Safest Washington Cities 2019: See Where Kirkland Ranks

A new ranking by the National Council For Home Safety and Security shows how safe Washington cities are.

By Neal McNamara , Patch Staff | Jan 28, 2019 4:44 pm ET | Courtesy of Patch.com

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KIRKLAND, WA - The National Council For Home Safety and Security has released a ranking of the safest cities in Washington using recent FBI crime data. Snoqualmie came in as the No. 1 safest city while University Place came in last on the list.

The list is a little different from other safest-cities lists. Usually, wealthy Eastside cities like Sammamish and Medina are ranked safest, but this list favors small, rural cities. Issaquah and Bellevue are ranked in the middle of the list, while Enumclaw came in No. 5.

The list was created by looking at violent and property crimes, and weighing that data based on population.

"We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced, and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1," the National Council For Home Safety and Security described.

Despite a few recent shootings, Kirkland's violent crime rate was slightly below the state average. Property crime in Kirkland was on par with cities like Bonney Lake, Edmonds, and Mill Creek.

(The list only includes cities of a certain size that send crime data to the FBI. Cities like Shoreline or Woodinville don't appear likely because they are policed by the King County Sheriff's Office.)

Here's the full ranking:

  1. Snoqualmie

  2. Oak Harbor

  3. Sunnyside

  4. West Richland

  5. Enumclaw

  6. Grandview

  7. Washougal

  8. Lynden

  9. Bainbridge Island

  10. Battle Ground

  11. Cheney

  12. Monroe

  13. Lake Forest Park

  14. Pullman

  15. Lake Stevens

  16. Camas

  17. Mercer Island

  18. Mukilteo

  19. Ferndale

  20. Anacortes

  21. Mill Creek

  22. Bothell

  23. Edmonds

  24. Ellensburg

  25. Kirkland

  26. Port Angeles

  27. Poulsbo

  28. Mountlake Terrace

  29. Walla Walla

  30. Bonney Lake

  31. East Wenatchee

  32. Aberdeen

  33. Pasco

  34. Redmond

  35. Snohomish

  36. Richland

  37. Wenatchee

  38. Issaquah

  39. Bellevue

  40. Sedro Woolley

  41. Marysville

  42. Kelso

  43. Kennewick

  44. Tumwater

  45. Longview

  46. Seattle

  47. Vancouver

  48. Fife

  49. Everett

  50. Mount Vernon

  51. Olympia

  52. Lacey

  53. Bellingham

  54. Lynnwood

  55. Sumner

  56. Yakima

  57. Bremerton

  58. Arlington

  59. Des Moines

  60. Lakewood

  61. Edgewood

  62. Moses Lake

  63. Centralia

  64. Port Orchard

  65. Puyallup

  66. Spokane Valley

  67. Renton

  68. Kent

  69. Federal Way

  70. Tacoma

  71. Spokane

  72. University Place

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