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The Safest Cities in Washington

Jul 21, 2023|

As part of the Pacific Northwest region, Washington is a paradise for nature lovers. The state offers 700 miles of trails in places like Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park. Whether you enjoy the quick pace of big city living or the peace and quiet of a rural lifestyle, Washington has something to offer.

If you're set to relocate to this state or want to move closer to family members who live there, you'll find several attractive cities with low crime rates. Below are the safest cities in Washington.

To more effectively compare their property crime rates, note that the Washington state property crime rate is around 31.34 per 1,000 residents.

Washington State Ferry cruises in front of Olympic Mountains on approach to Seattle


Sammamish is a small and peaceful suburb of Seattle with a population of just under 65,000. Its location boasts plenty of parks and hiking trails to enjoy. Consider spending time at Beaver Lake Park or Lake Sammamish if you're looking to spend time outdoors.

This city has a great school system and popular attractions like Big Block Brewing and Soaring Eagle Park. The property crime rate is 8.43 per 1,000 residents. A few of the safest neighborhoods in this city are Sammamish Southeast, Inglewood South, and Klahanie.

Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor is a scenic city on Whidbey Island that provides residents with a small-town vibe and numerous parks. If you buy a home in Oak Harbor, consider visiting Windjammer Park to gain access to playgrounds, hiking trails, and several ball fields.

A few other locations that might interest you include Deception Pass State Park, Fort Nugent Park, and PBY Memorial Foundation. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops to enjoy. Property crime rates in Oak Harbor are just 6.76 per 1,000 residents. If you're searching for the safest areas to live in Oak Harbor, consider Oak Harbor East, Penn Cove Park, or Whidbey Island Station.

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Mercer Island

Mercer Island is a safe and relaxing town that's on an island in the southern area of Lake Washington. It's part of the Seattle metropolitan area, which gives residents easy access to the advantages of a big city without needing to live in an urban setting.

A few of the more popular destinations to enjoy on Mercer Island include Luther Burbank Park, Meydenbauer Bay Park, and Newcastle Beach Park. The restaurants in the city offer a wide variety of delicious cuisines for you to sample. Property crime is far lower than the state average at 17.10 for every 1,000 residents. The safest areas to live in this city include Roanoke, Mercer Island South, and Mercer Island Southwest.

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island is a small city that allows for access to Seattle by ferry. Residents live just minutes away from beautiful gardens and trails in the Bloedel Reserve. When you have time, visit the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art to view stunning exhibits by local and national artists.

Some of the other locations worth visiting while on Bainbridge Island include Battle Point Park, Fay Bainbridge Park, and Kids Discovery Museum. Property crime in Bainbridge Island is relatively low with a rate of 8.92 for every 1,000 residents. A few of the safest neighborhoods to live in are Agate Point, Fletcher Bay, and Eagledale.


Ridgefield is a rural community in Clark County with gorgeous mountain views. It has a substantial Native American history and ties to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. If you're searching for a comfortable and peaceful place to live, Ridgefield is a city you might consider buying a home in.

During your stay in Ridgefield, there are many outdoor activities to enjoy. They include hiking in the Paradise Point State Park and gaming at the Ilani casino. The Ridgefield property crime rate is at 17.74 per 1,000 residents. Some of the safest areas to live in Ridgefield include Mount Vista, Duluth, and Knapp.

Winding harbor aerial view of Bainbridge Island Mt Rainer Seattle

Maple Valley

Maple Valley is a quiet and rural community that provides residents with safe suburban neighborhoods and great schools. While there are plenty of things to see and do, one destination that might interest you is the Maple Valley Golf and Country Club. You'll have beautiful views of Lake Wilderness during your next round. In Maple Valley, the property crime rate is 14.24 for every 1,000 residents. The safest neighborhoods to live in include Hobart, Cedar Grove, and Cherokee Bay Park.

Benefits of a home security system and home automation in Washington

Even if you buy a home in a safe neighborhood, it's helpful to have a security and automation system that gives you more confidence that you and your family are safe.

  • Better convenience: Modern home automation adds convenience to your everyday life. For instance, it's possible to walk into your home after work and have your ceiling fan and lights turn on automatically. During the hot summer days, you're able to lower the temperature on your thermostat before you get home from work.
  • Increased energy efficiency: Home automation allows you to save money on your monthly energy bill by automatically adjusting the air conditioner or heater when you aren't at home. You also receive more precise control over your HVAC system so that you can avoid wasting energy.
  • More safety: A smart home security system helps your home work for you. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to close the garage, lock the front door, or turn the lights off again. Thanks to the Vivint app, you’ll receive notifications if anything in your home is left on or unsecured and you’ll be able to take care of it with just a few taps on your smartphone—from anywhere.
  • Increased security: Every Vivint system seamlessly pairs home automation and home security with our top-rated professional monitoring. That means whether you’re at home or away you can rest easy knowing that your home is taken care of.

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No matter where you decide to live in Washington, you can increase your home's safety with a home security system. From alarms to security cameras, a home security system gives you the ability to monitor your home at all times and form anywhere.

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