SafeWise has released its eighth annual Safest Cities report, and Sammamish has been named the #1 safest city in Washington. Thank you to our dedicated public servants at Sammamish Police Department and our engaged community members for helping to keep our community safe and enjoyable.
Washington's violent crime rate continued to decline for the second year in a row, moving down from 3.0 incidents per 1,000 people to 2.9. The overall property crime rate in Washington stayed the same as last year at 27.3 incidents per 1,000 people, but there was a small uptick in the number of property crimes.
Within the Pacific region, Washington ties with Oregon for the second-lowest violent crime rate behind Hawaii (2.5). Property crime is another matter, with Washington posting the highest rate in the region, just ahead of Oregon (26.6)—it displaced long-standing Alaska, which dropped 22% since last year.
On the national level, Washington's violent crime rate is 28% lower than the national rate (US 4.0) while its property crime rate is 39% higher (US 19.6). Among all 50 states, The Evergreen State has the twelfth-lowest violent crime rate and the fourth-highest property crime rate.
For more information on crime rates and SafeWise's methodology, visit www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-washington.
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