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The 20 Safest Cities in Washington — 2016

Safest Cities in Washington 2016

Washington is the second largest wine producer in the country, and there are plenty of reasons for Washington residents to raise a glass. From Starbucks to Amazon and Mount Rainier to Snoqualmie Falls, the Evergreen State is generous when it comes to sharing its treasures. That generosity extends to the hardworking citizens who call this gorgeous state home. A high minimum wage and no income tax have helped Washington claim the title of Best State to Make a Living for multiple years.

Itís not just financial security that Washington state is known for; it’s also been recognized as one of the safest places to live. In a state known for making personal safety a priority, these 20 cities stood out as the safest. Overall, 90 percent of these cities reported zero murders and 75 percent reported fewer than 10 total violent crimes during the FBI’s most recent reporting period. Most impressive is the fact that you have less than a one in 1,000 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in 18 of the cities we’ve recognized.

With seven new cities joining the list this year, it appears that both residents and law enforcement are stepping up their safety efforts across the Evergreen State. Whether it’s island communities like Bainbridge and Mercer Islands or the fruitful orchards of farming communities like Mattawa, Washington’s safest cities offer a high quality of life along with strong peace of mind. No matter what Washington city you call home, the safety of your home and loved ones is always a top priority. Find out how to improve your personal safety strategy by visiting our Washington Safety Directory for resources and ideas you can implement today.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Washington

To identify the 10 safest cities in Washington, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2015 Safest Cities in Washington report here.

1. Dupont 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.52
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.03

2. Moxee

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.86

3. Mattawa

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.89
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.69

4. Sammamish ↓

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.57

5. Connell 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.57
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.79

6. Duvall 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.13
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.66

7. La Center

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.02

8. Ridgefield

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.68
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.08

9. Black Diamond

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.64

10. Lynden 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.67

11. Brier 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.78
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.67

12. Selah

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.27
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.22

13. Snoqualmie 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.81
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.46

14. Clyde Hill

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.63
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.82

15. Pullman 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.57
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.57

16. Camas 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.75
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.87

17. Kenmore 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.87
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.80

18. Maple Valley 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.45

19. Bainbridge Island ↓

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.39
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.59

20. Mercer Island ↓

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.26

Didnít see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Granger 22. Liberty Lake 23. West Richland
24. Steilacoom 25. Oak Harbor 26. Battle Ground
27. Montesano 28. Normandy Park 29. Zillah
30. Medina 31. Pacific 32. Grandview
33. Pasco 34. University Place 35. Richland
36. Ocean Shores 37. Edgewood 38. Mill Creek
39. Kirkland 40. Fircrest 41. Wapato
42. Colville 43. Forks 44. College Place
45. Lake Forest Park 46. Washougal 47. Orting
48. Prosser 49. Anacortes 50. Poulsbo
51. Mukilteo 52. Algona 53. Lake Stevens
54. Cheney 55. Milton 56. East Wenatchee
57. Bonney Lake 58. Sunnyside 59. Edmonds
60. Redmond 61. Ferndale 62. Bothell
63. Newcastle 64. Issaquah 65. Buckley
66. Shoreline 67. Lacey 68. Enumclaw
69. Stanwood 70. Blaine 71. Kennewick
72. Vancouver 73. Woodland 74. Bellevue
75. Ellensburg 76. Mountlake Terrace 77. Wenatchee
78. Sultan 79. Tumwater 80. Woodinville
81. Covington 82. Des Moines 83. Goldendale
84. North Bend 85. Toppenish 86. Monroe
87. Elma 88. Port Townsend 89. Yelm
90. Marysville 91. Sedro-Woolley 92. Centralia
93. Ephrata 94. Lakewood 95. Mount Vernon
96. Olympia 97. Port Angeles 98. Airway Heights
99. Bremerton 100. Walla Walla

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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