Our Northwest

Serenity awaits in these safest Washington towns

Tuesday, May 23, 2017by  Jon Osterberg

couple with baby laugh and play in yardIf you're uneasy because your town is plagued by violent crime and burglary, perhaps you'd find tranquility by moving to one of Washington's 20 safest cities, as ranked by home-security website Safewise.

Many of the safest communities are small, but you don't need to move to the sticks. Several towns within the Puget Sound corridor offer security. For example, No. 4 Sammamish lies just 21 miles east of Seattle, and No. 7 Dupont is a 17-mile drive down I-5 from Tacoma. Brier, at No. 17, lies just northeast of Seattle's city limits.

But small towns do offer an advantage. Because of less density, their roads are uncrowded. And density is one of the factors used to calculate insurance rates.

The general rule is that in busier, more-populous areas, auto rates will be higher than in rural, lower-traffic areas. Insurers also consider the distance typically driven to and from work.

man relaxing in backyard hammock with ebookIf the Safewise crime data is accurate, residents of its 20-safest cities might pay lower homeowners insurance rates. Among other factors, insurers study crime rates, neighborhood densities, and weather patterns (think of hurricanes and tornadoes back East and in the Midwest, or severe windstorms on the West Coast) to assess homeowner risk.

The Safewise ranking doesn't include communities with fewer than 2,000 residents, so you won't find locales like Cle Elum, Fall City, Ritzville, or Pomeroy on the list.

And as you read the rankings, if you city-slickers ask yourself, where is Mattawa? Drive to Vantage, turn south along the Columbia River on State Route 243, and in 16 miles you'll find that desert oasis.

The results, starting with the safest Washington city:

  1. city of Mattawa signMattawa

  2. Duvall

  3. Connell

  4. Sammamish

  5. Moxee

  6. Everson

  7. Dupont

  8. Pullman

  9. La Center

  10. Lynden

  11. Steilacoom

  12. West Richland

  13. Oak Harbor

  14. Selah

  15. Black Diamond

  16. Snoqualmie

  17. Brier

  18. Bainbridge Island

  19. Orting

  20. Kenmore

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