Safety >> Crime >> Major Violent Crime >> Aggravated Assault Trend

Between 1997 and 2011, the aggravated assault rate in King County declined by an average 3.7% per year; since 2007, however, the rate has plateaued.

Crime diminishes the health of our communities through fear, erosion of community cohesion, diversion of public resources, property damage, injury, incarceration, and death. 

Aggravated assault is the most common of all major violent crimes.  An assault is ‘aggravated’ if it involves the use of a weapon or other means likely to produce death or serious injury. The 2011 rate in King County was 190 per 100,000 population, higher than the Washington State rate of 172 per 100,000.

  • Between 1997 and 2011, the rate of aggravated assault in King County declined by an average 3.7% per year.  In the same period, aggravated assault rates also declined in all city-defined regions, Seattle, and unincorporated King County (data not shown).
  • In the 5-year period from 2007 to 2011, the King County aggravated assault rate did not change.
  • For per capita aggravated assault rates by city (2007-2011), see link to specific crime rates by city below.
  • Per capita crime rates and trends for King County cities and Seattle are available at Social Capital Review. Please see 3 "Crime Rates" links below