Virginia Beach, VA
This “small town” is home to almost half a million people, so it’s technically not THAT small, but it boasts beautiful beaches, historical sites, and a handful of state parks within close distance. With the city’s enormous population and flourishing tourism industry, it wouldn’t be unusual for Virginia Beach to be home to a big criminal population as well.
However, it has done an excellent job of keeping property crimes in check, with its crime rate just 20% higher than the Virginia average, but that’s still 10% lower than the national average. The city sometimes can’t protect your wallet, but it DOES do a good job protecting its residents and many visitors from violent crimes. Compared to the nation, the violent crime rate in Virginia Beach is 55% lower.