Seattle crime rate and crime statistics (2022)

Let’s dive deep into some stats, look at crime rates and charts, and see how safe or dangerous Seattle really is.

Seattle Crime Stats

Here’s a breakdown of all crime in the city for 2020 and 2021

2020

2021

Percent change

Homicide

53

40

-25%

Grated

286

282

-1%

Flight

1,488

1,749

18%

Aggravated assault

2,656

3,290

24%

Burglary

10,437

9,783

-6%

Larceny/Theft

23,283

26,933

16%

motor vehicle theft

4,933

5,311

8%

Criminal fire

169

224

33%

TOTALS

43,305

47,612

ten%

**All data is from Seattle Police Department Crime Data**

Seattle crime rate

Violent crime rate

In 2021, Seattle reported 5,361 violent crimes and had a crime rate of 690.85 per 100,000 residents. Violent crime in the city rose 20% last year compared to 2020.

Seattle’s violent crime rate is 1.7 times the national average.

Seattle has a similar violent crime rate to cities like Atlanta, Sacramento and Boston.

You have a 1 in 145 chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Seattle.

Here is a map showing the evolution of violent crime in Seattle over an 11-year period.

Seattle crime rate

Seattle Murder Rate

In 2021, Seattle reported 40 murders and had a murder rate of 5.15 per 100,000 residents. Murders in the city were down 25% last year from 2020.

Seattle’s murder rate is about 21% lower than the national average.

Seattle has a similar homicide rate to cities like Portland, Fort Worth and San Antonio.

Here’s a map showing you how murders have evolved over the past 11 years in Seattle

Seattle murder rate

Property crime rate in Seattle

In 2020, Seattle reported 42,251 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 5,444.72 per 100,000 population. Property crimes in the city increased by 8% last year compared to 2020.

Seattle’s property crime rate is 2.8 times the national average.

Seattle has a property crime rate similar to Oakland, St. Louis and Baton Rouge.

You have a 1 in 18 chance of being a victim of property crime in Seattle.

Here is a map showing the evolution of property crime in Seattle over an 11-year period.

Seattle property crime rate

Seattle Crime Rate Compared to Other Washington Cities (2020)

Here’s how Seattle’s violent crime rate compares to other cities in Minnesota. Seattle had the 2nd highest crime rate of any listed city.

Town

Population

Crime rate (2020)

Tacoma

219,346

846.15

Seattle

737,015

608.26

Spokane

228,989

585.62

Vancouver

190 915

463.03

Kent

136,588

344.10

Everett

110,629

342.59

Federal route

101,030

340.49

Spokane Valley

102,976

332.12

renton

106,785

325.89

Nice view

151,854

115.24

Seattle Crime Rate Comparison

Here is a list of the 20 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by violent crime rate. Seattle’s crime rate is almost 4 times lower than Memphis, the most dangerous city on the list.

Crime rate in Seattle compared to the most dangerous cities in the United States

Facts About Seattle, WA

  • Seattle’s population in 2021 is approximately 776,000 and is the 18th most populous city in the United States.
  • The city covers an area of ​​142 square miles.
  • The racial makeup of the city: 6.7% Hispanic or Latino, 63.8% White, 7.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 15.4% Asian and 6.9% from two or more races.
  • The median household income in the city was $92,263. The city’s per capita income was $59,835.
  • 11.0% of the population lives below the poverty line.
  • The median home value in Seattle is $740,000 in 2022.
  • In 2022, the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Seattle is $3,437
  • 94.8% of residents age 25 and older are high school graduates. 64.0% of residents age 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • 12.9% of residents identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual.