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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


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Massachusetts Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About 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 a actual free current arrest log for June 17,2016-June 19,2016?
    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)
  • How can I find out if someone was arrested by 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)
  • Are names, ages and addresses for residents public knowledge to the public?
    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)
  • How to find out result of arraignment?
    Beginning with the state's court site navigate 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)

Massachusetts Arrest Records


Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

Massachusetts Most Wanted and Warrants


View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

Massachusetts Missing Children


Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Camren Loder
    Camren Loder, Age Now: 1, Missing: 09/05/2020. Missing From Cambridge, Ma. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Cambridge Police Department (massachusetts) 1-617-349-3300.
    September 24, 2020
  • Missing: Zayvio Guity
    Zayvio Guity, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/03/2020. Missing From South Yarmouth, Ma. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Yarmouth Police Department (massachusetts) 1-508-775-0445.
    September 22, 2020
  • Missing: Zayvion Guity
    Zayvion Guity, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/03/2020. Missing From South Yarmouth, Ma. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Yarmouth Police Department (massachusetts) 1-508-775-0445.
    September 22, 2020
  • Missing: Rian Rocha
    Rian Rocha, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/05/2020. Missing From Wilmington, Ma. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Wilmington Police Department (massachusetts) 1-978-658-3331.
    September 18, 2020
  • Missing: Clifton Shanks
    Clifton Shanks, Age Now: 14, Missing: 08/10/2020. Missing From New Bedford, Ma. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: New Bedford Police Department (massachusetts) 1-508-991-6350.
    September 17, 2020
  • Missing: Kaylee Tanner
    Kaylee Tanner, Age Now: 14, Missing: 09/14/2020. Missing From Holyoke, Ma. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Holyoke Police Department (massachusetts) 1-413-322-6900.
    September 17, 2020

Massachusetts Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Massachusetts Missing People


Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Updated: Missing Person • Nolan Gargas • Watertown, Massachusetts • 26 Years Old
    June 07, 2017
  • Missing Person • Millenia Cruz • Rutland, Massachusetts •18 Years Old
    January 18, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • William Brown • Greenfield, Massachusetts • 18 Years Old
    January 16, 2017

Massachusetts Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/29/2020)

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Massachusetts American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/29/2020)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Massachusetts Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Massachusetts
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Massachusetts Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Massachusetts
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    27 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • Massachusetts Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
  • Statewide income of median households in Massachusetts
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Massachusetts
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Massachusetts territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile