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Safest Places to Live in Washington ( 2018 Updated ! )

EPF Last Update: November 17, 2018

Washington State is located in the north-western part of the US. It was named after the 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 2.0% from 2016 to 2017 (a 0.3% increase per 100,000 residents).

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2017. 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 a population under 3,000.

30 Safest Places in Washington 2018

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Clyde Hill 3,316 0 0.00
2 Medina 3,293 0 0.00
3 Snoqualmie 13,648 2 0.15
4 Black Diamond 4,422 1 0.23
5 Everson 4,217 1 0.24
6 Mercer Island 25,553 7 0.27
7 Duvall 7,875 4 0.51
8 Montesano 3,902 2 0.51
9 Camas 22,973 13 0.57
10 Brier 6,840 4 0.58
11 Colville 4,805 3 0.62
12 Lynden 14,302 9 0.63
13 Algona 3,177 2 0.63
14 La Center 3,177 2 0.63
15 Liberty Lake 9,505 6 0.63
16 Zillah 3,162 2 0.63
17 Issaquah 38,592 25 0.65
18 Bainbridge Island 24,635 16 0.65
19 Pullman 33,897 23 0.68
20 Selah 7,839 6 0.77
21 Lake Forest Park 13,375 11 0.82
22 Pacific 7,210 6 0.83
23 Kirkland 88,898 75 0.84
24 Enumclaw 11,745 10 0.85
25 North Bend 6,898 6 0.87
26 West Richland 14,603 13 0.89
27 Normandy Park 6,702 6 0.90
28 Mattawa 4,423 4 0.90
29 Ridgefield 7,532 7 0.93
30 Steilacoom 6,364 6 0.94

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Crime Score in All Cities in Washington

In case your city didn’t make it to the 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 into 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 Grand Coulee 2,051 0 0.00
2 Cosmopolis 1,593 0 0.00
3 Long Beach 1,389 0 0.00
4 Woodway 1,389 0 0.00
5 Odessa 863 0 0.00
6 Mossyrock 764 0 0.00
7 Reardan 567 0 0.00
8 Winthrop 436 0 0.00
9 Kalama 2,509 1 0.40
10 Royal City 2,203 1 0.45
11 Tenino 1,842 1 0.54
12 Oroville 1,673 1 0.60
13 Kittitas 1,452 1 0.69
14 Sumas 1,426 1 0.70
15 Warden 2,722 2 0.73
16 White Salmon 2,495 2 0.80
17 Morton 1,149 1 0.87
18 Castle Rock 2,228 2 0.90
19 Twisp 957 1 1.04
20 Napavine 1,881 2 1.06
21 Ilwaco 928 1 1.08
22 Ruston 828 1 1.21
23 South Bend 1,637 2 1.22
24 Ritzville 1,617 2 1.24
25 Kettle Falls 1,609 2 1.24
26 Eatonville 2,994 4 1.34
27 Toledo 740 1 1.35
28 Winlock 1,337 2 1.50
29 Oakville 662 1 1.51
30 Raymond 2,872 5 1.74
31 Mabton 2,292 5 2.18
32 Chewelah 2,641 7 2.65
33 Cle Elum 2,895 8 2.76
34 Gold Bar 2,140 7 3.27
35 Bingen 723 3 4.15
36 Soap Lake 1,574 8 5.08
37 Roy 827 5 6.05
38 Darrington 1,391 11 7.91

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Clyde Hill 3,316 0 0.00
2 Medina 3,293 0 0.00
3 Black Diamond 4,422 1 0.23
4 Everson 4,217 1 0.24
5 Duvall 7,875 4 0.51
6 Montesano 3,902 2 0.51
7 Brier 6,840 4 0.58
8 Colville 4,805 3 0.62
9 Algona 3,177 2 0.63
10 La Center 3,177 2 0.63
11 Liberty Lake 9,505 6 0.63
12 Zillah 3,162 2 0.63
13 Selah 7,839 6 0.77
14 Pacific 7,210 6 0.83
15 North Bend 6,898 6 0.87
16 Normandy Park 6,702 6 0.90
17 Mattawa 4,423 4 0.90
18 Ridgefield 7,532 7 0.93
19 Steilacoom 6,364 6 0.94
20 Wapato 5,073 5 0.99
21 Orting 7,863 9 1.14
22 Buckley 5,234 6 1.15
23 Woodland 6,022 7 1.16
24 Moxee 4,120 5 1.21
25 Airway Heights 8,460 11 1.30
26 College Place 9,198 12 1.30
27 Hoquiam 8,386 13 1.55
28 Othello 8,225 13 1.58
29 Dupont 9,721 16 1.65
30 Ephrata 8,086 15 1.86
31 Fircrest 6,830 13 1.90
32 Connell 5,656 11 1.94
33 Granite Falls 3,550 7 1.97
34 Gig Harbor 9,494 19 2.00
35 Ocean Shores 5,872 12 2.04
36 Blaine 5,245 11 2.10
37 Stanwood 7,142 16 2.24
38 Chehalis 7,538 17 2.26
39 Goldendale 3,455 8 2.32
40 Sultan 5,129 13 2.53
41 Yelm 9,304 24 2.58
42 Forks 3,822 10 2.62
43 Milton 8,121 22 2.71
44 Port Townsend 9,596 30 3.13
45 Toppenish 8,974 29 3.23
46 Prosser 6,091 20 3.28
47 Elma 3,044 10 3.29
48 Union Gap 6,104 22 3.60
49 Quincy 7,488 27 3.61
50 Sequim 7,025 26 3.70

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Snoqualmie 13,648 2 0.15
2 Mercer Island 25,553 7 0.27
3 Camas 22,973 13 0.57
4 Lynden 14,302 9 0.63
5 Bainbridge Island 24,635 16 0.65
6 Lake Forest Park 13,375 11 0.82
7 Enumclaw 11,745 10 0.85
8 West Richland 14,603 13 0.89
9 Anacortes 16,838 19 1.13
10 Edgewood 10,984 13 1.18
11 East Wenatchee 14,097 17 1.21
12 Sedro Woolley 11,545 15 1.30
13 Mukilteo 21,662 29 1.34
14 Oak Harbor 23,371 33 1.41
15 Ferndale 13,757 20 1.45
16 Ellensburg 20,026 32 1.60
17 Poulsbo 10,600 18 1.70
18 Battle Ground 20,516 37 1.80
19 Bonney Lake 20,844 38 1.82
20 Grandview 11,203 21 1.87
21 Mountlake Terrace 21,402 42 1.96
22 Mill Creek 20,664 44 2.13
23 Snohomish 10,045 23 2.29
24 Cheney 12,510 29 2.32
25 Washougal 15,698 38 2.42
26 Sunnyside 16,480 49 2.97
27 Tumwater 22,961 71 3.09
28 Shelton 10,000 31 3.10
29 Sumner 10,060 32 3.18
30 Arlington 19,302 66 3.42
31 Port Orchard 14,253 52 3.65
32 Monroe 18,596 69 3.71
33 Kelso 12,070 45 3.73
34 Centralia 17,048 80 4.69
35 Aberdeen 16,243 85 5.23
36 Moses Lake 22,985 131 5.70
37 Port Angeles 19,964 114 5.71
38 Fife 10,264 99 9.65

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Issaquah 38,592 25 0.65
2 Pullman 33,897 23 0.68
3 Kirkland 88,898 75 0.84
4 Bellevue 143,703 144 1.00
5 Bothell 45,357 49 1.08
6 Redmond 63,889 96 1.50
7 Lake Stevens 32,288 49 1.52
8 Edmonds 42,197 72 1.71
9 Richland 56,151 102 1.82
10 Spokane Valley 97,430 200 2.05
11 Pasco 72,146 154 2.13
12 Wenatchee 34,191 73 2.14
13 Marysville 68,950 151 2.19
14 University Place 33,662 74 2.20
15 Mount Vernon 35,085 82 2.34
16 Kennewick 81,499 213 2.61
17 Lacey 48,597 139 2.86
18 Bellingham 88,652 258 2.91
19 Longview 37,424 112 2.99
20 Renton 102,470 328 3.20
21 Puyallup 41,242 145 3.52
22 Kent 128,990 465 3.60
23 Lynnwood 38,469 139 3.61
24 Vancouver 176,884 652 3.69
25 Des Moines 31,415 125 3.98
26 Walla Walla 32,189 140 4.35
27 Federal Way 98,014 440 4.49
28 Everett 110,040 497 4.52
29 Auburn 78,718 376 4.78
30 Olympia 51,923 256 4.93
31 Bremerton 41,173 216 5.25
32 Spokane 217,066 1,360 6.27
33 Yakima 94,375 593 6.28
34 Seattle 721,365 4,564 6.33
35 Lakewood 61,080 425 6.96
36 Tacoma 213,504 1,737 8.14

How safe do you feel?

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