FBI Data: 2021's 25 Most Dangerous Cities and Towns in Massachusetts

 by Tom MarinoOctober 7, 2022
Last Updated October 11, 2022 11:24 PM

WORCESTER – On Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, the FBI released their violent crimes data from the 2021 Uniform Crime Reporting [UCR] Program’s National Incident-Based Reporting System — a collection of the number of offenses that come to the attention of law enforcement for violent crime and property crime across each town, city, state and region in the United States.

For the first time ever, the FBI's UCR data was exclusively collected via NIBRS in 2021.

From 2020 to 2021, violent crimes in the U.S. decreased by 1%, but the estimated number of homicides increased by 4.3%.

Each year, ThisWeekinWorcester.com gathers the FBI’s crime data and ranks the 25 cities in Massachusetts with the highest violent crime rates per capita [1,000 people].

The FBI classifies violent crime by four offenses: homicide and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force.

More data on Worcester from the FBI’s “Crime in the United States” Report

  • In 2021there were 995 violent-crime incidents, and 1,204 offenses reported by the Worcester Police Department
  • There were 2,984 reported cases of assault, 191 robberies and 50 reports of forcible rape in Worcester in 2021.
  • Worcester had the third-most reported violent offenses in Massachusetts in 2021 [behind Boston and Springfield].
  • There are two cities in the 2021 25 Most Dangerous Cities list located in Worcester County.
  • In Massachusetts, 18,758 violent incidents were reported in 2021, the highest number of violent incidents reported since 2011.
  • In 2021, the FBI estimated crime statistics for Massachusetts are based on data received from 376 of 413 law enforcement agencies.

Note: the population statistics included below are part of the FBI data set and are pre-census 2020.

Here are the 25 Most Dangerous Cities per Capita in Massachusetts in 2021:

#25 - Lynn

Population: 94,223

Violent Crimes: 444

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 4.71

Homicide: 1

#24 - West Tisbury

Population: 2,919

Violent Crimes: 14

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 4.8

Homicide: 0

#23 - Chicopee

Population: 54,918

Violent Crimes: 267

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 4.86

Homicide: 3

#22 - Hull

Population: 10,850

Violent Crimes: 54

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 4.98

Homicide: 0

#21 - Provincetown

Population: 2,947

Violent Crimes: 15

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 5.09

Homicide: 0

#20 - Oak Bluffs

Population: 4,677

Violent Crimes: 24

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 5.13

Homicide: 0

#19 - Ware

Population: 9,694

Violent Crimes: 51

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 5.26

Homicide: 0

#18 - Hadley

Population: 5,352

Violent Crimes: 30

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 5.61

Homicide: 0

#17 - Boston

Population: 697,323

Violent Crimes: 3,912

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 5.61

Homicide: 39

#16 - Haverhill

Population: 64,015

Violent Crimes: 376

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 5.87

Homicide: 1

#15 - West Springfield

Population: 28,437

Violent Crimes: 168

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 5.91

Homicide: 0

#14 - Edgartown

Population: 4,374

Violent Crimes: 26

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 5.94

Homicide: 0

#13- Adams

Population: 7,959

Violent Crimes: 48

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 6.03

Homicide: 1

#12 - Tisbury

Population: 4,108

Violent Crimes: 25

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 6.09

Homicide: 0

#11 - New Bedford

Population: 94,886

Violent Crimes: 618

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 6.51

Homicide: 5

#10 - Worcester

Population: 184,850

Violent Crimes: 1,205

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 6.52

Homicide: 9

#9 - Pittsfield

Population: 41,865

Violent Crimes: 276

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 6.59

Homicide: 1

#8 - Brockton

Population: 99,171

Violent Crimes: 675

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 6.81

Homicide: 8

#7 - Webster

Population: 16,876

Violent Crimes: 123

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 7.29

Homicide: 0

#6 - Chelsea

Population: 39,995

Violent Crimes: 292

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 7.3

Homicide: 2

#5 - Montague

Population: 8,185

Violent Crimes: 65

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 7.94

Homicide: 0

#4 - Holyoke

Population: 40,002

Violent Crimes: 367

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 9.17

Homicide: 2

#3 - Springfield

Population: 153,084

Violent Crimes: 1,443

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 9.43

Homicide: 19

#2 - Fall River

Population: 89,136

Violent Crimes: 869

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 9.75

Homicide: 3

#1 - North Adams

Population: 12,620

Violent Crimes: 137

Violent Crimes Per Capita: 10.86

Homicide: 0

 

Total Crime Rate for all Massachusetts Municipalities

The data below represents the rate of all crime in 2021 in each municipality in the state, according to FBI data.

Crime Data for Worcester County Municipalities

The following data, also from the FBI data set, relates to municipalities in Worcester County. On wide screens, each column is sortable. The data is also searchable.

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