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Crime rate in Seattle, Washington (WA): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Seattle, WA compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Seattle, WA

The 2018 crime rate in Seattle, WA was 450 (City-Data.com crime index), which was 1.6 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 93.6% of U.S. cities. The 2018 Seattle crime rate rose by 2% compared to 2017. The number of homicides stood at 32 - an increase of 5 compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Seattle has seen an increase in violent crime and a decrease in property crime.
See how dangerous Seattle, WA is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Seattle:

449.6
Medina:

77.9
Clyde Hill:

29.9
Yarrow Point:

31.5
Mercer Island:

100.2
Kirkland:

148.6
Bellevue:

180.9
Shoreline:

167.2
Lake Forest Park:

139.1
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Seattle by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
25
(4.3)
30
(5.1)
24
(4.1)
29
(4.8)
22
(3.7)
19
(3.1)
20
(3.2)
23
(3.7)
19
(3.0)
26
(3.9)
23
(3.4)
19
(2.7)
27
(3.7)
32
(4.3)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
138
(23.8)
129
(22.1)
90
(15.4)
126
(21.1)
102
(16.9)
96
(15.5)
100
(16.2)
119
(19.0)
153
(23.8)
154
(23.2)
144
(21.1)
254
(36.3)
266
(36.9)
292
(39.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1,607
(277.4)
1,667
(285.6)
1,522
(260.1)
1,612
(269.5)
1,792
(297.4)
1,429
(230.4)
1,418
(229.4)
1,421
(226.7)
1,601
(249.1)
1,567
(236.2)
1,532
(224.1)
1,547
(220.9)
1,515
(210.0)
1,649
(222.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
2,339
(403.8)
2,326
(398.4)
2,031
(347.1)
1,680
(280.9)
1,945
(322.8)
1,971
(317.8)
2,126
(343.9)
2,183
(348.2)
1,985
(308.8)
2,254
(339.8)
2,394
(350.2)
2,474
(353.3)
2,756
(382.1)
3,079
(414.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
6,761
(1,167)
7,505
(1,286)
5,986
(1,023)
6,503
(1,087)
6,709
(1,113)
6,449
(1,040)
6,807
(1,101)
6,523
(1,041)
7,384
(1,149)
7,099
(1,070)
7,677
(1,123)
7,666
(1,095)
7,805
(1,082)
7,985
(1,075)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
27,147
(4,687)
23,880
(4,091)
22,192
(3,793)
22,642
(3,786)
25,095
(4,165)
23,284
(3,754)
21,585
(3,492)
21,852
(3,486)
24,189
(3,763)
28,036
(4,226)
26,199
(3,832)
26,639
(3,804)
26,499
(3,673)
26,219
(3,530)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
9,563
(1,651)
8,147
(1,396)
5,782
(988.2)
3,675
(614.5)
3,286
(545.4)
3,453
(556.8)
3,400
(550.0)
3,556
(567.3)
4,310
(670.5)
5,514
(831.2)
3,878
(567.2)
4,128
(589.5)
3,630
(503.2)
4,042
(544.2)
Arson
(per 100,000)
217
(37.5)
235
(40.3)
183
(31.3)
79
(13.2)
156
(25.9)
126
(20.3)
84
(13.6)
77
(12.3)
90
(14.0)
79
(11.9)
92
(13.5)
101
(14.4)
149
(20.7)
109
(14.7)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)593.0558.6470.3440.3462.8418.7417.7417.8446.0475.7438.1447.3439.3449.6

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.




According to our research of Washington and other state lists, there were 591 registered sex offenders living in Seattle, Washington as of May 24, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Seattle is 1,192 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is near the state average.


When are crimes committed in Seattle, WA?

Violent crime rate in 2018
Seattle:

366.2
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Seattle:

340.4
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Seattle:

328.8
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Seattle:

314.9
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Seattle:

319.0
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Seattle:

308.6
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Seattle:

313.8
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Seattle:

309.3
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Seattle:

295.7
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Seattle:

334.3
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Seattle:

306.0
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Seattle:

327.2
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Seattle:

374.4
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Seattle:

373.1
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Seattle:

277.6
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Seattle:

291.6
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Seattle:

296.6
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Seattle:

473.1
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Seattle:

475.5
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Seattle:

497.5
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Seattle:

501.3
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Seattle:

550.0
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Seattle:

518.5
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Seattle:

467.5
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Seattle:

477.3
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Seattle:

479.2
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Seattle:

512.7
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Seattle:

498.9
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Seattle:

542.5
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Seattle:

671.0
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Seattle:

715.5
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Seattle:

584.2
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Seattle:

621.8
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Seattle:

554.6
U.S. Average:

336.9
Murders per 100,000 population
Rapes per 100,000 population
Robberies per 100,000 population
Assaults per 100,000 population
Burglaries per 100,000 population
Thefts per 100,000 population
Auto thefts per 100,000 population
Arson per 100,000 population

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 1,954 (1,420 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.91
Washington average:

1.42

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 1,963 (1,448 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.01
Washington average:

1.44

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 1,946 (1,384 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.98
Washington average:

1.43

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 1,919 (1,350 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.97
Washington average:

1.41

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 1,889 (1,323 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.99
Washington average:

1.43

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 1,864 (1,294 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.01
Washington average:

1.46

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 1,801 (1,289 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.06
Washington average:

1.46

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 1,804 (1,305 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.11
Washington average:

1.52

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 1,861 (1,344 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.17
Washington average:

1.58

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 1,857 (1,351 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.24
Washington average:

1.62

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 1,825 (1,318 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.20
Washington average:

1.65

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 1,775 (1,273 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.18
Washington average:

1.60

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 1,746 (1,276 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.26
Washington average:

1.61

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 1,762 (1,281 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.27
Washington average:

1.61

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 1,729 (1,242 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.20
Washington average:

1.59

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 1,719 (1,231 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.19
Washington average:

1.62

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Seattle, WA
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

Zip codes: 98101, 98102, 98103, 98104, 98105, 98106, 98107, 98109, 98112, 98115, 98116, 98117, 98118, 98119, 98121, 98122, 98125, 98126, 98133, 98134, 98136, 98144, 98154, 98164, 98174, 98177, 98195, 98199.