As the birthplace of “Joy to the World” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” the community of Medfield values community spirit and get-togethers. Also from Medfield is Hannah Adams, the first female author in America to be compensated for her work and James Plimpton, inventor of the roller skate. This year, the whole town came together to safely dispose of more than 100 pounds of drugs on the annual Drug Take Back Day. Efforts like these keep dangerous medications out of town water supplies and the hands of the city’s youth.
How We Chose the Safest Cities in Massachusetts
We looked at the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2013 to determine Massachusetts’s 50 safest cities. We eliminated cities with a population below 8,000 residents and any city that did not submit a complete crime report to the FBI.
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Next, we assessed each remaining city based on the number of reported property crimes (arson, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft) and violent crimes (robbery, murder, aggravated assault, and rape). Finally, to level the playing field for all cities, we determined the chance of these crimes happening out of 1,000 people in each city.
Of the 50 cities that made our list, 49 reported no incidents of murder in 2013, and 40 percent reported fewer than 10 total violent crimes. In addition, 78 percent of the cities on our list had no reports of arson, and 33 cities reported fewer than five incidents of motor vehicle theft.
These 50 cities boast proactive public safety programs and shrewd security initiatives that help their residents feel safe and secure. If you call the Bay State home or if you’re considering a move, make sure to look over the cities whose safety records stood out enough to make our list.
No matter where you call home, it’s always prudent to know the most current and effective ways to keep your home and loved ones safe. Bookmark our Massachusetts Safety Directory to connect to up-to-date, comprehensive information about safety and security in the Bay State.