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


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

Crime rate in Cambridge, MA

The 2018 crime rate in Cambridge, MA was 164 (City-Data.com crime index), which was 1.7 times smaller than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 59.0% of U.S. cities. The 2018 Cambridge crime rate rose by 3% compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Cambridge has seen an increase in violent crime and a decrease in property crime.
See how dangerous Cambridge, MA is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Cambridge:

164.5
Somerville:

124.5
Medford:

78.5
Brookline:

73.2
Belmont:

38.1
Watertown:

67.6
Boston:

275.2
Everett:

180.2
Arlington:

39.3
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Cambridge by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
3
(3.0)
2
(2.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(2.0)
2
(1.9)
0
(0.0)
5
(4.7)
1
(0.9)
2
(1.9)
1
(0.9)
3
(2.7)
2
(1.8)
2
(1.8)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
18
(17.9)
11
(10.9)
12
(11.9)
14
(13.8)
21
(20.4)
22
(20.3)
24
(22.7)
20
(18.7)
24
(22.4)
22
(20.3)
24
(21.6)
28
(25.2)
17
(15.2)
27
(23.5)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
239
(237.8)
208
(206.5)
148
(146.3)
155
(152.9)
179
(174.0)
171
(157.8)
152
(143.7)
135
(126.2)
114
(106.3)
90
(83.2)
82
(73.9)
76
(68.4)
101
(90.4)
102
(88.8)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
234
(232.9)
237
(235.3)
261
(258.0)
243
(239.7)
295
(286.8)
283
(261.2)
298
(281.7)
275
(257.1)
221
(206.0)
188
(173.8)
219
(197.4)
188
(169.3)
193
(172.8)
210
(182.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
623
(619.9)
684
(679.0)
662
(654.4)
396
(390.7)
434
(421.9)
483
(445.8)
539
(509.4)
502
(469.2)
401
(373.8)
291
(268.9)
436
(393.0)
326
(293.6)
252
(225.6)
255
(222.0)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
2,396
(2,384)
2,376
(2,359)
2,718
(2,687)
2,500
(2,466)
2,524
(2,454)
2,569
(2,371)
2,465
(2,330)
2,482
(2,320)
2,402
(2,239)
2,187
(2,021)
2,059
(1,856)
1,924
(1,733)
1,685
(1,508)
1,704
(1,483)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
290
(288.6)
223
(221.4)
236
(233.3)
242
(238.7)
191
(185.7)
180
(166.1)
155
(146.5)
107
(100.0)
104
(96.9)
129
(119.2)
121
(109.1)
119
(107.2)
94
(84.1)
109
(94.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
N/AN/A9
(8.9)
10
(9.9)
6
(5.8)
8
(7.4)
8
(7.6)
8
(7.5)
10
(9.3)
5
(4.6)
4
(3.6)
6
(5.4)
3
(2.7)
7
(6.1)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)300.1281.3276.9253.9272.3255.1267.6239.7218.2187.0194.8176.6160.3164.5

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.




According to our research of Massachusetts and other state lists, there were 22 registered sex offenders living in Cambridge, Massachusetts as of May 26, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Cambridge is 5,029 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.



Violent crime rate in 2018
Cambridge:

159.3
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Cambridge:

150.4
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Cambridge:

147.7
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Cambridge:

162.7
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Cambridge:

150.6
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Cambridge:

182.2
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Cambridge:

212.2
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Cambridge:

244.8
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Cambridge:

229.8
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Cambridge:

254.7
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Cambridge:

214.1
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Cambridge:

214.0
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Cambridge:

235.8
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Cambridge:

259.2
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Cambridge:

227.1
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Cambridge:

232.0
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Cambridge:

229.0
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Cambridge:

132.8
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Cambridge:

133.2
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Cambridge:

161.4
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Cambridge:

187.7
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Cambridge:

172.7
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Cambridge:

201.2
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Cambridge:

224.9
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Cambridge:

240.4
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Cambridge:

232.6
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Cambridge:

234.9
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Cambridge:

237.3
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Cambridge:

300.2
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Cambridge:

286.9
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Cambridge:

286.5
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Cambridge:

302.7
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Cambridge:

272.9
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Cambridge:

296.9
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 2018, including police officers: 320 (277 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.41
Massachusetts average:

2.42

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 311 (278 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.49
Massachusetts average:

2.40

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 322 (277 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.49
Massachusetts average:

2.57

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 316 (281 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.53
Massachusetts average:

2.53

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 316 (281 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.60
Massachusetts average:

2.50

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 304 (267 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.49
Massachusetts average:

2.47

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 308 (276 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.58
Massachusetts average:

2.45

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 310 (269 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.54
Massachusetts average:

2.49

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 307 (267 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.46
Massachusetts average:

2.47

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 303 (272 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.64
Massachusetts average:

2.49

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 305 (275 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.71
Massachusetts average:

2.61

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 294 (262 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.59
Massachusetts average:

2.60

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 300 (265 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.61
Massachusetts average:

2.67

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 279 (248 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.45
Massachusetts average:

2.62

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 307 (273 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.69
Massachusetts average:

2.54

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 301 (273 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.69
Massachusetts average:

2.56

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

Zip codes: 02139, 02140, 02141, 02142.