827 (4th most dangerous) More on Pittsfield:Data | Photos
Pittsfield, with a population of around 42,298 has experienced decent amount of crime in recent years.
Currently, residents have a 1 in 35.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018 and a 1 in 118 chance of being the victim of violent crime. That’s good for a 4th overall ranking on our list of dangerous places in Massachusetts.
Pittsfield used to be a booming place at one point in time! That was before General Electric closed its doors and put thousands of people without jobs. Then KB Toys closed their headquarters in Pittsfield again putting thousands of people without a job, Rices Silk Mill again the same thing!!! Now Pittsfield has turned into a Drug Dealers Paradise.. Pittsfield has become the centerpiece for Gangs and Drug Dealers!! They built all those “Low income” Housing buildings instead of bringing in job and companies to build the city up they built low income housing, 3 suboxone clinics, 2 Methadone clinics, and who can forget about the fact that there is a Bars and/or Bank pretty much on every single corner!! Got to have those kinds of places for people to deposit their welfare checks, SSI checks and Drug money right.. Got to have a bar on every corner so that the dealers have a place to deal!! Gee even One of Zen Pubs Bartenders will even sniff coke with you in the bathroom!!! Pittsfield has gone down hill so bad it is not a place to raise a family anymore and that is to bad because it used to be a beautiful place to live! Now it’s like the Walking Dead at night, people overdosing on H****n every single day!! Drunks, Hookers and Drug Dealers up and down North St and First St it is a crying shame how bad that have let Pittsfield go.. and very sad!! WAKE UP CITY OFFICIALS CLEAN THE CITY UP IT IS TURNING IN TO A C**P HOLE!!!!!
There is a bar or a bank on every corner!! Drunks, hookers, and Drug Dealers everywhere! Looking to score walk up and down North St, First St. Cumberland Farms Parking like, All Town Parking Lot ect. Go on Tyler St to Zens Pub! There a bartender or two in there that will even do a line of coke or two in the bathroom with you.. If you’re a guy you might even get more than that.. It is sad and disgusting how bad Pittsfield has gotten! Definitely getting out of here SOON!!!!
Depending on where you live in Worcester, there’s not a lot of crime. Compared to other cities bigger or the same size as Worcester, the murder rate is pretty low based on published data. As any other city that is surrounded by a major city, Worcester is pretty much swallowed up by Boston. To have a great time out, one needs to step out of Worcester. Most of the schools in worcester are bad with a couple good ones in the best areas of Worcester.
Rent and housing prices are not too high compared to Boston and Cambridge.
Population: 694,673 Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 622 (14th most dangerous) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,016 (10th most dangerous) More on Boston:Data | Photos
Boston makes it into the top 10 most dangerous in Massachusetts. After a huge growth spurt in the 60’s and 70’s, people are actually leaving Boston in droves, which could be in part to its high criminal population.
As of the last FBI report, crime in Boston has been ticking upwards, and statistically, 1 in 49.6 residents here was recently the victim of a robbery or car theft.