Port Townsend, WA
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Port Townsend, WA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

The crime rate in Port Townsend is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 31 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Port Townsend is 1 in 32. Based on FBI crime data, Port Townsend is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Washington, Port Townsend has a crime rate that is higher than 69% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Port Townsend to other communities of similar population, then Port Townsend crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Port Townsend does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Port Townsend 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 Port Townsend.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Port Townsend occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Port Townsend; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 275. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Port Townsend's rate for property crime is 27 per one thousand population. This makes Port Townsend a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Port Townsend is one in 36.

Port Townsend Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 18% of U.S. Cities

Port Townsend Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Port Townsend 3.64
Washington 2.84

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 275

in Port Townsend

1 in 352

in Washington


Population: 9,335
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 4 2 28
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.43 0.21 3.00


Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Port Townsend 27.42
Washington 34.64

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 36

in Port Townsend

1 in 29

in Washington

Port Townsend Property CRIMES

Population: 9,335
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 71 180 5
Rate per 1,000 7.61 19.28 0.54

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Port Townsend Crimes Per Square Mile

Port Townsend 40
Washington 56

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