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Safest Cities in Washington

  • Population
    7,523,869
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $15,234
  • Avg Household Income
    $72,144
  • Cost of Living
    22.00%
  • Violent Crime Rate
  • Property Crime Rate
  • Primary Care Ranking
    23
  • Mental Health Provider
    10

If you've ever enjoyed coffee at Starbucks, used a PC or flown on a commercial flight, you've helped fuel Washington's economy. That's because Starbucks was originally founded in Seattle and continues to be headquartered in the city; Microsoft is headquartered in Redmond, and the Gates family lives in Medina; and Boeing manufactures airplanes in Everett in the largest building in the world. In addition, Washington is the largest producer of apples in the country and home to the only rainforests in the contiguous U.S. It's also one of the few places in the contiguous U.S. with volcanic mountains, many of which are active.

Most people who think of Washington think of its largest city, Seattle. But there are many other cities and towns throughout the state. Our data reveals which ones are the safest.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Washington

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

15 Safest Cities in Washington

  • No. 1 Sammamish

    One of the richest cities in Washington, Sammamish is located in King County and close to the Snoqualmie Valley. Due to its strategic location near major employment areas, the city offers excellent local business opportunities to its residents. Along with its vibrant natural resources and parks, Sammamish also provides outstanding recreational opportunities. Nearly all the people living in Sammamish have access to the internet, and its crime and unemployment rates are also low.  

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)0.914578379 (1st)56.55142979 (1st)0.15243 (3rd)0.15243 (3rd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    27240 (1st)165318 (1st)0.031 (14th)0.017 (13th)0.004 (15th)0.008 (15th)
  • No. 2 Redmond

    Also located in King County, Redmond is one of the most populous cities in Washington. The city is best known for providing a high quality of life to its residents. Redmond also has some of the top rated schools in Washington. The annual rent is high; however, crime and poverty rates are lower compared to other cities on our list.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    5.924620596 (5th)7.595667431 (10th)281.6473484 (13th)0.151913 (2nd)0.151913 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    22260 (3st)123449 (2nd)0.039 (7th)0.031 (9th)0.011 (12th)0.082 (12th)
  • No. 3 Lake Forest Park

    A suburb located close to the largest lake in the Seattle area, Lake Forest Park is home to over 13,500 people. The city is a scenic beauty with a lot of attractive destinations. A nature lover can visit the Grace Cole Nature Park and also the Horizon View Park. Although it ranks high overall, the hate crime rate and uninsured unemployment rate in Lake Forest Park are higher than in many of the cities on our list.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    8.145734597 (12th)2.221563981 (3rd)194.0165877 (6th)0.740521 (11th)0.740521 (11th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    18384 (8th)111234 (4th)0.043 (6th)0.016 (14th)0.02 (4th)0.174 (8th)
  • No. 4 Edgewood

    As a developing city, Edgewood has a diverse and growing community. You can get fresh local produce and household goods at The Market, a local family owned food market. However, if you are looking forward to a great drink, you can visit the Nightside Distillery. The good news: There’s not a lot of unemployment and poverty in the city. However, the hate crime rate is high compared to other safest cities on our list.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.475238923 (3rd)9.556907037 (12th)200.6950478 (8th)0.86881 (14th)0.86881 (14th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    15312 (12th)97984 (8th)0.036 (10th)0.01 (15th)0.048 (1st)0.235 (4th)
  • No. 5 Newcastle

    Newcastle is famous for its parks and greenery. If you love golf, then the Gold Club At Newcastle is the perfect place for you to indulge in the sport. Although crime rates generally run low, Newcastle does have a relatively high rate of hate crime and uninsured, unemployed residents.

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    Public Safety

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)3.367570298 (5th)204.5798956 (9th)0.841893 (13th)0.841893 (13th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    20892 (5th)119125 (3rd)0.044 (4th)0.021 (12th)0.014 (11th)0.242 (3rd)
  • No. 6 Edmonds

    Edmonds provides a variety of amenities to its residents. Located in Snohomish county, the city has some of the most beautiful landscapes, including the Marina Beach Park and Meadowdale Beach Park. The poverty rate in Edmonds runs a bit high compared to some of the other top cities on this list, but the data show it’s a very safe city overall.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    7.98778339 (11th)7.282978973 (9th)197.8151063 (7th)0.704804 (10th)0.704804 (10th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    17016 (10th)87693 (11th)0.039 (7th)0.032 (8th)0.018 (6th)0.125 (9th)
  • No. 7 Mill Creek

    A suburb of Seattle, MMill Creek is a healthy and proactive community. The town has some famous recreational service centers, such as The Therapy Mode. If you’re looking to relish some good food, you have the Azul Restaurant and Lounge. Despite the average unemployment rate, Mill Creek has a  higher poverty rate compared to cities higher up on the list.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    6.593199586 (7th)2.354714138 (4th)156.8239616 (5th)0.470943 (8th)0.470943 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    20544 (6th)101239 (7th)0.032 (13th)0.055 (3rd)0.015 (10th)0.118 (10th)
  • No. 8 Bothell

    Bothell has a population of above 28,000. The vibrant city is home to many attractions and also has a firm grip over sustainable development. If you are looking to enjoy nature, you can visit the North Creek Park and Blyth park. Bothell’s hate crime rate is very low compared to other safest cities in Washington.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    7.76079505 (10th)6.251751568 (7th)219.2424602 (10th)0.353045 (6th)0.353045 (6th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    19416 (7th)94986 (9th)0.048 (3rd)0.029 (10th)0.017 (7th)0.243 (2nd)
  • No. 9 Lake Stevens

    Lake Stevens is located in Snohomish County about 6 miles from Everett. Lake Stevens is famous as it’s the largest lake in Snohomish County. The lake also offers recreational activities such as fishing and water skiing. Safety scores are high for Lake Stevens, but it does suffer from higher unemployment.

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    8.659042728 (13th)10.15198113 (13th)106.2972142 (2nd)0.298588 (5th)0.298588 (5th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    18372 (9th)88594 (10th)0.035 (12th)0.058 (2nd)0.022 (2nd)0.27 (1st)
  • No. 10 Lynden

    Located in Whatcom County,Lynden is a picturesque city with some of the best tourist attractions. You can visit the Lynden Pioneer Museum to dive into the city’s history. Residents can also visit the Wiser Lake to enjoy fishing, paddling and wildlife viewing. Lynden has a high cost of living, but a relatively low poverty rate.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    6.843690118 (8th)5.474952094 (6th)140.2956474 (3rd)0.684369 (9th)0.684369 (9th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    14688 (14th)64433 (15th)0.028 (15th)0.028 (11th)0.022 (2nd)0.079 (13th)
  • No. 11 Puyallup

    Puyallup sits southwest of Tacoma. The city is famous for the Washington State Fair, organized in Puyallup since 1900. The city is also renowned for its outdoor gallery, which is home to numerous sculptures and works by professional artists. Puyallup scores high for its low crime rates, but high poverty and cost of living push it out of the top 10.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    12.26787261 (15th)13.71115174 (14th)562.1572212 (15th)0.240547 (4th)0.240547 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    14064 (15th)70711 (14th)0.054 (2nd)0.053 (4th)0.017 (7th)0.215 (5th)
  • No. 12 Mountlake Terrace

    Famous for the Tour de Terrace festival, Mountlake Terrace lies in Snohomish County. The city offers many amenities to its residents, which are easy to reach, such as the SeaTac International Airport, which is only half an hour’s drive from the city. Some notable attractions of the city include Olympic View Arena and Ballinger Park.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    10.20929045 (14th)7.888997169 (11th)249.6635575 (12th)0.464059 (7th)0.464059 (7th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    16824 (11th)72765 (13th)0.039 (7th)0.043 (6th)0.019 (5th)0.208 (6th)
  • No. 13 Kirkland

    Located in King County, Kirkland is one of the biggest cities on our list. If you are looking forward to some of the best water views, Kirkland will not disappoint you. In terms of recreation and sports, the city regularly organizes youth athletics in various sports such as basketball. The unemployment and poverty rates in Kirkland are close to the average; however, a lot of unemployed people are uninsured.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.788152107 (4th)6.458437726 (8th)223.1501587 (11th)0.111352 (1st)0.111352 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    21312 (4th)109715 (5th)0.036 (10th)0.036 (7th)0.008 (13th)0.181 (7th)
  • No. 14 Fircrest

    Fircrest is a suburb in Pierce County that offers high quality living to its residents. Visit the Northwest Float Center for recreational and wellness activities or dine at Royal Thai Bistro restaurant to enjoy delicious food. However, be advised that the hate crime rate in Fircrest trends higher than many of the cities on our safest cities in Washington list.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    7.311010382 (9th)16.08422284 (15th)153.531218 (4th)1.462202 (15th)1.462202 (15th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    15216 (13th)77292 (12th)0.067 (1st)0.047 (5th)0.008 (13th)0.058 (14th)
  • No. 15 Issaquah

    Rated by Family Circle as one of the best cities for families in the country, Issaquah is known for a variety of features, such as tourist attractions, diverse community and recreational services. If you’re into arts and culture, visit the famous Village Theatre to witness theatrical shows and performances. Many people have access to the internet in the Issaquah, although the city does have a high average cost of living.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    5.957623167 (6th)1.81318966 (2nd)351.4997669 (14th)0.777081 (12th)0.777081 (12th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    22344 (2nd)101508 (6th)0.044 (4th)0.078 (1st)0.017 (7th)0.118 (10th)

Washington State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Insurance Journal named Washington the 36th state in terms of natural disaster risk. Although hurricanes are unheard of and tornadoes are rare, the most common extreme weather event in Washington is strong winds that aren’t associated with a thunderstorm. Heavy snow, thunderstorm winds, floods, hail and wildfires are the next-most-common extreme weather events. The state is also at some risk of earthquakes, avalanches, blizzards and landslides, though those events are rare. Volcanic eruptions also remain a possibility in this state, with Washington’s most significant natural disaster being the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

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Natural Disaster

Health Safety

Washington has every reason to brag for landing in seventh place on America’s Health Rankings’ 2019 report. The state leads the nation in the lowest percentage of occupational fatalities. Other health determinants that bolstered Washington’s ranking include low infant mortality rates, a relatively low level of children in poverty and a small percentage of adults who smoke or are physically inactive. Few hospitalizations in Washington were determined to be preventable through routine care. The factors most in need of improvement included the high school graduation rate, a disparity in health status and a relatively low percentage of the population receiving the Tdap vaccine.

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Health Safety

Top 40 Safest Cities in Washington

Sammamish65,604311
Redmond65,827242
Lake Forest Park13,5042223
Edgewood11,5102734
Newcastle11,8782655
Edmonds42,5652176
Mill Creek21,2341587
Bothell28,3251198
Lake Stevens33,4918119
Lynden14,612201010
Puyallup41,57251711
Mountlake Terrace21,549141412
Kirkland89,80539613
Fircrest6,839311314
Issaquah38,606231615
Woodland6,137321516
Tumwater23,405131817
Renton102,74961918
Spokane Valley99,02092319
SeaTac29,463102420
Lynnwood38,620172221
Lacey50,84442622
Vancouver177,58012823
Bellingham90,208192724
Dupont9,678282525
Walla Walla32,906182926
Olympia52,312123227
Seattle742,759401228
Kennewick82,687362129
Airway Heights9,085293130
Auburn72,392382031
Sedro-Woolley11,953253332
Tacoma215,687373033
Ocean Shores5,977333434
Pullman33,89673635
Clarkston7,417303536
Port Angeles19,992163937
Tukwila20,288353738
Cheney12,715243839
Centralia17,299344040