These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Washington
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 117 places in Washington with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 29 crimes committed in Sammamish which had a reported population of 51,016. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000568 which translates into a 1 in 1759 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 2014. This left us with a total of 117 places in Washington to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 117 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 Sammamish. The most dangerous? Tukwila, where residents had a 1 in 55 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: 51,016Property Crime Rank: 8Violent Crime Rank: 21
Population: 7,658Property Crime Rank: 13Violent Crime Rank: 20
Population: 9,537Property Crime Rank: 4Violent Crime Rank: 38
Population: 7,447Property Crime Rank: 22Violent Crime Rank: 25
Population: 5,856Property Crime Rank: 15Violent Crime Rank: 45
Population: 13,127Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 41
7. Mercer Island
Population: 24,446Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 23
8. Bainbridge Island
Population: 23,228Property Crime Rank: 31Violent Crime Rank: 28
Population: 6,425Property Crime Rank: 19Violent Crime Rank: 53
10. Maple Valley
Population: 25,331Property Crime Rank: 30Violent Crime Rank: 35
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Sammamish is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Washington residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Washington:3rd Most Dangerous: Spokane 2nd Most Dangerous: Fife Most Dangerous: Tukwila