They also give you the Seattle Average and the National Average per type of crime for comparison and analysis. They are not right on many things...like how close it is to a library, but their crime and sex offender info looks fairly accurate
I used to live in 98178, and the area I lived in was pretty good. I used to say that the crooks from worse areas would go to more affluent areas. ;-)
As previous brokers mentioned, check with the city police depts. Hone down to a specific neighborhood and start enjoying getting the most for your money.
Note that many multi-generational homes are found in this area too. Do you have extended family who would like to be close by, yet live in separate independent quarters? Let me know if I can help.
Every city has an official web site and the url is ci.nameofcity.wa.us. For example, Bellevue would be http://www.ci.bellevue.wa.us . In my experience most of the official city websites have a link to crime statistics.
I have alos had success using Bing or Google by searching keywords: crime statistics in ________.
Good luck in your research.