We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Spokane 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 Spokane. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.
In which Spokane 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 Spokane in 2020? That would be North Indian Trail. 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 Spokane.
If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Spokane neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Spokane that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Spokane.
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How We Determined The Safest Spokane 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 Spokane.
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 27 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 Spokane.’ We’re lookin’ at you, North Indian Trail.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Spokane. 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 Spokane For 2020
A suburban area in the northwestern corner of the Spokane city limits, North Indian Trail features homes overlooking the Spokane River Gorge. The area first began to develop in the 1970s with single-family subdivisions, and now features duplexes, apartment dwellings, and commercial areas. A shopping complex at the intersection of Indian Trail Road and Barnes Road serves surrounding communities including Five Mile Prairie, Rutter Parkway, Seven Mile and the rural areas beyond.
The violent crime per 100K people in North Indian Trail comes in at 118 and the property crime per capita is 1,392 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in Manitocannon Hill comes in at 87 and the property crime per capita is 3,371 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in Balboasouth Indian Trail comes in at 210 and the property crime per capita is 2,722 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in Northwest comes in at 134 and the property crime per capita is 3,622 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in Lincoln Heights comes in at 88 and the property crime per capita is 4,320 for 2020.
A cliff-ringed butte five miles north of downtown Spokane, Five Mile is one of Spokane’s newer residential areas. Homes here tend to be more costly due to the views, and the fact that the area lies within the Mead School District. Sky Prairie Park, Prairie View Elementary School and the Five Mile Grange are community hubs. The butte’s north and west slopes remain wild and forested. Although no retail business districts exist atop the hill, it overlooks the commercial centers of Francis Avenue to the south, Indian Trail Road to the west, Wandermere to the northeast and North Division to the east. Mead High School is one mile north of the hill. Holy Family hospital lies two miles southeast.
The violent crime per 100K people in Five Mileprairie comes in at 296 and the property crime per capita is 3,418 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in Moran Prairie comes in at 241 and the property crime per capita is 3,764 for 2020.
Garland The Garland Historical District is a mid-20th century neighborhood located 2 miles north of Downtown. The area is considered a walkable community with many local shops, pubs, and restaurants lining Garland Avenue, which runs east-west through the district. Notable businesses and attractions include Ferguson’s Caf, the Garland Theater, and the Blue Door Theater, which bills itself as ‘The Inland Northwest’s Premier Improv Company’. Fergusons Caf, which first opened in the 1930s, was featured in three movies: Vision Quest, Benny & Joon and Why Would I Lie-. On the night of September 25, 2011, the Milk Bottle restaurant, and the historical Ferguson’s Caf, located next door, were heavily damaged in a fire. Fire investigators believe the fire started in a walkway between the two restaurants.
The violent crime per 100K people in North Hill comes in at 133 and the property crime per capita is 4,351 for 2020.
An older residential neighborhood with many homes on the Spokane Register of Historic Places, Rockwood is part of the master plan of Spokane commissioned by the Olmsted Brothers, sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, one of the designers of Central Park in Manhattan. The Olmsted Brothers recommended curving streets with a central boulevard winding through the heart of the neighborhood. Many street names in the neighborhood help illustrate the topographical profile of Rockwood. Along with the namesake boulevard, streets such as Overbluff, Upper Terrace, Highland, Plateau, Pinecrest, and Woodcliff all include a reference to their geographic setting. Half of Rockwood is perched on a winding hillside, where the valley carved by the Spokane River rises rather abruptly to the elevation of the Columbia Plateau. In places the elevation change is so dramatic that streets are cut off; for example, on Perry Street a staircase, rather than paved road, connects Overbluff with 20th Avenue. Above the hillside the terrain is relatively flat. This change in elevation results in numerous basalt outcroppings within the neighborhood. Along with the exposed rocks this old neighborhood is full of mature trees, making Rockwood a very literal street name. There are many large homes in the neighborhood, especially along Rockwood Boulevard and the surrounding hillsides. The rest of the neighborhood is generally composed of smaller single-family homes. Notable exceptions include the Spanish Colonial Hutton Elementary School at 24th Ave. and Plateau Rd., the Gothic Revival St. John’s Cathedral at 12th Avenue and Grand Boulevard, and the business district stretching north, from the cathedral, along Grand.
The violent crime per 100K people in Rockwood comes in at 192 and the property crime per capita is 4,334 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in Comstock comes in at 309 and the property crime per capita is 4,506 for 2020.
Summing Up The Safest Places In Spokane
Looking at the data, you can tell that North Indian Trail 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 Spokane For 2020
|Rank||Neighborhood||Crime Per 100K|
|1||North Indian Trail||1,510|
|3||Balboasouth Indian Trail||2,932|
|19||Chief Garry Park||8,794|