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A national trade association has declared Sunnyside as the third-safest city in Washington. Grandview, another city in Yakima County, finished three spots behind Sunnyside.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security also rated Yakima the 56th safest city in the state, according to the group's website.

Interim Yakima Police Chief Gary Jones said he could not comment on the finding, as the report was not the result of a scientific, peer-reviewed study.

The Washington, D.C.-based organization represents licensed alarm-system installers, contractors and others in the industry. Its ranking of Washington state cities was based on information in the FBI's 2017 Crime in the United States report.

The annual FBI report collects information submitted by law enforcement agencies, such as the number of violent and property crimes reported in a community, and identifies trends.

In its calculations, National Council for Home Safety and Security eliminated cities that failed to submit complete crime reports to the FBI, as well as those with populations of less than 10,000. It also added what was described as a "police adequacy" rating, where it divided the total number of crimes against the number of police employees to derive a "safety score" for each city.

The report on its website did not list a specific safety score. Attempts to contact the group were not successful.

Its calculations found that Snoqualmie - population 10,670, according to the U.S. Census Bureau - was the "safest" city in the state, with two violent crimes and 147 property crimes, or a rate of 0.147 per 1,000 for violent crime and 10.771 per 1,000 for property crimes.

Sunnyside - 15,858 population - was third with 49 violent crimes and 353 property crimes, giving it rates of 1.412 and 7.959 per 1,000 respectively.


Every day Yakima Police officers respond to hundreds of calls, and here you can see details of the last 30 days of incidents.

Yakima, with 91,067 people, had 593 violent crimes and 4,306 property crimes, for rates of 6.283 for violent crimes and 45.626 for property crimes.

The FBI discourages people from using its crime data to rank cities or police agencies, noting that the reports do not fully reflect all the variables that go into a crime rate, such as how urban an area is, poverty rates, highway systems and family conditions.

Jones agreed.

"It would be difficult for me to compete against Normandy Park, which is 90 percent residential," Jones said.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been edited to include that Grandview finished as Washington's sixth-safest city on the list.


How much crime happens in your town?

We used the latest crime rate data from the FBI to illustrate how much crime happens in every part of the Yakima Valley.

First, select a Yakima County law enforcement agency from the left drop down menu. Then select a type of crime from the right menu to see how your town compares.

Crimes reported

Crime rate per 100,000 people

Washington State Rate

United States Rate

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Crime rates are reported as the number of incidents known of by law enforcement per 100,000 people living in the jurisdiction.
1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.