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Safest Cities in Washington

2019 Guide to Washington's Safest Cities

List of Washington’s Safest Cities

 

Named after our first president,  The Evergreen State is the 13th most populated state in the country. 

Washingtonians have a median household income of over $79,000 a year -the 11th highest.

 

Average Washington Crime Rate

 

The average number of crimes per 100,000 for a city in Washington is as follows:

Avg. Property Crimes in WA

Average Washington Crime Rate -Property Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

 

What are the Safest Places to Live in Washington?

 

Washington has a diverse geography- from Puget Sound to Mount Rainier. While the overall crime rates are above average in the US, there are many Washington communities with outstanding reputations for low crime rates.

Eight of the Top 10 Safest Cities in Washington had less than 300 property crimes.

All of the Top 10 of Washington’s Safest Cities had less than 50  violent crimes.

If you are looking for the best places to live in Washington, this list of safest cities in The Evergreen State is a good place to start.

Following are the top cities with populations above 10,000 which have been recognized as the safest communities in Washington state.

The Top 10 Safest Cities in Washington

(Population 10K +)

1.   Oak Harbor

2.   Snoqualmie

3.   Bainbridge Island

4.   West Richland

5.  Washougal

6.   Lynden

7.   Lake Stevens

8.   Battle Ground

9.   Pullman

10.  Grandview

Safest Cities in Washington – Video Summary

Oak Harbor, WA

Oak Harbor, WA

Population

23,371

Violent Crimes

33

Property Crimes

186

Snoqualmie, WA

Snoqualmie, WA

Population

13,648

Violent Crimes

2

Property Crimes

147

Bainbridge Island, WA

Bainbridge Island, WA

Population

24,635

Violent Crimes

16

Property Crimes

265

West Richland, WA

West Richland, WA

Population

14,603

Violent Crimes

13

Property Crimes

171

Washougal, WA

Washougal, WA

Population

15,698

Violent Crimes

38

Property Crimes

196

Lynden, WA

Lynden, WA

Population

14,302

Violent Crimes

9

Property Crimes

189

Lake Stevens, WA

Lake Stevens, WA

Population

32,288

Violent Crimes

49

Property Crimes

418

Battle Ground, WA

Battle Ground, WA

Population

20,516

Violent Crimes

37

Property Crimes

287

Pullman, WA

Pullman, WA

Population

33,897

Violent Crimes

23

Property Crimes

516

Grandview, WA

Grandview, WA

Population

11,203

Violent Crimes

21

Property Crimes

173

More of the Safest Places to Live in Washington

Best Places to Live in Washington with 10,000+ Population

11-20

Camas

Cheney

Mercer Island

Enumclaw

Lake Forest Park

Ferndale

Mukilteo

Sunnyside

Mill Creek

Pasco

31-40

Anacortes

Bothell

Ellensburg

Marysville

Issaquah

Sedro Woolley

Tumwater

Kennewick

Bellevue

Lacey

21-30

Edmonds

Monroe

Edgewood

Wenatchee

Richland

Kirkland

Mountlake Terrace

University Place

Bonney Lake

East Wenatchee

41-50

Snohomish

Poulsbo

Redmond

Walla Walla

Longview

Mount Vernon

Des Moines

Arlington

Port Angeles

Vancouver

How We Rated Safest Cities in Washington

 

To rank the safest towns and cities of Washington, we referenced the most recent complete (2017) FBI Uniform Crime Report. Towns and cities with ten thousand residents or higher, who recorded their crime data, were included.

We analyzed both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft).  In order to reflect the seriousness of the crimes, these figures were weighted. Property crimes which were factored by .50 and were added to the violent crimes.

The sum of the two was then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

 

The Best Places to Live in Washington – Based On Crime Ratings

 

While no rating system is perfect, this provides a reasonably good mathematical gauge of the overall safety and security in the community. If you’re looking to find the best places to live in Washington, this list is a great place to start.

Please note that not every town and city reports their records. If a town or city did not report their stats to the FBI, they were not included in the list.  Any communities with reporting ommissions or anomalies might also not be reflected in this year’s rankings.

When evaluating a community, one must realize that certain neighborhoods inside any city may have much lower crime rates than other areas. This is especially true in larger cities. Consequently, it is important to check into specific neighborhoods within the community and talk with local authorities to get a feel for the security and safety of a neighborhood.

If you are interested in ways to keep your family and home safer, check out our Tips for Better Home Security…and consider a professionally monitored home security system.

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