Springfield is one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the US, and one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation as well. In 2010, Springfield was ranked the 12th most dangerous city in the US by the FBI’s annual reports. The crime rates in Springfield are significantly higher than most cities in Massachusetts, though Chelsea, Fall River, Brockton, and New Bedford are pretty comparable. On the AIC campus, emergency telephones are located around campus, and campus police officers are regularly on patrol. On campus, there are a few aggravated assaults, and a handful of burglaries each year, as well as dozens of alcohol/substance abuse disciplinary actions. Off campus in the nearby vicinity of AIC in 2011, there was 1 forcible sex offense, 1 motor vehicle theft, 6 robberies, and 4 aggravated assaults. The AIC campus is markedly safer than the surrounding areas of Springfield. Springfield was badly hit by the financial woes in recent years, but as of October 2012, the rate has dropped to 7.8%, mirroring the national rate. About 26.8% of the population was below the poverty line in 2010, and an estimated 20% of the households in Springfield make less than 15k a year. On campus, AIC’s Office of Career Services offers aid to students seeking employment. It is easier to find a job in Springfield now than in recent years, though most places of employment are seeking full-time help.
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