Virginia is for Lovers, but Salem, Virginia may be for Safety Lovers. Salem was recently named one of the Top 10 Safest Places in Virginia by the real estate blog Movoto.com, ranking 8th. Blacksburg also made the list, coming in at No. 3.
Using the latest FBI crime data from 2012, Movoto ranked the 37 locations in the state with a population over 10,000 people. The researchers looked at three specific criteria when determining the rankings: violent crime, property crime, and the chance a resident will be the victim of crime. Violent crime was weighted heavier than the other two.
Along with mentioning the Salem Red Sox and the Pancake House on Apperson Dr., the ranking cited only eight violent crimes in Salem in 2012, saying it was one of the least violent on the list. Residents have only a 1 in 3,155 chance of being the victim of violent crime. Check out the full Top 10 below:
The 10 Safest Places in Virginia By Movoto Real Estate