The home safety review company SafeWise ranked Hopkinton first in its list of the Safest Cities in America for 2021. Hopkinton also ranked first in 2019 and was second last year (behind Broadview Heights, Ohio).
“The safest city selection is a testament to Hopkinton residents, the business community, volunteers and the hard-working town employees in public safety and public service,” assistant town manager Elaine Lazarus stated. “Hopkinton is a welcoming and caring community that is always striving to be better.”
According to the SafeWise website, the rankings are determined solely by using FBI crime report statistics and population numbers. The FBI data is from 2019, which is the most recent year for which a report was available. Towns with fewer than 2,500 residents are not eligible.
Hopkinton reported no violent crimes, and the property crime rate was 1.61 per 1,000 people. Violent crimes include aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery. Property crime includes burglary, larceny theft and motor vehicle theft.
However, as noted during the recent controversy surrounding the death of Hopkinton High School sophomore Mikayla Miller, crimes are not necessarily reported the same from town to town.
At a May 6 rally on the Town Common, Miller’s mother questioned the town’s previous “safest city” designation.
“The reason this town is deemed one of the safest in America, in my opinion, is not because crimes do not occur but because crime is only selectively reported in this community,” Calvina Strothers said.
Hopkinton is listed as having a population of 18,585 and a median household income of 95,735.
Massachusetts placed 17 cities on the list — including Franklin, which is No. 2. The only state with more cities is New Jersey, with 29. New York is third with 12.
In its list of the Safest Cities in Massachusetts for 2021, which came out in March, Hopkinton was second, behind Franklin. Hopkinton had been No. 1 the previous two years.