These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Washington For 2019

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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Sammamish.

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 117 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 2019:

  1. Sammamish (Photos | Homes)
  2. Duvall (Photos | Homes)
  3. Snoqualmie (Photos | Homes)
  4. Maple Valley (Photos | Homes)
  5. Brier (Photos | Homes)
  6. Bainbridge Island (Photos | Homes)
  7. Kenmore (Photos | Homes)
  8. Lynden (Photos | Homes)
  9. Mercer Island (Photos | Homes)
  10. Ridgefield (Photos | Homes)

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

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 2018) 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 457 crimes committed in Sammamish which had a reported population of 64,857. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.007 which translates into a 1 in 141 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 2017. This left us with a total of 117 of the biggest cities in Washington to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 117 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 Sammamish. The most dangerous city in Washington? Fife, where residents had a 1 in 12 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.

Sammamish, WA
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 64,857
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 681 (4th safest)
More on Sammamish: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Duvall, WA
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 7,875
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 393 (2nd safest)
More on Duvall: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Snoqualmie, WA
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 13,648
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,077 (9th safest)
More on Snoqualmie: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Maple Valley, WA
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 26,214
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 34 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,102 (10th safest)
More on Maple Valley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Brier, WA
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 6,840
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 58 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,008 (7th safest)
More on Brier: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bainbridge Island, WA
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 24,635
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,075 (8th safest)
More on Bainbridge Island: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Kenmore, WA
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 22,673
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 52 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,376 (17th safest)
More on Kenmore: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lynden, WA
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 14,302
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,321 (15th safest)
More on Lynden: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mercer Island, WA
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 25,553
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,808 (26th safest)
More on Mercer Island: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ridgefield, WA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 7,532
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 92 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 995 (6th safest)
More on Ridgefield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Sammamish 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. Fife
  2. Spokane
  3. Tacoma
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List Of Safest Cities In Washington For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Sammamish, WA 64,857 23 681
2 Duvall, WA 7,875 50 393
3 Snoqualmie, WA 13,648 14 1,077
4 Maple Valley, WA 26,214 34 1,102
5 Brier, WA 6,840 58 1,008
6 Bainbridge Island, WA 24,635 64 1,075
7 Kenmore, WA 22,673 52 1,376
8 Lynden, WA 14,302 62 1,321
9 Mercer Island, WA 25,553 27 1,808
10 Ridgefield, WA 7,532 92 995
11 Camas, WA 22,973 56 1,627
12 Buckley, WA 5,234 114 324
13 West Richland, WA 14,603 89 1,170
14 Liberty Lake, WA 9,505 63 1,641
15 Pullman, WA 33,897 67 1,522
16 Newcastle, WA 11,775 42 2,046
17 Steilacoom, WA 6,364 94 1,382
18 Oak Harbor, WA 23,371 141 795
19 Lake Forest Park, WA 13,375 82 1,884
20 Orting, WA 7,863 114 1,348
21 Enumclaw, WA 11,745 85 1,873
22 Pacific, WA 7,210 83 1,955
23 Selah, WA 7,839 76 2,181
24 Lake Stevens, WA 32,288 151 1,294
25 Dupont, WA 9,721 164 1,172
26 Connell, WA 5,656 194 424
27 Kirkland, WA 88,898 84 2,453
28 Normandy Park, WA 6,702 89 2,476
29 Battle Ground, WA 20,516 180 1,398
30 Mukilteo, WA 21,662 133 2,109
31 Ferndale, WA 13,757 145 2,100
32 Issaquah, WA 38,592 64 3,013
33 Grandview, WA 11,203 187 1,544
34 Edgewood, WA 10,984 118 2,449
35 Shoreline, WA 55,703 129 2,556
36 Bothell, WA 45,357 108 2,777
37 Washougal, WA 15,698 242 1,248
38 Wapato, WA 5,073 98 2,858
39 Othello, WA 8,225 158 2,200
40 Woodinville, WA 12,181 98 2,988
41 Anacortes, WA 16,838 112 2,791
42 Fircrest, WA 6,830 190 2,020
43 Bellevue, WA 143,703 100 2,905
44 Edmonds, WA 42,197 170 2,196
45 East Wenatchee, WA 14,097 120 2,766
46 College Place, WA 9,198 130 2,750
47 Sultan, WA 5,129 253 1,520
48 Richland, WA 56,151 181 2,352
49 Pasco, WA 72,146 213 1,983
50 Cheney, WA 12,510 231 1,718
51 Mill Creek, WA 20,664 212 2,163
52 North Bend, WA 6,898 86 3,856
53 Sedro Woolley, WA 11,545 129 3,092
54 Airway Heights, WA 8,460 130 3,167
55 Ellensburg, WA 20,026 159 2,816
56 Bonney Lake, WA 20,844 182 2,667
57 Mountlake Terrace, WA 21,402 196 2,527
58 Wenatchee, WA 34,191 213 2,392
59 Port Townsend, WA 9,596 312 1,834
60 Redmond, WA 63,889 150 3,250
61 Sunnyside, WA 16,480 297 2,141
62 Covington, WA 21,001 142 3,409
63 University Place, WA 33,662 219 2,572
64 Marysville, WA 68,950 218 2,609
65 Stanwood, WA 7,142 224 2,646
66 Poulsbo, WA 10,600 169 3,386
67 Hoquiam, WA 8,386 155 3,744
68 Kennewick, WA 81,499 261 2,733
69 Woodland, WA 6,022 116 4,848
70 Prosser, WA 6,091 328 2,429
71 Ocean Shores, WA 5,872 204 3,337
72 Blaine, WA 5,245 209 3,317
73 Monroe, WA 18,596 371 2,263
74 Snohomish, WA 10,045 228 3,305
75 Lacey, WA 48,597 286 3,063
76 Tumwater, WA 22,961 309 3,009
77 Milton, WA 8,121 270 3,263
78 Spokane Valley, WA 97,430 205 4,533
79 Mount Vernon, WA 35,085 233 3,710
80 Ephrata, WA 8,086 185 5,169
81 Longview, WA 37,424 299 3,634
82 Vancouver, WA 176,884 368 3,091
83 Gig Harbor, WA 9,494 200 5,340
84 Quincy, WA 7,488 360 3,418
85 Arlington, WA 19,302 341 3,958
86 Bellingham, WA 88,652 291 4,682
87 Toppenish, WA 8,974 323 4,156
88 Des Moines, WA 31,415 397 3,663
89 Walla Walla, WA 32,189 434 3,513
90 Chehalis, WA 7,538 225 7,163
91 Yelm, WA 9,304 257 5,750
92 Burien, WA 51,479 374 4,057
93 Renton, WA 102,470 320 5,004
94 Sequim, WA 7,025 370 4,270
95 Shelton, WA 10,000 310 5,300
96 Sumner, WA 10,060 318 5,318
97 Bremerton, WA 41,173 524 4,056
98 Port Orchard, WA 14,253 364 4,967
99 Port Angeles, WA 19,964 571 3,942
100 Olympia, WA 51,923 493 4,181

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