According to an NBC12 News story on Saturday, Richmond is the fourth most dangerous city in Virginia. The information is from a survey conducted by Movoto Real Estate, an online real estate brokerage firm.
Movoto Real Estate conducts yearly surveys of the 50 states, looking at the top cities to live in and buy a home. This years list consisted of 37 localities in the state of Virginia, but their list only included the top 10 safest cities in the Commonwealth. But the full list was also available, showing the bottom-of-the-barrel five worst cities in the state, the ones not considered very safe.
Movoto used specific criteria in determining the safety of a city. First, only cities with a population of over 10,000 were used. Virginia has 37 municipalities with a population over 10,000. Using the FBI’s crime statistics from 2012, they looked at each of the cities in terms of these three criteria:
- Violent crime (rape, murder, and assault)
- Property crime (theft, burglary, and motor vehicle thefts)
- The chance a resident will be a victim of crime
The five most dangerous cities in Virginia are: