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Safety in Boston

Safety in Boston

Boston is a very large coastal city located in the state of Massachusetts, with a population of 656,000 people and 179 constituent neighborhoods.

  • The education level of Boston ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Boston, 43.89% have at least a bachelor's degree. A typical U.S. community has just 21.84%.
  • Overall, Boston is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers.
  • In addition, Boston also has a very large population of students, making it a major college town.
  • Boston also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile.

Safety at UMass Boston

Massachusetts’ Department of Public Safety is charged with the responsibility of helping to provide a safe and secure environment in which the students, faculty, staff and visitors will be able to learn, teach, work, and visit. The department is committed to a community based policing philosophy. The Department of Public Safety maintains four divisions to accomplish its vision, mission and goals:

  • Uniformed Police
  • Bureau of Investigative
  • Institutional Security
  • Community Services

For more information about safety in Boston, please visit Massachusetts Department of Public Safety

Did you know?

  • Boston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.72% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average.