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.

Join RoadSnacks
This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2019.

Article continues below.

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 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)

After analyzing 117 cities in Washington, why did Fife 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.

For more Washington reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Washington

Most Dangerous Cities In Washington Graph

Click To Enlarge

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.

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.

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.

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 ranks as the 4th most dangerous city in Washington according to the FBI data.

The city ranks as having the 5th highest property crime rank and 12th highest violent crime rank in the Evergreen State.

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

Seattle’s population ranks as the 1st biggest in Washington, which probably helped earn it a place on this list.

Whether crime relates to the population is anyone’s guess, but at least Seattle’s been handling its crime problem well.

Property crime stands at 15th overall while violent crime clocks in at 4th overall.

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

Federal Way has placed 10th for property crime per capita in the state.

Residents of Federal Way faced a 1 in 10th chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, violent crime bumped up between 2015-17, making Federal Way the 14th most violent city in Washington.

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

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

Violent crime went to 22 occurrences between 2015-17, leaving residents with a 1 in 277 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Though Union Gap is the 27th most violent city in Washington overall, it does only have the 1st most property crime on this list (which still leaves residents a 1 in 9.1 chance of being robbed each year).

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 ranks in the top 8th worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.

Residents of Lakewood faced a 1 in 143 chance of being the victim of violence, a rate which steadily increased from 2015-17.

Property crime did drop by a modest amount during this interval though.

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

Lynnwood is way out on Route 26 near Wyoming. If you’re passing through, lock your car doors. Residents here have a 1 in 16.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime, which is the second highest in the state.

Job growth is negative here, which isn’t a good sign. Crime is typically contained on the south end of town.

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

Like RoadSnacks on Facebook:

 Most Dangerous Cities, Rankings 

One thought on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Washington For 2019

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *