According to Movoto here is a list of the ten most dangerous towns in Washington State. To create this crime-based list Movoto analyzed data collected from the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report, for all reported cities of over 10,000 people in size (based on figures provided by the FBI in the 2012 UCR). This is not a critique of local police practices or effectiveness. It’ just an analysis of where crimes occurred. Movoto used the following criteria: 

  • Murder 
  • Rape 
  • Robbery 
  • Assault 
  • Burglary 
  • Theft 
  • Vehicle theft 
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And then they were divided four categories: 

  • Murders 
  • Violent crimes 
  • Property crimes 
  • Total crimes 

Movoto left out any place that did not report data to the bureau that year, which left total of 74 places to analyze.  The list: 

  1. City of Tukwila
    2. City of Yakima
    3. City of Spokane
    4. City of Burien
    5. City of Tacoma
    6. City of SeaTac
    7. City of Centralia
    8. City of Auburn
    9. City of Longview
    10. City of Bremerton (tie)
    10. City of Port Orchard (tie) 


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You can find good things to say about all of towns on this list but... This list is about crime and safety. 

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