Top 15 Safest Cities In Washington For 2018

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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 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.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Washington for 2018:

  1. Duvall (Photos | Homes)
  2. Connell (Photos | Homes)
  3. Selah (Photos | Homes)
  4. Sammamish (Photos | Homes)
  5. Brier (Photos | Homes)
  6. Lynden (Photos | Homes)
  7. Snoqualmie (Photos | Homes)
  8. West Richland (Photos | Homes)
  9. Camas (Photos | Homes)
  10. Ridgefield (Photos | Homes)
  11. Maple Valley (Photos | Homes)
  12. Mercer Island (Photos | Homes)
  13. Lake Forest Park (Photos | Homes)
  14. Liberty Lake (Photos | Homes)
  15. Kenmore (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Washington, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Washington

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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:

  • 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 0.0063 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.

1. Duvall

Duvall, WA

Population: 7,876
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 634 (3rd safest)
More on Duvall: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Duvall is a city in King County, Washington, United States, located on SR 203, halfway between Monroe and Carnation. The population consists of 7,674 people as of 2015.

2. Connell

Connell, WA
Source: Public domain

Population: 5,747
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 16)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 556 (2nd safest)
More on Connell: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Connell is a city in Franklin County, Washington, United States. The population was 4,209 at the 2010 census. The Washington State Office of Financial Management's 2015 estimate placed the population at 5,446.

3. Selah

Selah, WA

Population: 7,753
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 915 (5th safest)
More on Selah: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Selah is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States. The population was 7,147 at the 2010 census.

4. Sammamish

Sammamish, WA

Population: 53,387
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 829 (4th safest)
More on Sammamish: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sammamish is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 63,773 in a 2016 census estimate. Located on a plateau, the city is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east.

5. Brier

Brier, WA

Population: 6,753
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 962 (7th safest)
More on Brier: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Brier is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. It is bordered by Mountlake Terrace to the west, Lynnwood to the north, Bothell to the east, and the Lake Forest Park to the south. The population was 6,087 at the 2010 census.

6. Lynden

Lynden, WA

Population: 13,834
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 968 (8th safest)
More on Lynden: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lynden is the second largest city in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. Named and established in 1874 near the site of the Nooksack Indian village Squahalish, the city of Lynden began as a pioneer settlement headed by Holden and Phoebe Judson.

7. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, WA

Population: 13,713
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 21 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,706 (19th safest)
More on Snoqualmie: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Snoqualmie is a city next to Snoqualmie Falls in King County, Washington. It is twenty-five miles east of Seattle. This city is home to the Northwest Railway Museum. The population was 13,190 in a 2016 census estimate.

8. West Richland

West Richland, WA

Population: 14,127
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 941 (6th safest)
More on West Richland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

West Richland is a 22-square-mile city in Benton County, Washington, United States. The population was 11,811 at the 2010 census. The city is generally included in the Tri-Cities along with Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco.

9. Camas

Camas, WA
Source: Public domain

Population: 22,350
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,382 (16th safest)
More on Camas: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Camas is a city in Clark County, Washington, with a population of 19,355 at the 2010 census. The east side of town borders the city of Washougal, Washington, and the west side of town borders Vancouver, Washington. Camas lies along the Washington side of the Columbia River, across from Troutdale, Oregon, and is part of the Portland metropolitan area.

10. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, WA
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,852
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 87 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,225 (10th safest)
More on Ridgefield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ridgefield is a city in the pastoral, rolling-hills countryside of northern Clark County, Washington, in the United States. The population was 4,763 at the 2010 census.

11. Maple Valley

Maple Valley, WA

Population: 26,304
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,372 (15th safest)
More on Maple Valley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Maple Valley is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 22,684 at the 2010 census. The population was 25,686 at the 2015 estimate.

12. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, WA

Population: 25,527
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,080 (29th safest)
More on Mercer Island: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mercer Island is a city in King County, Washington, United States located on an island of the same name in the southern portion of Lake Washington. Mercer Island is in the Seattle Metropolitan Area, with Seattle located to its west and Bellevue located to its east.

13. Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park, WA

Population: 13,369
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 74 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,892 (22nd safest)
More on Lake Forest Park: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lake Forest Park is a city in King County, Washington, United States, just north of Seattle. A bedroom community by design, most of the city consists of single-family housing on medium to large-sized lots. Less than 4% of the city land is zoned commercial; most of that is in one location, and there are no industrial areas.

14. Liberty Lake

Liberty Lake, WA

Population: 9,187
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,991 (23rd safest)
More on Liberty Lake: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Liberty Lake is an incorporated city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, on the Idaho state line. Liberty Lake is a suburb of Spokane, Washington. Thus, it is situated between Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The population was 7,591 at the 2010 census.

15. Kenmore

Kenmore, WA

Population: 22,340
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 98 (25th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,365 (14th safest)
More on Kenmore: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Kenmore is a city in King County, Washington, United States, along the northernmost shores of Lake Washington. A mix of bedroom community, one-time country retreat, and freshwater industrial port, prominent features include the nation's largest seaplane-only, commercial air facility at Kenmore Air Harbor, Bastyr University, several waterside parks and marinas, and easy access to the Burke-Gilman Trail and the King County bike-trail system. Sites of local historical interest include the former St. Edward Seminary, now Saint Edward State Park; and Log Boom Park. Kenmore's official city flower is the dahlia, the official city bird is the great blue heron, and the official city evergreen is the rhododendron. The population was 20,460 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Evergreen State

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:

  1. Tukwila
  2. Spokane
  3. Tacoma
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Washington For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Duvall, WA 7,876 0 634
2 Connell, WA 5,747 17 556
3 Selah, WA 7,753 0 915
4 Sammamish, WA 53,387 35 829
5 Brier, WA 6,753 59 962
6 Lynden, WA 13,834 65 968
7 Snoqualmie, WA 13,713 21 1,706
8 West Richland, WA 14,127 84 941
9 Camas, WA 22,350 67 1,382
10 Ridgefield, WA 6,852 87 1,225
11 Maple Valley, WA 26,304 79 1,372
12 Mercer Island, WA 25,527 23 2,080
13 Lake Forest Park, WA 13,369 74 1,892
14 Liberty Lake, WA 9,187 76 1,991
15 Kenmore, WA 22,340 98 1,365
16 Buckley, WA 5,077 98 1,359
17 Newcastle, WA 11,576 43 2,280
18 Bainbridge Island, WA 23,998 108 1,333
19 Mill Creek, WA 20,419 78 2,081
20 Pacific, WA 7,228 96 2,019
21 North Bend, WA 6,863 87 2,171
22 Dupont, WA 9,593 166 552
23 Normandy Park, WA 6,733 44 2,554
24 Battle Ground, WA 19,734 131 1,885
25 Kirkland, WA 88,627 91 2,261
26 Mukilteo, WA 21,416 112 2,059
27 Fircrest, WA 6,728 89 2,630
28 Steilacoom, WA 6,257 191 1,102
29 Washougal, WA 15,527 186 1,281
30 Ferndale, WA 13,338 119 2,354
31 Pullman, WA 33,456 149 2,008
32 Orting, WA 7,594 158 2,001
33 Anacortes, WA 16,532 90 2,800
34 Mountlake Terrace, WA 21,212 132 2,418
35 Grandview, WA 11,230 151 2,092
36 Lake Stevens, WA 31,440 213 1,583
37 Enumclaw, WA 11,709 136 2,493
38 Oak Harbor, WA 22,795 214 1,412
39 Bothell, WA 43,828 114 2,769
40 Sunnyside, WA 16,387 134 2,697
41 Issaquah, WA 37,308 99 3,079
42 Sedro Woolley, WA 10,860 73 3,701
43 Ocean Shores, WA 5,721 192 2,062
44 Bellevue, WA 142,238 97 3,258
45 Shoreline, WA 55,905 164 2,457
46 Bonney Lake, WA 20,449 146 2,753
47 Richland, WA 55,475 182 2,422
48 College Place, WA 9,114 120 3,105
49 Stanwood, WA 6,888 101 3,440
50 Blaine, WA 5,130 155 2,768
51 Pasco, WA 71,077 208 2,322
52 Prosser, WA 5,895 254 1,832
53 Redmond, WA 61,893 134 3,127
54 Edgewood, WA 9,918 191 2,550
55 Woodinville, WA 11,953 142 3,103
56 Edmonds, WA 41,705 170 2,767
57 Poulsbo, WA 10,199 186 2,882
58 University Place, WA 33,196 219 2,551
59 Covington, WA 19,529 148 3,379
60 East Wenatchee, WA 13,746 145 3,688
61 Milton, WA 7,785 141 3,904
62 Ellensburg, WA 19,148 167 3,452
63 Othello, WA 7,893 215 3,091
64 Kennewick, WA 79,837 229 2,823
65 Marysville, WA 68,172 230 2,810
66 Snohomish, WA 9,773 214 3,212
67 Hoquiam, WA 8,342 215 3,548
68 Cheney, WA 11,703 264 2,973
69 Lacey, WA 47,215 228 3,647
70 Port Townsend, WA 9,378 255 3,262
71 Wenatchee, WA 33,920 259 3,325
72 Wapato, WA 5,067 236 3,591
73 Sequim, WA 6,868 247 3,800
74 Mount Vernon, WA 34,521 254 3,835
75 Monroe, WA 18,247 328 3,485
76 Vancouver, WA 174,912 385 3,163
77 Ephrata, WA 8,116 234 5,064
78 Quincy, WA 7,482 280 3,916
79 Arlington, WA 19,142 266 4,550
80 Woodland, WA 5,902 321 4,151
81 Sumner, WA 9,753 225 5,926
82 Des Moines, WA 31,523 374 4,104
83 Yelm, WA 8,780 227 6,195
84 Bellingham, WA 86,005 260 5,514
85 Chehalis, WA 7,417 202 8,345
86 Walla Walla, WA 32,326 377 4,244
87 Gig Harbor, WA 9,124 263 5,743
88 Spokane Valley, WA 95,923 282 5,516
89 Tumwater, WA 19,569 398 4,307
90 Olympia, WA 50,972 392 4,886
91 Shelton, WA 9,830 274 6,083
92 Auburn, WA 78,400 419 4,614
93 Kent, WA 128,604 289 5,852
94 Renton, WA 101,908 334 5,659
95 Bremerton, WA 39,862 496 3,953
96 Aberdeen, WA 16,155 458 4,401
97 Toppenish, WA 8,997 377 5,401
98 Longview, WA 36,854 385 5,228
99 Everett, WA 108,988 449 5,145
100 Burien, WA 50,934 488 5,067

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