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The 10 Safest Cities in Virginia—2015

Safest cities in Virginia 2015

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Virginia

To identify the 10 safest cities in Virginia, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2013, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.
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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Broadway

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.39

2. Purcellville

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.24
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.25

3. Bridgewater

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.69
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.25

4. Lexington

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.57
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.86

5. Buena Vista

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.33
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.60

6. West Point

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.17

7. Poquoson

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.40
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.15

8. Blacksburg

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.73
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.28

9. Vienna

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.55
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.79

10. Manassas Park

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.92
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.43

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