The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Seattle For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Seattle are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Seattle.
Safest Neighborhoods In Seattle
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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Seattle are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Seattle. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Seattle neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Seattle in 2020? That would be Hawthorne Hills. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Seattle.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Seattle neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Seattle that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Seattle.

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How We Determined The Safest Seattle Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Seattle.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 78 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Seattle.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Hawthorne Hills.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Seattle. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Seattle For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,721
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 21
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,263
More on Hawthorne Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Hawthorne Hills comes in at 21 and the property crime per capita is 1,263 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,877
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,709
More on Blue Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Blue Ridge comes in at 76 and the property crime per capita is 1,709 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,195
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,853
More on Matthews Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Matthews Beach comes in at 89 and the property crime per capita is 1,853 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,193
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 146
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,664
More on North Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in North Beach comes in at 146 and the property crime per capita is 1,664 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,176
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,000
More on Arbor Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Arbor Heights comes in at 76 and the property crime per capita is 2,000 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,508
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,042
More on Broadmoor: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Broadmoor comes in at 24 and the property crime per capita is 2,042 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 4,205
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 136
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,864
More on View Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in View Ridge comes in at 136 and the property crime per capita is 1,864 for 2020.

Laurelhurst Seattle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,159
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 120
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,966
More on Laurelhurst: Homes For Sale | Data

Laurelhurst is a residential neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, USA. It is bounded on the northeast by Ivanhoe Place N.E., beyond which is Windermere; on the northwest by Sand Point Way N.E. and N.E. 45th Street, beyond which are Hawthorne Hills, Ravenna, and University Village; on the west by Mary Gates Memorial Drive N.E., beyond which is the East Campus of the University of Washington; on the southwest by Union Bay; and on the east by Lake Washington. Seattle Children’s Hospital is located in its northwest corner. The area has been a part of Seattle since 1910.

The violent crime per 100K people in Laurelhurst comes in at 120 and the property crime per capita is 1,966 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,290
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 159
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,851
More on Wedgwood: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Wedgwood comes in at 159 and the property crime per capita is 1,851 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 16,871
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 112
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,035
More on Magnolia: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Magnolia comes in at 112 and the property crime per capita is 2,035 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Seattle

Looking at the data, you can tell that Hawthorne Hills 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.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Seattle For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Hawthorne Hills 1,284
2 Blue Ridge 1,785
3 Matthews Beach 1,942
4 North Beach 1,810
5 Arbor Heights 2,076
6 Broadmoor 2,066
7 View Ridge 2,000
8 Laurelhurst 2,086
9 Wedgwood 2,010
10 Magnolia 2,147
11 Windermere 2,186
12 Bryant 1,852
13 Whittier Heights 2,150
14 Ravenna 2,218
15 Phinney Ridge 2,220
16 Loyal Heights 2,320
17 Maple Leaf 2,251
18 Queen Anne 2,561
19 Sunset Hill 2,990
20 Madrona 2,518
21 Pioneer Square 2,357
22 Madison Valley 2,568
23 Broadview 2,769
24 Admiral 2,641
25 Wallingford 3,127
26 Portage Bay 3,631
27 Downtown 3,034
28 Victory Heights 3,203
29 Montlake 3,416
30 West Seattle 3,402
31 Olympic Manor 3,372
32 Riverview 3,638
33 Fauntleroy 3,432
34 Leschi 3,559
35 Denny-Blaine 3,824
36 Pinehurst 3,707
37 Highland Park 3,792
38 Industrial District 3,688
39 Beacon Hill 3,740
40 Meadowbrook 3,750
41 Seward Park 4,462
42 Bitter Lake 4,028
43 Brighton 3,870
44 Westlake 4,700
45 Columbia City 4,232
46 Interbay 4,734
47 Crown Hill 4,793
48 Fremont 4,792
49 Green Lake 5,189
50 High Point 4,320
51 North Delridge 5,172
52 Olympic Hills 5,382
53 Madison Park 6,207
54 Eastlake 6,539
55 North College Park 6,546
56 Cedar Park 5,960
57 Roosevelt 6,460
58 Rainier Beach 5,474
59 South Delridge 6,915
60 Central District 6,006
61 Mount Baker 6,410
62 Georgetown 6,555
63 University District 6,834
64 Roxhill 7,348
65 International District 7,033
66 Ballard 7,217
67 Alki 8,465
68 Greenwood 7,467
69 South Park 9,062
70 Capitol Hill 8,010
71 Lower Queen Anne 8,203
72 Haller Lake 10,463
73 South Lake Union 10,528
74 Atlantic 10,595
75 Sand Point 11,382
76 Northgate 12,041
77 First Hill 12,021
78 Belltown 13,583

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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