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Total crime 126%
Violent crime 79%
Property crime 134%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleSeattle/100k peopleWashington/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime43,298n/a (estimate)5,8293,2582,580
Murder32n/a4.33.15.0
Rape292n/a39.345.342.6
Robbery1,649n/a222.073.986.2
Assault3,079n/a414.5189.1246.8
Violent crime5,052n/a (estimate)680312381
Burglary7,985n/a1,075.1533.5376.0
Theft26,219n/a3,529.92,045.41,594.6
Vehicle theft4,042n/a544.2367.3228.9
Property crime38,246n/a (estimate)5,1492,9462,200

Key findings

  • Seattle crime rates are 126% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Seattle are 79% higher than the national average
  • In Seattle you have a 1 in 18 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Seattle is safer than 5% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Seattle has decreased by 4%

Seattle crime map

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Compare Seattle, WA Crime

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      Daily Crime In Seattle (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Seattle, per 100,000 residents. In Seattle, the total number of daily crimes is 1.79 times more than the Washington average and 2.26 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Seattle are 2.18 times more than the Washington average and 1.79 times more than the national average. For property crime, Seattle has a daily crime rate that is 1.75 times more than the Washington average and 2.34 times more than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Seattle (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Seattle in comparison to other Washington communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Seattle safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Seattle being safer than 3% of cities in Washington and 5% of cities across the United States. 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. In conclusion, Seattle ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Seattle

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Seattle is 1 in 148
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Seattle is 1 in 20
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Seattle is 1 in 18
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Seattle, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 148. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 20 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 is 1 in 18.

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

      Determining whether Seattle is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Seattle violent crime rates have increased by 11%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 6% year over year. Total crimes for Seattle has decreased by 4% in the same time frame.

      Seattle police department

      ItemSeattleWashingtonNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1,8018,169558,732
      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 32.5% greater than the Washington average and 11.6% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Washington

      StateTotal offendersWashington /100KNational /100K
      Washington6,688107266
      There are a total of 6,688 sex offenders in Washington. This yields a total of 107 sex offenders in Washington per 100,000 residents which is 60% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Yarrow Point, WA1,14987262350
      Woodway, WA1,3670576576
      Sammamish, WA62,13620566585
      Clyde Hill, WA3,19759561621
      Clearview, WA3,90768644713
      Brier, WA6,53043674717
      Meadowdale, WA2,99886813899
      Seattle, WA668,8496805,1495,829

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Denver, CO663,3037303,6724,402
      El Paso, TX678,0583711,5061,877
      Washington, DC659,0099414,2705,211
      Boston, MA658,2796222,0162,639
      Memphis, TN655,8571,9436,4068,349
      Seattle, WA668,8496805,1495,829
      Source: The Seattle, WA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.