10 Safest Cities In Virginia For 2019

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Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in Virginia.
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The Blue Ridge Parkway. Appalachian Trail. Skiing resorts and vineyards.

Virgina, also called the Cardinal State, has many cool attractions and historical facts to offer visitors. Also known as the "Mother of Presidents," Virginia is home to many presidential homes and national monuments and sites, such as the Arlington National Cemetery.

But what about living in Virginia? Is this just a pass-by state on your way up to Washington, D.C. from the South or a place for your weekend drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway? Well of course not, it's a great place to live. And today we have done the research into the safest places to live in Virginia.

It seems that this commonwealth state has more to offer than meets the eye, with old town Alexandria, Charlottesville. Virginia is also pretty cheap. Compared to its neighbor, Washington, D.C., Virginia is a gold mine. In our article, Cheapest Places to Live in Virginia, Martinville ranked #1, with housing prices being nearly 50% below the national average.

Amazing historical vibes, good universities, and cheap costs of living. What else could you possibly want? Safety -- based specifically on the property and violent crimes per capita from the FBI crime data.

Here are the 10 safest places to live in Virginia for 2019:

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

Looks like Bridgewater, Virginia, has safety figured out.

What's the safest place to live in Virginia? According to the most recent FBI data, Bridgewater ranked as the safest city in Virginia for 2019 based on property and violent crimes per capita.

Read on to check out how we crunched the numbers and to see where your city stacked up:

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Virginia, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Virginia For 2019

Bridgewater, VA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Welcome to Bridgewater, the safest place to live in Virginia for 2019 according to the most recent FBI data.

Located in Rockingham County in Northern Virginia, the town maintained its top spot on the list with a clean sweep in both our categories -- it has the lowest violent and property crime rate of every place we measured.

Bridgewater is so safe that your grandma could leave her social security number on the driveway of her house and a good samaritan would just erase it for her and set up an automatic credit monitoring for her.

Blacksburg, VA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Surging up four spots in a very competitive race to the second safest city in Virginia is Blacksburg.

An improvement in both violent and property crime rates gave the city of some 45,000+ the edge over its competitors this year. So it wasn't like other places got less safe -- Blacksburg just got more safe.

Blacksburg is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Tech. It's located in the western part of the state.

Vienna, VA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Welcome to Austria... I mean Fairfax County, Virginia, home to Vienna, one of the safest cities in the state.

But while this might not be the capital of Austria, Vienna, VA still has to going on. Its violent crime rate would make you proud to bring it home to meet your parents. Add to that a vibrant community and a superbly educated populace and you have one of the best places to live in America -- Vienna scored a 10/10 on our SnackAbility score.

Vienna is located in Northern Virginia and is a suburb of DC.

Review Of Vienna by HomeSnacks User

I have lived all over the country from the mid-west to up and down the coats and Vienna, VA has been our favorite place. Vienna is a Wonderful area where there is a bit of everything. Great place to raise kids in a small town environment while being just 20 minutes away from the nation's capital. Access to everything while being far away from the big city inconveniences that we all forget about.

It's a close knit community where neighbors know each other and take pride in their town. The community is involved in a lot of activity planning and involved deeply in keeping the town beautiful.

Purcellville, VA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Next on our tour of the safest places to call home in Virginia takes us to Purcellville.

The property crime rate here is second to only one as it's the second best in the state.

Why is the property crime so low? Probably because everyone here enjoys fermented grapes or hops. According to TripAdvisor the best things to do in town include visiting the Catoctin Creek Distillery and several other vineyards. It's hard to be jealous when your always a little buzzed.

Purcellville is another burb of DC.

Dumfries, VA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

You'd have to be dumb as fries if you didn't expect to see Dumfries on the list. After taking fifth place last year it returns to the same spot on the list this year.

It just passed the threshold of 5,000 people to make it on the list last year and rightfully claimed a spot on the list ever since. It scores in the top ten for both of our crime rates of interest.

In what's becoming a little bit of a pattern, Dumfries is located in Prince William County just outside of DC.

Strasburg, VA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

What sounds more safe than this Wikipedia description of Strasburg.

"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."

When the most exciting things to do in towns include pottery and antiques. That and property crime rates that are lower than the majority of America.

So safe in concept and in practice.

Lexington, VA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Coming in as the seventh safest place in Virginia is Lexington.

Apparently Stonewall Jackson is kind of a big deal around town as it seems like everything from cemeteries to municipal buildings are named after the guy.

A quick Google search reveals that Stonewall Jackson was a confederate general, so.., that's a little disconcerting. Someone might want to tell them they live in the country that won the war.

Anyway, Strasburg broke into the top ten for the first time this year after finishing just off in the number eleven spot last year.

Manassas Park, VA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Manassas Park takes the eighth place position for our ranking of the safest cities in Virginia.

The city has top ten finishes for both violent and property crime rates which is very solid for a city of its size. However, the cost of admission is kinda high as the median income is over $75,00 and the median home value tops out at over $257,000.

But for those that put down roots here are happily rewarded with safety and, I'd Image, parks.

Manassas Park is yet another suburb of DC.

Falls Church, VA
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

With church in the name, you'd hope that Falls Church is safe. And you can be sure no one will push you around in town and make you fall as the city ranks as the ninth safest in the state.

Falls Church has the lowest level of poverty of any independent city or county in the United States which property helps contribute to the low violent crime -- you don't covet your neighbor when they have the same stuff you do.

Falls Church is another DC suburb.

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

Rounding out the top ten safest places in Virginia for 2019 is Orange.

This is a good as time as any to mention that we do all the metrics on a rate basis so that the analysis is apples to apples and not apples to oranges.

See what I did there.

Anyway, this is the first time Orange appears on our list of safest because it is the first year it had enough of a population to qualify.

One of the few places not near DC on the list as Orange is located more or less in the middle of the state.

How we calculated the safest cities in Virginia for 2019

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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 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.

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
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Where Are The 10 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

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