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Crime rate in Boston, Massachusetts (MA): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Boston, MA compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Boston, MA

The 2019 crime rate in Boston, MA is 258 (City-Data.com crime index), which is comparable to the U.S. average. It was higher than in 78.3% U.S. cities. The 2019 Boston crime rate fell by 6% compared to 2018. The number of homicides stood at 42 - a decrease of 14 compared to 2018. In the last 5 years Boston has seen decline of violent crime and decline of property crime.
See how dangerous Boston, MA is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Boston:

257.8
Brookline:

63.6
Cambridge:

149.3
Milton:

25.7
Somerville:

116.8
Watertown:

73.0
Chelsea:

264.1
Quincy:

165.8
Newton:

40.9
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Boston by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
75
(13.3)
65
(11.0)
62
(10.3)
50
(8.0)
73
(11.3)
63
(10.1)
57
(9.0)
39
(6.1)
53
(8.1)
38
(5.7)
49
(7.3)
57
(8.3)
56
(8.1)
42
(6.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
275
(48.9)
263
(44.4)
237
(39.2)
269
(43.1)
256
(39.7)
271
(43.6)
249
(39.5)
279
(43.3)
280
(42.8)
240
(36.1)
278
(41.3)
290
(42.5)
278
(40.0)
231
(33.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
2,698
(479.7)
2,242
(378.8)
2,398
(396.7)
2,277
(364.8)
1,926
(299.0)
1,904
(306.4)
1,910
(302.9)
1,868
(290.2)
1,680
(256.7)
1,551
(233.1)
1,530
(227.0)
1,404
(205.6)
1,172
(168.7)
1,039
(148.7)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
4,485
(797.5)
4,267
(721.0)
3,979
(658.3)
3,596
(576.1)
3,564
(553.4)
3,014
(485.1)
3,050
(483.6)
2,851
(442.8)
2,736
(418.1)
2,873
(431.9)
2,910
(431.8)
2,819
(412.8)
2,818
(405.7)
2,932
(419.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
4,121
(732.8)
3,810
(643.7)
3,493
(577.9)
2,955
(473.4)
3,587
(556.9)
3,482
(560.4)
3,325
(527.2)
3,096
(480.9)
2,680
(409.5)
2,357
(354.3)
1,837
(272.6)
2,109
(308.8)
1,853
(266.7)
1,703
(243.7)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
16,897
(3,004)
17,351
(2,932)
16,531
(2,735)
15,507
(2,484)
15,004
(2,330)
14,064
(2,263)
13,400
(2,125)
13,147
(2,042)
13,077
(1,998)
11,772
(1,770)
11,429
(1,696)
10,952
(1,604)
11,000
(1,583)
10,590
(1,515)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
4,076
(724.8)
3,418
(577.5)
2,405
(397.9)
2,287
(366.4)
2,037
(316.3)
1,899
(305.6)
1,624
(257.5)
1,610
(250.1)
1,512
(231.0)
1,279
(192.3)
1,223
(181.5)
1,205
(176.5)
1,154
(166.1)
N/A
Arson
(per 100,000)
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
City-Data.com crime index598.7523.9484.2437.0412.3398.3379.7357.8338.1307.6303.5294.8275.2257.8

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

- means the value is smaller than the state average.
- means the value is about the same as the state average.
- means the value is bigger than the state average.
- means the value is much bigger than the state average.



According to our research of Massachusetts and other state lists, there were 323 registered sex offenders living in Boston, Massachusetts as of October 26, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Boston is 2,083 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.



Violent crime rate in 2019
Boston:

329.1
U.S. Average:

205.8

Violent crime rate in 2018
Boston:

343.3
U.S. Average:

208.2

Violent crime rate in 2017
Boston:

368.4
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Boston:

385.2
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Boston:

380.0
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Boston:

396.4
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Boston:

421.9
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Boston:

450.8
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Boston:

459.6
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Boston:

488.6
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Boston:

529.5
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Boston:

587.2
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Boston:

616.3
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Boston:

714.2
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Boston:

701.7
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Boston:

501.6
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Boston:

505.6
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Boston:

496.8
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Boston:

157.4
U.S. Average:

190.2

Property crime rate in 2017
Boston:

168.4
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Boston:

166.5
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Boston:

188.2
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Boston:

216.5
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Boston:

235.8
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Boston:

250.3
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Boston:

271.1
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Boston:

275.3
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Boston:

273.8
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Boston:

312.0
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Boston:

362.0
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Boston:

405.5
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Boston:

424.9
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Boston:

356.3
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Boston:

360.4
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Boston:

360.4
U.S. Average:

336.9
Murders per 100,000 population
Rapes per 100,000 population
Robberies per 100,000 population
Assaults per 100,000 population
Burglaries per 100,000 population
Thefts per 100,000 population
Auto thefts per 100,000 population
Arson per 100,000 population

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 2,922 (2,143 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.07
Massachusetts average:

2.37

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 2,715 (2,122 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.05
Massachusetts average:

2.42

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 2,778 (2,205 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.23
Massachusetts average:

2.40

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 2,678 (2,125 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.15
Massachusetts average:

2.57

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 2,689 (2,139 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.22
Massachusetts average:

2.53

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 2,710 (2,151 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.29
Massachusetts average:

2.51

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 2,704 (2,131 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.31
Massachusetts average:

2.48

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 2,700 (2,130 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.38
Massachusetts average:

2.46

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 2,719 (2,156 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.47
Massachusetts average:

2.50

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 2,680 (2,094 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.25
Massachusetts average:

2.47

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 2,760 (2,177 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.49
Massachusetts average:

2.50

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 2,862 (2,213 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.66
Massachusetts average:

2.61

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 2,810 (2,170 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.67
Massachusetts average:

2.62

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 2,625 (2,056 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.49
Massachusetts average:

2.67

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 2,663 (2,075 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.52
Massachusetts average:

2.62

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 2,673 (2,036 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.46
Massachusetts average:

2.54

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 2,645 (2,053 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.48
Massachusetts average:

2.56

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Boston, MA
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

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