There are certain places that you just avoid after dark. Every state has them, and Massachusetts is no exception.
We focused on rates of violent crime over property crime for this list. However, a combination of crime statistics were considered, such as violent crime (including rape), arson, property crime and theft. Poverty rates were also factored into the rankings. All data used is from the most recent FBI crime report, found
Please note: this list is for general interest purposes only. There are beautiful and valuable spots in all of these cities. Please don’t freak out if your hometown is listed below.
This city ranked #1 in terms of crime across the board. You have a 1 in 15 chance of being the victim of any crime in Holyoke. Residents also have a 1 in 100 chance of being attacked, raped or killed for each year that they stay in Holyoke. That's pretty horrifying.
Chelsea may be the smallest city in the state, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. You have a 1 in 18 chance of being the victim of a crime in Chelsea, which is pretty scary considering the entire city is only 2.5 square miles in area. There were 250 aggravated assaults in Chelsea in 2013.
Your chances of being a victim of violent crime in Brockton are just over 3 in 250. Brockton was the site of nine murders, 87 rapes and 838 violent assaults in 2014.
4. New Bedford
As with all larger cities, parts of New Bedford have a reputation for being a bit sketchy after dark. There were 1,039 violent crimes here in 2013, including six murders, 100 rapes, 256 robberies and 677 violent assaults. There were also 20 reports of arson, which is much higher than in surrounding areas.
Springfield comes in 5th on our list with a lower assault rate than some other cities, but a much higher murder rate than most: there were 22 murders in Springfield in 2013. Your chances of being the victim of a robbery, arson or theft are also pretty high in this area. The odds are 1 out of 21.
6. Fall River
Fall River is a beautiful city, but safety here can go downhill after dark. In 2013, there were 73 rapes and 225 robberies in Fall River. There were also 646 reported cases of aggravated assault. Unemployment hovers around 12%, which certainly doesn’t help.
Lawrence has the second highest high school dropout rate in the state, with 4 out of 10 students failing to get their diplomas. This is thought to contribute to the high crime rate that plagues the city. There were 776 violent crimes in 2013, with 473 aggravated assaults.
8. North Adams
The town of North Adams may be an unlikely addition to this list, but its low population (about 13,500 people) belies its comparatively high crime rate. In 2013, there were two murders, 21 rapes, eight robberies and 103 aggravated assaults. Top that off with 175 reported burglaries. North Adams also has the lowest housing prices in the state, which may understandable given the above statistics.
Worcester is a pretty big place with a population that comes around 183,400. Even given its size, however, Worcester can still be a little scary after dark. There were 1,750 total reported violent crimes in 2013, which included nine murders, 22 rapes, 483 robberies and a staggering 1,236 aggravated assaults.
Lynn has a bit of a reputation for crime, though things have been improving over the last decade. However, it still ranks as one of the most dangerous cities to wander after sundown. There were two murders in Lynn in 2013, as well as 39 rapes, 189 robberies and 584 aggravated assaults.