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Deadly Police Chases More Rare in Massachusetts Than in Most States

Police chases, as exciting as they are in movies, can result in accidents — sometimes fatal ones. The victims can be the perpetrator, an officer, or innocents. According to a report released May 9 by the U.S. Department of Justice, the 68,000 vehicle pursuits by state and local law enforcement agencies conducted in 2012 resulted […]

Identity Theft More Common in Massachusetts

The risk of identity theft in the United States continues to rise. The incidence of such crimes rose consistently over the last decade, from 246,214 in 2006 to 399,225 last year. The rate of identity theft varies considerably between states. Using the Federal Trade Commission’s 2017 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed […]

Poverty Rate in Boston Below National Level

An estimated 10.2% of residents in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than both the national poverty rate of 14.7% and the state’s poverty rate of 11.5%. Boston has the second lowest poverty rate of any Massachusetts metro area. A high school education can mean the difference between living […]

Violent Crime in Massachusetts Similar to National Level

Violence in the United States has steadily declined for several decades. While the violent crime rate has fallen considerably — from 685 incidents reported per 100,000 Americans in 1995 to the current rate of 383 incidents per 100,000 — the national violent crime rate rose 3.0% last year. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crime rates […]

Boston’s Poverty Rate is Lower Than 90% of Cities

The number of Americans living in poverty fell by 3.5 million to 13.5% of the population in 2015. While the poverty rate is the lowest since 2008, it is still higher than pre-recession levels. More than 43 million Americans still live in poverty. And while financial hardship exists in every city, some areas have much […]

Massachusetts is the 6th Most Peaceful State

Although the risk of deadly shootings appears to have escalated, violence in the United States is trending downward. In 1995, there were 685 violent incidents per 100,000 people nationwide. By 2014, the national violent crime rate had fallen to 366 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The United States is far from the most peaceful place […]

Massachusetts is One of the Hardest States to Buy a Gun

Born from a violent revolution, the U.S. constitution ensures that gun ownership is a fundamental right. Today, there are more than 7.5 million gun stores in the United States, and 29.1% of American adults own at least one firearm of some kind. While the second amendment grants U.S. citizens the right to own guns, federal […]

Massachusetts Has the 3rd Lowest Gun Violence Rate

Violent death is a problem in the United States. Not only are mass shootings seemingly routine, but also U.S. firearm-related homicide and suicide rates are much higher than in other wealthy countries. According to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine this spring, the gun homicide rate in the United States is more […]

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