Virginia’s Safest Cities

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Moving to a new state can be an exciting and thrilling experience, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. One of the most important factors to consider when relocating is safety. People want to ensure that they and their families will be living in a secure environment where they can feel safe and protected.

Fortunately, there are resources available to help individuals make informed decisions about the safety of potential new homes. For example, WalletHub’s report on the safest cities in America can be an incredibly valuable tool for those researching their options. The report ranks the 150 biggest cities based on a variety of safety-related factors, including crime rates, natural disaster risks, and emergency preparedness. Below are the safest big cities according to WalletHub.

1. Virginia Beach

With miles of beautiful beaches and a bustling boardwalk, Virginia Beach is a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike. Enjoy the surf, sun, and sand while taking advantage of the many dining, shopping, and entertainment options that this coastal city has to offer.

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2. Chesapeake

Located in the heart of Coastal Virginia, Chesapeake offers a perfect blend of urban and rural living. With plenty of parks, nature reserves, and outdoor recreation options, it’s a great place for those who enjoy an active lifestyle. Plus, its proximity to Norfolk and Virginia Beach make it a convenient location for commuters.

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3. Norfolk

Known as the “Naval Capital of the World,” Norfolk has a rich history and culture that make it a unique and exciting place to live. Explore the city’s many museums, theaters, and art galleries, or take a stroll through the beautiful downtown waterfront area. With plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, there’s always something to do in Norfolk.
  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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4. Newport News

Located on the picturesque Virginia Peninsula, Newport News offers a mix of historic charm and modern amenities. From the beautiful parks and beaches to the thriving business community, this city has something for everyone. Plus, with easy access to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, it’s the perfect place to call home.
  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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5. Richmond

As the capital of Virginia, Richmond has a lot to offer. With its rich history, beautiful architecture, and vibrant arts and culture scene, it’s a city that’s full of life and energy. Whether you’re interested in history, sports, or the great outdoors, you’ll find plenty to love about living in Richmond.
  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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FAQ about the Top 5 Metropolitan Areas in North Carolina

1. What are the top industries in Charlotte?

Charlotte is a major hub for finance, healthcare, and technology industries. The city is home to several large banks and financial institutions, as well as major healthcare providers and technology companies.

2. What makes Raleigh a great place to live?

Raleigh is a great place to live because of its excellent quality of life, affordable cost of living, and strong economy. The city is home to several prestigious universities and research centers, and offers a vibrant cultural and arts scene.

3. What are some popular attractions in Greensboro?

Greensboro is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, and is home to several museums, theaters, and music venues. Other popular attractions include the Greensboro Science Center, the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

4. What is Durham known for?

Durham is known for its world-class healthcare and research institutions, including Duke University and Duke Health. The city is also a hub for technology and startup companies, and offers a thriving arts and cultural scene.

5. What are some must-see attractions in Asheville?

Asheville is known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and rafting. Other popular attractions include the Biltmore Estate, the Asheville Art Museum, and the River Arts District.

Charlottesville

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1st Sunday after Labor Day – Sunday before Memorial Day weekend)

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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford MSA

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1st Sunday after Labor Day – Sunday before Memorial Day weekend)

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Harrisonburg

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Staunton

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Winchester

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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If looking for something even quieter than that, Little Island Park is as far from the madding crowd as you’ll get at the oceanfront. You’ll still find a pier, tennis courts, playground, equiment/ball/corn hole rental and a lot more, including a place to launch a canoe or kayak launch across the street on Back bay.

Parking is $5/day, $3/day for residents, and $10/day for buses and RVs. Fees are only charged Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Weekly passes are $25, monthly $75, and seasonal passes are $75.

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If looking for something even quieter than that, Little Island Park is as far from the madding crowd as you’ll get at the oceanfront. You’ll still find a pier, tennis courts, playground, equiment/ball/corn hole rental and a lot more, including a place to launch a canoe or kayak launch across the street on Back bay.

Parking is $5/day, $3/day for residents, and $10/day for buses and RVs. Fees are only charged Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Weekly passes are $25, monthly $75, and seasonal passes are $75.

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