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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|3||Buena Vista, VA||6,576||45||836|
|8||Manassas Park, VA||15,912||150||1,005|
|10||Fairfax City, VA||24,173||95||1,683|
|20||Falls Church, VA||14,124||191||1,550|
|23||Virginia Beach, VA||453,017||154||2,176|
|25||Big Stone Gap, VA||5,378||92||2,863|
|32||Front Royal, VA||15,193||289||2,172|
|53||Newport News, VA||181,676||466||3,070|
|54||Colonial Heights, VA||17,814||325||4,580|
|56||South Boston, VA||7,944||465||3,965|
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