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Safest Places to Live in Virginia ( 2017 Updated ! )

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 is among the least safe states. This is obvious if we take a look at the violent crime rate, which dramatically increased from 2015 to 2016 – as much as 9.6%, which is 9.0% per 100,000 people.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. 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 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Dumfries 5,263 0 0.00
2 Bridgewater 5,939 1 0.17
3 Broadway 3,831 1 0.26
4 Purcellville 9,547 3 0.31
5 Vienna 16,679 7 0.42
6 Buena Vista 6,576 3 0.46
7 Luray 4,817 4 0.83
8 Smithfield 8,418 7 0.83
9 West Point 3,336 3 0.90
10 Berryville 4,323 4 0.93
11 Big Stone Gap 5,378 5 0.93
12 Salem 25,396 24 0.95
13 Fairfax City 24,173 23 0.95
14 Blacksburg 44,528 43 0.97
15 Altavista 3,478 4 1.15
16 Warrenton 9,953 12 1.21
17 Abingdon 8,105 11 1.36
18 Lexington 7,264 10 1.38
19 Covington 5,570 8 1.44
20 Blackstone 3,467 5 1.44
21 Richlands 5,443 8 1.47
22 Manassas Park 15,912 24 1.51
23 Strasburg 6,622 10 1.51
24 Virginia Beach 453,017 700 1.55
25 Christiansburg 22,134 35 1.58
26 Williamsburg 15,256 25 1.64
27 Poquoson 11,975 20 1.67
28 Bedford 6,556 11 1.68
29 Staunton 24,399 41 1.68
30 Woodstock 5,277 9 1.71

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Virginia

In case your city didn’t make it to top 30, 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 Elite Personal Finance 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 Saltville 2,022 0 0.00
2 Haymarket 2,019 0 0.00
3 Gate City 1,937 0 0.00
4 Chilhowie 1,733 0 0.00
5 Dayton 1,598 0 0.00
6 Chatham 1,482 0 0.00
7 Middletown 1,324 0 0.00
8 Bowling Green 1,169 0 0.00
9 Glasgow 1,116 0 0.00
10 Pembroke 1,073 0 0.00
11 Occoquan 1,042 0 0.00
12 Cape Charles 1,019 0 0.00
13 Grundy 970 0 0.00
14 Jonesville 968 0 0.00
15 Middleburg 835 0 0.00
16 La Crosse 586 0 0.00
17 Quantico 548 0 0.00
18 Boykins 539 0 0.00
19 Onley 516 0 0.00
20 Haysi 470 0 0.00
21 Burkeville 408 0 0.00
22 Pocahontas 376 0 0.00
23 White Stone 339 0 0.00
24 Glen Lyn 116 0 0.00
25 Shenandoah 2,334 1 0.43
26 New Market 2,220 1 0.45
27 Amherst 2,206 1 0.45
28 Narrows 1,940 1 0.52
29 Stanley 1,649 1 0.61
30 Louisa 1,633 1 0.61
31 Gordonsville 1,595 1 0.63
32 Warsaw 1,492 1 0.67
33 Grottoes 2,776 2 0.72
34 Hillsville 2,666 2 0.75
35 Timberville 2,618 2 0.76
36 Hurt 1,269 1 0.79
37 Weber City 1,251 1 0.80
38 Gretna 1,243 1 0.80
39 Halifax 1,243 1 0.80
40 Brookneal 1,120 1 0.89
41 Lawrenceville 1,019 1 0.98
42 Independence 923 1 1.08
43 Pennington Gap 1,793 2 1.12
44 Pearisburg 2,655 3 1.13
45 Kilmarnock 1,428 2 1.40
46 Mount Jackson 2,051 3 1.46
47 Clintwood 1,309 2 1.53
48 Stephens City 1,962 3 1.53
49 Remington 634 1 1.58
50 Clarksville 1,199 2 1.67
51 Chase City 2,285 4 1.75
52 Elkton 2,826 5 1.77
53 Dublin 2,719 5 1.84
54 Pound 957 2 2.09
55 Waverly 2,057 5 2.43
56 Kenbridge 1,220 3 2.46
57 Damascus 799 2 2.50
58 Coeburn 1,982 5 2.52
59 Windsor 2,681 8 2.98
60 Chincoteague 2,909 10 3.44
61 Exmore 1,443 5 3.47
62 Crewe 2,225 8 3.60
63 Victoria 1,668 6 3.60
64 Onancock 1,260 5 3.97
65 Appalachia 1,655 7 4.23
66 Parksley 840 4 4.76
67 Rich Creek 744 4 5.38
68 St. Paul 910 5 5.49
69 Tappahannock 2,387 15 6.28
70 Honaker 1,382 9 6.51

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Dumfries 5,263 0 0.00
2 Bridgewater 5,939 1 0.17
3 Broadway 3,831 1 0.26
4 Purcellville 9,547 3 0.31
5 Buena Vista 6,576 3 0.46
6 Luray 4,817 4 0.83
7 Smithfield 8,418 7 0.83
8 West Point 3,336 3 0.90
9 Berryville 4,323 4 0.93
10 Big Stone Gap 5,378 5 0.93
11 Altavista 3,478 4 1.15
12 Warrenton 9,953 12 1.21
13 Abingdon 8,105 11 1.36
14 Lexington 7,264 10 1.38
15 Covington 5,570 8 1.44
16 Blackstone 3,467 5 1.44
17 Richlands 5,443 8 1.47
18 Strasburg 6,622 10 1.51
19 Bedford 6,556 11 1.68
20 Woodstock 5,277 9 1.71
21 Colonial Beach 3,589 7 1.95
22 Wytheville 8,097 16 1.98
23 Orange 4,992 10 2.00
24 Lebanon 3,323 7 2.11
25 Vinton 8,266 18 2.18
26 Wise 3,093 7 2.26
27 Bluefield 5,247 12 2.29
28 Farmville 8,159 19 2.33
29 Clifton Forge 3,713 9 2.42
30 Tazewell 4,378 12 2.74
31 Franklin 8,423 24 2.85
32 South Hill 4,503 13 2.89
33 Rocky Mount 4,803 14 2.91
34 Galax 6,858 21 3.06
35 Ashland 7,559 24 3.18
36 Pulaski 8,855 32 3.61
37 Norton 3,911 16 4.09
38 South Boston 7,944 37 4.66
39 Emporia 5,382 34 6.32
40 Marion 5,956 46 7.72

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Vienna 16,679 7 0.42
2 Salem 25,396 24 0.95
3 Fairfax City 24,173 23 0.95
4 Manassas Park 15,912 24 1.51
5 Christiansburg 22,134 35 1.58
6 Williamsburg 15,256 25 1.64
7 Poquoson 11,975 20 1.67
8 Staunton 24,399 41 1.68
9 Waynesboro 21,464 40 1.86
10 Falls Church 14,124 27 1.91
11 Herndon 24,806 51 2.06
12 Martinsville 13,553 28 2.07
13 Bristol 16,908 37 2.19
14 Winchester 27,363 61 2.23
15 Culpeper 17,733 43 2.42
16 Front Royal 15,193 44 2.90
17 Colonial Heights 17,814 58 3.26
18 Fredericksburg 28,823 104 3.61
19 Hopewell 22,204 103 4.64
20 Radford 17,504 83 4.74

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Blacksburg 44,528 43 0.97
2 Virginia Beach 453,017 700 1.55
3 Alexandria 155,319 286 1.84
4 Leesburg 53,016 109 2.06
5 Harrisonburg 52,972 117 2.21
6 Suffolk 88,342 246 2.78
7 Manassas 42,267 123 2.91
8 Hampton 135,504 442 3.26
9 Lynchburg 80,215 298 3.72
10 Chesapeake 236,570 969 4.10
11 Roanoke 99,978 413 4.13
12 Newport News 181,676 848 4.67
13 Charlottesville 46,979 245 5.22
14 Norfolk 245,734 1,616 6.58
15 Petersburg 32,293 239 7.40
16 Portsmouth 95,813 758 7.91
17 Danville 41,686 335 8.04

 

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of 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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