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Crimes Against People


Crimes Against People

What does this measure?

The number of reported crimes against people, per 1,000 residents. Murder, kidnapping/abduction, forcible and statutory rape, aggravated and sexual assault, and intimidation/stalking are included in this measure.

Why is this important?

Crime detracts from the quality of life of those who directly experience and witness it, but it also impacts the lives of others within the community, as well as housing stability, and a community's attractiveness as a place to live, work, and do business.

How is our county doing?

The rate of reported crimes against people in Essex County was 7.9 per 1,000 residents in 2017, lower than the statewide rate of 9.3, and a slight reduction in rate for both since 2016. Essex County's rate has fallen since 2013, when it was 9.3.

The cities of Haverhill (19), Lynn and Salem (each at 16) had the highest crime rates in the county, while a number of towns had very low rates.

How is our county doing?

Essex County had a higher crime rate than Middlesex, MA in 2017, but remained below the statewide rate. The rate in Middlesex was 6.4 per 1,000 residents in 2017, a slight decrease since 2016. Comparable data for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY was not available.

Notes about the data

The City of Lawrence does not report comparable data. Crime reports are never complete because some crimes, such as rape and assault, are believed to be underreported. Comparable national data and rates for comparison counties were not available. Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in July.

Crimes Against People
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA2.94.14.65.35.16.05.99.09.08.88.88.79.09.39.08.48.47.9
Amesbury7.212.911.711.810.812.612.212.912.112.813.713.712.911.37.19.69.07.6
Beverly4.410.09.410.18.18.38.58.19.79.09.89.78.47.87.76.67.12.3
Gloucester9.213.016.812.712.58.38.510.211.211.811.38.911.111.611.69.911.2
Haverhill7.817.318.220.122.421.122.522.023.223.123.820.119.619.1
Lynn22.220.719.518.219.419.619.418.719.719.416.0
Methuen8.66.77.27.47.28.38.97.27.06.16.46.46.15.94.74.8
Newburyport4.52.72.56.84.74.95.26.96.37.48.47.37.36.96.35.78.3
Peabody9.811.710.713.012.612.110.912.011.511.710.311.09.58.88.17.59.18.2
Salem5.718.017.915.116.616.4
Andover3.43.24.85.33.95.24.54.93.14.14.93.83.82.82.92.62.83.7
Boxford0.41.00.60.60.40.10.40.60.20.60.30.40.60.40.10.4
Danvers7.313.212.313.111.310.514.314.913.410.712.911.413.211.19.58.57.99.2
Georgetown1.06.16.76.85.44.15.63.02.82.8
Groveland4.84.12.74.32.52.11.93.62.54.84.83.22.22.73.12.21.61.5
Hamilton4.44.75.96.13.93.72.44.74.12.65.63.91.62.02.31.6
Ipswich2.52.92.11.92.31.81.71.41.32.61.82.01.91.50.94.63.4
Lynnfield3.12.52.42.93.46.34.96.07.17.25.85.25.63.43.74.52.82.3
Manchester0.21.61.01.61.71.32.50.92.41.91.3
Marblehead5.24.64.26.54.85.54.76.25.46.35.75.05.23.94.43.93.64.4
Merrimac8.36.14.44.17.64.84.55.53.04.16.15.46.63.74.41.8
Middleton0.80.60.31.10.84.12.41.23.02.71.31.31.91.52.33.02.93.5
Nahant9.46.65.03.84.110.04.26.26.17.27.36.16.75.86.15.76.05.7
Newbury6.19.710.54.56.97.77.36.25.37.15.85.17.77.27.86.2
North Andover2.01.91.63.02.21.21.72.02.02.62.32.22.62.32.32.12.22.8
Rockport0.13.23.44.23.33.64.43.73.02.45.03.23.8
Rowley3.12.72.92.53.02.53.24.02.45.03.63.24.43.86.02.65.35.9
Salisbury42.043.133.020.121.319.923.623.320.421.025.720.026.423.721.214.614.615.2
Saugus10.011.09.311.510.39.18.98.49.49.58.910.07.77.06.67.37.97.8
Swampscott3.92.12.34.44.23.82.72.83.83.83.63.53.55.74.73.73.34.5
Topsfield0.30.30.20.20.30.20.30.20.20.31.10.91.8
Wenham2.62.62.62.23.13.42.81.92.12.64.64.51.21.41.60.6
West Newbury5.84.08.34.78.48.79.610.510.19.39.07.26.25.02.90.93.56.8
Middlesex County, MA1.82.22.42.93.74.14.35.37.98.18.27.87.77.46.97.06.66.4
Massachusetts5.66.87.08.08.79.39.410.211.211.111.611.010.610.39.99.69.59.3

Source: Massachusetts State Police
Notes: Rates are per 1,000 residents.




Number of Crimes Against People
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA2,1312,9863,3553,6363,7384,3784,2806,5876,6696,5586,5436,5326,7747,1006,9316,5366,5526,104
Amesbury119214195205178206199212200214223225214189123167156133
Beverly17540337840332332833631838535538639033731831827229196
Gloucester281399514384377249257309343339328261325343345296332
Haverhill4681,0391,0931,2211,3681,3001,3701,3491,4311,4351,4841,2621,2291,199
Lynn1,9291,8001,7071,6421,7601,7861,7811,7211,8251,7911,482
Methuen384299315325313364391319331290305310302293235238
Newburyport784743119818590121111128148128130124114103150
Peabody472574529641623609557616591607527567494457425393475430
Salem240766765649712703
Andover108105157188126171150163104137163127129981039298131
Boxford3855313525235313
Danvers183333310332295272382400361291341306356303263237220256
Georgetown9535556453548262424
Groveland292517271614132518363121151821151110
Hamilton37394950323020393221453213161913
Ipswich3339282530242318173424272621136347
Lynnfield362928343971556881876761664247573629
Manchester18589713513107
Marblehead10695851319710993122107126112991057989807490
Merrimac52392826493129361926403644253012
Middleton6539736211127251212181422292834
Nahant342418141536152222262521232021202120
Newbury41667230475250433548393553505443
North Andover545143815931465656736562756769636582
Rockport1242632252531262117362327
Rowley171516141714182314292119262337163337
Salisbury330342263160171162196197175181213167222203184135135141
Saugus260289245303271241236225257265236269211195185205221217
Swampscott563033636054373953544949487965544765
Topsfield22112121127612
Wenham121212101416139101323236783
West Newbury24173520363741454441383127221341631
Middlesex County, MA2,5883,1693,5784,0665,4536,0146,3377,87811,79912,12212,34811,90711,84811,50610,83011,09710,42510,130
Massachusetts35,65843,34444,74348,87155,97859,69560,83166,37873,07373,32675,67472,58570,73268,58966,38264,92064,26962,355

Source: Massachusetts State Police




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
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 Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Decreasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Increasing
Crimes Against Property Increasing
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 Increasing
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Increasing
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 Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Bullying Maintaining
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 Increasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
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 Maintaining
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Decreasing
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
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