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BOSTON, MA | Crime Rates

BOSTON is a region located in MA, and has a population of 621,359. This region is policed by BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT.

BOSTON has an overall crime rate of 5,162 per 100,000 residents. This is moderately more dangerous than the rest of the United States, but still about average. This means that your chances of becoming a victim of any type of crime in BOSTON is 1 in 19 if you reside there for a year.

The average overall crime rate for BOSTON for the previous 2 years was 5,462 per 100,000 residents. This means that the crime rate for BOSTON has been decreasing over time.

Below are its crime rates and policing statistics according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR). For more specific crime statistics (NIBRS) for many US cities & counties, see Offense Statistics.

Crime Rates

(per 100,000) BOSTON USA
Crime Rate (Overall) 5,162 4,506
Murder Rate 10.1 6
Robbery Rate 306 148
Rape Rate 44 30
Assault Rate 1,672 644
Burglary Rate 560 726
Forced Entry Rate 290 417
Larceny Rate 2,263 2,185
Auto Theft Rate 306 362

Policing Statistics

Overall Clearance 100% 28%
Homicide Clearance 100% 56%
Assault Clearance 100% 52%
Rape Clearance 100% 38%
Robbery Clearance 100% 23%
Burglary Clearance 56% 12%
Larceny Clearance 67% 18%
Auto Theft Clearance 42% 12%

Sex Offenders

Of the 730,000 sex offenders in the United States, there are a total of 264 sex offender(s) in BOSTON. On a per capita basis, there are approximately 42 sex offender(s) per 100,000 people in BOSTON. This is compared to the nation-wide average of 240 sex offenders per 100,000 people.

To search the official state sex offender registry for Massachusetts see

Data estimated from arrests & clearances from a sample from the Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice. Washington, D.C. 2011. If missing data exist, these figures will tend to underestimate the true figures. is not responsible for the currency or accuracy of this data.

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