Spokane Crime Ranking
March 13, 2013
Violent crime seems to have increased with weekly reports of shootings, near daily stabbings and armed robberies and assaults. The sense of increase may be due to an awareness that was previously missing – now we all monitor Facebook.com/spokanenews for continuous updates on major crime reports and are more aware of the crime situation than we were in the past. There may not have been any change in crime – just a change in our awareness of crime.
- In a just updated ranking of cities, Spokane ranked 348th out of 458 cities (higher numbers mean worse crime). You can see the full list of cities here.
- Boise, Idaho, which is one of the cities that Spokane bench marks against, is rated #75 (meaning less crime).
Here is a chart comparing Spokane crimes reported to national averages. Crime reports in Spokane run about 50-100% higher than the national average based on the chart below – of interest, the national crime average is trending downwards.
Crime reports went down in 2005-2008 (but not necessarily crime) because the CrimeCheck reporting system was shut down during those years. Because of this, it is not possible to draw an accurate historical trend line of crime in Spokane.