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Seattle, WA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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 about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 59 per one thousand residents, Seattle has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 17. Within Washington, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Seattle.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 737,015, Seattle has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Seattle does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Seattle.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Seattle 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 Seattle.

For Seattle, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Seattle is one in 152.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Seattle is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Seattle, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 19, which is a rate of 52 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Seattle has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Seattle is one in 148.

Seattle Crime Data

 

Crime Index

2

(100 is safest)


Safer than 2% of U.S. Cities

Seattle Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

4,862

38,690

43,552

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

6.60

52.50

59.09

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
6.6
2.93
National Median: 4
    Seattle
    Washington

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 152

in Seattle

1 in 341

in Washington

Seattle VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 737,015
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 52 306 1,479 3,025
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.42 2.01 4.10

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
52.5
27.28
National Median: 19
    Seattle
    Washington

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 19

in Seattle

1 in 37

in Washington

Seattle Property CRIMES

Population: 737,015
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 10,583 23,121 4,986
Rate per 1,000 14.36 31.37 6.77

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Seattle Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
435
49
National Median: 26.9
    Seattle
    Washington