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Alexandria, Virginia Ranked Fourth Safest City in the United States

Alexandria, Virginia was ranked fourth in a search for the safest city in the United States in a recent study comparing the 200 largest cities.

The 3rd annual study conducted by SmartAsset, a financial technology company, shows Alexandria, Virginia has the fourth-lowest traffic death rate in the study, at 3.92 per 100,000 residents.

The study considered six metrics reflective of leading causes of death and injury, including violent crime, vehicular mortality, drug poisoning, population engaging in excessive drinking, air quality and commuters driving to work alone, according to the company website.

Here’s what they had to say about Alexandria

Alexandria dropped one spot from last year. One reason why Alexandria is such a safe city to live is its strong public transportation links. Evidence of the benefits of public transportation are shown in the low number of traffic deaths. This city has the fourth-lowest traffic death rate in the study, at 3.92 per 100,000 residents.

Data on violent crime rates comes from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program and from local police department and city websites. Data on the vehicular mortality rate, the drug poisoning mortality rate and the population engaging in excessive drinking comes from countyhealthrankings.org, according to the company’s website.

Data on the air quality index comes from the Environmental Protection Agency. Data on the percentage of commuters who drive to work alone comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, according to the company’s website.

Safest Cities Map

(Image via SmartAsset.com)

Lee Hernly, Editor
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Lee Hernly is the Founder and Editor of Port City Wire, Alexandria, Virginia's best source for hyper-local news, opinion, and events. I live in the Old Town Alexandria area with my fantastic wife and son Sam. Oh, there’s Serena & Bea too. I’m so excited to meet new readers and see where you are from! Please be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can check it out!

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[…] After being ranked as the Safest City for violent crime, Alexandria, Virginia was ranked second in a search for the safest city in the United States in a 2018 study comparing the 200 largest cities. Alexandria moved up two spots in 2018 from the 2017 study of the Safest Cities in America. […]