Massachusetts is the 6th state of the United States, admitted into the union in the year 1788. It is the 44th largest of all the 50 states in terms of area, and the 15th largest in terms of population. While the state is regarded as one of the safest in the United States as a whole, it scores among the lowest in the New England area with its violent crime average of about 308 reported incidents per 100,000 persons. Robberies are the most commonly occurring crimes, followed by assaults and homicides. Overall, the rates have been decreasing slowly but steadily over the last 10 years.
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