According to a review by the National Council for Home Safety and Security and reported in the Jan. 27, 2021, edition of the Onward NRV newsletter, Blacksburg, Radford and Christiansburg are some of the safest places in the commonwealth.
To compile the rankings, Alarms.org reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report Statistics for Virginia cities with populations over 10,000. Blacksburg finished at number five on the list, Radford wound up number 11, and Christiansburg was ranked as the 20th safest place in the state. According to Alarms.org, the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford metropolitan statistical area, better known as the New River Valley, is “one of the fastest growing metropolitan statistical areas in the country with low crime being one of the main draws for many moving into the area.”
According to the survey, Purcellville, a small town of just over 10,000 in Loudoun County, is the safest community in Virginia. The town reported just 59 total crimes for a total crime rate of 5.85 per 1,000 population. The survey reported Blacksburg’s crime rate to be 8.09 crimes per 1,000, Radford’s crime rate to be 16.24 per thousand, and Christiansburg’s crime rate to be 25.62 per 1,000.
Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.