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The 20 Safest Cities in Virginia — 2016

The Safest Cities in Virginia

Virginia certainly has a lot going for it. The Commonwealth boasts a diverse economy fueled by industries ranging from food processing to cybersecurity, and it is home to some of the wealthiest counties in the nation. Virginia is also a historically rich state, where attractions like the Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg draw visitors from across the county, and around the world, each year.

Virginia’s safety record earns it even more kudos from the SafeWise security experts. According the latest FBI crime data, Virginia’s overall crime rate is 30 percent less than the national average. Analyzing the data further, we found that 15 of the 20 safest cities in the state reported fewer than 20 total violent crimes, 16 cited zero incidents of murders, and two cited no violent crime whatsoever. Bridgewater — making the top spot on our list for the first time — reported just one violent crime and a mere 14 property crimes. Each of these cities clearly takes safety seriously, and 16 of them have made our list for the third year in a row.

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, safe cities are scattered across the Old Dominion State. Whether you live in one of these communities or somewhere else in Virginia, SafeWise encourages you to make safety a priority. Consult our Virginia Safety Directory to learn effective ways to help enhance your personal and home security.

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 2014, 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.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2015 Safest Cities in Virginia report here.

1. Bridgewater 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.17 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.36

2. Broadway 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.43

3. Purcellville 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.11
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.53

4. Lexington 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.69
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.64

5. Poquoson 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.07
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.44

6. Blacksburg 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.75
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.96

7. West Point 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.87

8. Vienna 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.80

9. Manassas Park 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.15

10. Williamsburg 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.62

11. Berryville 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.01

12. Strasburg ↑

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.38
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.39

13. Herndon 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.94
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.62

14. Leesburg 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.19 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.84

15. Warrenton 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.91
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.83

16. Falls Church 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.30
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.95

17. Fairfax City 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.74
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.09

18. Smithfield 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.82
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.85

19. Tazewell 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.88
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.92

20. Abingdon 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.71 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.27

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Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21.Altavista 22. Manassas 23. Salem
24. Covington 25. Alexandria 26. Christiansburg
27. Colonial Beach 28. Orange 29. Virginia Beach
30. Dumfries 31. Harrisonburg 32. Luray
33. Wise 34. Staunton 35. Wytheville
36. Radford 37. Richlands 38. Suffolk
39. Farmville 40. Front Royal 41. Woodstock
42. Pulaski 43. Culpeper 44. Lynchburg
45. Vinton 46. Bristol 47. Martinsville
48. Petersburg 49. Chesapeake 50. Blackstone
51. Waynesboro 52. Hopewell 53. Newport News
54. Charlottesville 55. Hampton 56. Big Stone Gap
57. South Hill 58. Rocky Mount 59. Ashland
60. Marion 61. Winchester 62. Norfolk
63. Lebanon 64. Richmond 65. Roanoke
66. Danville 67. Fredericksburg 68. Franklin
69. Colonial Heights 70. Norton 71. South Boston
72. Emporia 73. Portsmouth 74. Bedford

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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