See Which Virginia Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 21,000

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Virginia is one of highest earning states in the nation, with a gross domestic product of $452 billion. It has many counties that are in top 100 wealthiest counties in the country, and a ratio of 6.64% of millionaires per capita, making it the seventh state with the most millionaires. It has an extensive coastline up the Chesapeake Bay, and a bit on the Atlantic ocean. Jamestown was the first of 13 Colonies, the first English settlement. Eight of our presidents have been born here, so you’ll be sure to get a fantastic education here. On top of great economic and educational opportunities here, you’ll also have a good sense of safety due to the low crime rates at its 25 safest cities.

Leesburg is the safest city in the state, and is also ranked as the 91st safest city in the nation. There are 8 more cities in Virginia that made it onto our 500 safest cities in the nation. Nearly all of the cities on our top 25 safest cities list, have experienced a decline in property crime rates, or at least did not go up in occurrences. Several of the cities have seen a decrease in violent crime rates as well.

Back to Leesburg, what makes it the safest city in the state? With a population of 51,254, it has a safety score of 85.54. It has been going through a lot of growth over the past few decades, as it has many job opportunities, as well as being an hour from Washington D.C. for commuters. The median income is $105,260 for families. The ample job opportunities in the government and private sectors, and the great education system, attracts well educated and financially stable residents.

Closer to D.C. is Fairfax City with a safety rating of 84.37, for those who don’t want to commute as far to a major city. Manassas is further inland, with a safety rating of 84.11, for those who want to be a bit more in the country and rolling hills of Virginia. If you’d like to be by the ocean, then Virginia Beach is for you, and a great safety score of 81.13. City life, beach life, or the country life can all be had in this great state.


1 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.54

Leesburg, VA

51,254 562 84 38.2% 722 -5.1%

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.37

Fairfax City, VA

24,911 307 41 122.6% 427 0.3%

3
Safety Score: 84.11

Manassas, VA

42,977 369 91 -35.5% 757 3.3%

4
Safety Score: 83.41

Alexandria, VA

152,710 380 312 11.8% 2,854 -4.6%

5
Safety Score: 83.16

Salem, VA

25,556 293 16 -45.1% 524 4.2%

6
Safety Score: 83.01

Staunton, VA

24,654 384 36 15.4% 488 -17.2%

7
Safety Score: 81.13

Virginia Beach, VA

452,797 474 626 -5.5% 9,987 1.4%

8
Safety Score: 80.1

Lynchburg, VA

79,675 406 270 -27.4% 1,709 -15.3%

9
Safety Score: 80.04

Christiansburg, VA

22,007 313 29 35.9% 527 13.3%

10
Safety Score: 79.31

Harrisonburg, VA

53,226 470 119 12.9% 1,238 5.2%

11
Safety Score: 78.36

Waynesboro, VA

21,384 402 43 29.9% 570 -13.2%

12
Safety Score: 78.34

Chesapeake, VA

235,273 455 897 -10.6% 5,684 -12.1%

13
Safety Score: 78.01

Suffolk, VA

87,062 371 214 -8.5% 2,321 2.7%

14
Safety Score: 77.84

Charlottesville, VA

45,997 325 175 -11.2% 1,157 -17.3%

15
Safety Score: 75.39

Hopewell, VA

22,027 285 80 -3.5% 654 -2.1%

16
Safety Score: 74.61

Newport News, VA

182,975 325 793 0.9% 5,585 0.6%

17
Safety Score: 74.24

Hampton, VA

136,381 340 382 10.3% 4,474 1.9%

18
Safety Score: 71.85

Petersburg, VA

32,647 231 264 39.3% 992 17.6%

19
Safety Score: 71.59

Winchester, VA

27,821 274 72 -16.3% 1,035 -5.6%

20
Safety Score: 71.3

Danville, VA

42,210 312 257 35.5% 1,741 0.6%

21
Safety Score: 70.23

Roanoke, VA

99,827 341 337 -1.8% 3,816 -8.4%

22
Safety Score: 70.16

Norfolk, VA

245,400 311 1,329 4.5% 9,002 -6.4%

23
Safety Score: 69.45

Fredericksburg, VA

29,422 315 122 -7.7% 1,173 -3%

24
Safety Score: 68.98

Richmond, VA

220,802 248 1,139 -10.8% 8,648 1.2%

25
Safety Score: 60.76

Portsmouth, VA

95,877 292 670 16% 4,838 0.6%


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