These Are The 10 Safest Cities In West Virginia For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in West Virginia where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 West Virginia, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. West Virginia is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Mountain State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 21 places in West Virginia with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in West Virginia
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 2015). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 280 crimes committed in Charles Town which had a reported population of 5,587. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0501 which translates into a 1 in 20 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 2014. This left us with a total of 21 places in West Virginia to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 21 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In West Virginia".
The safest city, based on population, is Charles Town. The most dangerous? Beckley, where residents had a 1 in 2 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. Charles Town
Population: 5,587 Property Crime Rank: 61Violent Crime Rank: 219
Population: 5,173Property Crime Rank: 4Violent Crime Rank: 582
Population: 18,773Property Crime Rank: 681Violent Crime Rank: 1,421
Population: 19,432Property Crime Rank: 990Violent Crime Rank: 1,041
Population: 10,623Property Crime Rank: 1,394Violent Crime Rank: 395
6. Oak Hill
Population: 8,249Property Crime Rank: 1,641Violent Crime Rank: 1,133
Population: 5,650Property Crime Rank: 2,456Violent Crime Rank: 361
Population: 8,338Property Crime Rank: 2,085Violent Crime Rank: 1,236
Population: 30,164Property Crime Rank: 1,710Violent Crime Rank: 2,143
Population: 10,431Property Crime Rank: 1,200Violent Crime Rank: 3,328
There You Have It - The Safest In West Virginia
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Charles Town is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most West Virginia residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in West Virginia:3rd Most Dangerous: South Charleston 2nd Most Dangerous: Charleston Most Dangerous: Beckley
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