Nearly three in four residents of the D.C. Metro area report that they feel safe walking alone at night, according to a poll released by Gallup. This aligns almost exactly with the national average.
As many as 72 percent of the 6,940 area residents that responded to the poll report feeling safe walking alone at night in the D.C. Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the District, southern Maryland, and Northern Virginia. As many as 27 percent reported that they do not feel safe.
The average level of perceived safety in the 50 largest metropolitan areas is 71 percent, and the overall national average is 72 percent. The D.C. area ranked 21st amongst the largest metropolitan statistical areas.
The Gallup report found that, in general, there was a strong correlation between residents' perception of safety and the FBI's 2010 violent crime rate. The rate of violent crime for the D.C. area for instance, had a rate of 380 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 residents. The Memphis area, which had the lowest reported feeling of safety, had 1,006.5 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 residents.
The rate of violent crime so far this year in the District is down about 6 percent over the same period last year, as of April 5. In 2012, the District reported the lowest level of homicides since 1960.