These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Washington For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Evergreen State for 2018.

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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. Tacoma (Photos)
  3. Spokane (Photos)
  4. Fife (Photos)
  5. Federal Way (Photos)
  6. Moses Lake (Photos)
  7. Kelso (Photos)
  8. Seatac (Photos)
  9. Seattle (Photos)
  10. Lynnwood (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 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

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 119 cities in Washington.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 119 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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Washington Graph

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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: 20,195
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 831
Property Crimes Per 100k: 15,488
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.

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Just south of Seattle, Tukwila residents face a 1 in 120 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and staggeringly high 1 in 6.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

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

2. Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 209,914
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 952
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,549
Tacoma’s danger level ranks as the 2nd 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 104 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016, and the ever-growing numbers of both categories of crime.

3. Spokane

Spokane, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 214,028
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 597
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,688
Spokane is the 2nd largest city in Washington, and also just so happens to be the 3rd 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 13.0 chance of being a property crime victim here might not seem so bad, I’d say it’s still not a number to celebrate.

4. Fife


Population: 10,134
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 720
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,045
An eastern suburb of Tacoma, Fife rivals the bigger city with its violent crime statistics.

Residents face a 1 in 138 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, a number which increased between 2011 and 2016.

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

5. Federal Way

Federal Way, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 96,338
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 471
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,243
Federal Way, located in King County, is the 5th most dangerous and 13th most violent city in Washington.

Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

6. Moses Lake

Moses Lake, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,372
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 496
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,101
Located in east-central Washington, Moses Lake is the largest city in Grant County.

Violent crime increased between 2014-16, 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 16.4.

7. Kelso


Population: 11,897
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 453
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,346
50 miles north of Portland and 125 miles south of Seattle, Kelso’s motto is “the city of friendly people.”

Its less-than-super crime statistics might mar that image.

While violent crime has gone up by 32% from 2014-16, property crime has stayed pretty stagnant at a 1 in 17 chance.

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8. Seatac


Population: 28,466
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 530
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,613
SeaTac’s name is based on the first syllables of Seattle and Tacoma.

That’s quite fitting for its #8 spot on this list, since it ranks smack dab in the middle of #3 Tacoma and #14 Seattle.

This outlying suburb of Seattle has seen violent crime go up by 28% in recent years, to a now 1 in 162 chance of being the victim of violence.

9. Seattle

Seattle, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 700,313
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 613
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,487
The 1st largest city in the state, Seattle has achieved substantial reductions in both categories of crime lately.

From 2014-16, violent crime fell to 4,294 occurrences and property crime to 38,433 occurrences, which still left residents with a 1 in 163 chance of being a victim of violence, and a 1 in 18.2 chance of being the victim of property crime in 2016.

10. Lynnwood

Lynnwood, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,217
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 23)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 384
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,050
Lynnwood, a city in Snohomish County, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 260 chance of being robbed.

Additionally, there were 143 attacks in a city of only 37,217 residents.

Locking It All Up In Washington

The latest FBI crime data shows that Tukwila ranks as the most dangerous city in Washington for 2018.

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. Connell
  3. Selah

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Washington

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Tukwila 1 1 20,195 831 15,488
Tacoma 2 3 209,914 952 6,549
Spokane 3 4 214,028 597 7,688
Fife 4 2 10,134 720 7,045
Federal Way 5 20 96,338 471 6,243
Moses Lake 6 6 22,372 496 6,101
Kelso 7 13 11,897 453 6,346
Seatac 8 16 28,466 530 5,613
Seattle 9 5 700,313 613 5,487
Lynnwood 10 33 37,217 384 7,050
Union Gap 11 26 6,031 364 11,888
Centralia 12 30 16,785 405 6,088
Clarkston 13 9 7,330 368 7,585
Burlington 14 21 8,680 311 11,993
Yakima 15 11 94,111 527 5,252
Port Orchard 16 10 13,897 424 5,684
Lakewood 17 17 60,153 746 4,885
Puyallup 18 18 40,167 336 6,903
Port Angeles 19 12 19,525 568 5,029
Burien 20 32 50,934 488 5,067
Everett 21 15 108,988 449 5,145
Longview 22 24 36,854 385 5,228
Aberdeen 23 8 16,155 458 4,401
Toppenish 24 27 8,997 377 5,401
Bremerton 25 29 39,862 496 3,953
Renton 26 22 101,908 334 5,659
Kent 27 38 128,604 289 5,852
Auburn 28 14 78,400 419 4,614
Shelton 29 7 9,830 274 6,083
Olympia 30 31 50,972 392 4,886
Tumwater 31 41 19,569 398 4,307
Spokane Valley 32 36 95,923 282 5,516
Gig Harbor 33 28 9,124 263 5,743
Walla Walla 34 19 32,326 377 4,244
Yelm 35 34 8,780 227 6,195
Bellingham 36 40 86,005 260 5,514
Chehalis 37 25 7,417 202 8,345
Des Moines 38 47 31,523 374 4,104
Sumner 39 37 9,753 225 5,926
Woodland 40 44 5,902 321 4,151
Arlington 41 48 19,142 266 4,550
Ephrata 42 52 8,116 234 5,064
Quincy 43 35 7,482 280 3,916
Vancouver 44 42 174,912 385 3,163
Monroe 45 39 18,247 328 3,485
Mount Vernon 46 46 34,521 254 3,835
Sequim 47 49 6,868 247 3,800
Wapato 48 23 5,067 236 3,591
Wenatchee 49 55 33,920 259 3,325
Port Townsend 50 50 9,378 255 3,262
Lacey 51 51 47,215 228 3,647
Cheney 52 59 11,703 264 2,973
Hoquiam 53 54 8,342 215 3,548
Snohomish 54 45 9,773 214 3,212
Kennewick 55 58 79,837 229 2,823
Marysville 56 53 68,172 230 2,810
Othello 57 43 7,893 215 3,091
Ellensburg 58 66 19,148 167 3,452
Milton 59 73 7,785 141 3,904
East Wenatchee 60 85 13,746 145 3,688
Covington 61 60 19,529 148 3,379
University Place 62 63 33,196 219 2,551
Poulsbo 63 77 10,199 186 2,882
Edmonds 64 72 41,705 170 2,767
Woodinville 65 67 11,953 142 3,103
Edgewood 66 94 9,918 191 2,550
Redmond 67 84 61,893 134 3,127
Stanwood 68 64 6,888 101 3,440
Blaine 69 57 5,130 155 2,768
Prosser 70 98 5,895 254 1,832
Pasco 71 65 71,077 208 2,322
College Place 72 68 9,114 120 3,105
Richland 73 76 55,475 182 2,422
Bonney Lake 74 81 20,449 146 2,753
Shoreline 75 83 55,905 164 2,457
Bellevue 76 78 142,238 97 3,258
Sedro Woolley 77 62 10,860 73 3,701
Ocean Shores 78 61 5,721 192 2,062
Issaquah 79 92 37,308 99 3,079
Sunnyside 80 74 16,387 134 2,697
Bothell 81 88 43,828 114 2,769
Oak Harbor 82 109 22,795 214 1,412
Lake Stevens 83 75 31,440 213 1,583
Enumclaw 84 95 11,709 136 2,493
Grandview 85 91 11,230 151 2,092
Mountlake Terrace 86 71 21,212 132 2,418
Orting 87 93 7,594 158 2,001
Anacortes 88 89 16,532 90 2,800
Pullman 89 105 33,456 149 2,008
Ferndale 90 87 13,338 119 2,354
Washougal 91 82 15,527 186 1,281
Steilacoom 92 90 6,257 191 1,102
Fircrest 93 69 6,728 89 2,630
Mukilteo 94 80 21,416 112 2,059
Battle Ground 95 79 19,734 131 1,885
Kirkland 96 99 88,627 91 2,261
Normandy Park 97 100 6,733 44 2,554
North Bend 98 86 6,863 87 2,171
Dupont 99 110 9,593 166 552
Pacific 100 96 7,228 96 2,019
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