There is a lot of concern about safety in Yakima now because of a spike in homicides and convenience store robberies. The list of Washington's 100 safest cities does NOT include Yakima.

However cities up and down the valley ARE on the list and it's important to keep that in mind as we search for the big picture perspective.

Mattawa is the state's safest city, Moxee is 5th and Selah sits safely at 14.

Lower valley cities fared well on the list released by Safewise in America which used FBI stats from 2015 to reach its conclusions.

Making the top 100 list was Zillah at 28, Prosser at 29, Grandview at 30 and Granger at 57.

Ellensburg is the state's 70th safest city.

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