Congratulations Tri-Cities on being winners again! Safehome.org did a study and ranked cities in Washington State. The cities had to have a population of at least 46,000. They were ranked with a safety score. The city with the highest score, Sammamish had a score of 86.07.
Pasco made 3rd place with a safety score of 79.16. Richland made 5th place with a score of 77.83. Kennewick made 7th place with a score of 75.53.
Here is the overview of the metrics they use as stated on their website, “We look at several different factors when assigning a Safety Score to a city. First and foremost is the FBI’s latest report of how many and what types of crimes occurred in each city over a single year. The city’s crime trends are also considered; in other words, cities where crime is on the decline are given a higher Safety Score and vice-versa. We also look at the number of law enforcement officers compared to the population.
Finally, demographic metrics that are correlated to crime have a small impact on Safety Score. These include metrics such as population density, population trends, unemployment rate, median income, education level, etc.”
KEPR did a report wherein Pasco Police Sgt. Scott Warren said Pasco’s ranking is thanks in part to everyone who lives there, “Working with the community, working with everybody is whats having the biggest impact, I think, on the lowering of the crime. It’s all about engagement and getting involved.” We couldn’t agree more. Community involvement is key. If you haven’t checked out their police Facebook Page, it is worth the visit. They give their reality a humorous edge to serious situations.
All three of the cities showed a decrease in violent crimes. That’s good news and another great reason to live in the Tri-Cities! So, once again, congratulations to Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick! Way to go!
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