Pawtucket, situated in Providence County, Rhode Island, is home to around 75,000 residents. The city boasts a significant industrial heritage and cultural variety. Nevertheless, certain sections of Pawtucket face elevated crime levels and social challenges. In this piece, we will investigate the five most unsafe neighborhoods in Pawtucket, as determined by recent crime data and reports.
West Pawtucket, located to the west of Interstate 95 and bordered by Central Falls, Cumberland, and Lincoln, is Pawtucket’s largest and most densely populated neighborhood, home to approximately 30,000 residents.
Regrettably, it also holds the unfortunate distinction of being the city’s most crime-prone area. In 2022, a total of 768 crimes were reported here, resulting in a crime rate of 38.69 incidents per 1,000 residents, surpassing the national average of 23.46 per 1,000 residents.
These reported crimes constitute a significant majority, accounting for 85% of all incidents in the region. Property crimes in West Pawtucket are especially concerning, with a rate of 32.92 per 1,000 residents—more than double the national average of 15.33 per 1,000 residents.
Meanwhile, violent crimes in West Pawtucket also exceed the national average, with a rate of 5.77 per 1,000 residents compared to the national average of 4.03 per 1,000 residents.
Downtown, with approximately 10,000 residents, stands as the second most populated neighborhood in Pawtucket. Regrettably, it also ranks as the city’s second highest area for reported crimes in 2022, totaling 378 incidents. The crime rate here is 37.80 per 1,000 residents, surpassing the national average of 23.46 per 1,000 residents.
Property crimes, including burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft, constitute the majority, accounting for 82% of all incidents in Downtown. The property crime rate stands at 30.94 per 1,000 residents, exceeding the national average of 15.33 per 1,000 residents.
Additionally, the violent crime rate in Downtown registers at 6.86 per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the national average of 4.03 per 1,000 residents.
Woodlawn is a residential neighborhood with around 9,000 residents, situated to the north of Mineral Spring Avenue, east of Interstate 95, and south of the Blackstone River.
In terms of safety, Woodlawn has a higher crime rate than the national average. The likelihood of experiencing a crime in Woodlawn is 1 in 24, whereas it’s 1 in 32 in the southern part of the city.
The majority of crimes in Woodlawn, about 79%, are property-related, with a rate of 20.83 per 1,000 residents, exceeding the national average of 15.33 per 1,000 residents.
When it comes to violent crimes, the rate in Woodlawn is 5.50 per 1,000 residents, which is also higher than the national average of 4.03 per 1,000 residents.
Pine Crest, located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, experiences a significant level of crime and violence. According to NeighborhoodScout, it ranks as safer than only 19% of neighborhoods across the United States, with a crime rate of 21.71 per 1,000 residents.
Property crimes, including burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft, are particularly prevalent in this neighborhood, occurring at a rate of 17.42 per 1,000 residents. Pine Crest is also one of the most densely populated areas in Rhode Island, with 185 crimes happening per square mile.
Quality Hill, a neighborhood in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, experiences a relatively high level of crime compared to other parts of the state. According to NeighborhoodScout, it ranks among the less safe neighborhoods in the United States, being safer than only 19% of them. The overall crime rate in Quality Hill stands at 21.71 incidents per 1,000 residents.
Within the neighborhood, the rate of violent crime is slightly higher at 4.30 incidents per 1,000 residents, compared to the national median of 4.00 per 1,000.
Additionally, the rate of property crime is significantly elevated at 17.42 incidents per 1,000 residents, compared to the national median of 12.47 per 1,000. This translates to a 1 in 233 chance of falling victim to a violent crime in Quality Hill and a 1 in 57 chance of experiencing a property crime.
The top five high-crime neighborhoods in Pawtucket are West Pawtucket, Downtown, Woodlawn, Pine Crest, and Quality Hill. Their crime rates significantly exceed the national average.
West Pawtucket is the most perilous neighborhood, with a crime rate of 38.69 per 1,000 residents. Downtown follows as the second most dangerous area, with a rate of 37.80 per 1,000 residents. Woodlawn records a rate of 20.83 per 1,000 residents, Pine Crest 21.71, and Quality Hill 21.71.