Local communities make top 20 Safest Cities list


Region – SafeWise, a professional review and comparison website, has released a report identifying what they say are the 20 safest cities in Massachusetts. According to a press release from the company, Shrewsbury is the second safest, Northborough is sixth and Hudson is 11th.

To compile the list, the company reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds (13,818) or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Their evaluation was based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, they also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). They also calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city.

According to their compiled data Shrewsbury has a population of  36,874; violent crimes per 1,000: 0.11; Property crimes per 1,000: 4.77; and total crime: 2.27 percent violent, 97.73% property.

Northborough has a population of 15,109; violent crimes per 1,000: 0.20; property crimes per 1,000: 9.67; and total crime: 2.05 percent violent, 97.95 percent property.

Hudson has a population of 19,931; violent crimes per 1,000: 0.40; property crimes per 1,000: 11.39 and total crime: 3.52 percent violent, 96.48 percent property

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The top 20 safest cities list is:

  1. Franklin
  2. Shrewsbury
  3. Hopkinton
  4. Winchester
  5. Needham
  6. Northborough
  7. Hanover
  8. Milton
  9. Sudbury
  10. Dedham
  11. Hudson
  12. North Andover
  13. Bedford
  14. Reading
  15. Wellesley
  16. Norton
  17. Newton
  18. Belmont
  19. Andover
  20. Melrose