3 of the nation’s 10 safest suburbs are in Greater Boston

by Peter Thomas Ricci

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Three of the 10 safest suburbs in the nation are located in Greater Boston, according to new rankings from NeighborhoodScout.

Basing its analysis on the rate of property and violent crime per 1,000 residents, NeighborhoodScout found that Franklin, Lexington and Reading were the No. 4, 8 and 10 safest suburbs in the U.S., with Marshield, Belmont and Needham following close behind at No. 14, 15 and 16.

And those communities were not alone. In total, there were nine Greater Boston suburbs in NeighborhoodScout’s top 50 ranking, and 21 in the top 100, making Greater Boston one of the most well represented metro areas in the study.

Below, we have charted out all 21 communities, and included their national ranking, crime rate, and “Crime Index,” which denotes the percent of communities nationwide that the area is safer than (a higher index means a safer area):

Suburb National Ranking Crime Index Annual Crimes per 1,000 residents
Franklin 4 93 4.53
Lexington 8 91 5.15
Reading 10 89 5.56
Marshield 14 87 6.11
Belmont 15 86 6.33
Needham 16 86 6.48
Billerica 27 82 7.22
Andover 44 75 8.78
Plymouth 48 74 9.15
Milton 55 72 9.57
Wakefield 58 71 9.8
Gloucester 62 71 9.91
Arlington 65 71 9.93
Newton 66 71 9.93
Wellesley 67 70 9.97
Beverly 78 67 10.66
Melrose 86 66 10.93
Peabody 92 66 11.07
Amherst 94 65 11.17
Walpole 96 65 11.23
North Andover 97 65

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