Mass. Has Some of the Safest Places to Live in the U.S.HIDE CAPTIONS

Hibbing, Minnesota took the top honor as the safest city in America based on SafeWise’s review. Meanwhile, 15 Massachusetts communities were also included among the “Safest Cities,” including three in the top 10.

Check out the Massachusetts communities that received top marks for safety, including how each one ranked in terms of violent crimes and property crimes. Also, check out some of the homes for sale in each community.


Holliston (83/100)



Population: 14,199 
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.99 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.28

SafeWise credits Holliston with expanding its social services, including Holliston Youth and Family Services, to address its growing population.


Available in Holliston: 106 Garrett Way

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Price: $484,900 
The skinny: 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths 
Square footage: 2,2500 square feet

This townhouse is close to downtown Holliston, a commuter rail station, schools, and features a kitchen with granite counters and a large center island.


Hopkinton (78/100)

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Population: 15,689 
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.92

Every year, runners flock to Hopkinton as the Boston Marathon gets started. SafeWise also praised Hopkinton for its efforts to protect residents’ health and wellness, including anonymous mental health screenings.


Available in Hopkinton: 1 Elm St.

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Price: $374,000
The skinny: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths 
Square footage: 1,505 square feet

This townhouse is closet to downtown Holliston, a commuter rail station, schools, and features a granite kitchen with a large center island.

Holden (67/100)

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Population: 17,775 
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.40

SafeWise highlighted Holden’s conservation and public safety awareness efforts, including the “Holden Fire Explorer Program” that educates future firefighters.


Available in Holden: 46 Moscow Road

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Price: $419,900
The skinny: 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths 
Square footage: 2,778 square feet

Located on a quiet dead-end street, this cape home has a wood stove and a skylight in the master suite.


Westford (64/100)

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Population: 23,196 
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.47

This Lowell suburb has instituted community safety initiatives that include a drop box for prescription drugs and bicycle and pedestrian safety programs.


Available in Westford: 80 Tenney Road

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Price: $579,900
The skinny: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths 
Square footage: 2462 square feet

This home is located on a 2.5 acre wooded sanctuary with its own skating pond and features a new kitchen and new hardwood floors.


Bedford (57/100)

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Population: 13,947
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.31

Bedford is located near Concord and Lexington. SafeWise praised the town for its community offerings, including the Bedford Center for the Arts.


Available in Bedford: 156 Spring Road

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Price: $475,000
The skinny: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths 
Square footage: 1,567 square feet

This seven-room Cape has built-in bookshelves and a family room with a beamed ceiling and a stone fireplace with a gas stove.

Weston (56/100)

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Population: 11,893
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.47

Weston, the Commonwealth’s wealthiest community, was praised by SafeWise for its commitment to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent over five years.


Available in Weston: 321 South Ave.

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Price: $895,000
The skinny: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths 
Square footage: 3,012 square feet

A contemporary home on Weston’s south side with a granite kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and an adjoining, fireplaced living room. The living room has soaring ceilings.


Medfield (55/100)

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Population: 12,309
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.97
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.71


Medfield won accolades from SafeWise for the “Medfield Youth Outreach Program,” an initiative that provides free counseling and crisis intervention to families in need.


Available in Medfield: 18 Maple St.

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Price: $827,500
The skinny: 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths 
Square footage: 2,294 square feet

This home overlooks the green at Olde Village Square and features an open floor plan and a fireplaced Great Room. The chef’s kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances and an island.

Franklin (51/100)



Population: 32,633
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.24


Franklin’s library still has books donated by founding father Benjamin Franklin, the town’s namesake. SafeWise highlighted the town council’s initiatives to educate and support senior citizens.


Available in Franklin: 5 Margaret Cove

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Price: $517,000
The skinny: 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths 
Square footage: 2,423 square feet

A saltbox Colonial with a remodeled kitchen that offers Brookhaven cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances, and a peninsula. The home has gleaming hardwood floors.


Sudbury (45/100)

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