These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Washington For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Washington where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Washington, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Washington is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Evergreen State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 119 places in Washington with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Duvall (Photos)
- Connell (Photos)
- Selah (Photos)
- Sammamish (Photos)
- Brier (Photos)
- Snoqualmie (Photos)
- West Richland (Photos)
- Camas (Photos)
- Ridgefield (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Washington
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 50 crimes committed in Duvall which had a reported population of 7,876. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00635 which translates into a 1 in 158 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 119 places in Washington to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 119 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Washington".
The safest city, based on population, is Duvall. The most dangerous? Tukwila, where residents had a 1 in 6 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Population: 7,876Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 634 (3rd safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Washington for 2018 is Duvall -- a classic example of everything that makes Washington great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 157.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
Population: 5,747Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 16) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 556 (2nd safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Washington and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Connell -- the 2nd safest in the Evergreen State.
Connell is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 179.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Connell.
Population: 7,753Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 915 (5th safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Selah ranks as the 3rd safest city in Washington.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Selah.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
Population: 53,387Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 829 (4th safest)You might be surprised to find Sammamish this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Sammamish is surpised.
This gem of a place in the Evergreen State boasts the 4th best property crime rate and 6th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Population: 6,753Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 962 (7th safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Brier, WA.
You get what you pay for in Brier -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,688 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Brier residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Brier in heartbeat.
6. LyndenPopulation: 13,834 Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 968 (8th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Lynden, the 6th safest city in Washington.
The town of some 13,834 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Lynden a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Lynden?
Population: 13,713Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 21 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,706 (19th safest)
Snoqualmie is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Washington.
It has 1 in 58.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 4,571 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Washington.
8. West Richland
Population: 14,127Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 941 (6th safest)
The eighth safest city in Washington for 2018 goes to West Richland. Let's see why.
There were only 12 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 133 property crimes to boot.
Population: 22,350Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,382 (16th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Washington, may we present Camas as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Washington, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
309 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 16th best in Washington on a rate basis.
Population: 6,852Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 87 (19th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,225 (10th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Ridgefield.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Ridgefield residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 6 violent crimes and 84 property crimes in Ridgefield; that's really good for a place of 6,852 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Washington
Looking at the data, you can tell that Duvall is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Washington residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in Washington:3rd Most Dangerous: Tacoma 2nd Most Dangerous: Spokane Most Dangerous: Tukwila
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Washington For 2018
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