Massachusetts is full of quaint and rather historic towns, some of which they call the Bay State’s “best-kept secrets,” according to It's no surprise that some of these Berkshire towns are considered the "most underrated." Take the town of Adams for example where I grew up, the town is full of “awe-inspiring” beauty, especially with Mount Greylock, being the highest peak in Massachusetts, the Cheshire Reservoir, and the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail that runs through the town.

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Now if you drive 5 miles North, you'll find another town aka a city which is mainly what I'm going to talk about that's also considered to be underrated. North Adams, where I'm currently living and that too has it's own charm for being underrated. For example, it's “vibrant and energetic community” in the Berkshires (which I can definitely vouch for), along with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) and Natural Bridge State Park. Which by the way is considered #1 in the USA which you can check out here.

But why is this considered the 3rd Most Dangerous City in Massachusetts?

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According to, North Adams is considered one of the worst cities in Massachusetts. It has a population of 12,961, and the total crime rate is 3,114 per 100,000. Residents of North Adams have a 1 in 33 chance of becoming the victim of a crime. In 2021, there were 138 violent crimes and 309 property crimes. Common crimes include assault, burglary, and theft. Considering the fact that I live here, is this really true? I guess I don't really keep track of all the crimes that go down.

Below is the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Massachusetts:

  1. Holyoke
  2. Springfield
  3. North Adams
  4. New Bedford
  5. Chicopee
  6. Boston 
  7. Chelsea
  8. Fall River
  9. Webster
  10. Haverhill

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