Alexandria Ranked Fifth Safest City in United States

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Alexandria, Virginia was ranked fifth in a recent search for the safest city in a recent study comparing the 200 largest cities in the United States.

The study conducted by SmartAsset, a financial technology company, shows Alexandria, Virginia has one of the lowest crime rates of any city in the nation, with 166.56 violent crimes per 100,000 residents along with good air quality and low vehicular mortality.

The study considered six metrics reflective of leading causes of death and injury, including violent crime, vehicular mortality, drug poisoning, population engaging in excessive drinking, air quality and commuters driving to work alone, according to the company website.

Here’s what they had to say about Alexandria

Located along the Potomac River just miles from Washington, D.C., Alexandria rates as the fifth safest city in America. While many of the city’s residents work in D.C., just 57% of the city’s residents get to work by driving alone, the 14th lowest rate of any U.S. city.

Alexandria is part of the Washington Metro system, which makes it easy to commute by train. That is generally a much safer option than driving and indeed Alexandria has the ninth lowest vehicular mortality rate in the country.

Data on violent crime rates comes from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program and from local police department and city websites. Data on the vehicular mortality rate, the drug poisoning mortality rate and the population engaging in excessive drinking comes from countyhealthrankings.org, according to the company’s website.

Data on the air quality index comes from the Environmental Protection Agency. Data on the percentage of commuters who drive to work alone comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, according to the company’s website.

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