Washington – The north-western state famed for its wild countryside and natural resources. Washington state is home to a high life expectancy, coupled with good health indices and a reputation for both liberal lifestyles and laws. The population is around 7.5 million. Roughly 60% of the population lives in the greater Seattle area. The state also has some of the lowest unemployment rates and is regularly highly rated in terms of its overall lifestyle.
The state’s income originally came from timber and other natural resources. In the later 20th century, however, it became globally famous as a technology, innovation and high-technology manufacturing hub – notably aviation and defense. The conventional agriculture and fishing industries also continue to be major providers of employment and state wealth.Household average income levels in Washington are over 15% higher than US averages at $71,000. Per capita income figures, broadly in line at $37,000, are similarly above the nation’s norm.
Washington state’s crimes statistics are slightly below US overall averages. The detailed figures show:
- It’s the 34th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
- Washington’s violent crime statistics show a ratio of 0.81 compared to national norms, with 2.82 crimes per 1,000 versus the national average of 3.47. This makes the state of Washington the 19th safest for violent crime
- Property crime levels are under the national average at 32.67 per 1,000 compared to the US average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.81 as per violent crimes.
The top 5 safest areas in the State of Washington are:
- Oak Harbor
- West Richland
Safest Cities in Washington, 2019
|Rank||City||Violent Crimes||Property Crimes||Violent Crime Rate||Property Crime Rate|
|13||Lake Forest Park||11||252||0.822||18.841|
To identify the safest cities in Washington, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.
There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”
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.
Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.