Safety >> Crime >> Major Violent Crime >> Trends

From 2007 to 2011, violent crime declined in South Region cities, following a trend observed earlier in other parts of King County.

Crime diminishes the health of our communities through fear, erosion of community cohesion, diversion of public resources, property damage, injury, incarceration, and death. Regional city rates were compiled from city police department data. The crime rate for unincorporated areas is included in the King County rate. 

The rate of major violent crime (homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) in King County has declined since 1985. The 2011 rate was 354 per 100,000 persons, higher than the Washington State rate of 289 per 100,000 persons.

  • Since 1997, major violent crime has declined in East and North Region cities, Seattle, and unincorporated areas.  
  • The violent crime rate in South Region cities fluctuated over the 1997-2011 period, but has declined significantly since 2007.
  • Similarly, the other city-defined regions, unincorporated areas, and King County continued their longer-term decline in the 5 years from 2007 to 2011.
  • 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.