Safety
Overview

Safety You Can Count On

Families can count on safety in Northern Virginia. Cities within this region consistently rank high for safety, and local residents foster a positive community atmosphere where neighbors look out for each other.

Each Northern Virginia county has a lower violent crime score than the national average violent crime ranking. Fairfax County’s crime index score of 45/100 (where 100 is safest) is more than twice as safe as New York City (23), Boston (17), Los Angeles (12) and Seattle (2). USA Today also ranked Virginia as the 12th safest state in which to raise children.

Nationally Ranked for Safety

Ranked as the second safest city in America by Smart Asset in 2018, Alexandria boasts an excellent community that’s safe for families. Local community resources like Safe Place offer programs for youth in crisis, and crime mapping is offered by the local police force to help citizens visualize and understand crime in their community.

Local Programs Encourage Safety

With a low crime index score and high safety rankings for cities within Fairfax County, families can have peace of mind knowing that they are safe here. The City of Fairfax earned the No. 2 spot in Safehome’s recent ranking of the Safest Cities in Virginia, with a safety score of 84.37. Fairfax County Public Schools also take exhaustive measures to ensure that local schools are a safe place to learn and work.

A Capital City You Can Count on

With such close proximity to the nation’s capital, a major metropolitan city, you may ask yourself, is Washington, D.C. safe? The city prides itself on ensuring the safety of its citizens and visitors, and was recently ranked the 7th safest large city in the world in the Safe Cities Index 2019. The perception of D.C. as a safe city continues to increase, dispelling past concerns about the city’s levels of danger.