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County ranks top for low crime

A recent ConsumerAffairs report has ranked Virginia as the ninth safest place to live.

Each state was ranked based on violent crime, property crime, number of law enforcement officers and law enforcement spending using FBI and Census Bureau data.

Royal S. Freeman

In addition, the top 10 safest states were also broken down by safest small towns, midsize towns and large cities.

In the commonwealth, the safest small town was Cape Charles, the safest midsize town was Purcellville, and the safest large city was Virginia Beach.

Although the towns within the county did not make the list individually, the county as a whole received top ranks.

Charlotte County Sheriff Royal Freeman said there are several reasons the crime rate remains low in the county as compared to many other areas across the commonwealth.

“First it is the community involvement of our citizens,” Freeman said. “The citizens of Charlotte County understand the need to keep our communities a safe place to live and prosper. While Charlotte County is not crime free, the community here works together with law enforcement to make the county a safer place to live.”

According to a 2020 Gallup poll, 78% of Americans perceive crime to be on the rise nationally, while only 38% perceive crime to be up in their local area.

According to the Pew Research Center, the wide gap exists when, in reality, violent and property crime rates have actually dropped dramatically since the 1990s.

In Charlotte County, according to Crime Grade, the county receives an A grade when it comes to overall crime.

The A grade means the rate of crime is much lower than the average U.S. county.

Charlotte County is in the 86th percentile for safety, meaning 14% of counties are safer and 86% of counties are more dangerous.

When it comes to violent crime, Crime Grade gives the county an A grade as well, meaning the rate of violent crime is much lower than the average U.S. county.

Charlotte County is in the 85th percentile for safety, meaning 15% of counties are safer and 85% of counties are more dangerous.

“Our deputies and their families reside in and go to school and church in our county. The communities know them, and they know their community,” Freeman said. “They have an interest in keeping Charlotte County safe and secure. Finally, it is our cooperation with our state law enforcement partners, schools and other civic organizations that help keep our county safe.”

In addition to Virginia, the top 10 safest places to live in the U.S. are:

New Jersey

New Hampshire

Rhode Island

Maine

Vermont

Connecticut

Ohio

New York

Massachusetts

The ConsumerAffairs Research Team used 2020 data from the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer and 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances to determine the safest states and cities in the country.