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Hampton Roads Ranking High In The Most Dangerous Places To Live In Virginia.


Crime is on the rise all throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia with some types of crime more than doubled from the previous year, especially in the Hampton Roads area.


Developing a reliable measure of a city's safety, especially if you're comparing them, requires a full count of the number of types of violent crimes in each city, and getting the cities on a level playing field for comparison.

As always, bigger cities often have more violent crimes than the smaller cities. But they have more people, too. below is a list of the most dangerous cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a few extra cities that are rising up the ranks, and, quick.

Please Note: This list is not a critique of local or state police practices or effectiveness. It is simply an analysis or where crimes occurred.

  1. City of Richmond

  2. City of Norfolk

  3. City of Portsmouth

  4. City of Roanoke

  5. City of Newport News

  6. City of Fredericksburg

  7. City of Hopewell

  8. City of Bristol

  9. City of Danville

  10. City of Petersburg

Just like other crime lists, the methodology behind this one was comparing the most populous places in Virginia of over 10,000 people and compared the stats to the local and state police crime reports focusing on the following criteria:

  • Murder

  • Rape

  • Robbery

  • Assault

  • Burglary

  • Theft

  • Vehicle Theft

We weighted murders, violent crimes, and property crimes so that they each comprised 30 percent of the overall score, whereas the total number of crimes comprised 10 percent. Finally, we averaged each place’s rankings into one overall Big Deal Score, where the lowest score went to our most dangerous place.

14. City of Hampton +1

16. City of Chesapeake +1

20. City of Virginia Beach +2

30. City of Williamsburg -

36. City of Poquoson -

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Contributions from Neighborhood Watch, Crime Solvers, Movoto Real Estate, and Virginia Neighborhood Scout.


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