The safest big city in Massachusetts

Here’s a widely held notion that Bostonians should free themselves from:

Boston still has one of the lowest crime and murder rates of major cities in the U.S.

Really now?

City Population Murder rate
Boston 593,000 12.3
 
Austin 693,019 3.7
Dallas 1,230,303 16.8
El Paso 601,839 2.3
Fort Worth 613,261 9.8
Houston 2,045,732 16.3
San Antonio 1,256,584 7.2
 
Colorado Springs 374,482 3.2
Denver 564,552 10.5
 
Nevada 1,281,698 11.3
 
Chicago 2,873,441 15.6
 
Detroit 900,932 39.3
 
Indianapolis 800,304 13.5
 
St. Louis 346,005 37.9
 
New York City 8,115,690 6.7
Buffalo 283,269 20
 
Cincinnati 314,292 25.2
Cleveland 458,885 23.7
Columbus 730,329 14.0
 
Philadelphia 1,472,915 25.6
Pittsburgh 330,780 19.1
 
Newark 281,063 34.6
 
Baltimore 641,097 42
 
Washington, DC 550,521 35
 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg 677,122 12.6
Raleigh 332,084 6.1
 
Atlanta 430,666 20.9
 
Jacksonville 795,259 11.5
Miami 388,295 13.9
 
Minneapolis 376,277 12.5
 
Seattle 579,215 4.3
 
Portland 540,389 3.7
 
Long Beach 479,729 8.8
Los Angeles 3,871,077 12.9
Oakland 400,619 23.3
Sacramento 457,347 11.6
San Francisco 749,172 12.8
San Jose 910,528 2.9
 
Phoenix 1,466,296 15.0
Tucson 529,447 10.4

Murder rates and population estimates from the 2005 FBI Uniform Crime Report. I slanted the numbers in Boston’s favor by using the revised population estimate. The rates probably deviate marginally from the official rates.