Comparing Fairfax, Virginia's Crime Rate to Other Cities and States

Crime rates can vary significantly from one place to another, and it is important to understand how a particular area compares to other similar-sized communities. When it comes to Fairfax, Virginia, the crime rate is close to the average of all other communities of similar size. This means that, when controlling for population size, Fairfax is close to the middle of the pack in terms of crime rate; it is not much more or less dangerous than other places, and is approximately what one would expect from statistics. When it comes to violent crime, Fairfax is well below the national average in all communities of all population sizes.

Violent crimes such as assault, rape, murder, and armed robbery occur less frequently in Fairfax than in most parts of the United States. The probability of being a victim of a violent crime here is one in 1103, representing a violent crime rate of 1 per thousand inhabitants. In terms of crimes against property, Fairfax has an above average chance of being a victim of property crime compared to all other communities in the United States regardless of population size. The chance of being a victim of a crime in Fairfax City can be as high as 1 in 34 in western neighborhoods, or as low as 1 in 105 in the southeastern part of the county.

The Fairfax County Police released their mid-year crime report last Wednesday, outlining county-wide crime data reported since January. The table below compares crime in cities with a comparable general population in the city limits. All crime rates are shown as the number of crimes per 1,000 Fairfax City residents in a standard year. Fairfax is in the 92nd percentile for safety meaning that 8% of cities are safer and 92% are more dangerous.

It is important to note that NeighborhoodScout's data on crime risk are updated annually and come from more than 18,000 local law enforcement agencies (municipal, county, transit, parks, ports, universities, tribal, and more), assigned to localities and then incorporated into NeighborhoodScout's patented predictive models to provide a comprehensive crime risk profile for each neighborhood and nearby direction in the U. S.