FALL RIVER – In terms of safety and overall quality of living, Massachusetts is not doing too bad. We have plenty of bougie communities that have a high standard of living that upper middle class families tend to gravitate towards. Just as with every state, however, there are some neighborhoods that are a little riskier than others, especially one that has perpetually ranked among the most dangerous in the entirety of the Bay State.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program recently released statistics for 2018 in terms of the amount of violent crimes and property crimes in the nation, in particular states, and in the cities of those states. While both have been dropping on a nationwide basis, making 2019 one of the safer times in the United States, there are some cities that are struggling to keep pace with the reduction of crime.
Fall River is one of them, as the Massachusetts city has been ranked as the most dangerous city in the state, due to 908 violent crimes per capita and one murder over the course of 2018.
Rounding out the top five of the most dangerous cities in New England are Springfield, Holyoke, Brockton, and Pittsfield. Worcester finished sixth and Boston finished ninth. And while there may be more overall violent crimes, Fall River has the top spot for the per capita average, and the reputation of the city certainly precedes itself.
This is not the first time that Fall River has been publicly panned for its status as a dangerous place to live. In May of last year, crime statistics that were published by 24/7 Wall Street showed that Fall River was the most dangerous city in Massachusetts and the second most dangerous city in all of New England. The study cited the violent crime rate in Fall River as 1,093 per 100,000 and many political plans for the city have sought to address this disparity.
As for the city that ranked first in New England as a result of this study, it was Hartford, Connecticut.
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