Sammamish Voted Safest Large City in Washington

Posted by Cary W Porter on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 at 10:00am

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The safest large city in Washington was Sammamish. Located on the east bank of Lake Sammamish, the city is perched on a plateau. The city has one of the highest median incomes in the nation for a city of its size. Sammamish offers a low-density, suburban lifestyle, and it also has excellent public schools.

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In this study, AdvisorSmith used data provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on reported crimes in the state of Washington to discover the safest communities in the state. Using data on crimes reported by cities and law enforcement within the state, we calculated a crime score for each city based upon the number of reported crimes and the mix of crimes committed in each city. Our crime score weights more severe crimes such as rape and murder more compared with property crimes.

In total, we examined crime reports from 180 cities within the state of Washington. This included 94 small cities with fewer than 10,000 residents, 61 midsize cities with between 10,000 and 50,000 residents, and 25 large cities with over 50,000 residents. The average crime score statewide was 46.

Safest Large Cities in Washington

Among large cities in the State of Washington with over 50,000 residents, the average crime score was 64. Crime scores ranged between 10 and 127 for large cities in the state.

The safest large city in Washington was Sammamish. Located on the east bank of Lake Sammamish, the city is perched on a plateau. The city has one of the highest median incomes in the nation for a city of its size. Sammamish offers a low-density, suburban lifestyle, and it also has excellent public schools.

The large city with the most reported crime in Washington was Spokane. Located in eastern Washington along the Spokane River, the city was historically an important rail center for the western United States. Later, industries such as mining, logging, and agriculture became more important for the city. 

Methodology

To find the safest cities in the state of Washington, we studied data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This dataset, Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, contains an accounting of reported violent and property crimes as recorded by cities and law enforcement agencies across the state of Washington. Crimes reported in this dataset include rape, robbery, murder, assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. We used data from the most recent publication of the dataset, which details reported crimes from the calendar year 2019.

The safest cities in Washington were determined by tabulating the number of reported crimes in each city. We applied a multiplier to different types of crimes in order to account for each crime’s severity. For example, murder received a higher multiplier than larceny, as it is a more serious crime. We summed the weighted value of crimes for each city and adjusted this value for the population in each city to find a crime score for each city.

To complete our analysis, we segmented the cities in the State of Washington into one of three groups based upon each city’s population. Washington cities with 10,000 or fewer residents were considered small cities. Cities with between 10,000 and 50,000 residents were considered midsize cities, and cities with over 50,000 residents were considered large cities. We ranked cities within their population subgroups to find the safest cities in Washington.

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Cary Porter is the Founder and Owner of The Cascade Team Real Estate. With over 20 years experience in the market Cary has a true passion for the Real Estate Industry, bringing the latest technology to the forefront, and is a big believer in and supporter of community service. Cary works alongside his son, Keenan Porter, and together truly go the "extra" mile their clients!

 

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