Massachusetts Public Records

About Massachusetts Open Public Record

Exemptions to the Public Records Act in Massachusetts include but are not limited to personal contact information of individuals who own firearms, law enforcement, youth services, social services and department of corrections personnel and victims of crimes. There are 14 counties in Massachusetts with only 5 county level local governments and one with combined county and city government. Minor civil divisions or municipalities in Massachusetts are classified as either towns or cities. There are 296 towns and 55 cities in Massachusetts. Criminal records in Massachusetts are provided by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) CORI background check system. Discover how to find and request public records maintained by the state of Massachusetts. Official Massachusetts websites can be accessed at state, county or city levels. Obtain birth, death and other vital records made available to the public. Search for information about governmental processes, public services, events, and resources. Learn about the demographics which make up the state's residents and also find out about Massachusetts citizens education and background history information. Find crime statistics and reports and search for criminal and court case records online. View information regarding employment income and earnings data within the state. Obtain ethnicity and gender statistics regarding privately owned businesses in Massachusetts. Access data detailing property and land values and get pertinent real estate and housing information. Read local, national, and global news stories of interest which are continually updated.
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Massachusetts Free Public Records Directory


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Ask Questions, About Massachusetts

  • Where can I find in Massachusetts, how many arrests were made in 2015?
    You can gather than information on your own with police reports and statistics. You can see the stats for year over year on the department's website, if that particular department does not offer that, you can look to the various ways reports of arrests are made public. Crime mapping can be specified to look up arrests, or criminal activity by address or block. Although the records of arrests or incidents are public, some are easier to access than others. Marshall's office and the FBI have their own statistics, even by different states. Even with crime mapping, the reports are obtained from specific departments. (Staff)
  • How can I view an actual free current arrest log for June 17,2016-June 19,2016 in Massachusetts?
    Most arrests are from local law enforcement agencies, such as the county sheriff or city police departments. They have their own jail lists, booking logs, inmates and so on. The City of Springfield is a good example, they have a seven day arrest log freely open to the public. It's hard to say where to go and look for the arrest without knowing the arrest location. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Massachusetts, if someone was arrested by the state police?
    There are news wires which publish recent arrests, there are two sources below. They are in date order, when you click on more, earlier dates can be viewed. Both state and county jails have inmate searches of people booked/arrested. County jails are mostly people before being charged, just booked, then they will be under the doc when convicted. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Massachusetts, the names, ages and addresses for residents?
    Names, addresses, age and more are found spread out in public records, mostly as a part of. Take property information for example, a public record which can be searched online or going to the recorders offices along with many other official documents, will show the address, possibly the owner's spouse, dates of residency and more through other documents. You can find more information by looking into court cases. You may not be able to view the entire case online, but, more importantly you will be able to see that there is a record of what and where to get it from. You can begin looking without a clear aim to a specific public record, however, by simply looking for records, you can see what else is out there. Public record sites such as this one help you with these types of searches. There is a free search above under Massachusetts Free Court Records Search. This will give you a quick free court search, but does not guarantee to cover all records. In this instance, the data only goes back to 2014 and covers federal, circuit and appellate cases. You will need to search through more than just one or two databases, your goal should be to find as many databases as possible. Some less than relevant databases may uncover information you don't expect to be helpful. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Massachusetts, how to find out result of arraignment?
    Beginning with the state's court site using the search box by entering arraignment, you will see a list of questions and answers. There is also a list of how the court can help individuals and what the court staff can and can not do for the public. There are individual court webpages with the clerk's information for services. Lastly, the self help section can help with how to do the work yourself. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Massachusetts, who made the arrest and therefore would have the arrest record?
    The department which made the arrest will have the arrest/incident report. Was the arrest and booking made by that police department? Or was the local police called to book and process the arrest? (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Massachusetts, information about and a copy of a rape arrest?
    Depends on the area and the size of the location that is covered. Certain areas are covered by crime map incident reporting. Individual police departments also show persons recently arrested and detained. It's important to state which area the search is to cover. Most arrests are made by city police or county sheriffs departments across Massachusetts. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Massachusetts, who is the new Pope?
    Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Buenos Aires Argentina, he was the 2005 runner up. He has taken the name of Pope Francis. (Staff)

Massachusetts Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/20/2021)

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Massachusetts American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/20/2021)

  • About Massachusetts ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    Massachusetts's demographic and housing ACS survey of 6,657,291 being 2.12 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.4% males and 51.6% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • About Massachusetts Selected Social Characteristics
    The Massachusetts social characteristics data of 2,538,485 households, which make up 2.18 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,615,062 families with and without children. There are 1,760,905 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • About Massachusetts Selected Economic Characteristics
    The Massachusetts American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 5,427,407 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 2.18 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 3,663,086 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • About Massachusetts Selected Housing Characteristics
    Massachusetts housing characteristics are collected from 2,816,875 dwellings making up 2.12 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 2,538,485 or uninhabited 278,390 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 2,538,485 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.