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Crime Report for Boston,

The HomeSurfer crime rating for Boston, is 0.4 out of a possible 5 total points. Higher ratings indicate that your area is safer. The HomeSurfer crime rating is calculated depending on how the crime rate in your city compares with crime in the state and the nation. Violent crime is weighed more heavily than property crime, and the national ranking is more important than the state ranking.

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Boston Crime Rating
(higher ratings are better)



Violent Crime Rate
Data comes from the FBI Uniform Crime Rate database for 2008.


Boston, has a violent crime rate of 1104 incidents per 100,000 people. This compares with a rate of 494 in and a rate of 676 nationally. Lower numbers are better, indicating that fewer crimes happen per person in the population.


Violent Crime Rate
Incidents per 100,000

Boston 1104
MA 494
National 676

Boston, is in the 97% percentile rank in the state for Violent Crime. It is in the 93% percentile rank nationally. Lower numbers are better. In this case, 97% of cities in have crime rates equal to or lower than Boston, or said another way, 3% of cities in have crime rates higher than Boston.


  Review crime rate data for Boston,

Crime Boston MA Nation
Violent Crime Total 1104.5 494.1 676
Murder / NNH 10.3 2.6 6.5
Forcible Rape 39.2 25.6 31.1
Robbery Rate 396.7 107.5 197.4
Aggravated Assault 658.3 311.0 315
Property Crime Total 3710.6 2352.2 3726.9
Burglary 577.9 545.6 812.3
Larceny Theft 2734.8 1611.1 2541.6
Motor Vehicle Theft 397.9 195.5 382.3
Arson 0.0 10.7 23.3


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Property Crime Rate
Property crime includes burglary, larceny, vehicle theft, and arson. Data comes from the FBI Uniform Crime Rate database for 2008.


Boston, has a property crime rate of 3710.6 incidents per 100,000 people. This compares with an average rate of 2352.2 in and an average rate of 3727 incidents per 100,000 nationally. Lower numbers are better, indicating that fewer crimes happen per person in the population.


Property Crime Rate
Incidents per 100,000

Boston 3710.6
MA 2352.2
National 3727



Boston Property Crime:
State Percentile Rank - 96
National Percentile Rank - 73