Washington State is a beautiful place to live, nestled in the corner of the country in the westernmost part of the Pacific Northwest. It's the home of one of the nation's most beautiful cities, Seattle. If you're thinking about moving to Washington State, it's wise to know which areas offer the safest environments, especially if you're planning to raise a family where you settle. We've consulted several top data sites on crime rates and how the various cities measure up within this state. Based on the information we found, here are the 20 safest places to live in Washington.
20. Battle Ground, Washington
Battle Ground is a medium sized city that is located northwest of Vancouver, the closest metropolitan area. This city has a population of 21,002 residents. The people who live here average an annual salary of $64,888. When it comes to safety, the 2020 rate of violent crimes committed in the last 12 months is 1.5 in 100,000. This means that the odds are in favor that you would not become the victim of such a crime. Property crimes were rated at 19.2 per 100,000 persons. This tells us that Battle Ground is a relatively safe place to live.
19. Lake Stevens, Washington
Lake Stevens is a more upscale city to the northwest of Everett. This area sits on a popular recreation site with numerous vacation homes built on the lake, many with restricted access and restrictive covenants for building and purchasing properties because of the high value of the properties. There are 33,491 people living in this area with an average earnings of $82,500 yearly. The current statistics for 2020 show that there have been 1.9 violent crimes per 100K persons committed in the last year with 10.6 property crimes. Your chances of becoming a crime victim are relatively low in Lake Stevens.
18. East Wenatchee, Washington
East Wenatchee is a town in Eastern Washington that sits on the banks of the lovely Columbia River. It sits adjacent to the city of Wenatchee which is on the River's opposite side and the two are accessible to one another via a bridge connected with Hwy 285. There are an estimated 15,097 residents living in East Wenatchee. It's an agricultural area with a median family income of $51,938 a year. According to the data, there were 1.0 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people and 26.7 property crimes. East Wenatchee is one of the safest places to live in this region of the state.
17. Washougal, Washington
Washougal is a mountain town that is situated close to the Columbia River at the Oregon border. It is a smaller town with a population of 15,949 residents. The average family in Washougal earns $76,998 annually which is considered excellent for a small rural town. There were just 1.6 per 100,000 violent crimes reported with 15.7 property crimes on record for 2020. Washougal is one of Washington's safest places to live with regards to crime.
16. Edgewood, Washington
Edgewood is a city that is set apart from the major metropolitan areas. It is more of a rural town that is tucked away from the main freeways in Western Washington. There are 11,510 people who reside in Edgewood with an average yearly income of $90,544. It's fairly affluent for a small town. The rate of violent crimes committed for 2020 were just 1.3 in 100,000 with 20.1 property crimes per 100,000 committed.
15. Kirkland, Washington
Kirkland is a city that is to the North part of the Puget Sound, north of Seattle and Bellevue. This is a good sized city of 89,805 residents. The median income is a bit higher at $104,319 a year. Kirkland offers a lot of great amenities including shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and recreation. It's a fairly safe place to live as crime statistics show that there were 2.3 property crimes per 100,000 people for 2020 and 1.1 violent crimes. You're more likely to have an accident than you are to become a crime victim in Kirkland.
14. Bainbridge Island, Washington
Bainbridge Island is a Seattle suburb. It is a larger neighborhood with 24,060 residents living there. It's considered one of the bet places in the area to live with most residents owning their places and a variety of amenities.It's a place that retirees prefer to settle. Families with children also enjoy living in Bainbridge Island with highly rated public schools, and crime rates that are far below the national average.
13. Camas, Washington
Camas has been rated as the number one place to live in all of Clark County.One of the main industries is the manufacture of paper and wood products. It's nestled into the heart of Washington's timber industry. Housing is plenteous and affordable. It's a suburb of Portland, Oregon, but it is located in Washington State, across the river. There are plenty of recreational opportunities and other things to do with a major metropolitan area just across the river. Camas has highly rated public schools, making it a great place to live if you have a family with kids.There are 22,615 residents living in Camas. Violent and property crime rates are so low in Camas that you stand a less than 1 in 100 chance of becoming a victim, according to the statistics.
12. Kenmore, Washington
Kenmore is a Seattle suburb that has 22,546 residents. It is located in King County and it is rated as one of the best places to live and raise a family in the area. The majority of residents are homeowners and there are plenty of amenities in the area including entertainment, dining, recreation and shopping. The schools are highly rated and the crime rates are low. Both violent and property crime rates in this small suburb are far below the national average and you have a less than 1 in 100 chance of becoming the victim of either type when living in Kenmore.
11. Lake Forest Park, Washington
Lake Forest Park is another suburb of Seattle.It's a medium sized community with 13,378 residents, most of whom own their own homes. There are plenty of amenities in the area with shopping, dining, entertainment, parks and recreational opportunities. The public schools have an excellent rating and the population is made up mainly of retirees, young professionals, and families. The crime rates for violent and property crimes reported are lower than Kenmore so you have even less of a chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crimes.
10. Madrona, Washington
Madrona is a Seattle neighborhood that is small with just 3,682 residents living there. Most people who live in Madrona are homeowners. The community has its fair share of parks, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. The public schools are excellent. It is a great place to raise a family. The violent crime rates are remarkably low however, there are more property crimes committed in Madrona. It is a place that is safe for families, but it's wise to lock up the house when you leave.
9. Westlake, Washington
Westlake is a Seattle neighborhood. This is a small community with just 1,864 residents. Unlike many Seattle neighborhoods, the majority of residents in Westlake are renters with few owning their homes. It's a great place to live with highly rated public schools, ample parks , restaurants, coffee shops and bars, and it's not far from a major metropolitan area. It's a safe place to live because it isn't in the main vein of Seattle's busy downtown. The chances of becoming the victim of a property crime are 2.3 in 1,000 and less than 1 in 1,000 for violent crimes.
8. Oak Harbor, Washington
Oak Harbor is a city of 22,820 in Western Washington, Island County. Like Westlake, the majority of residents are renters. Oak harbor offers parks and coffee shops but not a lot more. The public schools are above average in this city. The safety rating is also an attractive feature of the town. Oak Harbor is a town in Washington with a population of 22,820. Oak Harbor is in Island County. Living in Oak Harbor offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Oak Harbor there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Oak Harbor and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Oak Harbor are above average. Relatively few crimes have been reported and residents who live here have a less than 1 in 100 chance of becoming a crime victim.
7. Packwood, Washington
Packwood is a small mountain town in the Lewis County, Washington. The population is extremely small with just 315 residents. This is a rural feeling town and most of the residents are homeowners with a conservative point of view. It is a town that many tourists visit on their way across White Pass, going to Seattle or other cities on the West side. In the past year there have been no violent crimes or property crimes reported. Although it's a small town and there isn't much to do, it certainly is a safe place to live.
6. Granger, Washington
Granger is a small rural town in Yakima County, Eastern Washington State. There are 3,867 people residing in Granger and most own their own homes. The schools are small and do not have a great rating, but the safety ranking is a B+ because the violent crime rates are so low that you stand a less than 1 in 100 chance of becoming a victim. Property crime rates are also low in Granger.
5. Snoqualmie, Washington
Snoqualmie is a small mountain town with a population of 13,317 residents. It's a great place to live with a low poverty rate of just 1.3% and an unemployment rate of 3.3%. It's an affluent town with a median family income of $144,148 per year. Real estate is high and renting is also expensive. One of the best things about Snoqualmie is its low crime rate. In the last year there were 172 crimes reported. This city is 51.98% below the national average, making it not only one of the safest places to live in Washington, but also in the nation.
4. Duvall, Washington
Duvall is a small town in Western Washington. It's a small mountain town of just 7,811 residents, most of them owning their own homes. One of the most impressive facts about Duvall, Washington is that there were just 44 crimes reported for 2020. The crime rate for Duvall is nearly 79% below the national average, making it an extremely safe place to live. On the downside, there isn't much to do in Duvall, so you'll need to drive to one of the larger metropolitan areas for entertainment or fine dining.
3. Connell, Washington
Connell is a city in Eastern Washington with a total of 5,482 residents. The cost of living is low in Connell, but the wages are too. It's a rural town with a very low rate of crime. In 2020, so far, just 44 total crimes have been committed. It is ranked as being more than 80% below the national average for crime statistics.
2. Sammamish, Washington
Sammamish is a larger city in Washington State with a population of 64,049 residents. It's a fairly affluent place to live with the annual family salary average at over $165,000. It gets a high safety rating from homesnacks with a 9 out of 10 with low violent and property crime rates.
1. Black Diamond, Washington
Black Diamond is a Seattle suburb with 4,434 residents. Most people living there own their homes. the schools are above average for this small community, and many of the residents are young professionals who commute to Seattle and the surrounding area for work. The crime rate is one of the best in the state with regards to safety. For 2020 there were no violent crimes reported and a low number of property crimes, making this the safest place to live in Washington State.
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