Top 15 Safest Cities In Virginia For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Virginia where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Virginia, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Bridgewater.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Old Dominion. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 62 cities in Virginia with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Virginia for 2018:

  1. Bridgewater (Photos | Homes)
  2. Purcellville (Photos | Homes)
  3. Buena Vista (Photos | Homes)
  4. Dumfries (Photos | Homes)
  5. Vienna (Photos | Homes)
  6. Blacksburg (Photos | Homes)
  7. Lexington (Photos | Homes)
  8. Manassas Park (Photos | Homes)
  9. Smithfield (Photos | Homes)
  10. Fairfax City (Photos | Homes)
  11. Strasburg (Photos | Homes)
  12. Williamsburg (Photos | Homes)
  13. Poquoson (Photos | Homes)
  14. Salem (Photos | Homes)
  15. Warrenton (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Virginia, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Virginia

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Virginia.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 18 crimes committed in Bridgewater which had a reported population of 5,939. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.003 which translates into a 1 in 329 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 62 of the biggest cities in Virginia to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 62 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Virginia".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Bridgewater. The most dangerous city in Virginia? Portsmouth, where residents had a 1 in 15 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Bridgewater

Bridgewater, VA
Source: Public domain

Population: 5,939
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 286 (1st safest)
More on Bridgewater: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bridgewater is an incorporated town in Rockingham County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,644 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bridgewater is also home to Bridgewater College.

2. Purcellville

Purcellville, VA

Population: 9,547
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 565 (2nd safest)
More on Purcellville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Purcellville is a town in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,232 according to the United States Census 2015 Population Estimate. Purcellville is the major population center for western Loudoun and the Loudoun Valley. Today, many of the older structures remaining in Purcellville reflect the Victorian architecture popular during the early 20th century. Patrick Henry College is located in the town.

3. Buena Vista

Buena Vista, VA
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,576
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 836 (3rd safest)
More on Buena Vista: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Buena Vista is an independent city located in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,650. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the independent cities of Buena Vista and Lexington, along with surrounding Rockbridge County, for statistical purposes.

4. Dumfries

Dumfries, VA

Population: 5,263
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,425 (9th safest)
More on Dumfries: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Dumfries, officially the Town of Dumfries, is a town in Prince William County, Virginia. The population was 4,961 at the 2010 United States Census.

5. Vienna

Vienna, VA

Population: 16,679
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 41 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,013 (6th safest)
More on Vienna: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Vienna is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 15,687. Significantly more people live in ZIP codes with the Vienna postal addresses bordered approximately by Interstate 66 on the south, Interstate 495 on the east, Route 7 to the north, and Hunter Mill road to the west.

6. Blacksburg

Blacksburg, VA

Population: 44,528
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 96 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 918 (4th safest)
More on Blacksburg: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Blacksburg is an incorporated town in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States, with a population of 42,620 at the 2010 census. Blacksburg is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Tech.

7. Lexington

Lexington, VA

Population: 7,264
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 137 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,060 (7th safest)
More on Lexington: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lexington is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 7,042. It is the county seat of Rockbridge County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Lexington with Rockbridge County for statistical purposes. Lexington is about 57 miles east of the West Virginia border and is about 50 miles north of Roanoke, Virginia. It was first settled in 1777.

8. Manassas Park

Manassas Park, VA

Population: 15,912
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 150 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,005 (5th safest)
More on Manassas Park: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Manassas Park is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,273. Manassas Park is bordered by the city of Manassas and Prince William County. Manassas Park is a part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. "A" Fort and Battery Hill Redoubt-Camp Early resides in Manassas Park.

9. Smithfield

Smithfield, VA
Source: Public domain

Population: 8,418
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 83 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,793 (16th safest)
More on Smithfield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

10. Fairfax City

Fairfax City, VA

Population: 24,173
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 95 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,683 (15th safest)
More on Fairfax City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

11. Strasburg

Strasburg, VA

Population: 6,622
Rank Last Year: 11 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 151 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,192 (8th safest)
More on Strasburg: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Strasburg is a town in Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States, which was founded in 1761 by Peter Stover. It is the largest town by population in the county and is known for its pottery, antiques, and Civil War history. The population was 6,398 at the 2010 census.

12. Williamsburg

Williamsburg, VA

Population: 15,256
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 163 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,507 (11th safest)
More on Williamsburg: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Williamsburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,068. In 2014, the population was estimated to be 14,691.

13. Poquoson

Poquoson, VA

Population: 11,975
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 167 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,427 (10th safest)
More on Poquoson: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Poquoson is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,150. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Poquoson with surrounding York County for statistical purposes.

14. Salem

Salem, VA

Population: 25,396
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 94 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,075 (23rd safest)
More on Salem: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Salem is an independent city in the U.S. commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,802. It is the county seat of Roanoke County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Salem with Roanoke County for statistical purposes.

15. Warrenton

Warrenton, VA

Population: 9,953
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 120 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,160 (24th safest)
More on Warrenton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Warrenton is a town in Fauquier County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,611 at the 2010 census, up from 6,670 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 9,897. Warrenton is the county seat of Fauquier County. It is at the junction of U.S. Route 15, U.S. Route 17, U.S. Route 29, and U.S. Route 211. The town is in the Piedmont region of Virginia, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The well-known Airlie Conference Center is 3 miles north of Warrenton, and the historic Vint Hill Farms military facility is 9 miles east. Fauquier Hospital is located in the town. Surrounded by Virginia wine and horse country, Warrenton is a popular destination outside Washington, D.C.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Old Dominion

Looking at the data, you can tell that Bridgewater is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Virginia residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Virginia according to the data:

  1. Portsmouth
  2. Marion
  3. Emporia
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Virginia For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Bridgewater, VA 5,939 16 286
2 Purcellville, VA 9,547 31 565
3 Buena Vista, VA 6,576 45 836
4 Dumfries, VA 5,263 0 1,425
5 Vienna, VA 16,679 41 1,013
6 Blacksburg, VA 44,528 96 918
7 Lexington, VA 7,264 137 1,060
8 Manassas Park, VA 15,912 150 1,005
9 Smithfield, VA 8,418 83 1,793
10 Fairfax City, VA 24,173 95 1,683
11 Strasburg, VA 6,622 151 1,192
12 Williamsburg, VA 15,256 163 1,507
13 Poquoson, VA 11,975 167 1,427
14 Salem, VA 25,396 94 2,075
15 Warrenton, VA 9,953 120 2,160
16 Richlands, VA 5,443 146 2,039
17 Herndon, VA 24,806 205 1,535
18 Abingdon, VA 8,105 135 2,208
19 Covington, VA 5,570 143 2,172
20 Falls Church, VA 14,124 191 1,550
21 Alexandria, VA 155,319 184 1,801
22 Leesburg, VA 53,016 205 1,546
23 Virginia Beach, VA 453,017 154 2,176
24 Staunton, VA 24,399 168 2,164
25 Big Stone Gap, VA 5,378 92 2,863
26 Christiansburg, VA 22,134 158 2,597
27 Harrisonburg, VA 52,972 220 2,074
28 Woodstock, VA 5,277 170 2,330
29 Waynesboro, VA 21,464 186 2,264
30 Culpeper, VA 17,733 242 1,906
31 Manassas, VA 42,267 291 1,928
32 Front Royal, VA 15,193 289 2,172
33 Bristol, VA 16,908 218 2,555
34 Vinton, VA 8,266 217 2,588
35 Wytheville, VA 8,097 197 2,766
36 Martinsville, VA 13,553 206 2,700
37 Suffolk, VA 88,342 278 2,423
38 Radford, VA 17,504 474 1,805
39 Winchester, VA 27,363 222 2,835
40 Lynchburg, VA 80,215 371 2,246
41 Bedford, VA 6,556 167 4,331
42 Farmville, VA 8,159 232 2,843
43 Chesapeake, VA 236,570 409 2,536
44 Ashland, VA 7,559 317 2,844
45 Pulaski, VA 8,855 361 2,834
46 Galax, VA 6,858 306 3,207
47 Franklin, VA 8,423 284 3,680
48 Charlottesville, VA 46,979 521 2,613
49 Hampton, VA 135,504 326 3,431
50 Bluefield, VA 5,247 228 5,050
51 Hopewell, VA 22,204 463 2,886
52 Fredericksburg, VA 28,823 360 3,608
53 Newport News, VA 181,676 466 3,070
54 Colonial Heights, VA 17,814 325 4,580
55 Roanoke, VA 99,978 413 4,195
56 South Boston, VA 7,944 465 3,965
57 Petersburg, VA 32,293 740 3,319
58 Norfolk, VA 245,734 657 3,913
59 Danville, VA 41,686 803 3,667
60 Emporia, VA 5,382 631 4,886
61 Marion, VA 5,956 772 4,382
62 Portsmouth, VA 95,813 791 5,607

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