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Safest Places to Live in Washington 2020

EPF Last Update: March 7, 2020

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

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. 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 5,000.

50 Safest Places in Washington 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Snoqualmie 13947 3 0,22
2 North Bend 6971 2 0,29
3 Mercer Island 25641 10 0,39
4 Brier 6975 3 0,43
5 Connell 5765 3 0,52
6 Duvall 7980 5 0,63
7 Grandview 11163 7 0,63
8 West Richland 15012 11 0,73
9 Enumclaw 11882 9 0,76
10 Issaquah 38606 30 0,78
11 Camas 23865 19 0,80
12 Sedro Woolley 11953 10 0,84
13 Mill Creek 21234 19 0,89
14 Ridgefield 8552 8 0,94
15 Steilacoom 6389 6 0,94
16 Woodland 6228 6 0,96
17 Liberty Lake 10272 10 0,97
18 East Wenatchee 14097 14 0,99
19 Selah 7932 8 1,01
20 Bainbridge Island 24739 25 1,01
21 Oak Harbor 23330 24 1,03
22 Lake Forest Park 13504 14 1,04
23 Othello 8247 9 1,09
24 Ferndale 14439 16 1,11
25 Buckley 5402 6 1,11
26 Kirkland 89805 101 1,12
27 Pullman 33896 41 1,21
28 Lynden 14612 18 1,23
29 Edgewood 11510 15 1,30
30 Bellevue 146913 194 1,32
31 Orting 8179 11 1,34
32 Sultan 5204 7 1,35
33 Redmond 65827 89 1,35
34 Bothell 46387 65 1,40
35 Ephrata 8062 12 1,49
36 Ocean Shores 5977 9 1,51
37 Pacific 7269 11 1,51
38 Battle Ground 21002 32 1,52
39 Edmonds 42565 65 1,53
40 Hoquiam 8469 13 1,54
41 Bonney Lake 21192 33 1,56
42 Washougal 15949 25 1,57
43 Mukilteo 21638 37 1,71
44 Poulsbo 10886 19 1,75
45 Anacortes 17130 30 1,75
46 Stanwood 7225 13 1,80
47 Mountlake Terrace 21549 39 1,81
48 Lake Stevens 33491 63 1,88
49 Lacey 50844 96 1,89
50 Prosser 6342 12 1,89

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Crime Score in All Cities in Washington 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, 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 ElitePersonalFinance 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 Index 210 0 0,00
2 Winthrop 444 0 0,00
3 Mossyrock 794 0 0,00
4 Coulee Dam 1076 0 0,00
5 Morton 1164 0 0,00
6 Woodway 1390 0 0,00
7 Sumas 1488 0 0,00
8 Napavine 1908 0 0,00
9 White Salmon 2583 1 0,39
10 Grand Coulee 2047 1 0,49
11 Soap Lake 1583 1 0,63
12 Kalama 2737 2 0,73
13 Gold Bar 2323 2 0,86
14 Yarrow Point 1144 1 0,87
15 Ruston 840 1 1,19
16 Castle Rock 2251 3 1,33
17 Cle Elum 2966 4 1,35
18 Long Beach 1416 2 1,41
19 Warden 2733 4 1,46
20 Oakville 683 1 1,46
21 Westport 2047 3 1,47
22 Oroville 1669 3 1,80
23 Royal City 2212 4 1,81
24 Ritzville 1631 3 1,84
25 Chewelah 2643 5 1,89
26 Raymond 2928 7 2,39
27 Kettle Falls 1616 4 2,48
28 Darrington 1414 9 6,36
29 Roy 826 9 10,90

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Black Diamond 4476 0 0,00
2 North Bend 6971 2 0,29
3 Medina 3311 1 0,30
4 Brier 6975 3 0,43
5 Connell 5765 3 0,52
6 Goldendale 3496 2 0,57
7 La Center 3258 2 0,61
8 Algona 3207 2 0,62
9 Duvall 7980 5 0,63
10 Zillah 3139 2 0,64
11 Granite Falls 3634 3 0,83
12 Colville 4777 4 0,84
13 Ridgefield 8552 8 0,94
14 Steilacoom 6389 6 0,94
15 Woodland 6228 6 0,96
16 Selah 7932 8 1,01
17 Othello 8247 9 1,09
18 Buckley 5402 6 1,11
19 Eatonville 3027 4 1,32
20 Orting 8179 11 1,34
21 Sultan 5204 7 1,35
22 Ephrata 8062 12 1,49
23 Ocean Shores 5977 9 1,51
24 Pacific 7269 11 1,51
25 Hoquiam 8469 13 1,54
26 Stanwood 7225 13 1,80
27 Prosser 6342 12 1,89
28 Burlington 8839 17 1,92
29 Elma 3089 6 1,94
30 Moxee 4114 8 1,94
31 Quincy 7598 16 2,11
32 Gig Harbor 9909 22 2,22
33 Chehalis 7573 17 2,24
34 Clarkston 7417 17 2,29
35 Fircrest 6839 16 2,34
36 Sequim 7183 18 2,51
37 Montesano 3959 10 2,53
38 Forks 3874 11 2,84
39 Port Townsend 9615 29 3,02
40 Union Gap 6163 19 3,08
41 Dupont 9678 31 3,20
42 Milton 8366 27 3,23
43 Airway Heights 9085 33 3,63
44 Toppenish 8898 33 3,71

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Snoqualmie 13947 3 0,22
2 Mercer Island 25641 10 0,39
3 Grandview 11163 7 0,63
4 West Richland 15012 11 0,73
5 Enumclaw 11882 9 0,76
6 Camas 23865 19 0,80
7 Sedro Woolley 11953 10 0,84
8 Mill Creek 21234 19 0,89
9 Liberty Lake 10272 10 0,97
10 East Wenatchee 14097 14 0,99
11 Bainbridge Island 24739 25 1,01
12 Oak Harbor 23330 24 1,03
13 Lake Forest Park 13504 14 1,04
14 Ferndale 14439 16 1,11
15 Lynden 14612 18 1,23
16 Edgewood 11510 15 1,30
17 Battle Ground 21002 32 1,52
18 Bonney Lake 21192 33 1,56
19 Washougal 15949 25 1,57
20 Mukilteo 21638 37 1,71
21 Poulsbo 10886 19 1,75
22 Anacortes 17130 30 1,75
23 Mountlake Terrace 21549 39 1,81
24 Ellensburg 20616 42 2,04
25 Sunnyside 16468 37 2,25
26 Snohomish 10227 25 2,44
27 Sumner 10191 26 2,55
28 Arlington 19394 60 3,09
29 Moses Lake 23763 80 3,37
30 Cheney 12715 43 3,38
31 Tumwater 23405 84 3,59
32 Monroe 19003 69 3,63
33 Kelso 12164 52 4,27
34 Port Orchard 14269 67 4,70
35 Centralia 17299 88 5,09
36 Shelton 10188 52 5,10
37 Aberdeen 16404 85 5,18
38 Port Angeles 19992 106 5,30
39 Tukwila 20288 148 7,29

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Issaquah 38606 30 0,78
2 Kirkland 89805 101 1,12
3 Pullman 33896 41 1,21
4 Bellevue 146913 194 1,32
5 Redmond 65827 89 1,35
6 Bothell 46387 65 1,40
7 Edmonds 42565 65 1,53
8 Lake Stevens 33491 63 1,88
9 Lacey 50844 96 1,89
10 Kennewick 82687 158 1,91
11 University Place 33743 72 2,13
12 Richland 57450 127 2,21
13 Pasco 74582 166 2,23
14 Bellingham 90208 204 2,26
15 Marysville 70204 170 2,42
16 Puyallup 41572 108 2,60
17 Lynnwood 38620 101 2,62
18 Mount Vernon 35550 99 2,78
19 Longview 37720 110 2,92
20 Wenatchee 34169 100 2,93
21 Renton 102749 331 3,22
22 Everett 111091 373 3,36
23 Kent 129870 452 3,48
24 Spokane Valley 99020 346 3,49
25 Des Moines 31460 111 3,53
26 Walla Walla 32906 128 3,89
27 Auburn 82381 360 4,37
28 Yakima 93959 421 4,48
29 Vancouver 177580 819 4,61
30 Federal Way 97762 458 4,68
31 Olympia 52312 246 4,70
32 Lakewood 60694 393 6,48
33 Seattle 742759 5052 6,80
34 Spokane 218222 1742 7,98
35 Tacoma 215687 1869 8,67

ElitePersonalFinance did’t include few cities. We can’t find updates for them. Here they are:

Burien
Carnation
Covington
Kenmore
Maple Valley
Newcastle
Sammamish
SeaTac
Shoreline
Woodinville

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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