The Murder Capitals Of Washington For 2021

These are the places in Washington where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in Washington and is updated for 2021.

Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Washington?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Washington.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Evergreen State for 2021:

  1. Yakima (Photos)
  2. Tacoma (Photos)
  3. SeaTac (Photos)
  4. Sequim (Photos)
  5. Everett (Photos)
  6. Burien (Photos)
  7. Seattle (Photos)
  8. Walla Walla (Photos)
  9. Bellingham (Photos)
  10. Federal Way (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Washington? That would be Sequim with 26.3 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Seattle with 28.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 44 cities in Washington where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 66 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Evergreen State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Washington For 2021

Yakima, WA

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Population: 94,168
Rank Last Year: 25
Murders: 9 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 9.6 (8th Most)
More on Yakima:  Data | Photos

Tacoma, WA

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Population: 218,650
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 16 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 7.3 (10th Most)
More on Tacoma:  Data | Photos

Seatac, WA

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Population: 29,533
Rank Last Year: 11
Murders: 3 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.2 (6th Most)
More on SeaTac:  Data | Photos

Sequim, WA

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Population: 7,599
Rank Last Year: 38
Murders: 2 (15th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 26.3 (Most)
More on Sequim:  Data | Photos

Everett, WA

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Population: 112,302
Rank Last Year: 27
Murders: 6 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.3 (18th Most)
More on Everett:  Data | Photos

Burien, WA

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Population: 52,388
Rank Last Year: 31
Murders: 3 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.7 (15th Most)
More on Burien:  Data | Photos

Seattle, WA

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Population: 763,706
Rank Last Year: 5
Murders: 28 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.7 (27th Most)
More on Seattle:  Data | Photos

Walla Walla, WA

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Population: 33,047
Rank Last Year: 28
Murders: 2 (15th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 6.1 (13th Most)
More on Walla Walla:  Data | Photos

Bellingham, WA

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Population: 91,906
Rank Last Year: 43
Murders: 4 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.4 (22nd Most)
More on Bellingham:  Data | Photos

Federal Way, WA

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Population: 98,025
Rank Last Year: 12
Murders: 4 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.1 (24th Most)
More on Federal Way:  Data | Photos

How we calculated the murder capitals of Washington

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in Washington for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 44 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It - The Places With The Most Murders In Washington For 2021

If you're looking at the places in Washington with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

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Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Washington For 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Yakima, WA 9 9.56
2 Tacoma, WA 16 7.32
3 SeaTac, WA 3 10.16
4 Sequim, WA 2 26.32
5 Everett, WA 6 5.34
6 Burien, WA 3 5.73
7 Seattle, WA 28 3.67
8 Walla Walla, WA 2 6.05
9 Bellingham, WA 4 4.35
10 Federal Way, WA 4 4.08
11 Union Gap, WA 1 16.23
12 North Bend, WA 1 13.67
13 Toppenish, WA 1 11.25
14 Burlington, WA 1 10.85
15 Kent, WA 4 3.05
16 Fife, WA 1 9.69
17 Spokane, WA 6 2.72
18 Kelso, WA 1 8.09
19 Olympia, WA 2 3.75
20 East Wenatchee, WA 1 7.0
21 Washougal, WA 1 6.13
22 Richland, WA 2 3.42
23 Lakewood, WA 2 3.28
24 Aberdeen, WA 1 6.01
25 Anacortes, WA 1 5.72
26 Sammamish, WA 2 2.99
27 Centralia, WA 1 5.68
28 Vancouver, WA 3 1.62
29 Monroe, WA 1 5.09
30 Arlington, WA 1 4.99
31 Tukwila, WA 1 4.89
32 Kennewick, WA 2 2.38
33 Camas, WA 1 4.1
34 Renton, WA 2 1.93
35 Mercer Island, WA 1 3.79
36 Maple Valley, WA 1 3.61
37 Des Moines, WA 1 3.06
38 Wenatchee, WA 1 2.9
39 Longview, WA 1 2.61
40 Bremerton, WA 1 2.4
41 Edmonds, WA 1 2.32
42 Redmond, WA 1 1.44
43 Spokane Valley, WA 1 0.99
44 Bellevue, WA 1 0.67

About Chris Kolmar

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