These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Washington For 2017
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 108 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. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
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 2015). 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 328 crimes committed in Duvall which had a reported population of 7,373. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0445 which translates into a 1 in 22 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 108 places in Washington to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 108 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 Duvall. The most dangerous? Fife, where residents had a 1 in 1 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: 7,373Property Crime Rank: 178Violent Crime Rank: 150
Population: 50,163Property Crime Rank: 249Violent Crime Rank: 127
Population: 7,531Property Crime Rank: 619Violent Crime Rank: 62
Population: 31,502Property Crime Rank: 311Violent Crime Rank: 856
Population: 5,359Property Crime Rank: 182Violent Crime Rank: 1,106
Population: 6,443Property Crime Rank: 758Violent Crime Rank: 178
Population: 12,115Property Crime Rank: 796Violent Crime Rank: 130
Population: 12,886Property Crime Rank: 479Violent Crime Rank: 739
9. Oak Harbor
Population: 22,331Property Crime Rank: 509Violent Crime Rank: 692
10. Bainbridge Island
Population: 23,343Property Crime Rank: 783Violent Crime Rank: 278
There You Have It - The Safest In Washington
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Duvall 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: Tacoma 2nd Most Dangerous: Tukwila Most Dangerous: Fife