Peer regions were chosen for their comparable size and composition. These same regions have been used for comparison in multiple other studies and reports.
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2016. Table 4. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Rate per 100,000 inhabitants.
Why It's Important
High crime rates are always a deterrent to thriving communities. Employers are unable to recruit workers to relocate to areas with crime and safety issues. High crime rates often correlate with high poverty rates, underperforming school systems, and fewer jobs. They also can be a barrier to participating in arts and cultural activities.
In the Richmond Region, this statistic increased from 232.2 to 236.5 since 2014.