Source: Allison Landry, on behalf of The Open Door blog, Lennar Virginia
This just in- another reason why YOU should call Virginia home.
In the recent report “The 10 Safest States in America,” 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crime rates from FBI reports that discussed eight different types of crime to compile a list of states that had seen notable reductions in violent crimes. In addition to this data, other factors such as median household income, poverty rates, educational attainment rates, and socioeconomic data from the Bureau’s American Community Survey, were reviewed. 24/7 Wall St. reports that, contrary to public opinion, violent crime in the United States has been reduced by almost half what it had been in 1995 “from 685 incidents per 100,000 Americans to 366 incidents per 100,000 Americans” (Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation).
Statics for Virginia:
- Violent crimes per 100,000: 196.2
- Population: 8,326,289
- Poverty rate: 11.8% (12th lowest)
The report states ” Alexandria and Virginia Beach are two of the safest metro areas in the county and help lower the state’s overall crime rate.”
One of the highlighted contributors to this ranking is financial stability. The typical (average) household earns $64,902 annually, the 8th highest in the nation. Virginia is suitable for the career-seeking individual, government workers, contractors, students, and those looking for a great place to raise a family. With a 5.3% unemployment rate, VA ranks 17th among the states in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Virginia is also home to some of the top performing counties in the entire nation. Within VA, Loudoun, Fairfax, and Stafford are among the Top 30.