2015 Safest Places in Washington Study

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.

Sammamish, WA

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.

Duvall, WA

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.

Snoqualmie, WA

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!

Ridgefield, WA

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.

Selah, WA

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:

Safest Places in Washington

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.

Full List of Washington Cities

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

CityPopulationViolent Crime per 100kProperty Crime per 100kCrime Score

88

Aberdeen16,4083535,7531,882

58

Airway Heights6,441935,1701,144

48

Anacortes15,9801313,498983

82

Arlington18,4252016,1001,687

96

Auburn74,5653935,2892,150

14

Bainbridge Island23,326511,449417

20

Battle Ground18,146721,934550

50

Bellevue127,678983,0931,015

45

Bonney Lake18,1561543,002934

24

Bothell35,007512,417653

100

Bremerton39,7545714,8952,308

9

Brier6,303481,364341

91

Burien49,8223555,2431,982

98

Burlington8,4921889,5742,213

19

Camas20,848671,861532

84

Centralia16,5493694,8221,718

62

Chehalis7,3121504,6641,162

38

Cheney11,1171712,582834

94

Clarkston7,2953707,4982,091

30

College Place8,913902,951743

10

Connell5,913152524357

54

Covington18,5261843,3031,058

76

Des Moines30,6843193,8291,503

7

Dupont8,999100656308

2

Duvall7,34227790199.7

51

East Wenatchee13,5091853,2501,015

29

Edgewood9,542942,798725

44

Edmonds40,6151722,440919

59

Ellensburg18,3671803,7621,147

31

Enumclaw11,431 \793,044762

68

Ephrata7,9862135,1841,386

108

Everett105,1294216,5302,591

93

Federal Way92,7413145,5782,087

49

Ferndale12,1732143,0151,009

109

Fife9,3809496,3542,958

41

Fircrest6,6092422,345864

81

Gig Harbor7,6992866,0661,679

32

Grandview11,0481722,272772

25

Issaquah \33,365632,428677

99

Kelso11,8026105,7702,293

16

Kenmore21,531651,486449

75

Kennewick76,508314 \3,2391,481

85

Kent124,3592574,5031,736

56

Kirkland51,2881383,5231,122

61

Lacey44,2981783,3661,154

17

Lake Forest Park13,088381,887459

40

Lake Stevens29,3881502,504861

107

Lakewood59,0576944,4892,561

6

Liberty Lake7,979381,203301

104

Longview36,3744676,6562,476

8

Lynden12,80870984331

95

Lynnwood36,3962886,7672,134

13

Maple Valley24,644611,335414

67

Marysville63,1532193,7811,381

11

Mercer Island23,969331,514397

28

Mill Creek18,8061382,031699

63

Milton7,0762404,0421,194

74

Monroe17,5623823,5131,475

106

Moses Lake21,4104817,3562,530

83

Mount Vernon32,4502745,1221,712

42

Mountlake Terrace20,2861582,696887

27

Mukilteo20,707682,617697

23

Newcastle10,9281102,160636

18

Normandy Park6,556152,486500

53

North Bend6,0941813,9051,047

33

Oak Harbor22,2881392,360785

35

Ocean Shores5,6321243,161802

73

Olympia48,0462733,7241,447

36

Orting6,9131592,777808

90

Othello7,5776204,5271,961

26

Pacific6,9111452,228678

55

Pasco67,0992352,4341,098

89

Port Angeles19,0534934,5611,926

103

Port Orchard11,8186266,5072,472

70

Port Townsend9,1124502,9851,393

46

Poulsbo9,4292022,948947

22

Prosser5,8171551,857612

12

Pullman31,895851,066412

101

Puyallup38,5322707,8562,358

72

Quincy7,0852545,2081,443

39

Redmond57,263682,908837

87

Renton96,6572635,1091,863

43

Richland52,4651812,224909

4

Ridgefield5,426181,216257

1

Sammamish49,80522552176

105

SeaTac27,8966175,6282,485

110

Seattle642,8145855,5823,150

78

Sedro Woolley10,6521696,2991,575

5

Selah7,376-1,369265

71

Sequim6,6261965,7801,441

97

Shelton9,7803687,6692,191

52

Shoreline54,7621463,0991,046

66

Snohomish9,3232474,2801,291

3

Snoqualmie11,89025757200.3

112

Spokane209,5246879,3224,125

92

Spokane Valley90,8352545,8492,017

34

Stanwood6,4761392,903792

21

Steilacoom6,0992131,049561

79

Sumner9,575035,3991,618

65

Sunnyside16,0992613,7211,277

111

Tacoma203,2268696,5493,814

80

Toppenish9,0294214,6521,669

113

Tukwila9,76583016,7425,201

57

Tumwater18,3432243,3361,141

77

Union Gap6,0591826,6181,561

60

University Place31,7082902,5041,151

86

Vancouver166,5353563,5631,767

64

Wapato5,0674342,6641,217

37

Washougal14,7331972,111809

15

West Richland12,9051161,069434

47

Woodinville11,3251773,232978

69

Woodland5,5353434,3361,389

102

Yakima93,5895035,0052,369

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