Roanoke remains at the top of unflattering lists
Roanoke was number 2 behind Franklin Virginia in a list of the 10 worst cities to live in Virginia and the Star City was at the top of the most dangerous Virginia cities. The Southwest Journal reveals that their research has deemed to be the "Noke" the number one most perilous place to live in the Commonwealth.
Roanoke tops the list as Virginia’s most perilous city. Positioned across from Norfolk on the Elizabeth River, this city of 97,915 people sees a crime rate that is 228% greater than the Virginia average. Residents face a 1 in 19 chance of falling victim to any crime, with 36 homicides, 138 thefts, 529 assaults, and 3,007 larcenies reported in 2022.
The Population of Roanoke was listed 97,915 in 2022 with a crime rate of 22,800 per 100,000. The chances of being a victim of crime is 1 in 19. Martinsville with a population of 5,766 is number 2 and the crime rate stands at 4,203 per 100,000 residents, 61% higher than the national average. "There were 166 total crimes in 2022, including 22 violent incidents and 144 property crimes."
Number 3 on the list was Waynesboro with 6,720 residents and a crime rate of 3,768 per 100,000. The chance of becoming a victim is 1 in 27 and in 2022 the town saw nine assaults, 25 burglaries, 187 larcenies, and 22 auto thefts. The reasons Roanoke leads in crime are as follows.
First, the city has a large population of low-income residents. Second, the city has a high rate of drug use. Third, the city has a high rate of violence. Fourth, the city has a high rate of property crime. Finally, the city has a high rate of gangs.