15 Safest Places to Live in Massachusetts – 2016

The 15 Safest Places to Live In Massachusetts, 2016

About the State of Massachusetts

Massachusetts has been a major part of our American history and was the center of the movement for independence. Well known events such as the Boston Tea Party lead the original thirteen colonies to band together against Great Britain with the start of the American Revolution.The fourth-largest and most populous of the New England states, Massachusetts ranks as one of the most densely populated places to live in the United States. Despite this population density, which most may expect to lead to more crime, the state ranks well for overall safety.

As quintessentially New England as clam chowder (no tomatoes please!) and steamed lobster, Massachusetts ranked 4th on our 2016 list of the Safest Places to Live in the U.S.

We at AlarmSystemReviews.com wanted to learn more about this densely populated states and the towns and communities that help make it one of the safest places to live in America. Here’s what we found.

How We Picked the Safest Places to Live in Massachusetts

Despite all Massachusetts has to offer, we were most interested in finding out what communities are the safest. To find out, we pulled together data and statistics from sources like the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report and analyzed the numbers as it pertained to health, crime and safety. To keep the playing field level, we eliminated towns with less than 2,500 and compared the rest against each other.

In order to determine an overall crime rate, we looked at each community’s total reported violent crimes (murder, assault and rape) and property crimes (burglary, theft and arson). We then calculated the overall crime rate per 1,000 residents in each town and then stack ranked them. What we found most striking is the relative size of these towns, based on population, and low crime rates – rates that are significantly below national averages.

If you live in Massachusetts but couldn’t find your town on our list, it may be because the population falls below our threshold of 2,500 residents or the FBI may not have been able to provide complete data, so we couldn’t include it. The other possibility is that the overall crime rate in your area was too high to make this year’s list.

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Wayland The Safest City in Massachusetts

Settled in 1639 as part of the Sudbury Plantation the town of Wayland was incorporated in 1780 as a farming community and home to the first free public library in the state of Massachusetts. This tranquil community is part of Middlesex County and can be found roughly halfway between Boston and Worcester. This proximity to major Massachusetts’ cities makes Wayland an ideal residential community for urban professionals looking to raise their families.

Population: 13,592
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.0


Formerly part of North Wrentham, Norfolk became an independent town in 1870. Located in an upper valley of the Charles River the town sits about 30 miles southwest of Boston. Settlers originally relied on agriculture and cattle before manufacturing companies and mills were established.

Population: 11,835
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.2
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.9


Like many small Massachusetts towns, Wenham has retained much of its historic character and tranquil settings. Farm lands, lakes, woodlands and tree-lined roads provide a bucolic backdrop for residents committed to maintaining the town’s history while building for future generations. Located in the Northeast of Massachusetts in Essex County, the town has over 300 acres of parks and recreational grounds for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Population: 5,114
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.8
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.4


Heavily forested with many hiking trails and numerous lakes, ponds and streams, Boxford Massachusetts has received the Tree City USA award for five years in a row. Located in Essex County, Boxford was first settled in 1646 and was primarily a small farming town but also operated a match factory until 1905.

Population: 8,233
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.2


Settled in 1715 less than thirty miles west of Boston in Middlesex County, the town of Hopkinton is perhaps best known as the starting point for the Boston Marathon and is also home to computer storage firm EMC Corporation. This welcoming New England town’s Board of Selectmen is known for writing a letter to new residents detailing the town’s facilities and programs and urging them to be an involved member of the community and town’s affairs.

Population: 16,209
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.1
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.7

#6. Rockport

Population: 7,193

Violent Crime Rate: 1.0
Property Crime Rate: 2.1

#7. Sudbury

Population: 18,592

Violent Crime Rate: 0.1
Property Crime Rate: 3.2

#8. Franklin

Population: 32,857

Violent Crime Rate: 0.2
Property Crime Rate: 3.2

#9. Manchester by the Sea

Population: 5,290

Violent Crime Rate: 0.6
Property Crime Rate: 2.8

#10. Weston

Population: 12,015

Violent Crime Rate: 0.2
Property Crime Rate: 3.5

#11. Clinton

Population: 13,755

Violent Crime Rate: 0.4
Property Crime Rate: 3.6

#12. Hatfield

Population: 3,284

Violent Crime Rate: 0.0
Property Crime Rate: 4.5

#13. Dighton

Population: 7,267

Violent Crime Rate: 1.2
Property Crime Rate: 3.2

#14. Sharon

Population: 18,177

Violent Crime Rate: 0.0
Property Crime Rate: 4.5

#15. Medway

Population: 13,159

Violent Crime Rate: 0.2
Property Crime Rate: 4.4

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Don’t See Your City?

There are a couple reasons you may not see your city on our list. The most common reasons; it may have fallen outside the top 15 or it did not meet some of our ranking criteria. If you feel it should have been included please let us know and our experts will take a closer look when we update our list. Currently our Safest Places rankings only cover towns with at least 2,500 in population and that have provided complete data as reported to the FBI. If your community did not meet these criteria, we were unable to include it in this year’s rankings. For your convenience you can find an expanded list of the 100 Safest places for Massachusetts below.

1. Wayland
2. Norfolk
3. Wenham
4. Boxford
5. Hopkinton
6. Rockport
7. Sudbury
8. Franklin
9. Manchester-by-the-Sea
10. Weston
11. Clinton
12. Hatfield
13. Dighton
14. Sharon
15. Medway
16. Holliston
17. Southborough
18. Dover
19. Westford
20. Shirley
21. Bedford
22. Norton
23. Medfield
24. West Brookfield
25. Paxton
26. Groton
27. Stow
28. Southampton
29. Shrewsbury
30. Boxborough
31. Holden
32. West Newbury
33. Newbury
34. Duxbury
35. Grafton
36. Millville
37. Wellesley
38. Needham
39. Sherborn
40. Berkley
41. Lexington
42. Winchester
43. Scituate
44. Lincoln
45. Brimfield
46. Mendon
47. Harvard
48. Belmont
49. North Reading
50. Nahant
51. Andover
52. Upton
53. Hamilton
54. Hopedale
55. Lynnfield
56. Littleton
57. Douglas
58. Georgetown
59. Acton
60. Granby
61. Marshfield
62. Concord
63. Charlton
64. Ipswich
65. Ashland
66. Pembroke
67. Norwell
68. Dalton
69. Lancaster
70. Amherst
71. Hanson
72. Newton
73. Longmeadow
74. Westwood
75. Tyngsboro
76. Essex
77. Rehoboth
78. Dunstable
79. Southwick
80. Billerica
81. West Tisbury
82. Arlington
83. Hampden
84. Dudley
85. Milton
86. Maynard
87. Boylston
88. Newburyport
89. Stoneham
90. Melrose
91. Ashburnham
92. Acushnet
93. North Andover
94. Wilbraham
95. Westborough
96. Townsend
97. Sandwich
98. Blackstone
99. Sterling
100. Easton
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