How safe is Boston, MA?

Boston is a safe place to call home compared with other metro areas. Its violent and property crime rates also fall below the national average. 

Crime Index

Index Score: 7.9 /10

How we calculate this.


Boston has a lower crime rate than similarly sized metro areas.

Crime Rate 2017

Crime rate is the number of crimes committed per 100,000 people.
Boston, MA

305.3

Lower than average crime
Metro areas similar to Boston
Chicago, IL

326.0

Lower than average crime
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

369.0

Lower than average crime
Houston, TX

593.0

Higher than average crime
Boston, MA

1291.0

Lower than average crime
Metro areas similar to Boston
Chicago, IL

1979.0

Lower than average crime
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

1357.0

Lower than average crime
Houston, TX

1481.0

Lower than average crime

Violent Crime Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report.