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.

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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:

  1. Duvall (Photos)
  2. Connell (Photos)
  3. Selah (Photos)
  4. Sammamish (Photos)
  5. Brier (Photos)
  6. Lynden
  7. Snoqualmie (Photos)
  8. West Richland (Photos)
  9. Camas (Photos)
  10. 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:

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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)
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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.

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1. Duvall

Duvall, Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,876
Rank 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.

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2. Connell

Connell, Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,747
Rank 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.

3. Selah

Selah, Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,753
Rank 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.

4. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,387
Rank 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.

5. Brier

Brier, Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,753
Rank 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. Lynden

Population: 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?

7. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,713
Rank 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

West Richland, Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,127
Rank 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.

9. Camas

Camas, Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,350
Rank 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.

10. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,852
Rank 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

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
West Richland8814,12784941
Maple Valley111926,304791,372
Mercer Island121325,527232,080
Lake Forest Park132013,369741,892
Liberty Lake1479,187761,991
Bainbridge Island18623,9981081,333
Mill Creek192320,419782,081
North Bend21356,863872,171
Normandy Park23226,733442,554
Battle Ground244319,7341311,885
Mountlake Terrace345021,2121322,418
Lake Stevens364631,4402131,583
Oak Harbor381222,7952141,412
Sedro Woolley425910,860733,701
Ocean Shores43605,7211922,062
Bonney Lake463920,4491462,753
College Place48529,1141203,105
University Place585833,1962192,551
East Wenatchee603713,7461453,688
Port Townsend70719,3782553,262
Mount Vernon747534,5212543,835
Des Moines827431,5233744,104
Walla Walla8610232,3263774,244
Gig Harbor87939,1242635,743
Spokane Valley888595,9232825,516

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