Seattle, WA Crime Rates & Statistics

Reported Annual Crime In Seattle

StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSeattle/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime39,641n/a (estimate)6,1673,9993,099
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSeattle/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleNational/100k people
Murder19n/a325
Rape153n/a243725
Robbery1,601n/a24984109
Assault1,985n/a309166229
Violent crime3,758n/a (estimate)585289368
Burglary7,384n/a1,149837610
Theft24,189n/a3,7632,4661,899
Vehicle theft4,310n/a670407221
Property crime35,883n/a (estimate)5,5823,7102,731

The table above offers a complete overview of all reported annual crimes in Seattle, WA. The total number of reported crimes in Seattle, WA is shown and for comparison purposes, each crime is also displayed based on the number of crimes per 100,000 people. The crimes are also broken down into two categories; violent crimes and property crimes. The table shows that the overall Seattle, WA crime rate is 54% higher than the Washington average and is 99% higher than the national average. Looking at violent crime specifically, Seattle, WA has a violent crime rate that is 102% higher than the Washington average and 58% higher than the national average. For property crime, Seattle, WA is 50% higher than the Washington average and 104% higher than the national average.

The overall crime rate in Seattle is 99% higher than than the national average.
For every 100,000 people, there are 16.9 daily crimes that occur in Seattle.
Seattle is safer than 7% of the cities in the United States.
In Seattle you have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
The number of total year over year crimes in Seattle has increased by 8%.

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Daily Crime In Seattle (per 100,000 people)

The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Seattle, WA per 100,000 residents. Additionally, daily crime statistics are also listed for Washington as well as national figures. In Seattle, WA the total number of daily crimes is 1.54 times more than than the Washington average and 1.99 times more than than the national average. Violent crime statistics in Seattle, WA are 2.02 times more than than the Washington average and 1.59 times more than than the national average. Regarding crimes committed against personal property, Seattle, WA has a daily crime rate that is 1.50 times more than than the Washington average and 2.04 times more than than the daily national average.

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How Safe is Seattle (higher is better)

Are people any safer living in the Seattle, WA area in comparison to other Washington communities and all other cities throughout the United States? The evidence provided by these graphs show Seattle, WA being safer than 6% of cities in Washington and 7% of cities across the United States as a whole. This is evident by tracking Washington cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Seattle, WA. In conclusion, Seattle, WA now ranks below average in comparison to all United States cities.

Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Seattle

The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Seattle is 1 in 172
The chance of being a victim of property crime in Seattle is 1 in 18
The chance of being a victim of crime in Seattle is 1 in 17

Have you ever worried about your odds of becoming a crime victim in Seattle, WA? The above illustrations display your chances being the victim of property crimes, violent crimes, or either crime. In Seattle, WA your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 172. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 18 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Seattle, WA is 1 in 17.

Year Over Year Crime In Seattle (per 100,000 people)

Determining whether Seattle, WA is growing less or more safe for inhabitants is most easily done by comparing yearly crime rates. Graphs - like the one above - show crimes by crime type per 100,000 residents. They are displayed by crime types of violent, property, and total, in order to give a better overview of yearly crime rates. Seattle, WA has decreased by 2% in violent crimes. At the same time, property crime has increased by 9% year over year. Total crimes for Seattle, WA has increased by 8% in the same time frame.

Nearby cities with low crime rates

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Yarrow Point, WA1,0640192192
Sammamish, WA46,40522552574
Maple Heights-Lake Desire, WA3,09838625663
High Bridge, WA3,02141667708
Clyde Hill, WA3,01564763826
Seattle, WA612,9165855,5826,167

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
Boston, MA619,6627822,7733,555
Nashville, TN605,8591,0403,8484,888
Washington, DC605,7591,2194,5745,793
Baltimore, MD620,6441,4014,9456,346
Denver, CO604,3566303,6544,283
Seattle, WA612,9165855,5826,167

Seattle police department

ItemSeattleWashingtonNational
Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1,8018,150504,711
Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.92.23.3

There are a total of 1,801 Seattle police officers. This results in 2.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 33.2% greater than the Washington average and 12% less than the National average.

Sex offenders in Washington

StateTotal offendersWashington /100KNational /100K
Washington6,10297222

There are a total of 6,102 sex offenders in Washington. This yields a total of 97 sex offenders in Washington per 100,000 residents which is 56% less than the national average.

Source: The crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2013. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.