Safest Places to Live in Virginia 2021

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Last Update: July 1, 2021 Living

Virginia is located in the southeast of the United States, between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains.

It was the first colonial possession, hence its nickname the ‘Old Dominion.’ Another nickname of Virginia is the ‘Mother of Presidents’ since as many as eight US presidents were born there, more than in any other state. Being the first colony, it had had a very turbulent history. It played critical roles in the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

Virginia’s capital is Richmond, while the most populous city in Virginia Beach, with around 450,000 people. Virginia is the 12th most populous state, with close to 8,5 million residents.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, safer cities got the lowest score, and those that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those with a population under 5,000 were not included in the list.

30 Safest Places in Virginia 2021

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Bridgewater 6 167 0 0,00
2 Wytheville 7 909 5 0,63
3 Falls Church 15 008 10 0,67
4 Fairfax City 24 689 18 0,73
5 Purcellville 10 346 8 0,77
6 Big Stone Gap 5 170 4 0,77
7 Abingdon 7 933 7 0,88
8 Salem 25 590 23 0,90
9 Covington 5 372 5 0,93
10 Lexington 7 107 7 0,98
11 Blacksburg 44 948 50 1,11
12 Buena Vista 6 156 7 1,14
13 Manassas Park 17 602 21 1,19
14 Vienna 16 660 20 1,20
15 Virginia Beach 449 038 581 1,29
16 Dumfries 5 265 7 1,33
17 Christiansburg 22 700 31 1,37
18 Bedford 6 588 9 1,37
19 Warrenton 9 977 14 1,40
20 Williamsburg 14 965 22 1,47
21 Culpeper 18 873 32 1,70
22 Alexandria 162 258 288 1,77
23 Strasburg 6 686 12 1,79
24 Front Royal 15 336 28 1,83
25 Leesburg 55 461 102 1,84
26 Poquoson 12 126 23 1,90
27 Woodstock 5 267 10 1,90
28 Smithfield 8 485 17 2,00
29 Franklin 7 899 16 2,03
30 Staunton 24 931 51 2,05

Crime Score in All Cities in Virginia 2021

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Virginia cities.

We can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • 30,000 – 100,000 Residents
  • Over 100,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 White Stone 334 0 0,00
2 Pocahontas 354 0 0,00
3 Haysi 472 0 0,00
4 La Crosse 573 0 0,00
5 Damascus 787 0 0,00
6 Parksley 810 0 0,00
7 Middleburg 864 0 0,00
8 Independence 896 0 0,00
9 Glasgow 1 111 0 0,00
10 Kenbridge 1 180 0 0,00
11 Bowling Green 1 187 0 0,00
12 Clintwood 1 287 0 0,00
13 Middletown 1 396 0 0,00
14 Glade Spring 1 426 0 0,00
15 Chatham 1 433 0 0,00
16 Rural Retreat 1 453 0 0,00
17 Warsaw 1 488 0 0,00
18 Chilhowie 1 710 0 0,00
19 Haymarket 1 740 0 0,00
20 Shenandoah 2 335 0 0,00
21 Grottoes 2 860 1 0,35
22 New Market 2 256 1 0,44
23 Stephens City 2 069 1 0,48
24 Narrows 1 955 1 0,51
25 Louisa 1 721 1 0,58
26 Pennington Gap 1 716 1 0,58
27 Stanley 1 670 1 0,60
28 Dayton 1 636 1 0,61
29 Kilmarnock 1 410 1 0,71
30 Pearisburg 2 639 2 0,76
31 Weber City 1 204 1 0,83
32 Gretna 1 197 1 0,84
33 Occoquan 1 109 1 0,90
34 Pembroke 1 085 1 0,92
35 Cedar Bluff 1 003 1 1,00
36 Lawrenceville 993 1 1,01
37 Wise 2 926 3 1,03
38 Elkton 2 900 3 1,03
39 Jonesville 931 1 1,07
40 Coeburn 1 857 2 1,08
41 Grundy 900 1 1,11
42 Dublin 2 604 3 1,15
43 St. Paul 862 1 1,16
44 Rich Creek 743 1 1,35
45 Amherst 2 179 3 1,38
46 Chincoteague 2 872 4 1,39
47 Mount Jackson 2 115 3 1,42
48 Windsor 2 763 4 1,45
49 Timberville 2 697 4 1,48
50 Honaker 1 330 2 1,50
51 Saltville 1 910 3 1,57
52 Hurt 1 226 2 1,63
53 Halifax 1 217 2 1,64
54 Brookneal 1 098 2 1,82
55 Victoria 1 603 3 1,87
56 Onley 500 1 2,00
57 Waverly 1 949 4 2,05
58 Gate City 1 857 4 2,15
59 Chase City 2 212 5 2,26
60 Onancock 1 210 3 2,48
61 Hillsville 2 644 7 2,65
62 Gordonsville 1 621 6 3,70
63 Appalachia 1 544 6 3,89
64 Cape Charles 1 002 4 3,99
65 Crewe 2 148 9 4,19
66 Exmore 1 368 9 6,58
67 Tappahannock 2 391 19 7,95

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Broadway 3 973 0 0,00
2 Bridgewater 6 167 0 0,00
3 Berryville 4 363 1 0,23
4 Wytheville 7 909 5 0,63
5 Big Stone Gap 5 170 4 0,77
6 Abingdon 7 933 7 0,88
7 West Point 3 254 3 0,92
8 Covington 5 372 5 0,93
9 Lexington 7 107 7 0,98
10 Buena Vista 6 156 7 1,14
11 Dumfries 5 265 7 1,33
12 Bedford 6 588 9 1,37
13 Warrenton 9 977 14 1,40
14 Norton 3 940 6 1,52
15 Strasburg 6 686 12 1,79
16 South Hill 4 335 8 1,85
17 Bluefield 4 822 9 1,87
18 Woodstock 5 267 10 1,90
19 Smithfield 8 485 17 2,00
20 Franklin 7 899 16 2,03
21 Tazewell 4 140 9 2,17
22 Luray 4 853 11 2,27
23 Clifton Forge 3 465 8 2,31
24 Emporia 5 000 12 2,40
25 Ashland 7 916 19 2,40
26 Lebanon 3 148 9 2,86
27 Orange 5 092 15 2,95
28 Colonial Beach 3 593 11 3,06
29 Richlands 5 198 16 3,08
30 Vinton 8 110 27 3,33
31 South Boston 7 601 28 3,68
32 Pulaski 8 683 34 3,92
33 Farmville 7 830 31 3,96
34 Rocky Mount 4 744 20 4,22
35 Marion 5 593 24 4,29
36 Galax 6 320 29 4,59

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Falls Church 15 008 10 0,67
2 Fairfax City 24 689 18 0,73
3 Purcellville 10 346 8 0,77
4 Salem 25 590 23 0,90
5 Manassas Park 17 602 21 1,19
6 Vienna 16 660 20 1,20
7 Christiansburg 22 700 31 1,37
8 Williamsburg 14 965 22 1,47
9 Culpeper 18 873 32 1,70
10 Front Royal 15 336 28 1,83
11 Poquoson 12 126 23 1,90
12 Staunton 24 931 51 2,05
13 Radford 18 487 45 2,43
14 Waynesboro 22 711 57 2,51
15 Herndon 24 693 64 2,59
16 Winchester 28 201 80 2,84
17 Bristol 16 234 52 3,20
18 Hopewell 22 461 75 3,34
19 Colonial Heights 17 793 71 3,99
20 Martinsville 12 726 66 5,19

30,000 – 100,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Blacksburg 44 948 50 1,11
2 Leesburg 55 461 102 1,84
3 Harrisonburg 54 387 112 2,06
4 Manassas 41 850 103 2,46
5 Danville 40 191 112 2,79
6 Suffolk 91 486 270 2,95
7 Charlottesville 48 453 157 3,24
8 Lynchburg 82 512 316 3,83
9 Roanoke 99 752 386 3,87
10 Petersburg 31 273 234 7,48
11 Portsmouth 93 991 889 9,46

Over 100,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Virginia Beach 449 038 581 1,29
2 Alexandria 162 258 288 1,77
3 Hampton 133 173 393 2,95
4 Chesapeake 243 726 1 112 4,56
5 Richmond 230 721 1 068 4,63
6 Norfolk 242 813 1 325 5,46
7 Newport News 177 319 1 056 5,96

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

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