The 10 Safest Arlington, VA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Arlington are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our second time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Arlington.
Safest Neighborhoods In Arlington

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Arlington are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Arlington. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Arlington neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Arlington in 2021? That would be Riverwood. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood's statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Arlington.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Arlington neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Arlington that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Arlington.

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How We Determined The Safest Arlington Hoods In 2021

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Arlington.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 48 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the "Safest City Neighborhood In Arlington." We're lookin' at you, Riverwood.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the safest places Arlington. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Arlington For 2021

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 199
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 55
Property Crime Per 100k: 355
More on Riverwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Lyon Village Arlington, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,541
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48
Property Crime Per 100k: 378
More on Lyon Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 697
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65
Property Crime Per 100k: 355
More on Woodmont: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 535
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62
Property Crime Per 100k: 411
More on Dover Crystal: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,254
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57
Property Crime Per 100k: 528
More on Donaldson Run: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,877
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 85
Property Crime Per 100k: 515
More on North Rosslyn: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,044
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80
Property Crime Per 100k: 630
More on Maywood: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,392
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 82
Property Crime Per 100k: 646
More on Old Diminion: Homes For Sale | Data

Yorktown Arlington, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,417
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 90
Property Crime Per 100k: 631
More on Yorktown: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,395
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 74
Property Crime Per 100k: 664
More on Tara-Leeway Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Summing Up The Safest Places In Arlington

Looking at the data, you can tell that Riverwood is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Virginia residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Arlington For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Riverwood 410
2 Lyon Village 435
3 Woodmont 410
4 Dover Crystal 482
5 Donaldson Run 585
6 North Rosslyn 600
7 Maywood 720
8 Old Diminion 747
9 Yorktown 701
10 Tara-Leeway Heights 758
11 Leeway 803
12 Cherrydale 747
13 Arlington-East Falls 861
14 Highland Park-Overlee Knolls 812
15 Westover Village 861
16 Lyon Park 879
17 Madison Manor 889
18 Boulevard Manor 964
19 Arlington Ridge 950
20 North Highland 927
21 Dominion Hills 947
22 Bluemont 933
23 Arlington Heights 1,005
24 Waverly Hills 933
25 Arlington Forest 1,039
26 Ashton Heights 998
27 High View Park 971
28 Radnor-Ft Myer Heights 1,078
29 Ballston-Virginia Square 1,037
30 Clarendon-Courthouse 1,083
31 Alcova Heights 1,096
32 Arlington View 1,088
33 Long Branch Creek 1,189
34 Colonial Village 1,040
35 Fairlington-Shirlington 1,111
36 Foxcroft Heights 1,228
37 Barcroft 1,163
38 Aurora Highlands 1,137
39 Buckingham 1,272
40 Claremont 1,229
41 Nauck 1,224
42 Columbia Heghts 1,372
43 Glencarlyn 1,316
44 Columbia Forest 1,409
45 Douglas Park 1,352
46 Penrose 1,354
47 Forest Glen 1,470
48 Columbia Heights West 1,606

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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