See Which Washington Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 46,000

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Washington is a state with many different facets. On one side you have its pristine nature like the Columbia River Gorge and the North Cascades National Park. On another side you have some of the world’s richest billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and Howard Schultz of Starbucks. Some of the biggest companies are here as well, such as Boeing aircraft, Costco, Nordstrom, and Expedia. The overall GDP of Washington is $425 billion. You can live in the city and not be too far off from untouched nature, or you can live in the great outdoors and not be too far off from big city life. Whatever your choice, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from that are also safe.

Despite Washington having so much to offer, not every city is as safe as it could be. We collected data on every city and picked out the 25 safest cities in the state, and gave them a safety score. The safest city had a safety score of 86.07 and the 25th safest city was at 46.6. That may seem low, but keep in mind that over half of the 25 safest cities had a safety score above 60. It is also important to note that Washington has the 68th safest city in the nation, as well as 7 more cities that made it into our 500 safest cities in the nation.

Sammamish is the safest city in Washington, and ranked nationally as well as the 68th safest city in the country. It has a population of 52,365 and a safety score of 86.07. It has seen a slight reduction in its already low property crime rate. It is located across some lakes from Seattle, making it a desirable commuter town. The median income for a family is $152,364, which is very high and shows why this town scores so highly on our safety ratings.

Most of the safest cities are clustered in the suburbs of Seattle, such as Kirkland (82), Shoreline (78.82), and Redmond (76.25). If you want to be further inland, then Pasco or Richland could be great choices for you, with a safety rating of 79.16 and 77.83 respectively. Seattle itself has a safety rating of 58.73.


1 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.07

Sammamish, WA

52,365 1586 12 46.1% 392 -1.1%

2
Safety Score: 82

Kirkland, WA

87,040 663 77 -10.1% 1,747 -15.1%

3
Safety Score: 79.16

Pasco, WA

70,458 869 159 -11.4% 1,493 -1.1%

4
Safety Score: 78.82

Shoreline, WA

55,690 806 74 -22% 1,347 -20.7%

5
Safety Score: 77.83

Richland, WA

54,218 712 75 -17.9% 1,368 11.5%

6
Safety Score: 76.25

Redmond, WA

60,542 487 64 105.5% 1,796 -0.9%

7
Safety Score: 75.53

Kennewick, WA

78,214 737 155 -19.3% 2,223 -9.1%

8
Safety Score: 75.04

Bellevue, WA

138,532 649 152 n/a 4,331 n/a

9
Safety Score: 71.82

Vancouver, WA

171,076 821 671 14.7% 5,554 4.1%

10
Safety Score: 71.35

Marysville, WA

66,374 771 112 n/a 2,427 n/a

11
Safety Score: 70.77

Lacey, WA

46,193 782 97 19.5% 1,667 17%

12
Safety Score: 64.48

Olympia, WA

49,875 519 203 0.2% 2,309 4%

13
Safety Score: 64.23

Burien, WA

50,701 703 199 -23.2% 2,397 0.1%

14
Safety Score: 64.22

Kent, WA

127,259 669 338 -7.2% 6,169 -2.3%

15
Safety Score: 63.97

Bellingham, WA

83,976 502 214 -3.8% 4,067 -14.4%

16
Safety Score: 63.82

Lakewood, WA

59,958 530 414 7.8% 2,656 6.6%

17
Safety Score: 60.79

Spokane Valley, WA

92,157 894 235 -21.5% 4,779 -9.7%

18
Safety Score: 60.18

Federal Way, WA

94,424 616 368 1.3% 5,106 -9.2%

19
Safety Score: 59.76

Auburn, WA

77,914 617 318 3.8% 4,235 -9.7%

20
Safety Score: 58.73

Seattle, WA

683,700 355 4,093 -0.7% 37,754 -9.9%

21
Safety Score: 58.55

Yakima, WA

93,798 509 514 25.8% 5,091 10.1%

22
Safety Score: 58.54

Everett, WA

107,633 488 422 n/a 6,198 n/a

23
Safety Score: 58.13

Renton, WA

100,015 666 300 28.7% 5,795 9.3%

24
Safety Score: 52.03

Tacoma, WA

206,884 555 1,694 3.2% 13,065 1.6%

25
Safety Score: 46.6

Spokane, WA

212,698 532 1,111 -4.6% 15,971 -12.3%


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