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New report ranks Washington state's safest cities

Sammamish Landing is one of many parks in the city of Sammamish, listed as the safest municipality in Washington state. (Photo credit: City of Sammamish)

A new report released Tuesday ranks the safest cities in Washington state.

The list, compiled by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, ranks Sammamish as the No. 1 safest city in the state.

To make the rankings, the organization reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with the council's own population data and internal research. Violent crimes were given more weight than property crimes, due to their severity.

The researchers eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI, and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Sammamish was found to be the safest, followed by (in order) Lynden, West Richland, Camas, Maple Valley, Bainbridge Island, Kenmore, Washougal, Oak Harbor and Snoqualmie.

Eighty cities were ranked altogether. Seattle came in at No. 69 on the list, Tacoma was No. 77 and Everett was No. 60.

The city with the fewest violent crimes was Snoqualmie, with only three reported - a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents.

Sammamish had the lowest property crime rate, with only 8.3 per 1,000 residents.

Tukwila had the highest property crime rate of 154.9 per 1,000 residents. Tacoma had the highest violent crime rate of 9.5 per 1,000 residents.

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