If you're trying to decide where to live, one of the most important factors to include in your decision is whether or not the city is safe for you and your family. Everyone enjoys spending time in their neighborhoods if they're secure and free from significant criminal activity or threats. So, in an attempt to quantify which areas of Washington are most safe, the team at ValuePenguin decided to break down the data so we could help our readers understand the issue. Not only do we look at which cities and towns in WA are safest overall, we'll also analyze which places are safest inside of three different population buckets: large, midsize, and small cities. Keeping reading our report below to see where your town ended up:

The Top 5 Safest Places in Washington State

Three of our top five safest places in Washington were located in the eastern Seattle-metro area while the other two were in the southern half of the state. Crime scores for the elite group ranged from 176 to 265. To give some perspective, the "least safe" city in the state, Tukwila, came in at a score of 5,200.

1. Sammamish, WA

Located in King County, about a 30 minute drive from downtown Seattle, the City of Sammamish is no stranger to winning awards. Amongst past accolades they’ve received are Friendliest Town and Best Town to Live in the US, from Forbes and CNN respectively. Well, now they can add the “Safest City in Washington” trophy to their collection as the city has the 4th lowest violent crime and the 2nd lowest property crime per capita in the state.

Factor Value
Population 49,805
Crime Score 176

2. Duvall, WA

Incorporated just over 100 years ago, Duvall was originally settled by the Duvall brothers, Francis and James, who both worked in the logging industry. Since then, Duvall has evolved into a quaint town of just over 7,000 residents, growing a whopping 62% since 2000. And thanks to Police Chief, Carey Hert, and the other LE officers in Duvall, the community ranks as the 2nd safest in WA for our 2015 study.

Factor Value
Population 7,342
Crime Score 199.7

3. Snoqualmie, WA

Best known for its 268 feet cascading waterfall, the City of Snoqualmie has plenty of activities to keep everyone busy. From hiking trails, to the Northwest Railway Museum, to its close proximity to Seattle, Snoqualmie is a versatile city. The 12,000 citizens living in town will also be happy to know that Snoqualmie is the 3rd safest town in the Evergreen State. 

Factor Value
Population 11,890
Crime Score 200.3

4. Ridgefield, WA

The smallest city inside of our Top 5, Ridgefield sits in southwestern Washington state right alongside the state border with Oregon. Originally home to the Chinook tribe, Ridgefield was settled by James Carty in 1840 and later incorporated in 1909. With the city’s “rolling hills, tranquil setting and Main Street America Charm,” it should come as little surprise that the city is one of the safest in all of Washington!

Factor Value
Population 5,426
Crime Score 257

5. Selah, WA

A city famous for the delicious apples that it grows, Selah is home to over 7,000 residents. Those who are fortunate enough to live in Selah can easily enjoy the great outdoors where there are a multitude of hiking trails and climbing opportunities to enjoy year round. More into nature sightseeing? You'll run into all sorts of interesting animals in Selah from bighorn sheep to bald eagles! Beyond being a quiet agricultural city, Selah is also the 5th safest place to live in Washington.

Factor Value
Population 7,376
Crime Score 265

Washington's Safest Places by Population

To make a more direct "apples to apples" comparison amongst WA city crime rates, we wanted to breakout the towns by population. Our small towns bucket consists of cities with fewer than 15,000 residents, midsize cities range from 15,000 to 30,000, and large cities with more than 30,000 citizens. Here is what this breakdown looks like:

Map of Safest Places in Washington

Our interactive map visually displays each of the cities and towns in Washington that were included in our study. If you want more details, just roll your mouse over each dot for the location name and crime score rank.

Full List of Washington Cities

Below is a complete rundown of the cities and towns we've included in our 2015 study of safest places in Washington. They're listed in order from safest to least safe with their corresponding "Crime Score" to the right of the city name. Assuming you can't find your city or town there are two possible reasons. First, this study only includes places with a population of 5,000 or greater. And second, the FBI doesn't receive crime data from every municipality. In that event, we won't have quantifiable data to analyze. 

Methodology

We sourced our data from 2013 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent data available. The raw data report included violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) from all law enforcement agencies that participate in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program. We standardized the data to reflect violent and property crimes per 100k, to account for population. We then aggregated a "crime score". In order to calculate this, we weighted violent crime at 90% and property crime at 10%; though property crime is far more prevalent, we figured that the violent crime data points are more relevant when calculating the relative safety of these cities. We then ranked the cities relative to each other based on their crime scores. Additionally, we only looked at cities/towns in Washington that had populations larger than 5,000.

If you're looking for an alphabetical list of the cities in Washington and where they stack up in terms of safety here is a table you can look at that makes finding your town easier:

Rank City Population Violent Crime per 100k Property Crime per 100k Crime Score
88 Aberdeen  16,408  353  5,753  1,882
58 Airway Heights  6,441  93  5,170  1,144
48 Anacortes  15,980  131  3,498  983
82 Arlington  18,425  201  6,100  1,687
96 Auburn  74,565  393  5,289  2,150
14 Bainbridge Island  23,326  51  1,449  417
20 Battle Ground  18,146  72  1,934  550
50 Bellevue  127,678  98  3,093  1,015
45 Bonney Lake  18,156  154  3,002  934
24 Bothell  35,007  51  2,417  653
100 Bremerton  39,754  571  4,895  2,308
9 Brier  6,303  48  1,364  341
91 Burien  49,822  355  5,243  1,982
98 Burlington  8,492  188  9,574  2,213
19 Camas  20,848  67  1,861  532
84 Centralia  16,549  369  4,822  1,718
62 Chehalis  7,312  150  4,664  1,162
38 Cheney  11,117  171  2,582  834
94 Clarkston  7,295  370  7,498  2,091
30 College Place  8,913  90  2,951  743
10 Connell  5,913  152  524  357
54 Covington  18,526  184  3,303  1,058
76 Des Moines  30,684  319  3,829  1,503
7 Dupont  8,999  100  656  308
2 Duvall  7,342  27  790  199.7
51 East Wenatchee  13,509  185  3,250  1,015
29 Edgewood  9,542  94  2,798  725
44 Edmonds  40,615  172  2,440  919
59 Ellensburg  18,367  180  3,762  1,147
31 Enumclaw  11,431  79  3,044  762
68 Ephrata  7,986  213  5,184  1,386
108 Everett  105,129  421  6,530  2,591
93 Federal Way  92,741  314  5,578  2,087
49 Ferndale  12,173  214  3,015  1,009
109 Fife  9,380  949  6,354  2,958
41 Fircrest  6,609  242  2,345  864
81 Gig Harbor  7,699  286  6,066  1,679
32 Grandview  11,048  172  2,272  772
25 Issaquah  33,365  63  2,428  677
99 Kelso  11,802  610  5,770  2,293
16 Kenmore  21,531  65  1,486  449
75 Kennewick  76,508  314  3,239  1,481
85 Kent  124,359  257  4,503  1,736
56 Kirkland  51,288  138  3,523  1,122
61 Lacey  44,298  178  3,366  1,154
17 Lake Forest Park  13,088  38  1,887  459
40 Lake Stevens  29,388  150  2,504  861
107 Lakewood  59,057  694  4,489  2,561
6 Liberty Lake  7,979  38  1,203  301
104 Longview  36,374  467  6,656  2,476
8 Lynden  12,808  70  984  331
95 Lynnwood  36,396  288  6,767  2,134
13 Maple Valley  24,644  61  1,335  414
67 Marysville  63,153  219  3,781  1,381
11 Mercer Island  23,969  33  1,514  397
28 Mill Creek  18,806  138  2,031  699
63 Milton  7,076  240  4,042  1,194
74 Monroe  17,562  382  3,513  1,475
106 Moses Lake  21,410  481  7,356  2,530
83 Mount Vernon  32,450  274  5,122  1,712
42 Mountlake Terrace  20,286  158  2,696  887
27 Mukilteo  20,707  68  2,617  697
23 Newcastle  10,928  110  2,160  636
18 Normandy Park  6,556  15  2,486  500
53 North Bend  6,094  181  3,905  1,047
33 Oak Harbor  22,288  139  2,360  785
35 Ocean Shores  5,632  124  3,161  802
73 Olympia  48,046  273  3,724  1,447
36 Orting  6,913  159  2,777  808
90 Othello  7,577  620  4,527  1,961
26 Pacific  6,911  145  2,228  678
55 Pasco  67,099  235  2,434  1,098
89 Port Angeles  19,053  493  4,561  1,926
103 Port Orchard  11,818  626  6,507  2,472
70 Port Townsend  9,112  450  2,985  1,393
46 Poulsbo  9,429  202  2,948  947
22 Prosser  5,817  155  1,857  612
12 Pullman  31,895  85  1,066  412
101 Puyallup  38,532  270  7,856  2,358
72 Quincy  7,085  254  5,208  1,443
39 Redmond  57,263  68  2,908  837
87 Renton  96,657  263  5,109  1,863
43 Richland  52,465  181  2,224  909
4 Ridgefield  5,426  18  1,216  257
1 Sammamish  49,805  22  552  176
105 SeaTac  27,896  617  5,628  2,485
110 Seattle  642,814  585  5,582  3,150
78 Sedro Woolley  10,652  169  6,299  1,575
5 Selah  7,376  -    1,369  265
71 Sequim  6,626  196  5,780  1,441
97 Shelton  9,780  368  7,669  2,191
52 Shoreline  54,762  146  3,099  1,046
66 Snohomish  9,323  247  4,280  1,291
3 Snoqualmie  11,890  25  757  200.3
112 Spokane  209,524  687  9,322  4,125
92 Spokane Valley  90,835  254  5,849  2,017
34 Stanwood  6,476  139  2,903  792
21 Steilacoom  6,099  213  1,049  561
79 Sumner  9,575  303  5,399  1,618
65 Sunnyside  16,099  261  3,721  1,277
111 Tacoma  203,226  869  6,549  3,814
80 Toppenish  9,029  421  4,652  1,669
113 Tukwila  19,765  830  16,742  5,201
57 Tumwater  18,343  224  3,336  1,141
77 Union Gap  6,059  182  6,618  1,561
60 University Place  31,708  290  2,504  1,151
86 Vancouver  166,535  356  3,563  1,767
64 Wapato  5,067  434  2,664  1,217
37 Washougal  14,733  197  2,111  809
15 West Richland  12,905  116  1,069  434
47 Woodinville  11,325  177  3,232  978
69 Woodland  5,535  343  4,336  1,389
102 Yakima  93,589  503  5,005  2,369