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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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Snoqualmie1394730,22
2North Bend697120,29
3Mercer Island25641100,39
4Brier697530,43
5Connell576530,52
6Duvall798050,63
7Grandview1116370,63
8West Richland15012110,73
9Enumclaw1188290,76
10Issaquah38606300,78
11Camas23865190,80
12Sedro Woolley11953100,84
13Mill Creek21234190,89
14Ridgefield855280,94
15Steilacoom638960,94
16Woodland622860,96
17Liberty Lake10272100,97
18East Wenatchee14097140,99
19Selah793281,01
20Bainbridge Island24739251,01
21Oak Harbor23330241,03
22Lake Forest Park13504141,04
23Othello824791,09
24Ferndale14439161,11
25Buckley540261,11
26Kirkland898051011,12
27Pullman33896411,21
28Lynden14612181,23
29Edgewood11510151,30
30Bellevue1469131941,32
31Orting8179111,34
32Sultan520471,35
33Redmond65827891,35
34Bothell46387651,40
35Ephrata8062121,49
36Ocean Shores597791,51
37Pacific7269111,51
38Battle Ground21002321,52
39Edmonds42565651,53
40Hoquiam8469131,54
41Bonney Lake21192331,56
42Washougal15949251,57
43Mukilteo21638371,71
44Poulsbo10886191,75
45Anacortes17130301,75
46Stanwood7225131,80
47Mountlake Terrace21549391,81
48Lake Stevens33491631,88
49Lacey50844961,89
50Prosser6342121,89

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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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Index21000,00
2Winthrop44400,00
3Mossyrock79400,00
4Coulee Dam107600,00
5Morton116400,00
6Woodway139000,00
7Sumas148800,00
8Napavine190800,00
9White Salmon258310,39
10Grand Coulee204710,49
11Soap Lake158310,63
12Kalama273720,73
13Gold Bar232320,86
14Yarrow Point114410,87
15Ruston84011,19
16Castle Rock225131,33
17Cle Elum296641,35
18Long Beach141621,41
19Warden273341,46
20Oakville68311,46
21Westport204731,47
22Oroville166931,80
23Royal City221241,81
24Ritzville163131,84
25Chewelah264351,89
26Raymond292872,39
27Kettle Falls161642,48
28Darrington141496,36
29Roy826910,90

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Black Diamond447600,00
2North Bend697120,29
3Medina331110,30
4Brier697530,43
5Connell576530,52
6Goldendale349620,57
7La Center325820,61
8Algona320720,62
9Duvall798050,63
10Zillah313920,64
11Granite Falls363430,83
12Colville477740,84
13Ridgefield855280,94
14Steilacoom638960,94
15Woodland622860,96
16Selah793281,01
17Othello824791,09
18Buckley540261,11
19Eatonville302741,32
20Orting8179111,34
21Sultan520471,35
22Ephrata8062121,49
23Ocean Shores597791,51
24Pacific7269111,51
25Hoquiam8469131,54
26Stanwood7225131,80
27Prosser6342121,89
28Burlington8839171,92
29Elma308961,94
30Moxee411481,94
31Quincy7598162,11
32Gig Harbor9909222,22
33Chehalis7573172,24
34Clarkston7417172,29
35Fircrest6839162,34
36Sequim7183182,51
37Montesano3959102,53
38Forks3874112,84
39Port Townsend9615293,02
40Union Gap6163193,08
41Dupont9678313,20
42Milton8366273,23
43Airway Heights9085333,63
44Toppenish8898333,71

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Snoqualmie1394730,22
2Mercer Island25641100,39
3Grandview1116370,63
4West Richland15012110,73
5Enumclaw1188290,76
6Camas23865190,80
7Sedro Woolley11953100,84
8Mill Creek21234190,89
9Liberty Lake10272100,97
10East Wenatchee14097140,99
11Bainbridge Island24739251,01
12Oak Harbor23330241,03
13Lake Forest Park13504141,04
14Ferndale14439161,11
15Lynden14612181,23
16Edgewood11510151,30
17Battle Ground21002321,52
18Bonney Lake21192331,56
19Washougal15949251,57
20Mukilteo21638371,71
21Poulsbo10886191,75
22Anacortes17130301,75
23Mountlake Terrace21549391,81
24Ellensburg20616422,04
25Sunnyside16468372,25
26Snohomish10227252,44
27Sumner10191262,55
28Arlington19394603,09
29Moses Lake23763803,37
30Cheney12715433,38
31Tumwater23405843,59
32Monroe19003693,63
33Kelso12164524,27
34Port Orchard14269674,70
35Centralia17299885,09
36Shelton10188525,10
37Aberdeen16404855,18
38Port Angeles199921065,30
39Tukwila202881487,29

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Issaquah38606300,78
2Kirkland898051011,12
3Pullman33896411,21
4Bellevue1469131941,32
5Redmond65827891,35
6Bothell46387651,40
7Edmonds42565651,53
8Lake Stevens33491631,88
9Lacey50844961,89
10Kennewick826871581,91
11University Place33743722,13
12Richland574501272,21
13Pasco745821662,23
14Bellingham902082042,26
15Marysville702041702,42
16Puyallup415721082,60
17Lynnwood386201012,62
18Mount Vernon35550992,78
19Longview377201102,92
20Wenatchee341691002,93
21Renton1027493313,22
22Everett1110913733,36
23Kent1298704523,48
24Spokane Valley990203463,49
25Des Moines314601113,53
26Walla Walla329061283,89
27Auburn823813604,37
28Yakima939594214,48
29Vancouver1775808194,61
30Federal Way977624584,68
31Olympia523122464,70
32Lakewood606943936,48
33Seattle74275950526,80
34Spokane21822217427,98
35Tacoma21568718698,67

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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