When thinking about where you want to live in the Seattle area, safety should be one of your main concerns. Seattle in general is a pretty safe place with a population of almost 700,000 residents in Washington state’s largest city. Neighborhoods with low crime ratings, great police stations, and secure parks are some features to watch out for, so that you and your family will be able to live freely.
It’s also nice to live in a neighborhood where friendly people watch out for each other, especially when considering your children. All of these top neighborhoods have this feature and so much more to make them safe places to live. Here are the top 5 safest neighborhoods in Seattle.
5. 3rd Ave NW to NW 125th St.
This coastal neighborhood is a popular place to live. Rentals start around $2400, so it's vital to have a bit of money in living there. In the 98177 zip code, it’s estimated that violent crime is 12 percent lower than the national average, which is good news. Property crimes tend to be a little higher, considering that it’s such a wealthy area where people own high value homes and possessions. This might include high end vehicles, expensive technology, and electronics. As long as you take the proper precautions to secure your home with a security system, you should be fine.
It’s considered the Broadview neighborhood, which has a terrific community website that links to their police force and civic services. They will be opening a brand new North Precinct District of the Seattle Police force at N. 130th St and Aurora Ave in 2017. Public safety and community monitoring are important parts of this Seattle area.
4. Magnolia Blvd to 36th Ave W
Magnolia is another nice coastal area to live in that’s very safe. This is the second largest neighborhood in Seattle, with almost 20,000 residents. In the 98199 zip code, you’ll find that the violent crime rate is also 12 percent lower than the national average. Property crime is also the majority of the crime that is committed in this location.
This place is served by the West Precinct of the Seattle Police Department. Captain Mike Teeter is the chief of police here and has been since 2014 keeping a careful watch over the neighborhood. The SPD Blotter of the West Precinct will tell residents what kind of crimes have been committed in the area and things to watch out for that are newsworthy.
3. 28th Ave SW to SW 102nd St
In the 98146 zip code, you’ll find in this inland spot an average amount of crime that is also 12 percent lower than the national average on violent crimes. There are again more property types of crime to worry about, than murder or assault. This area does have a 12 percent vacancy rate which is higher than many other neighborhoods in Seattle.
This college friendly area is home to many students which tends to increase the crime rate a bit. Things like drunk driving and noise complaints are more common than actual violent crimes, but overall this area ranks very high for safety.
2. Bryn Mawr
98178 is considered Bryn Mawr-Skyway with a population of almost 16,000 residents. As the second most safe neighborhood in Seattle, you aren’t going to find a lot of crime here. Violent crime is still 12 percent lower than the national average here, with property crimes making up most of the offenses. That is the reason the overall crime rate is 33 percent higher than the national average. It gives you about a 1 in 27 chance of becoming a crime victim, which isn’t very high.
The diversity of the city is something to be proud of and it’s willingness to welcome college students from all walks of life.
1. Lake City
Lake City is by far the number one safest place to live in the Seattle area. This is a very small strip of almost entirely coastal land that’s very expensive to live. It’s mostly single family homes and small apartments. In 98125 you’ll find a mix of professionals who are raising children in this nice area, which caters to the urban professional.
Lake City Live is a fun blog that has a section devoted to crimes that occur in this neighborhood. Granted it’s mostly about reporting what kind of crimes haven’t occurred, or minor crimes such as flag stealing on September 11th.