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Portsmouth is the ninth largest city in the state with 96,435 residents, but it’s No. 1 when it comes to the least safe category because of the total number of violent crimes reported in 2014 – 581. They include nine murders, 48 rapes, 173 robberies, and 351 aggravated assaults. In comparison, Virginia Beach, which is 4.6 times bigger in terms of population, had 660 violent offenses.