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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Duvall.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Evergreen State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 119 cities in Washington with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
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) in Washington.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:
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 0.0063 which translates into a 1 in 157 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 of the biggest cities in Washington to rank.
We ranked each city 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 our criteria, is Duvall. The most dangerous city in Washington? 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.
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 5,000 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
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.
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.
This gem of a place in the Evergreen State boasts the 4th best property crime rate and 6th best violent crime rate for 2018.
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 a heartbeat.
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Lynden, the 6th safest city in Washington.
The town of some 13834 people will have to try and continue to 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?
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.
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.
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.
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 6852 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
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.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Washington according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|West Richland, WA||8||8||14,127||84||941|
|Maple Valley, WA||11||19||26,304||79||1,372|
|Mercer Island, WA||12||13||25,527||23||2,080|
|Lake Forest Park, WA||13||20||13,369||74||1,892|
|Liberty Lake, WA||14||7||9,187||76||1,991|
|Bainbridge Island, WA||18||6||23,998||108||1,333|
|Mill Creek, WA||19||23||20,419||78||2,081|
|North Bend, WA||21||35||6,863||87||2,171|
|Normandy Park, WA||23||22||6,733||44||2,554|
|Battle Ground, WA||24||43||19,734||131||1,885|
|Mountlake Terrace, WA||34||50||21,212||132||2,418|
|Lake Stevens, WA||36||46||31,440||213||1,583|
|Oak Harbor, WA||38||12||22,795||214||1,412|
|Sedro Woolley, WA||42||59||10,860||73||3,701|
|Ocean Shores, WA||43||60||5,721||192||2,062|
|Bonney Lake, WA||46||39||20,449||146||2,753|
|College Place, WA||48||52||9,114||120||3,105|
|University Place, WA||58||58||33,196||219||2,551|
|East Wenatchee, WA||60||37||13,746||145||3,688|
|Port Townsend, WA||70||71||9,378||255||3,262|
|Mount Vernon, WA||74||75||34,521||254||3,835|
|Des Moines, WA||82||74||31,523||374||4,104|
|Walla Walla, WA||86||102||32,326||377||4,244|
|Gig Harbor, WA||87||93||9,124||263||5,743|
|Spokane Valley, WA||88||85||95,923||282||5,516|
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