Boston’s Dorchester Neighborhood Crime Rate

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Boston’s Dorchester Neighborhood Crime Rate, The crime rate in Boston is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 46 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate.

The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Boston is 1 in 22. Based on FBI crime data, Boston is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Massachusetts, Boston has a crime rate that is higher than 97% of the state’s cities and towns of all sizes.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Boston has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Boston is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout’s exclusiveanlysis of FBI crime data.

The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for thisanlysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Boston does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Boston.

For Boston, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout’sanlysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Boston is one in 101.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout’sanlysis shows that Boston experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

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