Washington’s 20 Safest Cities of 2021

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the seventh annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 safest cities in Washington for 2021

1. Sammamish
2. Bainbridge Island
3. Camas
4. Lake Forest Park
5. Mercer Island
6. Snoqualmie
7. Maple Valley
8. East Wenatchee
9. Kenmore
10. West Richland

See if your city made the full list.

Washington worries less about crime and safety on a daily basis than most of America, which is no surprise when you see how low crime rates are in the state’s 20 safest cities.

2021 Washington crime rates

Washington does a better job limiting violent crime than it does with property crime, but both decreased year over year. After a slight rise in the violent crime rate in 2020, The Evergreen State fell from 3.1 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people to 2.9 this year—a decrease of 6%.

Washington reports the second-lowest violent crime rate in the Pacific region, tied with Hawaii at 2.9 incidents per 1,000, and trailing Oregon at 2.8. Washington reports nearly five fewer violent crimes per capita than Alaska, where 8.7 violent crimes occur per 1,000 people.

The incidence of property crime in Washington is 27% higher than the national property crime rate of 21.1 incidents per 1,000. Washington’s property crime rate is also higher than the regional rate of 24.3, but year over year, property crime fell 9% in The Evergreen State.

Level of concern and experience with crime in Washington

Daily concern about crime and safety plummeted 13% year over year, but reports of personal experience with crime were a mixed bag.

Violent crime experiences rose from 9% to 10% this year—climbing for the third consecutive year. Washington respondents also reported less concern about violent crime happening to them—35% versus 41% nationwide.

Despite lower overall concern about safety, only 4 in 10 people feel safe calling Washington home.

Property crime experiences were cut in half year over year, dropping to 15% from 30% last year. Fewer respondents reported a personal experience with gun violence this year, falling from 9% to 7%. Interestingly, Washington is more worried about a gun violence incident happening than throughout the rest of the country (40% versus 38% nationwide).

Package theft is the crime Washingtonians are most concerned will happen to them, but they’re still less worried than other Americans (43% versus 45% nationwide). Despite lower-than-average concern about porch pirates, Washington reported more package thefts than the rest of the country (24% versus 20% nationwide).

Despite consistently low levels of concern, only 39% of Washingtonians told us they feel safe in their state, compared to 55% nationally. Washington residents have the second-lowest confidence in their state’s safety, tying with Nevada at 39%, and just above Louisiana and New Mexico at 34% each.

Crime concerns in Washington

We asked Washington residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Washingtonians are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

View the complete 2021 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Washington: Fear vs. reality

Washington residents have around 15% less worry about violent crime than other Americans. The state also boasts a violent crime rate that’s consistently below the national average.

  • Aggravated assault is the most prevalent violent crime, accounting for 61% of reported crimes, versus 68% nationally.
  • Washington sees fewer murders statewide than most of the country, but murder accounts for a larger percentage of violent crimes in the safest cities (2% versus 1% nationwide).
  • 53% named gun violence their top safety concern, matching the national average.
  • 40% are most worried about a gun violence incident happening to them (US 38%).
  • Washington saw 5 mass shooting incidents in 2020, up 1 from 2019, but officer-involved shootings decreased from 65 in 2019 to 55 in 2020.
  • 36% of survey respondents worry about police violence every day (US 40%), and 40% voice confidence in law enforcement’s approach to crime (US 56%).
  • 36% of respondents said they use some form of personal protection like a stun gun or pepper spray (US 34%).
  • 39% say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic (US 44%).

Property crime in Washington: Fear vs. reality

Despite a property crime rate that’s 27% higher than the national average, Washington residents are less concerned about property crime happening to them (40% versus the national average of 42%).

  • Burglaries make up 17% of all reported property crimes statewide, 1 percentage point higher than the US average. In the safest cities, burglaries account for 15% of all property crime.
  • Larceny-theft is the most prevalent property crime in the state, making up 71% of all property crimes. Nationwide larceny-theft accounts for 73% of all property crime, and it makes up 77% in Washington’s safest cities.
  • 65% of survey respondents use some form of property protection (US 62%) with 33% of those using a dog or other guard animal.
  • 29% say the security of their property has been affected by the pandemic, matching the national average.

A closer look at the safest cities in Washington

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • 75 cities met criteria to be considered for ranking.
  • Sammamish debuts as the safest city in Washington this year, an impressive feat for a city of more than 66,000. It’s also the largest city on the list.
  • In addition to Sammamish, Maple Valley, Kenmore, Newcastle, and Woodinville are all new to our rankings this year.
  • 55% of the safest cities have a median household income over $100,000.
  • 9 cities fell in rank year over year and 5 improved. East Wenatchee made the biggest jump from 18 last year to 8 this year.
  • 75% of the cities (15) reported 0 murders.
  • No city reported more than 44 total violent crimes, with Lake Forest Park reporting just 3.
  • The average violent crime rate among the safest cities is 0.7 incidents per 1,000 people—76% below the statewide rate.
  • The average property crime rate among the safest cities is 12.6 incidents per 1,000—53% lower than the statewide rate.

The 20 Safest Cities in Washington

#1
Sammamish
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    66,820
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $165,318
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, N/A, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.0, N/A, 6.8
Bainbridge Island, Washington
#2
Bainbridge Island
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,080
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $115,230
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 1.0, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.0, 9.8, 10.8
Camas, Washington
#3
Camas
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,388
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,513
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.8, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.1, 9.2, 16.3
Lake Forest Park, Washington
#4
Lake Forest Park
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,690
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $111,234
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 1.0, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.3, 19.4, 18.8
Mercer Island, Washington
#5
Mercer Island
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,408
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $142,413
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.4, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    14.0, 17.6, 18.1
Snoqualmie, Washington
#6
Snoqualmie
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-5
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,183
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $144,148
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    12.0, 12.1, 10.8
#7
Maple Valley
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,705
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $107,299
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, N/A, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    11.2, N/A, 11.0
East Wenatchee, Washington
#8
East Wenatchee
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,293
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $52,691
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 1.0, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.4, 26.7, 27.7
#9
Kenmore
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NEW
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,430
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,007
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, N/A, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    10.3, N/A, 13.8
West Richland, Washington
#10
West Richland
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,343
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $92,952
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.0, 0.7, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.7, 8.3, 11.7
Enumclaw, Washington
#11
Enumclaw
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-2
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,975
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $57,769
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.8, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    17.4, 19.3, 18.7
Mill Creek, Washington
#12
Mill Creek
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,360
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,239
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 0.9, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.6, 15.7, 21.6
Oak Harbor, Washington
#13
Oak Harbor
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-8
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,554
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $52,127
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, 1.0, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.7, 6.9, 8.0
Pullman, Washington
#14
Pullman
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-4
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,585
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $30,205
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.2, 1.2, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.9, 10.9, 15.2
#15
Newcastle
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,015
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $119,125
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, N/A, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    16.3, N/A, 20.5
Bothell, Washington
#16
Bothell
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    47,565
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $94,986
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 1.4, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    20.3, 21.9, 27.8
#17
Lake Stevens
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,081
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $88,594
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, 1.9, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    8.3, 10.6, 12.9
Lynden, Washington
#18
Lynden
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Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,116
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $64,433
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, 1.2, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    17.4, 14.0, 13.2
Sedro Woolley, Washington
#19
Sedro Woolley
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,184
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $44,014
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, 0.8, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    18.0, 25.9, 30.9
#20
Woodinville
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,068
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $100,306
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, N/A, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    20.7, N/A, 29.9

How we determined the safest cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

How to make a safe home anywhere

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Didn't find your city in the top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2019.

2021 Rank
City
Population
VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
21Grandview11.18K0.918.2
22Mukilteo21.70K1.016.2
23Battle Ground21.38K0.820.8
24Issaquah40.65K0.528.0
25Washougal16.31K1.514.4
26Anacortes17.48K1.122.1
27Redmond69.50K1.026.6
28Bonney Lake21.57K1.616.8
29Shoreline57.22K1.719.3
30Bellevue150.20K1.228.4
31Wenatchee34.51K1.818.5
32Richland58.51K1.720.5
33Mountlake Terrace21.62K1.721.6
34Edgewood11.98K2.016.9
35Poulsbo11.15K1.723.8
36Marysville71.08K2.019.8
37Covington21.70K1.726.8
38Sunnyside16.84K1.432.1
39Edmonds43.15K2.021.1
40Mount Vernon36.27K1.531.4
41University Place34.09K2.615.9
42Lacey51.82K2.027.7
43Ellensburg21.32K2.130.6
44Cheney12.63K3.116.1
45Longview38.28K2.628.8
46Arlington20.04K2.335.1
47Des Moines32.71K2.630.8
48Bellingham91.91K2.729.3
49Kelso12.35K2.731.7
50Tumwater24.17K3.026.8
51Monroe19.63K3.028.5
52Kennewick84.07K3.029.6
53Everett112.30K3.035.5
54Walla Walla33.05K3.431.8
55Burien52.39K3.433.3
56Renton103.45K3.140.4
57Spokane Valley100.98K3.144.2
58Centralia17.60K3.438.1
59Lynnwood38.85K2.947.8
60Federal Way98.03K3.442.5
61Bremerton41.68K4.032.6
62Kent131.0K3.739.7
63Puyallup42.51K3.151.4
64Yakima94.17K4.528.9
65Port Orchard14.68K4.533.5
66SeaTac29.53K4.437.2
67Aberdeen16.63K4.340.9
68Vancouver185.03K4.832.4
69Olympia53.29K4.834.8
70Port Angeles20.21K5.835.6
71Seattle763.71K5.945.0
72Lakewood60.92K7.637.7
73Spokane220.43K6.959.2
74Tacoma218.65K8.552.2
75Tukwila20.44K7.7163.9

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Sources

FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed November 18, 2020.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

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For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past eight. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime reports and spotting trends. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, NPR, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.