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.

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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 117 places in Washington with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Sammamish
  2. Duvall
  3. Dupont
  4. Selah
  5. Ridgefield
  6. Lynden
  7. Mercer Island
  8. Bainbridge Island
  9. Brier
  10. Maple Valley

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (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
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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.

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1. Sammamish

Sammamish - Safest Places In Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,016
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 21

2. Duvall

Duvall - Safest Places In Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,658
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 20

3. Dupont

Dupont - Safest Places In Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,537
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 38

4. Selah

Selah - Safest Places In Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,447
Property Crime Rank: 22
Violent Crime Rank: 25

5. Ridgefield

Ridgefield - Safest Places In Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,856
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 45

6. Lynden

Lynden - Safest Places In Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,127
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 41

7. Mercer Island

Mercer Island - Safest Places In Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,446
Property Crime Rank: 32
Violent Crime Rank: 23

8. Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island - Safest Places In Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,228
Property Crime Rank: 31
Violent Crime Rank: 28

9. Brier

Brier - Safest Places In Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,425
Property Crime Rank: 19
Violent Crime Rank: 53

10. Maple Valley

Maple Valley - Safest Places In Washington
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,331
Property Crime Rank: 30
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Washington

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Sammamish151,016821
Duvall27,6581320
Dupont39,537438
Selah47,4472225
Ridgefield55,8561545
Lynden613,1271741
Mercer Island724,4463223
Bainbridge Island823,2283128
Brier96,4251953
Maple Valley1025,3313035
Snoqualmie1112,3592354
Connell125,746691
Camas1321,2752950
Liberty Lake148,4363833
Kenmore1521,8862856
Steilacoom166,1573960
Pullman1731,8102493
West Richland1813,2723672
Normandy Park196,6105158
Battle Ground2018,4494476
Oak Harbor2122,1234299
College Place229,0127831
Pacific237,1426078
Grandview2411,1726177
Lake Forest Park2513,2097944
Kirkland2685,3527361
Ocean Shores275,6226875
Mill Creek2818,9707079
Redmond2958,3119536
Richland3053,44567100
Orting317,0938371
Washougal3214,9047780
Newcastle3311,2359842
Wapato345,0597294
Bothell3536,0879647
University Place3632,27062114
Fircrest376,6447198
Issaquah3834,37210637
Mukilteo3921,0028674
Pasco4069,11554128
East Wenatchee4113,5398969
Bonney Lake4218,5199067
Anacortes4316,1198188
Edgewood449,64559126
Poulsbo459,5668092
Lake Stevens4630,3878297
Sunnyside4716,1059183
Edmonds4840,9729284
Bellevue49135,44911464
Woodinville5011,40812446
Cheney5111,38784124
Milton527,26885125
Enumclaw5311,57110490
Prosser545,80969149
Shoreline5555,20697101
Ferndale5612,56893118
Lacey5745,525101104
Ellensburg5818,38211585
Stanwood596,665100112
Kennewick6077,381105123
Mountlake Terrace6120,871113110
Wenatchee6232,820117111
Airway Heights636,50214959
Woodland645,557108137
Vancouver65168,688103146
Covington6619,146123117
North Bend676,340128109
Sedro Woolley6810,65913895
Marysville6964,063135103
Ephrata708,02413996
Toppenish719,024130119
Sequim726,68215373
Tumwater7318,800118141
Des Moines7430,926120154
Monroe7517,826126148
Mount Vernon7632,805140129
Yelm777,836132151
Renton7898,240150120
Arlington7918,836159106
Port Townsend809,231121173
Kent81125,837148136
Centralia8216,677134165
Walla Walla8331,833145144
Olympia8448,763137158
Bellingham8583,048154130
Gig Harbor867,978164116
Kelso8711,783156131
Chehalis887,27117789
Burlington898,52418086
Port Angeles9019,220136168
Lakewood9159,313133176
Snohomish929,459162127
Bremerton9339,359141169
Yakima9493,667147160
Quincy957,355151152
Burien9650,284143167
Spokane Valley9791,382157143
Othello987,693144166
Federal Way9993,551160153
Auburn10076,020163155
Lynnwood10136,630174133
SeaTac10228,102152175
Longview10336,459169150
Puyallup10439,016176135
Clarkston1057,382161163
Everett106105,911172147
Sumner1079,627167157
Aberdeen10816,243158174
Union Gap1096,010178145
Seattle110663,410165172
Moses Lake11121,580173162
Port Orchard11213,145170171
Shelton1139,724179156
Tacoma114204,722168180
Spokane115211,025181170
Fife1169,479175182
Tukwila11719,921182181

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