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Safest Places to Live in Washington ( 2017 Updated ! )

EPF November 15, 2017

 

Washington State is located in the north-western part of the US. It was named after legendary George Washington. It is the 13th most populous state in the US with a population of 7,288,000 people. The capital of Washington is Olympia (50,302 residents), whereas the largest city is Seattle.

The landscape of Washington is dynamic and eye-catching. Diversity can be seen in every corner: mountains, glaciers and bays, ocean, forests, fjords, plains and even Mount Rainier volcano.

However, Washington is not as safe as it used to be, taking into account the fact that the violent crime rate increased by 7.4% from 2015 to 2016. The increase in the same category for the period 2014-2015 was only 1%.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 3,000.

 

30 Safest Places in Washington 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Duvall 7,876 0 0.00
2 Selah 7,753 0 0.00
3 Everson 4,128 0 0.00
4 Clyde Hill 3,279 0 0.00
5 Connell 5,747 1 0.17
6 Snoqualmie 13,713 3 0.22
7 Mercer Island 25,527 6 0.24
8 Sammamish 53,387 19 0.36
9 Newcastle 11,576 5 0.43
10 Normandy Park 6,733 3 0.45
11 Brier 6,753 4 0.59
12 Medina 3,278 2 0.61
13 Algona 3,166 2 0.63
14 Colville 4,728 3 0.63
15 Lynden 13,834 9 0.65
16 Camas 22,350 15 0.67
17 Black Diamond 4,420 3 0.68
18 Sedro Woolley 10,860 8 0.74
19 Lake Forest Park 13,369 10 0.75
20 Liberty Lake 9,187 7 0.76
21 Montesano 3,875 3 0.77
22 Mill Creek 20,419 16 0.78
23 Granger 3,792 3 0.79
24 Maple Valley 26,304 21 0.80
25 West Richland 14,127 12 0.85
26 North Bend 6,863 6 0.87
27 Ridgefield 6,852 6 0.88
28 Mattawa 4,568 4 0.88
29 Fircrest 6,728 6 0.89
30 Anacortes 16,532 15 0.91

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Washington

In case your city didn’t make it to top 30, you can take a look at our full list of Washington cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and divided all places in Washington in the following categories:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

 

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Napavine 1,794 0 0.00
2 Ritzville 1,663 0 0.00
3 Cosmopolis 1,583 0 0.00
4 Kittitas 1,439 0 0.00
5 Sumas 1,386 0 0.00
6 Woodway 1,375 0 0.00
7 Asotin 1,287 0 0.00
8 Tieton 1,264 0 0.00
9 Yarrow Point 1,097 0 0.00
10 Coulee Dam 1,092 0 0.00
11 Twisp 946 0 0.00
12 Ilwaco 914 0 0.00
13 Ruston 808 0 0.00
14 Mossyrock 749 0 0.00
15 Toledo 727 0 0.00
16 Bingen 722 0 0.00
17 Reardan 551 0 0.00
18 Royal City 2,234 1 0.45
19 Gold Bar 2,119 1 0.47
20 Carnation 1,890 1 0.53
21 Warden 2,743 2 0.73
22 Long Beach 1,359 1 0.74
23 White Salmon 2,364 2 0.85
24 Mabton 2,300 2 0.87
25 Morton 1,129 1 0.89
26 Westport 2,011 2 0.99
27 Raymond 2,804 3 1.07
28 Grand Coulee 2,064 3 1.45
29 Cle Elum 2,812 5 1.78
30 Oroville 1,674 3 1.79
31 Chewelah 2,607 5 1.92
32 Castle Rock 2,197 5 2.28
33 Winlock 1,317 3 2.28
34 Winthrop 425 1 2.35
35 South Bend 1,609 4 2.49
36 Eatonville 2,930 8 2.73
37 Tenino 1,761 5 2.84
38 Kalama 2,410 7 2.90
39 Soap Lake 1,586 5 3.15
40 Odessa 864 3 3.47
41 Kettle Falls 1,596 6 3.76
42 Tonasket 1,012 4 3.95
43 Oakville 659 3 4.55
44 Brewster 2,350 11 4.68
45 Roy 809 4 4.94
46 Darrington 1,381 7 5.07

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Duvall 7,876 0 0.00
2 Selah 7,753 0 0.00
3 Everson 4,128 0 0.00
4 Clyde Hill 3,279 0 0.00
5 Connell 5,747 1 0.17
6 Normandy Park 6,733 3 0.45
7 Brier 6,753 4 0.59
8 Medina 3,278 2 0.61
9 Algona 3,166 2 0.63
10 Colville 4,728 3 0.63
11 Black Diamond 4,420 3 0.68
12 Liberty Lake 9,187 7 0.76
13 Montesano 3,875 3 0.77
14 Granger 3,792 3 0.79
15 North Bend 6,863 6 0.87
16 Ridgefield 6,852 6 0.88
17 Mattawa 4,568 4 0.88
18 Fircrest 6,728 6 0.89
19 Zillah 3,157 3 0.95
20 Pacific 7,228 7 0.97
21 Buckley 5,077 5 0.98
22 Stanwood 6,888 7 1.02
23 College Place 9,114 11 1.21
24 Milton 7,785 11 1.41
25 Blaine 5,130 8 1.56
26 Orting 7,594 12 1.58
27 Dupont 9,593 16 1.67
28 Edgewood 9,918 19 1.92
29 Steilacoom 6,257 12 1.92
30 Ocean Shores 5,721 11 1.92
31 Chehalis 7,417 15 2.02
32 Moxee 3,911 8 2.05
33 Snohomish 9,773 21 2.15
34 Othello 7,893 17 2.15
35 Hoquiam 8,342 18 2.16
36 La Center 3,159 7 2.22
37 Sumner 9,753 22 2.26
38 Yelm 8,780 20 2.28
39 Ephrata 8,116 19 2.34
40 Wapato 5,067 12 2.37
41 Sequim 6,868 17 2.48
42 Prosser 5,895 15 2.54
43 Port Townsend 9,378 24 2.56
44 Gig Harbor 9,124 24 2.63
45 Shelton 9,830 27 2.75
46 Quincy 7,482 21 2.81
47 Elma 3,020 9 2.98
48 Burlington 8,680 27 3.11
49 Woodland 5,902 19 3.22
50 Granite Falls 3,516 12 3.41
51 Goldendale 3,439 12 3.49
52 Union Gap 6,031 22 3.65
53 Clarkston 7,330 27 3.68
54 Toppenish 8,997 34 3.78
55 Sultan 4,826 22 4.56
56 Omak 4,854 26 5.36

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Snoqualmie 13,713 3 0.22
2 Mercer Island 25,527 6 0.24
3 Newcastle 11,576 5 0.43
4 Lynden 13,834 9 0.65
5 Camas 22,350 15 0.67
6 Sedro Woolley 10,860 8 0.74
7 Lake Forest Park 13,369 10 0.75
8 Mill Creek 20,419 16 0.78
9 Maple Valley 26,304 21 0.80
10 West Richland 14,127 12 0.85
11 Anacortes 16,532 15 0.91
12 Kenmore 22,340 22 0.98
13 Bainbridge Island 23,998 26 1.08
14 Mukilteo 21,416 24 1.12
15 Ferndale 13,338 16 1.20
16 Battle Ground 19,734 26 1.32
17 Mountlake Terrace 21,212 28 1.32
18 Sunnyside 16,387 22 1.34
19 Enumclaw 11,709 16 1.37
20 Woodinville 11,953 17 1.42
21 East Wenatchee 13,746 20 1.45
22 Bonney Lake 20,449 30 1.47
23 Covington 19,529 29 1.48
24 Grandview 11,230 17 1.51
25 Ellensburg 19,148 32 1.67
26 Poulsbo 10,199 19 1.86
27 Washougal 15,527 29 1.87
28 Oak Harbor 22,795 49 2.15
29 Cheney 11,703 31 2.65
30 Arlington 19,142 51 2.66
31 Monroe 18,247 60 3.29
32 Tumwater 19,569 78 3.99
33 Centralia 16,785 68 4.05
34 Port Orchard 13,897 59 4.25
35 Kelso 11,897 54 4.54
36 Aberdeen 16,155 74 4.58
37 Moses Lake 22,372 111 4.96
38 SeaTac 28,466 151 5.30
39 Port Angeles 19,525 111 5.69
40 Fife 10,134 73 7.20
41 Tukwila 20,195 168 8.32

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Sammamish 53,387 19 0.36
2 Kirkland 88,627 81 0.91
3 Bellevue 142,238 139 0.98
4 Issaquah 37,308 37 0.99
5 Bothell 43,828 50 1.14
6 Redmond 61,893 83 1.34
7 Pullman 33,456 50 1.49
8 Shoreline 55,905 92 1.65
9 Edmonds 41,705 71 1.70
10 Richland 55,475 101 1.82
11 Pasco 71,077 148 2.08
12 Lake Stevens 31,440 67 2.13
13 University Place 33,196 73 2.20
14 Lacey 47,215 108 2.29
15 Kennewick 79,837 183 2.29
16 Marysville 68,172 157 2.30
17 Mount Vernon 34,521 88 2.55
18 Wenatchee 33,920 88 2.59
19 Bellingham 86,005 224 2.60
20 Spokane Valley 95,923 271 2.83
21 Kent 128,604 372 2.89
22 Renton 101,908 341 3.35
23 Puyallup 40,167 135 3.36
24 Des Moines 31,523 118 3.74
25 Walla Walla 32,326 122 3.77
26 Lynnwood 37,217 143 3.84
27 Longview 36,854 142 3.85
28 Vancouver 174,912 675 3.86
29 Olympia 50,972 200 3.92
30 Auburn 78,400 329 4.20
31 Everett 108,988 490 4.50
32 Federal Way 96,338 454 4.71
33 Burien 50,934 249 4.89
34 Bremerton 39,862 198 4.97
35 Yakima 94,111 496 5.27
36 Spokane 214,028 1,279 5.98
37 Seattle 700,313 4,294 6.13
38 Lakewood 60,153 449 7.46
39 Tacoma 209,914 2,000 9.53

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your city? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you.

 

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Elite Personal Finance

November 15, 2017

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