These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Washington For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Evergreen State for 2019.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Washington?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Washington — and anyone looking to move to Washington — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Washington for 2019:

  1. Fife (Photos)
  2. Spokane (Photos)
  3. Tacoma (Photos)
  4. Centralia (Photos)
  5. Seattle (Photos)
  6. Federal Way (Photos)
  7. Union Gap (Photos)
  8. Lakewood (Photos)
  9. Moses Lake (Photos)
  10. Lynnwood (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Washington? After analyzing 117 cities in Washington, Fife takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Washington based on the most recent FBI data.

For a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.

Or learn more about the safest places in Washington.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Washington

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Washington for 2019?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 117 cities in Washington.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 117 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Washington — Fife.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Washington.

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Washington For 2019

Fife, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,264
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 964 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,209 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Fife:  Data | Photos

An eastern suburb of Tacoma, Fife rivals the bigger city with its violent crime statistics.

Residents face a 1 in 103 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, a number which increased between 2011 and 2017.

Though the property crime ranking isn’t as bad, it’s still on an upwards trend.

Spokane, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 217,066
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 626 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,231 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Spokane:  Data | Photos

Spokane is the 2nd largest city in Washington, and also just so happens to be the 2nd most dangerous city in the state.

Both violent and property crimes have been increasing at a troubling speed over the past few years.

While the 1 in 13.8 chance of being a property crime victim here might not seem so bad, I’d say it’s still not a number to celebrate.

Review Of Spokane by Kat D

See, this is why I love Washington, all the diversity! Where you can drive to the hood and in 2 miles be in redneck heaven. Brilliant. Trust me I know, I live in Spokane. ugh.

Tacoma, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 213,504
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 813 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,574 (9th most dangerous)
More on Tacoma:  Data | Photos

Tacoma’s danger level ranks as the 3rd most dangerous city in the state.

About 30 miles southwest of Seattle and 30 miles northeast of Olympia, this coastal city was strangely named one of the most walkable cities in 2006.

However residents of the City of Destiny, as it’s nicknamed, might disagree, what with the 1 in 122 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017, and the ever-growing numbers of both categories of crime.

Review Of Tacoma by HomeSnacks User

Lots to do and tons of beautiful scenery. The city is generally pretty safe and people are very friendly.

There are lots of good (non chain) restaurants that are fun to go and check out on weekends. Likewise, there are lots of small craft breweries. I don’t really have much bad to say other than the fact that downtown all the stoplight are right at the top of the hills for some reason. It makes it very easy to accidentally roll backwards.

Centralia, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,048
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 469 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,106 (5th most dangerous)
More on Centralia:  Data | Photos

Centralia is another city that represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in Washington.

Coming in at 4th on our list, Centralia mixes (relatively) middle of the pack violent crime and property crime without (relatively) excelling in either one.

We say relative because while its crime rates are middle of the pack for the top ten, they are still high for Washington as a whole.

Review Of Centralia by Oh yeah Yeah

I live in Centralia and it’s really peaceful and quiet lol

Seattle, WA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 721,365
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 632 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,258 (15th most dangerous)
More on Seattle:  Data | Photos

The 1st most populated city in the state, Seattle is considered the cultural center of northeastern Washington.

It is also the center of quite a bit of crime, but at least Seattlens are working on fixing it — violent crime was reduced by 4% between 2015-17, and property crime by 5%.

Still, residents had around a 1 in 158 chance of being the victim of violence and about a 1 in 19.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Review Of Seattle by HomeSnacks User

Seattle is definitely an expensive city and one that you need a good job to live in adequately. The school system was good according to my friends who were parents. The biggest problem is the lack of affordable housing. The city does have a vibrant liberal culture that makes it stand apart from the Trumpian hellscape to the East in flyover country.

My favorite place in Seattle is Club Sapphire. This is a s*x-positive club with membership dues for individuals and couples to “play” in a private setting. Sapphire’s membership dues kept out some of the scammers and other disreputable types that sometimes infiltrate the scene. This s*x club really does stand out compared to other major metropolitan s*x clubs such as NYC’s. Sapphire managed to imbibe the city’s liberal atmosphere and apply it to sexuality making it a distinctive Seattle experience that was far more memorable than the Space Needle.

Federal Way, WA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 98,014
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 448 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,447 (10th most dangerous)
More on Federal Way:  Data | Photos

Located 15 miles east of Portland, Federal Way’s violent crime looks to be an issue.

Violent crime went to 440 occurrences between 2015-17, leaving residents with a 1 in 222 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Though Federal Way is the 14th most violent city in Washington overall, it does only have the 10th most property crime on this list (which still leaves residents a 1 in 18.4 chance of being robbed each year).

Union Gap, WA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,104
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 360 (27th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,976 (1st most dangerous)
More on Union Gap:  Data | Photos

Union Gap is slightly less dangerous than some of the others on the list, but it is still a very uncomfortable place to live if you cherish safety. While the number of robberies here has gone down lately, violent crimes have gone up. Statistically, 1 out of 277 people was attacked in 2017.

Lakewood, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 61,080
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 695 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,572 (26th most dangerous)
More on Lakewood:  Data | Photos

Located in Pierce County., Lakewood is the 8th most dangerous city in Washington.

With residents facing a 1 in 143 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, Lakewood it earns a spot on the most dangerous places in Washington.

Review Of Lakewood by Ciara Savoy

Umm wtf I’m from lakewood, don’t disrespect my city bro. Lakewood is actually a really amazing place to live. Now resigning in tacoma, let’s just say it deffinetley shows you how the world works.

Moses Lake, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 22,985
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 569 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,729 (21st most dangerous)
More on Moses Lake:  Data | Photos

Located in east-central Washington, Moses Lake is the largest city in Grant County.

Violent crime increased between 2015-17, but the numbers are still much lower than most places on this list.

Property crimes statistics are about the same as Shelton, with a slightly lower chance of 1 in 21.1.

Lynnwood, WA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 38,469
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 361 (24th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,958 (6th most dangerous)
More on Lynnwood:  Data | Photos

The 30th most populated city in the state, Lynnwood is considered the cultural center of northeastern Washington.

It is also the center of quite a bit of crime, but at least Lynnwoodns are working on fixing it — violent crime was reduced by 4% between 2015-17, and property crime by 5%.

Still, residents had around a 1 in 276 chance of being the victim of violence and about a 1 in 16.8 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Locking It All Up In Washington

The latest FBI crime data shows that Fife ranks as the most dangerous city in Washington for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Fife and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Washington:

  1. Snoqualmie (Pop. 13,648)
  2. Duvall (Pop. 7,875)
  3. Sammamish (Pop. 64,857)

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Washington

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Fife 10,264 964 7,209
2 Spokane 217,066 626 7,231
3 Tacoma 213,504 813 5,574
4 Centralia 17,048 469 6,106
5 Seattle 721,365 632 5,258
6 Federal Way 98,014 448 5,447
7 Union Gap 6,104 360 10,976
8 Lakewood 61,080 695 4,572
9 Moses Lake 22,985 569 4,729
10 Lynnwood 38,469 361 5,958
11 Yakima 94,375 628 4,562
12 SeaTac 29,200 404 5,150
13 Aberdeen 16,243 523 4,635
14 Puyallup 41,242 351 5,683
15 Kent 128,990 360 5,370
16 Everett 110,040 451 4,633
17 Kelso 12,070 372 4,722
18 Olympia 51,923 493 4,181
19 Port Angeles 19,964 571 3,942
20 Bremerton 41,173 524 4,056
21 Port Orchard 14,253 364 4,967
22 Sumner 10,060 318 5,318
23 Shelton 10,000 310 5,300
24 Renton 102,470 320 5,004
25 Sequim 7,025 370 4,270
26 Yelm 9,304 257 5,750
27 Burien 51,479 374 4,057
28 Chehalis 7,538 225 7,163
29 Walla Walla 32,189 434 3,513
30 Des Moines 31,415 397 3,663
31 Toppenish 8,974 323 4,156
32 Bellingham 88,652 291 4,682
33 Arlington 19,302 341 3,958
34 Quincy 7,488 360 3,418
35 Gig Harbor 9,494 200 5,340
36 Vancouver 176,884 368 3,091
37 Longview 37,424 299 3,634
38 Ephrata 8,086 185 5,169
39 Mount Vernon 35,085 233 3,710
40 Spokane Valley 97,430 205 4,533
41 Milton 8,121 270 3,263
42 Tumwater 22,961 309 3,009
43 Lacey 48,597 286 3,063
44 Snohomish 10,045 228 3,305
45 Monroe 18,596 371 2,263
46 Blaine 5,245 209 3,317
47 Ocean Shores 5,872 204 3,337
48 Prosser 6,091 328 2,429
49 Kennewick 81,499 261 2,733
50 Woodland 6,022 116 4,848
51 Hoquiam 8,386 155 3,744
52 Poulsbo 10,600 169 3,386
53 Stanwood 7,142 224 2,646
54 Marysville 68,950 218 2,609
55 University Place 33,662 219 2,572
56 Sunnyside 16,480 297 2,141
57 Covington 21,001 142 3,409
58 Redmond 63,889 150 3,250
59 Port Townsend 9,596 312 1,834
60 Wenatchee 34,191 213 2,392
61 Ellensburg 20,026 159 2,816
62 Bonney Lake 20,844 182 2,667
63 Mountlake Terrace 21,402 196 2,527
64 Airway Heights 8,460 130 3,167
65 Sedro Woolley 11,545 129 3,092
66 North Bend 6,898 86 3,856
67 Mill Creek 20,664 212 2,163
68 Cheney 12,510 231 1,718
69 Pasco 72,146 213 1,983
70 Sultan 5,129 253 1,520
71 Richland 56,151 181 2,352
72 College Place 9,198 130 2,750
73 East Wenatchee 14,097 120 2,766
74 Edmonds 42,197 170 2,196
75 Bellevue 143,703 100 2,905
76 Fircrest 6,830 190 2,020
77 Anacortes 16,838 112 2,791
78 Woodinville 12,181 98 2,988
79 Othello 8,225 158 2,200
80 Washougal 15,698 242 1,248
81 Wapato 5,073 98 2,858
82 Bothell 45,357 108 2,777
83 Shoreline 55,703 129 2,556
84 Edgewood 10,984 118 2,449
85 Grandview 11,203 187 1,544
86 Ferndale 13,757 145 2,100
87 Issaquah 38,592 64 3,013
88 Mukilteo 21,662 133 2,109
89 Battle Ground 20,516 180 1,398
90 Normandy Park 6,702 89 2,476
91 Kirkland 88,898 84 2,453
92 Dupont 9,721 164 1,172
93 Connell 5,656 194 424
94 Lake Stevens 32,288 151 1,294
95 Selah 7,839 76 2,181
96 Enumclaw 11,745 85 1,873
97 Pacific 7,210 83 1,955
98 Orting 7,863 114 1,348
99 Lake Forest Park 13,375 82 1,884
100 Oak Harbor 23,371 141 795

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