These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Virginia For 2019

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 58 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 2019:

  1. Bridgewater (Photos | Homes)
  2. Blacksburg (Photos | Homes)
  3. Vienna (Photos | Homes)
  4. Purcellville (Photos | Homes)
  5. Dumfries (Photos | Homes)
  6. Strasburg (Photos | Homes)
  7. Lexington (Photos | Homes)
  8. Manassas Park (Photos | Homes)
  9. Falls Church (Photos | Homes)
  10. Orange (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

Safest Cities in Virginia Graph

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 2018) 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 13 crimes committed in Bridgewater which had a reported population of 6,119. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0021 which translates into a 1 in 470 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 2017. This left us with a total of 58 of the biggest cities in Virginia to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 58 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.

Bridgewater, VA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 6,119
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 196 (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. Blacksburg, VA
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 45,443
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 52 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 745 (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. Vienna, VA
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 16,590
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 795 (5th 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. Purcellville, VA
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 9,779
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 102 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 501 (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. Dumfries, VA
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 5,219
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 900 (7th 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.
Strasburg, VA
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 6,613
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 105 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 892 (6th 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. Lexington, VA
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 7,034
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 127 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 568 (3rd 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. Manassas Park, VA
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 16,158
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 123 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 909 (8th 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. Falls Church, VA
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 14,278
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,491 (14th safest)
More on Falls Church: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Falls Church is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,332. The estimated population in 2015 was 13,892. Falls Church is included in the Washington metropolitan area. Falls Church has the lowest level of poverty of any independent city or county in the United States. Orange, VA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 5,033
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 139 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,291 (12th safest)
More on Orange: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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. Danville
  3. Emporia
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Virginia For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Bridgewater, VA 6,119 16 196
2 Blacksburg, VA 45,443 52 745
3 Vienna, VA 16,590 24 795
4 Purcellville, VA 9,779 102 501
5 Dumfries, VA 5,219 76 900
6 Strasburg, VA 6,613 105 892
7 Lexington, VA 7,034 127 568
8 Manassas Park, VA 16,158 123 909
9 Falls Church, VA 14,278 70 1,491
10 Orange, VA 5,033 139 1,291
11 Fairfax City, VA 24,406 135 1,499
12 Herndon, VA 24,561 154 1,168
13 Williamsburg, VA 15,464 155 1,170
14 Salem, VA 25,624 70 2,165
15 Warrenton, VA 9,901 131 1,878
16 Poquoson, VA 11,981 158 1,527
17 Alexandria, VA 158,256 165 1,568
18 Virginia Beach, VA 454,353 137 1,934
19 Wytheville, VA 8,084 136 2,102
20 Smithfield, VA 8,492 270 1,083
21 Abingdon, VA 8,066 173 1,748
22 Richlands, VA 5,365 186 1,752
23 Staunton, VA 24,423 143 2,256
24 Harrisonburg, VA 53,717 238 1,669
25 Manassas, VA 41,995 226 1,876
26 Big Stone Gap, VA 5,334 112 3,243
27 Culpeper, VA 18,232 246 1,755
28 Covington, VA 5,442 312 1,617
29 Woodstock, VA 5,272 227 2,143
30 Waynesboro, VA 22,004 181 2,399
31 Vinton, VA 8,207 158 2,680
32 Radford, VA 17,641 385 1,343
33 Farmville, VA 8,127 221 2,780
34 Suffolk, VA 89,922 304 2,481
35 Pulaski, VA 8,799 250 2,977
36 Ashland, VA 7,722 401 2,072
37 Martinsville, VA 13,383 298 2,951
38 Bedford, VA 6,622 226 3,533
39 Lynchburg, VA 80,890 354 2,331
40 Charlottesville, VA 47,446 389 2,183
41 Hopewell, VA 22,723 347 2,622
42 Hampton, VA 134,929 301 3,234
43 Chesapeake, VA 240,119 418 2,272
44 Bristol, VA 16,795 321 3,346
45 Galax, VA 6,728 282 3,864
46 Winchester, VA 27,715 414 2,482
47 Fredericksburg, VA 29,016 372 3,535
48 Marion, VA 5,837 342 4,231
49 Newport News, VA 181,738 499 3,041
50 Colonial Heights, VA 17,820 375 4,085
51 Franklin, VA 8,250 363 5,636
52 South Boston, VA 7,919 467 3,763
53 Petersburg, VA 31,739 793 3,402
54 Norfolk, VA 245,190 555 3,748
55 Roanoke, VA 100,027 401 4,491
56 Emporia, VA 5,201 422 4,287
57 Danville, VA 41,680 599 4,337
58 Portsmouth, VA 95,100 711 5,727

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