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.
The 4th 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
Taking the second spot is the safest city in the Washington D.C. metro area. Alexandria residents are mostly safe from the threat of one of the biggest killer in America: vehicle accidents. Alexandria ranks fourth in traffic death rate at under four per 100,000 residents. In more traditional safety metrics related to crime, Alexandria also scores well. In both property crime rate and violent crime rate, Alexandria ranks in the top 20.
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.
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