Apparently there are more dangerous things in Washington than taking an elevator to the top of the Space Needle and/or getting caught on the Puget Sound during a storm: there are dangerous cities.
Yes, we have broken down the top 10 most dangerous cities in Washington for 2019 and you can view them below. #YouCanThankUsLater
Why did we produce this list? Well, we’re trying to help one navigate these dangerous cities when trying to make an informed decision on what city they should call home.
To compile our list, we looked at violent crimes and property crimes in cities with a population of 5,000. That left us with 117 cities.
Let’s be real, we’re not talking about a Seattle hippie accidently eating real turkey instead of pho-turkey…tofu turkey…or whatever it’s called, kind of danger. The type of danger we’re talking about gets people on KOMO 4 at six.
Folks, the cities that made our list have robberies happening in broad daylight, car jackings, and daily shootings. There are neighborhoods in these cities that you shouldn’t drive thru, ever, and there are areas that you definitely shouldn’t be in after dark.
We’re not saying that there aren’t little pockets of goodness in these Washington cities. There are neighborhoods and shopping centers in these cities that are working hard to make life easier.
And it’s not entirely Washington’s fault that they have questionable cities. They are the 13th largest state in terms of population. As with most situations, there’s bound to be problems with that many people.
To see where these Washington cities with more issues than The Olympian, take a look below at our most dangerous cities in The Evergreen State for 2019.
What are the circumstances that make these Washington cities this way? Maybe not enough jobs, low wages, drugs, gangs; and in Washington’s case, their mediocre NFL team?
We’re not entirely sure. But one thing we are sure about is that the number one most dangerous city in Washington for 2019 is Fife.
So, if you don’t really leave your house, a dangerous city should mean nothing to you. Maybe you should consider holing up in one of our top 10 most dangerous cities in Washington for 2019.
To make an educated choice, take a look at the list below. If you don’t see a winner, head to the bottom, there’s more.
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 takes 4th because of its 12th place finish for violence.
Located in central Washington, 30 miles north of Olympia, Centralia experienced rise in violent crime between 2015-17.
This left residents with a 1 in 213 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 16.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.
The most populated city in Washington, Seattle ranks as the 5th most dangerous city in our analysis.
While the rate of property crime dropped by 12% between 2015-17, violent crime went up by 8%.
This left Seattle residents with a 1 in 158 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Federal Way isn’t the worst in state in terms of either violent or property crime statistics, but bad rankings in each earn it the title of the 6th most dangerous city in the Evergreen State.
The good news is that instances of property crime dropped between 2015-17, but the bad news is that violent crime rose in the same time period.
That left Federal Way residents with a 1 in 222 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017, making the city the 14th most violent place in Washington.
Union Gap makes it into the top 10 most dangerous in Washington. After a huge growth spurt in the 60’s and 70’s, people are actually leaving Union Gap in droves, which could be in part to its high criminal population.
As of the last FBI report, crime in Union Gap has been ticking upwards, and statistically, 1 in 9.1 residents here was recently the victim of a robbery or car theft.
Lakewood ranks 3rd in violent crime, but 26th overall in property crime to place as the 8th most dangerous city in Washington.
To put that in perspective, you have a 1 in 21.9 chance of being a victim of a property crime in Lakewood. That makes property crimes much more common in Lakewood than the safest city, Sammamish.
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.
Located in Snohomish County., Lynnwood is the 10th most dangerous city in Washington.
With residents facing a 1 in 276 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, Lynnwood it earns a spot on the most dangerous places in Washington.
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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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