Washington’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Washington for 2020. See if your city made the list.

9 percent have experienced violent crime, 30 percent have experienced property crime, 9 percent have been affected by a mass shooting

Washington residents are more worried about safety on a daily basis than people in other states. But if you live in one of Washington's safest cities, you have far less crime to worry about than most of the country.

See the complete list of Washington’s 20 safest cities of 2020.

General concern about safety slightly increased across the Evergreen State this year, according to our 2020 State of Safety survey. 52% of survey respondents said they’re highly concerned about safety every day, but only 46% across the country said the same.

Washington crime concern infographic

Experience with both violent and property crime increased year over year in Washington, but experiences with property crime made a much bigger leap—jumping from 17% in 2019 to 30% this year.

Reported experience with property crime increased 77% year over year in Washington.

The jump in property crime experience isn’t surprising considering that Washington’s state property crime rate is 7.5 points higher than the national rate of 22.0, but the state is trending downward, with a drop of more than 2 incidents per 1,000 year over year.

The state’s violent crime rate is 3.1 incidents per 1,000. That’s slightly higher than last year’s rate of 3.0, but still below the national violent crime rate of 3.7.

Violent Crime in Washington: Fear vs. Reality

Physical assault by a stranger is the top violent crime concern in the Evergreen State, but people think they’re more likely to be robbed on the street.

  • 45% named physical assault by a stranger as their most concerning violent crime. That’s five percentage points higher than the national average of 40%. 
  • Assault comprised 61% of all violent crime reported in Washington and made up 52% of the violent crime incidents reported by the safest cities. 
  • 27% in Washington—and across the country—think the violent crime that people are most likely to fall victim to is robbery. 
  • There were 73 robberies reported by the safest cities, totalling 15% of all violent crime in those cities; statewide robbery accounts for 24%.
Washington crime concern infographic
Washington crime concern infographic

Property Crime in Washington: Fear vs. Reality

A break-in while residents aren’t home is the property crime that caused the most concern in Washington. Yet having property stolen is the crime survey respondents deemed most likely to actually happen.

  • 65% reported the highest concern about someone breaking into their home when no one is home. The national average is 62%.
  • Burglary accounted for 15% of all property crime reported by the safest cities and 18% of all property crime in Washington.
  • 32% indicated the property crime they think is most likely is having property stolen, compared to 36% across the country. 
  • Larceny-theft is the most common property crime in Washington, totalling 69% of the state’s property crimes and 77% of the property crimes reported by the safest cities.
  • 23% of WA respondents have a home security system. The national average is 24%. 
  • 35% said they have a dog or other guard animal, which is higher than the national average of 33%. 
  • 32% don’t use any extra protection to secure their property, despite higher-than-average concern about break-ins. Nationally, 29% use no form of security or protection on their property.
Washington crime concern infographic
Washington crime concern infographic

A Closer Look at Washington’s Safest Cities of 2020

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

  • Snoqualmie remains the safest city in Washington for the third straight year, with a violent crime rate of 0.2 and just three total violent crime incidents reported in 2018. The city’s property crime rate is 12.1.
  • West Richland joined the top three cities this year.
  • Eleven cities (55%) improved year over year, with Mill Creek taking the biggest leap—26 spots to claim number eight, followed by Washougal, which jumped 25, and Grandview, that moved up 24.
  • Six cities (30%) dropped in rank this year. 
  • All cities came in under both state (3.1) and national (3.7) violent crime rates.
  • Eight cities (40%) limited violent crime to less than one incident per 1,000 and all cities kept it below two incidents per 1,000.
  • Eighteen cities (90%) reported fewer than 50 total violent crimes.
  • 85% of the cities had property crime rates below the national rate (22.0) and all cities beat the state’s higher rate of 29.5.
  • Oak Harbor has the lowest property crime rate of 6.9, followed by West Richland with 8.3 and Camas with 9.2.
  • The city that reported the fewest number of property crimes was West Richland with 125, followed by Oak Harbor with 162, and Snoqualmie with 169. Every other city reported at least 205 or more.
Washington safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 20 Safest Cities in Washington

VC = Violent Crime PC = Property Crime

Snoqualmie, Washington
#1
Snoqualmie
(
+0
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,947
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $136,508
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.1, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.1, 10.8, 17.1
West Richland, Washington
#2
West Richland
(
+10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,012
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $86,686
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 0.9, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.3, 11.7, 9.4
Camas, Washington
#3
Camas
(
+0
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,865
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,167
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.2, 16.3, 13.8
Mercer Island, Washington
#4
Mercer Island
(
-2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,641
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $136,644
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    17.6, 18.1, 20.8
Oak Harbor, Washington
#5
Oak Harbor
(
+15
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,330
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $48,857
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 1.4, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.9, 8.0, 14.1
Bainbridge Island, Washington
#6
Bainbridge Island
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,739
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $109,341
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 0.6, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.8, 10.8, 13.3
Grandview, Washington
#7
Grandview
(
+24
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,163
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $41,373
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 1.9, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    18.4, 15.4, 20.9
Mill Creek, Washington
#8
Mill Creek
(
+26
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,234
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,063
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.9, 2.1, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    15.7, 21.6, 20.8
Enumclaw, Washington
#9
Enumclaw
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,882
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $55,082
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 0.9, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    19.3, 18.7, 24.9
Pullman, Washington
#10
Pullman
(
-2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,896
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $30,548
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 0.7, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.9, 15.2, 20.1
Lynden, Washington
#11
Lynden
(
-7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,612
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $62,478
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.0, 13.2, 9.7
Lake Forest Park, Washington
#12
Lake Forest Park
(
-3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,504
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,429
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 0.8, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    19.4, 18.8, 18.9
Sedro Woolley, Washington
#13
Sedro Woolley
(
+5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,953
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $44,014
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 1.3, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    25.9, 30.9, 37.0
#14
Ferndale
(
+7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,439
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,125
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.1, 1.5, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    21.3, 21.0, 21.5
Kirkland, Washington
#15
Kirkland
(
-5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    89,805
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,319
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.1, 0.8, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    22.3, 24.5, 22.6
Edgewood, Washington
#16
Edgewood
(
+0
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,510
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,544
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.3, 1.2, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    20.1, 24.5, 25.5
#17
Washougal
(
+25
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,949
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $76,998
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.6, 2.4, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    15.7, 12.5, 12.8
East Wenatchee, Washington
#18
East Wenatchee
(
-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,097
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $51,938
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 1.2, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    26.7, 27.7, 36.9
#19
Lake Stevens
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,491
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $82,500
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.9, 1.5, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.6, 12.9, 15.8
Battle Ground, Washington
#20
Battle Ground
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,002
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $64,888
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.5, 1.8, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    19.2, 14.0, 18.9

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

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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, which is based on the median population of the state. 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 2018.

2020 RankingCity Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21

Bothell

46,387

1.4

21.9

22

Edmonds

42,565

1.5

19.8

23

Issaquah

38,606

0.8

35.1

24

Bonney Lake

21,192

1.6

21.3

25

Mukilteo

21,638

1.7

20

26

Redmond

65,827

1.4

28.2

27

Bellevue

146,913

1.3

29.2

28

Anacortes

17,130

1.8

22.2

29

Mountlake Terrace

21,549

1.8

25

30

Pasco

74,582

2.2

17.8

31

University Place

33,743

2.1

21.3

32

Kennewick

82,687

1.9

25.7

33

Lacey

50,844

1.9

27

34

Richland

57,450

2.2

22.3

35

Ellensburg

20,616

2

29.2

36

Marysville

70,204

2.4

22.1

37

Sunnyside

16,468

2.2

25.6

38

Bellingham

90,208

2.3

37.1

39

Cheney

12,715

3.4

16

40

Wenatchee

34,169

2.9

24.9

41

Mount Vernon

35,550

2.8

36.8

42

Longview

37,720

2.9

35.8

43

Lynnwood

38,620

2.6

42.6

44

Arlington

19,394

3.1

34.1

45

Monroe

19,003

3.6

24.1

46

Tumwater

23,405

3.6

30

47

Des Moines

31,460

3.5

34.7

48

Puyallup

41,572

2.6

56.2

49

Everett

111,091

3.4

42.2

50

Moses Lake

23,763

3.4

44.1

51

Spokane Valley

99,020

3.5

42.1

52

Renton

102,749

3.2

47.8

53

Walla Walla

32,906

3.9

36.3

54

Kent

129,870

3.5

45.8

55

Vancouver

177,580

4.6

33

56

Yakima

93,959

4.5

35.6

57

Kelso

12,164

4.3

40

58

Auburn

82,381

4.4

40.5

59

Olympia

52,312

4.7

38.6

60

Port Orchard

14,269

4.7

44.4

61

Federal Way

97,762

4.7

45.8

62

Port Angeles

19,992

5.3

41.2

63

Centralia

17,299

5.1

45.9

64

Aberdeen

16,404

5.2

50.8

65

Lakewood

60,694

6.5

46.4

66

Seattle

742,759

6.8

51.5

67

Tacoma

215,687

8.7

52.7

68

Spokane

218,222

8

70.7

69

Tukwila

20,288

7.3

167.6

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

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Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States” SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety” US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder” BestPlaces, “Find a Place Search Tool

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 six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.