The 20 Safest Cities in Washington—2017

Jan 2, 2018 |

Cities across Washington are coming together to create inclusive communities that embrace all citizens of different ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. These initiatives work to establish communities “without boundaries where people take care of each other regardless of their differences.”

Taking care of one another is something we believe helped Washington’s twenty safest cities minimize crime, as reported in the FBI’s 2015 crime report. Our number-one city, Mattawa, is home to helpful citizens and a proactive law enforcement community.

“I’m very blessed to be in the city of Mattawa at this time in its history,” former Chief of Police, John A. Turley, said. “I was with the sheriff’s office when we were [dealing with a lot of] gang-related issues. I came out of retirement to hopefully do what is now happening in the city.” Chief Turley retired from this post in September 2016, and the city’s stellar safety record is a testament to his commitment.

Mattawa captured our top spot thanks to reporting just four total violent crimes and only twenty-three property crimes on the FBI crime report. In addition, 90% of the cities on our list reported fewer than fifteen violent crimes, and 75% claimed fewer than 200 property crimes overall.

Across the nation, Washington comes in seventeenth for violent crimes and forty-seventh for property crime. However, all twenty cities on our list have property crime rates that are well below the national average—and, in fact, each city’s property crime rate is lower than any state’s.

Find out below if your Washington city is one of the safest in the state this year. You can help your town climb the list by educating yourself on community safety programs and crime prevention resources compiled in our comprehensive Washington Safety Directory.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Washington

To identify the safest cities in Washington, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 2,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Mattawa 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.87
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.99

2. Duvall 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.22

3. Connell ↑

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.22
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.27

4. Sammamish

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crime per 1,000: 7.49

5. Moxee 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.77
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.97

6. Everson

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crime per 1,000: 8.15

7. Dupont 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.94
Property Crime per 1,000: 7.92

8. Pullman 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.03
Property Crime per 1,000: 8.58

9. La Center 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.89

10. Lynden

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.89
Property Crime per 1,000: 10.25

11. Steilacoom 

Previous rank: 24

Violent Crime per 1,000: 2.09
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.31

12. West Richland 

Previous rank: 23

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.87
Property Crime per 1,000: 10.94

13. Oak Harbor 

Previous rank: 25

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.90
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.01

14. Selah 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.13
Property Crime per 1,000: 12.13

15. Black Diamond 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.68
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.64

16. Snoqualmie 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crime per 1,000: 12.63

17. Brier 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.31
Property Crime per 1,000: 13.19

18. Bainbridge Island 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.43
Property Crime per 1,000: 13.58

19. Orting 

Previous rank: 47

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.49
Property Crime per 1,000: 12.57

20. Kenmore 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.63
Property Crime per 1,000: 14.57

Didn’t 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. Camas 22. Clyde Hill 23. Liberty Lake
24. Ridgefield 25. Montesano 26. Maple Valley
27. Pacific 28. Zillah 29. Prosser
30. Grandview 31. Buckley 32. Kirkland
33. Mill Creek 34. Colville 35. Mercer Island
36. Normandy Park 37. Lake Forest Park 38. Algona
39. Washougal 40. Newcastle 41. Medina
42. Pasco 43. Lake Stevens 44. Edgewood
45. Battle Ground 46. Sultan 47. Ferndale
48. Bonney Lake 49. University Place 50. Cheney
51. Shoreline 52. Ocean Shores 53. Stanwood
54. Sunnyside 55. Richland 56. Fircrest
57. Granger 58. Edmonds 59. Mukilteo
60. Enumclaw 61. Mountlake Terrace 62. Bothell
63. Kennewick 64. Redmond 65. Forks
66. Issaquah 67. Port Townsend 68. East Wenatchee
69. Anacortes 70. Ellensburg 71. Bellevue
72. College Place 73. Des Moines 74. Milton
75. Hoquiam 76. Woodinville 77. Blaine
78. Wenatchee 79. Vancouver 80. North Bend
81. Poulsbo 82. Covington 83. Lacey
84. Marysville 85. Sedro Woolley 86. Othello
87. Woodland 88. Mount Vernon 89. Tumwater
90. Monroe 91. Snohomish 92. Bremerton
93. Arlington 94. Ephrata 95. Olympia
96. Wapato 97. Bellingham 98. Kent
99. Burien 100. Lakewood

How safe is your home?

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Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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