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.
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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Washington
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Washington For 2019
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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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.
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:
- Snoqualmie (Pop. 13,648)
- Duvall (Pop. 7,875)
- Sammamish (Pop. 64,857)
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