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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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Washington and is updated 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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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 HomeSnacks User

Property crime is terrible, violent crime is also on the rise, and the local DA office and judges who run the justice system play “catch & release” without ever punishing any criminals..

I’m honestly surprised that Spokane didn’t hit #1 and Fife did.

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 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, with a population of 17,048 ranks as the 4th most dangerous city based on 2017 data.

Between 2015-17, violent crime fell, leaving residents a 1 in 213 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Property crime also dropped during these years, meaning Centralia may be off this list in another year if the trend keeps up.

Review Of Centralia by HomeSnacks User

The crime is surprisingly low. Yes theres drug activity but not enough to effect your day to day life. The school system is fairly decent, the teachers all care very much for the students and the schools are in the process of being remodeled the only issue I have seen is parents not being active enough in their childs education. The sports are what brings this town together, specifically the high schools football season, that is when the small town really becomes a community. Their is a local community college right in town as well. The housing market is fairly decent, homes that are for sale are fairly cheap but the rental market is very high for just the bare minimum apartments. There are a large selection of Low Income apartments and Affordable Housing apartments as well. There are many local resources for struggling families and the elderly such as WorkSource, Faith based Counseling and help held in and from the local churches, Community Action, and Housing Resource Center.

In my opinion the best places to visit when going to Centralia,WA is the Oly club on the downtown strip, the borst park off of Harrisons ave, and the yellow Big T BBQ off of Pearl St out towards the steam plant! The bad place however in my opinion are the downtown strip past 11 due to the homeless shelter then being closed, the shaefar parks woods area due to homeless people camping there as well, and the Hispanic trailer park off of long Road.

Seattle, WA

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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

Seattle? On a list of most dangerous cities in Washington? Yep.

Seattle residents faced 1 in 19.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

That’s about a 10% drop from 2016, when Seattle’s rate would have been even worse.

Review Of Seattle by HomeSnacks User

During the day the hustle of the city is never ending. Traffic is terrible and most days, assuming your commute is through downtown on I5, it takes you longer to get home than anywhere else in the state. However at night when the city is lit up and the weather is clear there is nothing else like it in the area. The Space Needle is lit up, the Ferris Wheel out on the pier and even watching the sound under a full moon doesn’t have much competition to anywhere on that side of I5.

Favorite place is to drive along the I90 bridge after dark because there aren’t any street lights. It’s a floating bridge so you are just above the water and although it doesn’t last long it is definitely a unique experience.

Federal Way, WA

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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

Coming in at number 6 on our list of most dangerous places in Washington, residents of Federal Way had a 1 in 17.0 chance of being the victim of a crime.

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 has the smallest population of any city on our list of the most dangerous in Washington.

The Union Gap saw a total of 670 property crimes in 2017, which calculates out to a 1 in 9.1 chance of being a victim of theft.

Union Gap ranked 27th for violent crime.

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

Lakewood is the 8th most dangerous city in Washington.

Lakewood is crime country, with residents facing a 1 in 21.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year.

The trend is neither negative nor positive in Lakewood, as both violent and property crimes have remained stagnant over the last few years.

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

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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

Lynnwood places 10th in our list of the most dangerous cities in Washington.

Violent crime is an issue here as it ranks 24th in the state for that criteria, while ranking 6th for property crime.

High levels of unemployment and poverty probably contribute to above average rates of crime.

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

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)

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Where Are 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

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