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*packs bags*

Meghan Overdeep
August 3, 2018

When it comes to picking a place to settle down, most people consider either a small town or the suburbs the way to go. After all, cities are crowded, dirty, and worst of all, dangerous. Right?

Not necessarily.

According to SafeWise, a web service that vets and reviews home security and safety products, 70% of the 30 largest cities in America just so happen to be some of the safest metro areas to call home—including heavy hitters like Los Angeles and New York City.  Furthermore, overall crime rate in those same cities declined by 2.1% in 2017.

Each year, SafeWise ranks the 10 safest metro areas in the country. In every one of the cities on this year’s list, your chance of falling victim to a violent crime is less than five in 1,000. So, you can imagine our delight when we learned that the city to nab the number one spot this time around was one of our favorite Southern destinations: Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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This colorful coastal city jumped two spots after ranking the third-safest metro city on last year’s list. In Virginia Beach in 2017, there were fewer than two violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Compare that to the results of the 2016 National Crime Victimization Survey—which reported a nationwide rate of 21.1 violent crimes per 1,000 people—and you’ll understand that it’s not just the ocean air that has Virginia Beach residents sleeping so soundly.