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Virginia’s 10 Most Dangerous Places

What would you say are Virginia’s 10 most dangerous places?

And do they have anything in common?

A list has been compiled by Movoto Real Estate list the top 10 as:

1. City of Richmond
2. City of Norfolk
3. City of Portsmouth
4. City of Roanoke
5. City of Petersburg
6. City of Fredericksburg
7. City of Hopewell
8. City of Bristol
9. City of Danville
10. City of Newport News

And how did they arrive at this ranking?

Our Methodology

Just like our other Big Deal Lists, we began this one with a visit to the U.S. Census where we found all of the most populous places in Virginia of over 10,000 people. We then used the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report to look at each according to the following criteria:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Vehicle theft

We then divided these crimes into four different categories:

  • Murders
  • Violent crimes
  • Property crimes
  • Total crimes

Once we eliminated any places that did not report their crime data to the bureau, we were left with 37 places to look at. We calculated each place’s number of crimes per person (or per capita) in order to fairly compare places of all population sizes.

Next, 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.

To see the rankings of all 37 places in our analysis, feel free to head to the bottom of the post. Otherwise, we’ll take a closer look at the 10 most dangerous places in the state starting with Richmond.

And they go through each place one by one. (Read the entire article here.)

Their perspective is on Real Estate and helping people decide what places are safe, and which are not. But I couldn’t help but notice a common thread in each of the top 10 unsafe places.

  1. City of Richmond – Dwight Jones – Democrat

  2. City of Norfolk – Paul David Fraim – Democrat

  3. City of Portsmouth -Kenneth Irvin Wright – Independent but Donates only to Democrats

  4. City of Roanoke – David Bowers – Democrat

  5. City of Petersburg – Brian A. Moore – Democrat

  6. City of Fredericksburg – Mary Greenlaw – Democrat (and Obama Supporter)

  7. City of Hopewell – Anthony Zevgolis – Republican and newly elected Mayor.

  8. City of Bristol – Catherine Brillhart Democrat

  9. City of Danville -Sherman Saunders – Democrat

  10. City of Newport News – Mayor McKinley Price – Democrat (Independent)


So while the jury is still out on Hopewell’s new Republican mayor, it seems that rather than analyze the crime and go to all that trouble, if you are looking for a safe area, find one that is not run by Democrats.

Just an observation.









About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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