Seattle, WA
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Seattle, WA crime analytics


With a crime rate of 64 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 16. Within Washington, more than 96% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Seattle.

Importantly, when you compare Seattle to other communities of similar population, then Seattle crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Seattle 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 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 166.

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 17, which is a rate of 58 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 171.

Seattle Crime Data

 
Crime Index

3

(100 is safest)


Safer than 3% of U.S. Cities

Seattle Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

4,111

39,528

43,639

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

6.01

57.75

63.76

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Seattle 6.01
Washington 2.84
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 166

in Seattle

1 in 352

in Washington
Seattle VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 684,451
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 23 147 1,534 2,407
Rate per 1,000 0.03 0.21 2.24 3.52
United States VIOLENT CRIMES
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)

Crime
Seattle 57.75
Washington 34.64
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 17

in Seattle

1 in 29

in Washington
Seattle Property CRIMES
Population: 684,451
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 7,737 27,786 4,005
Rate per 1,000 11.30 40.60 5.85
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

Seattle Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Seattle 436
Washington 56