HAMPTON—Hampton is one of only two midsize Virginia cities to be named the 100 safest in America. Midsize cities are those with populations between 100,000 and 300,000. Large cities were those above 300,000, and small cities had between 10,000 and 99,999. Towns or cities below 10,000 were not examined.
Hampton came in 96th on the list by AdvisorSmith, with an overall “crime score” of 55.3, with the lower the score, the better. California cities dominated the list, taking 38% of the slots. Virginia Beach, with an overall score of 30.9, took the top slot for large cities, with 59 large cities listed as safest.
In general, larger cities had higher crime scores per 1,000 people, with 50 of the safest large cities having a higher crime score than Hampton’s. Besides Alexandria, Hampton and Virginia Beach were the only two Virginia cities on any of the three lists. More than 3,000 cities were studied.
“We are trying a number of approaches to reduce the acts of violence,” said Hampton Mayor, Donnie Tuck. “We have engaged the faith community and non-profits, and we are seeing results.”
The study was based on the most recent FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting data, which was released in September and covers crimes committed during 2020. AdvisorSmith is a research company designed to help small business owners by providing straightforward research and tools to help business owners succeed. They looked at crime because shoplifting, theft, and vandalism cost businesses money and can drive insurance costs higher. Read more online about the AdvisorSmith study.