Immigrants and Crime

Arrest Rates by County in Virginia, 2015

In 2015 there were an estimated 8.3 million individuals living in the state of Virginia and an estimated 268,000 arrests (including individuals who were arrested multiple times), yielding a ratio of arrests to the population of 3.2%. As shown in the maps to the left, areas where the proportion of immigrants is high are also areas where the arrest rate is low. Where the proportion of immigrants is low, the arrest rate is high. Across the state regardless of county, there is no correlation between the proportion of foreign-born individuals living in an area and arrest rate.