Virginia’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

Named after Queen Elizabeth I, known as the Virgin Queen, this state is called the “mother of states,” as portions of its original colony are now a part of six different states. It’s also the location of the first English settlement in what is now the United States with Jamestown. Virginia saw battles in the Civil War, the births of eight United States presidents, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Woodrow Wilson, and contains Richmond, the capital of the Confederate States. It’s a great place whether you’re a United States history buff, obviously, or even if you like cities or beaches. In fact, Virginia Beach is the state’s most populous city, while its other major cities include Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and the state’s capital, Richmond. Be sure to check out George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello in the 10th state to be admitted to the Union!

If you’re in Virginia, here are some things that you just can’t miss:

  • Shenandoah National Park: With over 200,000 acres of the Blue Ridge mountains, forests, waterfalls, and trails, you’ll love hiking in this gorgeous park.
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Ever wonder what it was like to live in the 18th century? This 301 acre museum has over 40 sites and tours to choose from.
  • The Pentagon: Home to the United States Defense Department, this iconic building offers guided tours.

No matter where you are in Virginia, you probably want to know about its safest cities. The safest city in Virginia is Bridgewater, part of the Harrisonburg Metropolitan Statistical Area. Amazingly, the city saw only .16 violent crimes and 1.96 property crimes for every 1,000 residents, both numbers down from the previous year. Other top picks include Purcellville, Lexington, and Vienna.

2.082

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

1.201
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
17.929

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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1
Bridgewater, Virginia
Bridgewater
Safety Score: 91.08

Bridgewater, VA

Population 6,119
Median Income 58,625
Households 2,114
Violent Crime 0.16
Violent Crime -0.01
Property Crimes 1.96
Property Crime -0.9

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Purcellville, Virginia
Purcellvill.
Safety Score: 88.21

Purcellville, VA

Population 9,779
Median Income 128,017
Households 2,760
Violent Crime 1.02
Violent Crime +0.71
Property Crimes 5.01
Property Crime -0.65

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Lexington, Virginia
Lexington
Safety Score: 87.85

Lexington, VA

Population 7,034
Median Income 37,309
Households 1,935
Violent Crime 1.28
Violent Crime -0.1
Property Crimes 5.69
Property Crime -4.91

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Vienna, Virginia
Vienna
Safety Score: 87.15

Vienna, VA

Population 16,590
Median Income 150,383
Households 5,573
Violent Crime 0.24
Violent Crime -0.18
Property Crimes 7.96
Property Crime -2.17

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Blacksburg, Virginia
Blacksburg
Safety Score: 86.84

Blacksburg, VA

Population 45,443
Median Income 39,910
Households 13,771
Violent Crime 0.53
Violent Crime -0.44
Property Crimes 7.46
Property Crime -1.73

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Strasburg, Virginia
Strasburg
Safety Score: 85.81

Strasburg, VA

Population 6,613
Median Income 56,744
Households 2,668
Violent Crime 1.06
Violent Crime -0.45
Property Crimes 8.92
Property Crime -3.01

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Dumfries, Virginia
Dumfries
Safety Score: 85.75

Dumfries, VA

Population 5,219
Median Income 62,303
Households 1,663
Violent Crime 0.77
Violent Crime +0.77
Property Crimes 9.01
Property Crime -5.24

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Manassas Park, Virginia
Manassas Pa.
Safety Score: 85.18

Manassas Park, VA

Population 16,158
Median Income 79,131
Households 4,778
Violent Crime 1.24
Violent Crime -0.27
Property Crimes 9.1
Property Crime -0.96

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Herndon, Virginia
Herndon
Safety Score: 83.37

Herndon, VA

Population 24,561
Median Income 108,523
Households 7,693
Violent Crime 1.55
Violent Crime -0.51
Property Crimes 11.69
Property Crime -3.67

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Williamsburg, Virginia
Williamsbur.
Safety Score: 83.36

Williamsburg, VA

Population 15,464
Median Income 54,606
Households 4,649
Violent Crime 1.55
Violent Crime -0.09
Property Crimes 11.7
Property Crime -3.38

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Smithfield, Virginia
Smithfield
Safety Score: 82.91

Smithfield, VA

Population 8,492
Median Income 72,308
Households 3,174
Violent Crime 2.71
Violent Crime +1.88
Property Crimes 10.83
Property Crime -7.11

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Orange, Virginia
Orange
Safety Score: 82.85

Orange, VA

Population 5,033
Median Income 50,260
Households 1,781
Violent Crime 1.39
Violent Crime -0.61
Property Crimes 12.91
Property Crime -4.52

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Falls Church, Virginia
Falls Churc.
Safety Score: 81.84

Falls Church, VA

Population 14,278
Median Income 114,795
Households 5,308
Violent Crime 0.7
Violent Crime -1.21
Property Crimes 14.92
Property Crime -0.59

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Fairfax City, Virginia
Fairfax Cit.
Safety Score: 81.26

Fairfax City, VA

Population 24,406
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 1.35
Violent Crime +0.4
Property Crimes 15
Property Crime -1.84

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Poquoson, Virginia
Poquoson
Safety Score: 80.53

Poquoson, VA

Population 11,981
Median Income 88,328
Households 4,583
Violent Crime 1.59
Violent Crime -0.08
Property Crimes 15.27
Property Crime 0.99

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Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria
Safety Score: 80.41

Alexandria, VA

Population 158,256
Median Income 93,370
Households 68,663
Violent Crime 1.66
Violent Crime -0.18
Property Crimes 15.68
Property Crime -2.33

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Radford, Virginia
Radford
Safety Score: 79.84

Radford, VA

Population 17,641
Median Income 36,082
Households 5,503
Violent Crime 3.85
Violent Crime -0.89
Property Crimes 13.43
Property Crime -4.62

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Abingdon, Virginia
Abingdon
Safety Score: 79.39

Abingdon, VA

Population 8,066
Median Income 38,338
Households 3,883
Violent Crime 1.74
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 17.48
Property Crime NAN

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Richlands, Virginia
Richlands
Safety Score: 79.35

Richlands, VA

Population 5,365
Median Income 28,410
Households 2,437
Violent Crime 1.86
Violent Crime +0.39
Property Crimes 17.52
Property Crime -2.87

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Covington, Virginia
Covington
Safety Score: 79.11

Covington, VA

Population 5,442
Median Income 35,546
Households 2,399
Violent Crime 3.12
Violent Crime +1.68
Property Crimes 16.17
Property Crime -5.55

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
Harrisonbur.
Safety Score: 78.87

Harrisonburg, VA

Population 53,717
Median Income 43,009
Households 16,848
Violent Crime 2.38
Violent Crime +0.17
Property Crimes 16.7
Property Crime -4.05

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Warrenton, Virginia
Warrenton
Safety Score: 78.72

Warrenton, VA

Population 9,901
Median Income 70,863
Households 3,771
Violent Crime 1.31
Violent Crime +0.1
Property Crimes 18.79
Property Crime -2.81

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Culpeper, Virginia
Culpeper
Safety Score: 78.38

Culpeper, VA

Population 18,232
Median Income 56,277
Households 6,123
Violent Crime 2.47
Violent Crime +0.05
Property Crimes 17.55
Property Crime -1.51

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Be.
Safety Score: 77.88

Virginia Beach, VA

Population 454,353
Median Income 70,500
Households 167,731
Violent Crime 1.38
Violent Crime -0.17
Property Crimes 19.35
Property Crime -2.41

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Manassas, Virginia
Manassas
Safety Score: 77.53

Manassas, VA

Population 41,995
Median Income 77,551
Households 12,540
Violent Crime 2.26
Violent Crime -0.65
Property Crimes 18.76
Property Crime -0.52

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Salem, Virginia
Salem
Safety Score: 77.23

Salem, VA

Population 25,624
Median Income 53,990
Households 9,997
Violent Crime 0.7
Violent Crime -0.25
Property Crimes 21.66
Property Crime 0.91

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Wytheville, Virginia
Wytheville
Safety Score: 77.19

Wytheville, VA

Population 8,084
Median Income 47,273
Households 3,694
Violent Crime 1.36
Violent Crime -0.62
Property Crimes 21.03
Property Crime -6.63

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Woodstock, Virginia
Woodstock
Safety Score: 76.08

Woodstock, VA

Population 5,272
Median Income 36,104
Households 2,080
Violent Crime 2.28
Violent Crime +0.57
Property Crimes 21.43
Property Crime -1.88

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Staunton, Virginia
Staunton
Safety Score: 75.29

Staunton, VA

Population 24,423
Median Income 46,435
Households 10,477
Violent Crime 1.43
Violent Crime -0.25
Property Crimes 22.56
Property Crime 0.92

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Ashland, Virginia
Ashland
Safety Score: 75.28

Ashland, VA

Population 7,722
Median Income 48,903
Households 2,759
Violent Crime 4.01
Violent Crime +0.83
Property Crimes 20.72
Property Crime -7.72

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Waynesboro, Virginia
Waynesboro
Safety Score: 74.34

Waynesboro, VA

Population 22,004
Median Income 42,112
Households 9,128
Violent Crime 1.82
Violent Crime -0.04
Property Crimes 24
Property Crime 1.36

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Charlottesville, Virginia
Charlottesv.
Safety Score: 74.22

Charlottesville, VA

Population 47,446
Median Income 54,739
Households 18,408
Violent Crime 3.9
Violent Crime -1.32
Property Crimes 21.84
Property Crime -4.3

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Lynchburg, Virginia
Lynchburg
Safety Score: 73.35

Lynchburg, VA

Population 80,890
Median Income 41,971
Households 28,150
Violent Crime 3.55
Violent Crime -0.17
Property Crimes 23.32
Property Crime 0.86

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Vinton, Virginia
Vinton
Safety Score: 72.97

Vinton, VA

Population 8,207
Median Income 44,389
Households 3,453
Violent Crime 1.58
Violent Crime -0.6
Property Crimes 26.81
Property Crime 0.92

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Chesapeake, Virginia
Chesapeake
Safety Score: 72.94

Chesapeake, VA

Population 240,119
Median Income 72,214
Households 83,031
Violent Crime 4.19
Violent Crime +0.09
Property Crimes 22.72
Property Crime -2.65

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Suffolk, Virginia
Suffolk
Safety Score: 72.6

Suffolk, VA

Population 89,922
Median Income 68,089
Households 32,331
Violent Crime 3.05
Violent Crime +0.27
Property Crimes 24.81
Property Crime 0.57

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Winchester, Virginia
Winchester
Safety Score: 71.92

Winchester, VA

Population 27,715
Median Income 49,330
Households 10,520
Violent Crime 4.15
Violent Crime +1.92
Property Crimes 24.82
Property Crime -3.54

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Farmville, Virginia
Farmville
Safety Score: 71.82

Farmville, VA

Population 8,127
Median Income 36,703
Households 2,372
Violent Crime 2.21
Violent Crime -0.12
Property Crimes 27.81
Property Crime -0.62

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Hopewell, Virginia
Hopewell
Safety Score: 71.5

Hopewell, VA

Population 22,723
Median Income 40,712
Households 9,123
Violent Crime 3.48
Violent Crime -1.16
Property Crimes 26.23
Property Crime -2.64

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Pulaski, Virginia
Pulaski
Safety Score: 69.97

Pulaski, VA

Population 8,799
Median Income 40,711
Households 3,986
Violent Crime 2.5
Violent Crime -1.11
Property Crimes 29.78
Property Crime 1.43

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Martinsville, Virginia
Martinsvill.
Safety Score: 69.96

Martinsville, VA

Population 13,383
Median Income 33,545
Households 5,740
Violent Crime 2.99
Violent Crime +0.92
Property Crimes 29.52
Property Crime 2.51

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Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Big Stone G.
Safety Score: 68.67

Big Stone Gap, VA

Population 5,334
Median Income 40,619
Households 1,650
Violent Crime 1.12
Violent Crime +0.19
Property Crimes 32.43
Property Crime 3.79

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Hampton, Virginia
Hampton
Safety Score: 67.39

Hampton, VA

Population 134,929
Median Income 52,021
Households 53,555
Violent Crime 3.02
Violent Crime -0.24
Property Crimes 32.34
Property Crime -1.98

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Newport News, Virginia
Newport New.
Safety Score: 67.08

Newport News, VA

Population 181,738
Median Income 51,082
Households 68,665
Violent Crime 4.99
Violent Crime +0.32
Property Crimes 30.42
Property Crime -0.29

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Bristol, Virginia
Bristol
Safety Score: 66.99

Bristol, VA

Population 16,795
Median Income 37,844
Households 7,418
Violent Crime 3.22
Violent Crime +1.03
Property Crimes 33.46
Property Crime 7.91

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Bedford, Virginia
Bedford
Safety Score: 66.62

Bedford, VA

Population 6,622
Median Income 41,058
Households 2,544
Violent Crime 2.27
Violent Crime +0.59
Property Crimes 35.34
Property Crime -7.98

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Fredericksb.
Safety Score: 64.75

Fredericksburg, VA

Population 29,016
Median Income 57,258
Households 10,419
Violent Crime 3.72
Violent Crime +0.11
Property Crimes 35.36
Property Crime -0.72

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Galax, Virginia
Galax
Safety Score: 63.8

Galax, VA

Population 6,728
Median Income 31,311
Households 2,837
Violent Crime 2.82
Violent Crime -0.24
Property Crimes 38.64
Property Crime 6.56

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South Boston, Virginia
South Bosto.
Safety Score: 62.62

South Boston, VA

Population 7,919
Median Income 34,551
Households 2,918
Violent Crime 4.67
Violent Crime +0.01
Property Crimes 37.63
Property Crime -2.02

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Petersburg, Virginia
Petersburg
Safety Score: 62.19

Petersburg, VA

Population 31,739
Median Income 33,939
Households 13,262
Violent Crime 7.94
Violent Crime +0.54
Property Crimes 34.03
Property Crime 0.83

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

No big deal! We ranked all of the cities in your state for safety, so scroll down to see where your city landed. And remember— there’s always next year!

Safety RankCityPopulation Median IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Norfolk, VA245,19047,1375.56 37.49 2.9162.01
52Colonial Heights, VA17,82050,9523.76 40.85 2.9760.95
53Marion, VA5,83731,9333.43 42.32 3.4360.54
54Emporia, VA5,20127,4264.23 42.88 4.6159.89
55Roanoke, VA100,02741,4834.02 44.92 2.5457.85
56Danville, VA41,68034,9516 43.38 2.8857.13
57Franklin, VA8,25038,7603.64 56.36 3.1550.25
58Portsmouth, VA95,10048,7277.12 57.28 2.3346.29

How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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