And if you're from The Evergreen State, you know that there are a ton of fun facts that keep this Pacific Northwest state ranked as one of the safest places to live in the headlines. More importantly, it has some of the safest cities to call home.
SInce "Home"-Snacks is our name and safety is our game, we set out to determine the safest places in Washington for 2020. How did we do it? We consulted the numbers. We looked at important factors like property crimes and violent crimes per capita for every place with over 5,000 residents. In total, we analyzed 114 cities.
While your personal safety is secure in Washington, property crime is quite prevalent. We suggest that you check out the most dangerous places in Washington before you check out the safest, there may be some places that surprise you.
But what's not a surprise is that Washington has super safe, super cool places to live for every stage of life and for every budget. For instance, Spokane is one of the safest places for college students, Sammamish is one of the safest places for families, and don't discount Brier for professionals looking for a safe place to get adjusted to work life.
So, where are these amazing places in Washington where crime is low, jobs are plentiful, and neighborhoods are safe? Read on.
Washington has so many great cities, that you could literally throw a dart at the state and live happily, safely wherever it landed. So, you can understand how difficult it was to narrow down a list of the top ten safest places.
So, what city is the safest place to live in Washington for 2020? Well, according to the most recent FBI data we crunched, Sammamish is the safest place to live in The Evergreen State.
Check out the rest of our not so naughty, very safe Washington cities to see how your city ranked. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.
For more reading on safe places to live in and around Washington, check out:
Sammamish is no stranger to winning Homesnacks superlatives; we named it the second best and richest city in Washington on our other lists. Add to that a perfect 10/10 score on our overall snackability scale and the new title of safest city in the state, and you've got a recipe for a certified fresh place to call home.
Sammamish averaged about one violent crime per month, which, for a city of this size, gives a per capita violent crime rate nearly 17 times lower than the national average. Property crime is also four times less common than the statewide average, giving Sammamish the third lowest rate in Washington. So as long as you don't drop something into Lake Sammamish while you're kayaking, you'll definitely bring home all the valuables that you brought out with you.
Sammamish is the most populous city on this list and is located about a half hour east of Seattle.
And moving up the top five to number 2 is Brier, another 10 of 10er, and a safe place to live in Washington.
We know you'll be busy avoiding crime here, since it never happens, so we suggest hunkering down at some of the best places to eat according to Yelp. For example, you can watch people leave especially generous tips at Las Espuelas while you eat Tacos. Or maybe watch a teenerage help a grandma across the street while you eat lunch at Fork Mediterranean Grill.
Whatever you do we know you won't be doing one thing -- commiting crime.
Connell was far from a sure thing to secure the bronze medal in safety -- last year, it didn't even break into the top 25 safest cities in Washington! But why be the best at just one thing? Connell is not only the third safest city in Washington for 2020; it's also the most affordable city in the state. Safety on a budget? Yes, please!
With a property crime rate nearly six times lower than the national average, Connell easily had the lowest rate of property crime in the state. If you lose your wallet at Clark Street Park, it probably wasn't stolen. In fact, it'll probably be back in your hands by the end of the day. Connell also had more seasons than total violent crimes in 2018, so there's not a whole lot to worry about if you're lucky enough to call Connell home.
Another Seattle and Bellevue burb, Duvall fell down a single peg to the number three safest place to live in Washington for 2020.
The property crime rate in Duvall is second to one in Washington and there's no murder and no robberies -- it's safe enough for a grandma to walk down a dark alley at midnight with hundred dollar bills in her pocket. She'd probably just get a party goer to help her get back to he main street.
Duvall is also a perfect 10 on our SnackAbility score.
Another fun name to pronounce, Snoqualmie moved down a couple of spots from the top three to number five on our safest cities in Washington ranking.
The city has the second lowest violent crime rate in the state and a top ten finish for property crime rates. There were a whole lotta no murders or aggravated assaults.
Much like Sammamish, the city is incredibly well educated and, on top of that, incredibly well funded. The median income is over $150,000 and we have it ranked as the second richest city in the state. Snoqualmie is a suburb to the east of Seattle.
If you're visiting Kenmore for a picnic at Saint Edward State Park, you can leave the bear mace at home, because Kenmore is the sixth safest city in Washington. Kenmore had about seven times less violent crime than the average American city, earning it the sixth lowest rate of violent crime statewide. Kenmore also had the 12th lowest rate of property crime in Washington, so don't worry if your Amazon packages are sitting outside your home for a few days.
These factors, plus a few more, helped Kenmore earn the title of best place to raise a family in Washington on our other list. Kenmore is about twenty minutes north of Seattle.
Located within the Tri-Cities metro area of Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco, West Richland ranks as the seventh safest city in the Evergreen State. With violent crime being five times less common here than your average American city, West Richland has the 12th lowest rate of violent crime in the state. West Richland is also home to Red Mountain, an incredibly scenic spot where you can spend the day hiking or riding a horse, then cap the night off with a bottle of local wine.
West Richland also ranked as the fifth cheapest place to live in Washington, so you don't have to break the bank to achieve a sense of security.
We already named Camas the second best place to raise a family in Washington, so this new title of eighth safest city in the state is just icing on the cake. Camas had the seventh lowest rate of property crime in Washington, so if your fish get snatched after a day of angling at Lacamas Park, blame the birds! You can also count the number of violent crimes Camas had in 2018 using just your fingers and toes, so it's quite a rare phenomenon.
Camas is part of the Portland metro area.
In what's becoming a pattern, Maple Valley is another city on this list to be located in King County.
Maple Valley made it onto this list mostly due to its super low rate of property crime, which is about three times less than the average for Washington cities. Although Maple Valley only had the ninth lowest rate of violent crime in the state, violence is still eleven times less frequent than the national average. That just goes to show how safe Washington is as a whole. With all the amenities to enjoy at Lake Wilderness Park, who's got time to commit a crime?
The tenth safest cities in Washington is Ridgefield, the first and only non Seattle suburb on our list.
After just finishing on the list at number 10 last year, we're sure the mayor will be thrilled to hear the news this year that they just made it into the top ten.
A stone's throw north of Portland, Ridgefield has very little violent crimes and no murders in the last reporting year.
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Published Sept 2019) in Washington.Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
For example, there were a total of 384 crimes committed in Sammamish which had a reported population of 65,604. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0059 which translates into a 1 in 170 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2018, the last reporting year. This left us with a total of 114 of the biggest cities in Washington to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 114 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Washington" with any ties going to the bigger city. You can download the data here.
The safest city in Washington, based on our criteria, is Sammamish. The most dangerous city in Washington? Tukwila, where residents had a 1 in 5 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Sammamish is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Washington residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Washington according to the data:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|7||West Richland, WA||15,012||73||832|
|9||Maple Valley, WA||26,212||57||1,350|
Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.
He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.
If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.
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