These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Washington For 2017


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Evergreen State for 2017.

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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.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Evergreen State:

  1. Tukwila (Photos)
  2. Fife (Photos)
  3. Tacoma (Photos)
  4. Spokane (Photos)
  5. Seattle (Photos)
  6. Moses Lake (Photos)
  7. Shelton (Photos)
  8. Aberdeen (Photos)
  9. Clarkston (Photos)
  10. Port Orchard (Photos)

Why did Tukwila take the top spot? For the answer to this question and 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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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Washington for 2017?

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 second release of 2015 data, specifically the 2015 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2016 in September 2017.

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 120 cities in Washington.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 120 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 — Tukwila. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Washington.

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1. Tukwila

Tukwila, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,116
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 750
Property Crimes Per 100k: 16,583
Coming in first place in both violent and overall crime, the suburban city of Tukwila is far and away the most dangerous place in Washington.

Just south of Seattle, Tukwila residents face a 1 in 133 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and staggeringly high 1 in 6.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

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While violent crime is on a downward trend in the Hazelnut City, property crime has been steadily rising every year.

2. Fife

Fife, Washington

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,642
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 964
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,913
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 2015.

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

3. Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 206,884
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 818
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,315
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 2015, and the ever-growing numbers of both categories of crime.

4. Spokane

Spokane, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 212,698
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 522
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,508
Spokane is the 2nd largest city in Washington, and also just so happens to be the 4th 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 13.3 chance of being a property crime victim here might not seem so bad, I’d say it’s still not a number to celebrate.

5. Seattle

Seattle, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 683,700
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 598
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,522
There’s probably some surprise here, especially for residents of Seattle, but like every big city there’s nice parts and not so nice parts. The biggest city in Washington saw 4,093 violent crimes within its city limits in 2015.

On the bright side, crimes are actually declining at a steady clip over the last few years here. So, at least there’s progress.

6. Moses Lake

Moses Lake, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,026
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 499
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,068
Located in east-central Washington, Moses Lake is the largest city in Grant County.

Violent crime increased between 2013-15, 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 14.1.

7. Shelton

Shelton, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,758
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 461
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,101
The westernmost city on Puget Sound and the seat of Mason County, Shelton’s property crime rankings definitely outweigh the violence.

In fact, Shelton is a stand out for being the first city on this list to be on a downwards trend for violent crimes, with the numbers dropping by from 2013-15.

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Property crimes have also seen a slight decrease, but a 1 in 14.1 chance is still enough to make Shelton a dangerous place.

8. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,100
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 596
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,428
A city in Grays Harbor County, Aberdeen has seen crime become a problem over the last decade.

Perhaps that has something to do with the high rate of violent crime, with residents facing a 1 in 167 chance of being the victim of violence in 2015.

On the bright side, instances of property crime fell during this time period.

9. Clarkston

Clarkston, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,387
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 392
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,702
While Clarkston is a known speed trap with rigorous enforcement of speeding laws, it is also a relative hot bed for the occurrence of crime.

As the FBI aggregates crime data based on reporting from local municipalities, it wouldn’t surprise us if Clarkston ranks highly simply because the police department does an excellent job of reporting crimes that occur within its city limits.

Clarkston has the 21st most violent crimes in Washington.

10. Port Orchard

Port Orchard, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,535
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 502
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,770
Only 13 miles west of Seattle, Port Orchard earns its 10th place spot with a combination of poor scores.

With a 1 in 17.3 chance of falling victim to property crime, and a 1 in 199 chance for violent crime, Port Orchard is certainly one of the least safe places in the state.

Unfortunately, like the other cities on the list, Port Orchard’s crime has been increasing, however at a much less rapid pace than the others.

Locking It All Up In Washington

The latest FBI crime data shows that Tukwila ranks as the most dangerous city in Washington for 2017.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Tukwila’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

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

  1. Duvall
  2. Sammamish
  3. Selah

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Washington

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Tukwila 20,116 750 16,583
2 Fife 9,642 964 7,913
3 Tacoma 206,884 818 6,315
4 Spokane 212,698 522 7,508
5 Seattle 683,700 598 5,522
6 Moses Lake 22,026 499 7,068
7 Shelton 9,758 461 7,101
8 Aberdeen 16,100 596 5,428
9 Clarkston 7,387 392 7,702
10 Port Orchard 13,535 502 5,770
11 Yakima 93,798 547 5,427
12 Port Angeles 19,304 466 5,656
13 Kelso 11,756 595 5,078
14 Auburn 77,914 408 5,435
15 Everett 107,633 392 5,758
16 Seatac 28,418 594 4,947
17 Puyallup 39,645 269 6,896
18 Lakewood 59,958 690 4,429
19 Walla Walla 31,940 547 4,777
20 Federal Way 94,424 389 5,407
21 Burlington 8,610 220 12,009
22 Renton 100,015 299 5,794
23 Wapato 5,050 554 4,514
24 Chehalis 7,261 234 7,147
25 Longview 36,401 390 5,208
26 Union Gap 6,022 215 10,644
27 Toppenish 9,001 422 4,743
28 Gig Harbor 8,724 309 5,387
29 Bremerton 38,755 534 4,159
30 Centralia 16,632 378 4,990
31 Olympia 49,875 407 4,629
32 Lynnwood 36,885 219 5,861
33 Yelm 8,592 349 5,109
34 Burien 50,701 392 4,727
35 Quincy 7,499 306 5,067
36 Spokane Valley 92,157 254 5,185
37 Sumner 9,737 195 6,275
38 Kent 127,259 265 4,847
39 Monroe 18,046 376 4,167
40 Bellingham 83,976 254 4,843
41 Tumwater 19,193 364 4,110
42 Vancouver 171,076 392 3,246
43 Othello 7,785 256 3,969
44 Woodland 5,748 243 4,105
45 Snohomish 9,640 217 4,346
46 Mount Vernon 33,474 218 4,164
47 Des Moines 31,335 357 3,073
48 Arlington 19,018 173 4,611
49 Sequim 6,767 132 5,319
50 Port Townsend 9,288 366 2,756
51 Lacey 46,193 209 3,608
52 Ephrata 8,114 135 4,831
53 Marysville 66,374 168 3,656
54 Hoquiam 8,307 168 3,346
55 Wenatchee 33,525 155 3,442
56 Airway Heights 6,652 90 5,306
57 Blaine 5,048 138 3,446
58 Kennewick 78,214 198 2,842
59 Cheney 11,601 241 2,258
60 Covington 19,532 133 3,583
61 Ocean Shores 5,638 212 2,358
62 Sedro Woolley 10,808 120 3,821
63 University Place 32,577 211 2,286
64 Stanwood 6,864 174 2,403
65 Ellensburg 18,899 137 3,063
66 Pasco 70,458 225 2,118
67 Buckley 5,051 237 1,841
68 Woodinville 11,476 121 3,441
69 Fircrest 6,701 164 2,507
70 College Place 9,046 132 3,216
71 Mountlake Terrace 21,051 152 2,698
72 Edmonds 41,187 152 2,566
73 Milton 7,420 121 3,355
74 Sunnyside 16,198 154 2,494
75 Lake Stevens 30,815 210 2,141
76 Richland 54,218 138 2,523
77 Poulsbo 9,809 91 3,578
78 Bellevue 138,532 109 3,126
79 Battle Ground 19,239 166 2,229
80 Mukilteo 21,171 127 2,692
81 Washougal 15,220 157 2,168
82 Bonney Lake 19,180 135 2,356
83 Shoreline 55,690 132 2,418
84 East Wenatchee 13,575 95 3,086
85 Redmond 60,542 105 2,966
86 North Bend 6,779 73 3,584
87 Ferndale 13,029 130 2,333
88 Bothell 37,346 91 2,918
89 Anacortes 16,351 79 3,112
90 Steilacoom 6,228 208 931
91 Grandview 11,201 133 1,812
92 Orting 7,401 148 1,256
93 Issaquah 34,999 28 3,091
94 Edgewood 9,844 101 2,255
95 Enumclaw 11,657 42 2,805
96 Pacific 7,199 125 1,750
97 Mill Creek 19,441 108 2,011
98 Prosser 5,817 120 1,822
99 Kirkland 87,040 88 2,007
100 Normandy Park 6,682 74 2,184

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