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Safest Cities in Virginia

A Guide to Virginia's Safest Cities

Best Places to Live in Virginia

Virginia’s Safest Cities

 

Spanning from the Appalachians to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia has a diverse but temperate climate. The 35th largest state has a rich history and a relatively low crime rate. 

The state crime ratings are: 

Virginia Avg Violent Crime - 208

Virginia State Average Violent Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

Avg. Property Crime Rate in Virginia

Virginia State Average Property Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

What are the Best Places to Live in Virginia?

 

Virginia’s safest cities boast low crime rates which are well below these numbers.  

Seventy percent of our Top 10 Safest Cities in Virginia had less than 300 property crimes.

Six of the cities had 25 or less violent crimes.

These numbers are admirable!

If you are looking for the best places to live in Virginia, this list of safest cities in Virginia is a good place to start.

Following are the top cities with populations above 10,000 which have been recognized as the safest communities in Virginia.

 

 

The Top 10 Safest Cities in Virginia are:

1.   Blacksburg

2.   Vienna

3.   Manassas Park

4.   Williamsburg

5.   Herndon

6.   Radford

7.   Falls Church

8.   Poquoson

9.   Fairfax City

10. Culpeper

Safest Cities in Virginia – Video Summary

Blacksburg, VA

Blacksburg, VA

Population

45,443

Violent Crimes

24

Property Crimes

339

Vienna, VA

Vienna, VA

Population

16,590

Violent Crimes

4

Property Crimes

132

Manassas Park, VA

Manassas Park, VA

Population

16,158

Violent Crimes

20

Property Crimes

147

Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg, VA

Population

15,464

Violent Crimes

24

Property Crimes

181

Herndon, VA

Herndon, VA

Population

24,561

Violent Crimes

38

Property Crimes

287

Radford, VA

Radford, VA

Population

17,641

Violent Crimes

68

Property Crimes

237

Falls Church, VA

Falls Church, VA

Population

14,278

Violent Crimes

10

Property Crimes

213

Poquoson, VA

Poquoson, VA

Population

11,981

Violent Crimes

19

Property Crimes

183

Fairfax City, VA

Fairfax City, VA

Population

24,406

Violent Crimes

33

Property Crimes

366

Culpeper, VA

Culpeper, VA

Population

18,232

Violent Crimes

45

Property Crimes

320

Make YOUR Home and Family Safer!

More of the Safest Cities in Virginia

 

Whether you are looking at real estate in the state of Virginia that borders the Atlantic Ocean or overlooks the Appalachians,  this list of the safest cities can help you locate a community with relatively low crime statistics.  Large city or small town…from Virginia Beach to Charlottesville or Richmond-  a safe community is not far away. 

11-20

Harrisonburg

Manassas

Alexandria

Salem

Staunton

Waynesboro

Charlottesville

Winchester

Hopewell

Lynchburg

21-30

Suffolk

Martinsville

Virginia Beach 

Bristol

Fredericksburg

Petersburg

Hampton

Colonial Heights

Chesapeake

Danville

Safe Virginia Cities with Populations over 50,000

Virginia Cities with Populations over 50K and the Lowest Crime Rates

 

Typically more urban areas will reflect higher crime rates. Nevertheless, these larger cities fared well when the playing field is leveled.

Urban neighborhoods often face challenges that smaller towns and communities might not have. For that reason, The Home Security Advisor acknowledges some of the larger cities in Virginia that have done a great job keeping their streets safe.

Harrisonburg, VA

Population

53,717

Violent Crimes

128

Property Crimes

897

Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, VA

Population

158,256

Violent Crimes

262

Property Crimes

2482

Lynchburg, VA

Lynchburg, VA

Population

80,890

Violent Crimes

287

Property Crimes

1886

Suffolk, VA

Suffolk, VA

Population

89,922

Violent Crimes

274

Property Crimes

2231

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach, VA

Population

454,353

Violent Crimes

625

Property Crimes

8790

Methodology – How we selected the Best Cities in Virginia for Low Crime

To determine the safest cities in Virginia, we analyzed the most recent (2017) FBI Uniform Crime Report figures for cities with a population of 10,000 or more, who reported their crime stats.

We considered both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder,rape and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft).  These figures were weighted to reflect the severity of the crime.  Violent crimes were factored by .75 and property crimes by .25.

This number was then divided by the population of the community and normalized the statistical finding to weighted crimes per 100,000.

 

The Best Places to Live in Virginia- Crime Ratings

 

While no rating system is perfect, this provides a strong statistical indicator of the overall safety of the community. If you are considering relocating to Virginia, these communities are among the top safest cities in which one could reside.

However, it is important to understand that not all cities report their data…and that certain areas within any city may be much safer than others.  This is especially true in larger metropolitan areas.  Consequently, one should investigate individual neighborhoods within the community communicate with local law enforcement to get a better picture of the safety on a local neighborhood level.

For more tips on keeping your home and family safer, we recommend you take a look at out our Guide to Personal Safety, Tips for Home Security…and consider a top rated professionally monitored home security system.

 

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