Children And Youth
Youth Arrests


Youth Arrests

What does this measure?

The number of arrests of youth ages 10-24 arrested for Group A offenses, expressed per 10,000 youth. Group A offenses include assault, theft, vandalism, homicide, sexual offenses and weapons violations.

Why is this important?

Youth arrests serve to remove offenders that may cause harm to other youth or the community. However, the likelihood of not completing high school or being incarcerated as an adult is higher for people arrested as youths, and can be affected by their age at the time of first arrest, frequency of subsequent arrests and incarceration. Interaction with the justice system at a young age may also cause a youth to be labeled in the community, reducing opportunities for future work and higher education.

How is our county doing?

In 2019, there were more than 1,400 youth arrests in Essex County, for a rate of 18 per 10,000. This was similar to the state rate in 2019. The rate fluctuated greatly since 2007, with a decreased trend and the 2019 rate was significantly lower than the rate in 2007. Within Essex County, Haverhill and Salem had the highest rate (at 59 and 35 per 10,000 youths respectively), followed by Gloucester (28) in 2019.

How do we compare to other counties?

Essex County's rate was higher than in Middlesex, MA at 15 per 10,000 in 2019.

Notes on the data

Comparable data was not available for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY.

Youth Arrests
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Essex County, MA47.745.641.141.138.937.139.434.930.128.123.320.118.4
Amesbury82.460.361.166.371.254.434.022.641.922.815.322.113.6
Beverly50.452.831.438.024.529.324.130.214.114.88.28.87.3
Gloucester23.613.276.0150.8184.4127.1120.044.633.638.238.440.228.3
Haverhill80.483.277.176.284.191.688.699.178.571.956.863.358.7
Lynn84.270.659.045.140.638.943.738.239.845.032.125.521.7
Methuen51.764.743.336.039.437.147.846.741.733.929.427.025.6
Newburyport41.568.630.732.232.535.147.834.731.723.324.918.219.3
Peabody84.287.191.873.470.054.251.255.444.244.229.022.920.3
Salem28.276.768.550.639.935.523.635.2
Andover50.057.142.722.313.09.413.220.618.113.217.89.94.7
Boxford2.54.92.45.02.52.53.71.21.2
Danvers116.491.479.775.169.968.861.647.355.343.229.823.822.4
Georgetown24.137.926.522.726.031.714.013.920.711.416.0
Groveland48.931.936.249.59.011.815.116.510.48.97.34.44.4
Hamilton55.13.74.89.029.927.314.84.911.07.311.02.55.0
Ipswich26.412.04.511.43.73.77.36.60.713.09.312.117.0
Lynnfield29.221.924.117.217.122.016.96.37.88.54.66.19.9
Manchester7.85.81.95.83.911.57.61.93.79.311.07.41.8
Marblehead22.723.18.010.613.019.48.97.86.84.99.23.41.9
Merrimac44.830.822.720.521.827.643.925.316.211.712.91.4
Middleton4.52.22.21.12.12.115.44.116.35.07.9
Nahant16.813.816.517.68.823.22.98.68.65.711.42.8
Newbury53.181.965.125.526.728.130.633.328.735.731.116.818.2
North Andover28.532.328.546.623.823.221.916.921.217.121.621.718.1
Rockport21.113.116.912.911.411.32.89.85.64.26.94.15.5
Rowley29.847.032.623.918.628.533.230.720.733.120.411.07.8
Salisbury100.6108.674.2138.887.2102.1113.351.842.173.253.622.020.9
Saugus39.743.041.236.430.421.916.622.217.510.014.97.78.5
Swampscott24.415.017.831.227.410.117.220.714.58.918.08.511.1
Topsfield16.51.611.53.21.61.66.19.17.612.17.5
Wenham16.933.829.524.610.122.011.71.97.73.83.83.85.7
West Newbury79.348.340.835.451.129.822.520.02.28.715.08.5
Middlesex County, MA24.133.429.729.129.626.924.922.020.520.218.816.514.5
Massachusetts47.454.346.045.142.239.136.432.027.226.423.819.817.9

Source: Massachusetts State Police
Notes: Rates per 10,000 youth ages 12 to 24




Number of Youth Arrests
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Essex County, MA3,4973,3623,0533,0522,9242,8063,0072,6872,3392,1851,8311,5861,456
Amesbury1361001021081179057397340273924
Beverly19920912415098118981245861343731
Gloucester714023243453537135313210011411512286
Haverhill488509475464517566550618493452359405375
Lynn732615516407369355401352368416299241205
Methuen226285192170188178232230207169148137130
Newburyport721205456576285625742453335
Peabody432448475376361281267290232232153122108
Salem119327293217171154103153
Andover16619114474443246726447643617
Boxford242422311
Danvers313247217199188186168131154121846662
Georgetown2131221922271212181014
Groveland3423273268101176533
Hamilton45347242212496924
Ipswich351661555109118131724
Lynnfield33252920202621810116813
Manchester4313264125641
Marblehead454616212639181614101974
Merrimac292015131418291711891
Middleton4221221541658
Nahant656638133241
Newbury36564517181921232025221213
North Andover788979132676664506351676857
Rockport1610139882743534
Rowley172719141117201913211375
Salisbury859364115738697453969512120
Saugus10711811597826046624928422224
Swampscott34212543381424292113271317
Topsfield101721146585
Wenham81614125116142223
West Newbury3421181522131091474
Middlesex County, MA3,5594,9744,4674,3744,5094,1353,8853,4523,2523,2213,0132,6692,348
Massachusetts30,81035,54930,31829,52027,87725,97624,18221,42918,35517,97016,29813,68612,331

Source: Massachusetts State Police




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Increasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Crimes Against Property Decreasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Bullying Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Decreasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Increasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Increasing
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Maintaining
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable