Safest Places to Live in Virginia 2020

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Last Update: November 30, 2017 Living

Virginia is located in the southeast of the united States, between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains.

It was the first colonial possession, hence its nickname the ‘Old Dominion’. Another nickname of Virginia is the ‘Mother of Presidents’ since as many as eight US presidents were born there, more than in any other state. Being the first colony, it has had a very turbulent history and played extremely important roles both in the American Revolutionary War and in the Civil War, when it was among the most prominent members of the Confederacy.

The capital of Virginia is Richmond, while the most populous city is Virginia Beach, with around 450,000 people. Virginia is the 12th most populous state, with close to 8,5 million residents.

Virginia saw a 4.7% drop in the violent crime rate in the period from 2016 to 2017, which was a 5.3% decrease per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 3,000.

30 Safest Places in Virginia 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Berryville 4361 1 0,23
2 Broadway 3908 1 0,26
3 Lexington 7098 3 0,42
4 Vienna 16660 8 0,48
5 Bridgewater 6125 3 0,49
6 Big Stone Gap 5215 3 0,58
7 Wytheville 7969 5 0,63
8 Covington 5462 4 0,73
9 Abingdon 7949 6 0,75
10 Buena Vista 6272 5 0,80
11 Falls Church 14884 12 0,81
12 Smithfield 8392 7 0,83
13 West Point 3311 3 0,91
14 Blacksburg 44853 41 0,91
15 Salem 25942 24 0,93
16 Fairfax City 24259 24 0,99
17 Vinton 8077 9 1,11
18 Virginia Beach 451001 528 1,17
19 Warrenton 9912 12 1,21
20 Farmville 7778 10 1,29
21 Purcellville 10090 13 1,29
22 Herndon 24697 32 1,30
23 Bluefield 4624 6 1,30
24 Williamsburg 15191 20 1,32
25 Tazewell 4185 6 1,43
26 Luray 4806 7 1,46
27 Manassas Park 16882 25 1,48
28 Poquoson 12011 19 1,58
29 Alexandria 162588 260 1,60
30 Culpeper 18671 31 1,66

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Crime Score in All Cities in Virginia 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Virginia cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 White Stone 332 0 0,00
2 Pocahontas 357 0 0,00
3 Burkeville 402 0 0,00
4 Haysi 480 0 0,00
5 Onley 502 0 0,00
6 Damascus 788 0 0,00
7 Middleburg 879 0 0,00
8 Occoquan 1097 0 0,00
9 Glasgow 1106 0 0,00
10 Clarksville 1175 0 0,00
11 Kenbridge 1198 0 0,00
12 Gretna 1205 0 0,00
13 Hurt 1235 0 0,00
14 Glade Spring 1424 0 0,00
15 Chatham 1434 0 0,00
16 Rural Retreat 1459 0 0,00
17 Warsaw 1484 0 0,00
18 Gate City 1888 0 0,00
19 Wise 2965 1 0,34
20 Grottoes 2813 1 0,36
21 Mount Jackson 2100 1 0,48
22 Stephens City 2024 1 0,49
23 Narrows 1950 1 0,51
24 Saltville 1927 1 0,52
25 Chilhowie 1718 1 0,58
26 Stanley 1651 1 0,61
27 Victoria 1631 1 0,61
28 Elkton 2860 2 0,70
29 Kilmarnock 1407 1 0,71
30 Exmore 1386 1 0,72
31 Middletown 1365 1 0,73
32 Timberville 2662 2 0,75
33 Halifax 1219 1 0,82
34 Shenandoah 2316 2 0,86
35 Cedar Bluff 1011 1 0,99
36 Cape Charles 1009 1 0,99
37 Jonesville 938 1 1,07
38 Grundy 917 1 1,09
39 Independence 895 1 1,12
40 Dublin 2667 3 1,12
41 Hillsville 2644 3 1,13
42 Pearisburg 2643 3 1,14
43 St. Paul 877 1 1,14
44 Louisa 1678 2 1,19
45 Parksley 817 1 1,22
46 Appalachia 1568 2 1,28
47 New Market 2245 3 1,34
48 Windsor 2731 4 1,46
49 Clintwood 1311 2 1,53
50 Weber City 1224 2 1,63
51 Pennington Gap 1732 3 1,73
52 Chase City 2219 4 1,80
53 Amherst 2194 4 1,82
54 Dayton 1615 3 1,86
55 Gordonsville 1606 3 1,87
56 Lawrenceville 1004 2 1,99
57 Onancock 1218 3 2,46
58 Rich Creek 744 2 2,69
59 Haymarket 1744 5 2,87
60 Pound 939 3 3,19
61 La Crosse 574 2 3,48
62 Crewe 2151 8 3,72
63 Chincoteague 2881 11 3,82
64 Waverly 1976 9 4,55
65 Coeburn 1881 9 4,78
66 Tappahannock 2417 17 7,03

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Berryville 4361 1 0,23
2 Broadway 3908 1 0,26
3 Lexington 7098 3 0,42
4 Bridgewater 6125 3 0,49
5 Big Stone Gap 5215 3 0,58
6 Wytheville 7969 5 0,63
7 Covington 5462 4 0,73
8 Abingdon 7949 6 0,75
9 Buena Vista 6272 5 0,80
10 Smithfield 8392 7 0,83
11 West Point 3311 3 0,91
12 Vinton 8077 9 1,11
13 Warrenton 9912 12 1,21
14 Farmville 7778 10 1,29
15 Bluefield 4624 6 1,30
16 Tazewell 4185 6 1,43
17 Luray 4806 7 1,46
18 Dumfries 5265 9 1,71
19 Woodstock 5232 9 1,72
20 Orange 5016 9 1,79
21 Clifton Forge 3524 7 1,99
22 Altavista 3417 7 2,05
23 Strasburg 6643 15 2,26
24 Norton 3914 9 2,30
25 Lebanon 3184 8 2,51
26 Rocky Mount 4762 12 2,52
27 South Hill 4345 12 2,76
28 Richlands 5256 16 3,04
29 Bedford 6532 20 3,06
30 Franklin 8100 25 3,09
31 Pulaski 8720 27 3,10
32 South Boston 7721 28 3,63
33 Galax 6559 27 4,12
34 Blackstone 3367 14 4,16
35 Ashland 7876 37 4,70
36 Emporia 5184 26 5,02
37 Marion 5615 29 5,16

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Vienna 16660 8 0,48
2 Falls Church 14884 12 0,81
3 Salem 25942 24 0,93
4 Fairfax City 24259 24 0,99
5 Purcellville 10090 13 1,29
6 Herndon 24697 32 1,30
7 Williamsburg 15191 20 1,32
8 Manassas Park 16882 25 1,48
9 Poquoson 12011 19 1,58
10 Culpeper 18671 31 1,66
11 Staunton 24584 46 1,87
12 Christiansburg 22444 43 1,92
13 Front Royal 15356 33 2,15
14 Waynesboro 22470 50 2,23
15 Bristol 16613 42 2,53
16 Colonial Heights 17857 50 2,80
17 Radford 17797 52 2,92
18 Winchester 28128 93 3,31
19 Fredericksburg 28919 108 3,73
20 Martinsville 13025 54 4,15
21 Hopewell 22562 99 4,39

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Blacksburg 44853 41 0,91
2 Virginia Beach 451001 528 1,17
3 Alexandria 162588 260 1,60
4 Leesburg 56030 100 1,78
5 Harrisonburg 54869 110 2,00
6 Hampton 133965 316 2,36
7 Manassas 41888 105 2,51
8 Suffolk 90817 251 2,76
9 Lynchburg 81603 275 3,37
10 Charlottesville 48585 174 3,58
11 Chesapeake 242310 979 4,04
12 Roanoke 100042 427 4,27
13 Norfolk 244347 1134 4,64
14 Richmond 229927 1190 5,18
15 Newport News 178734 942 5,27
16 Danville 40781 216 5,30
17 Petersburg 31568 224 7,10
18 Portsmouth 94218 749 7,95

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

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