According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI crime statistics, Washington is safer than 77% of the cities and towns in the US of all population sizes. In Michigan, only on the order of 22% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Washington. If you live in Washington, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in the community is 1 in 98. The US average across communities from the largest to the smallest is 1 in 31.
Additionally, NeighborhoodScout analyzed all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to Washington, and we found that the crime rate in Washington is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Washington is one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size, a very important finding.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Washington does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Washington.
For Washington, NeighborhoodScout found that the violent crime rate is well below the national average for all communities of all population sizes. Violent crimes such as assault, rape, murder and armed robbery happen less often in Washington than in most of America. One's chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime here is one in 2330, which is a violent crime rate of 0 per one thousand inhabitants.
NeighborhoodScout's analysis of property crime reveals that the property crime rate in Washington is below average to all cities and towns in the nation. This means that you are less likely to become a victim of arson, motor vehicle theft, larceny, or burglary in Washington than in most communities in America. Your chance of becoming a victim of property crime if you live here? Just one in 103.