Dubious Distinctions


  • The amount of fentanyl seized by the federal DEA has increased by 1670% since 2019 (DEA).
  • #1 largest increase in drug overdose deaths over the past year (CDC Data).
  • King County had over 1,000 fatal fentanyl overdoses in 2023, surpassing last year’s record by 47% ( The SeattleTimes).
  • Opioid deaths have more than doubled since 2019 (UW).
  • First responders called for 2,000 opioid overdoses per month in 2023 (DOH).
  • Fentanyl was detected in 46% of surface samples and 25% of air samples in buses and trains (UW).
  • Fentanyl overdoses are up 71% since September 2022 – All overdoses are up 45% in King County since September 2023 (The Seattle Times).
  • Washington leads the country in the fastest increase (both raw numbers and percentage); In 2023, there were 1,065 fentanyl-involved deaths in King County alone (King 5).
  • Numbers are skyrocketing, from 25 in 2021 to 46 in 2022 in Clark County alone (Seattle Times).
  • 22 children in state care died in 2022 from overdosing or accidentally ingesting drugs (Seattle Times).

Public Safety:

  • Washington was found to be the 8th most dangerous state in the country according to a study by Simmrin Law Group looking at factors including rates of assault, homicide, kidnapping, abduction, burglary, vandalism, blackmail, extorsion, motor vehicle theft and robbery.
  • #51 in police officers per capita behind all states and D.C. (WASPC Report)
  • Homicide is up 96% since 2019 culminating in a new state record (WASPC)
  • 61% of violent crimes go unsolved (WA Criminal Justice Snapshot)
  • #1 state most impacted by retail theft (Forbes)
  • #2 for all property crime (Statista)
  • #3 for automobile thefts (KIRO TV)
  • Public Service Announcement, One Pill Kills (TX) (DPS)
  • We are #2 in the nation, skyrocketing from 45K in 2021 to 55K in 2022, directly tied to increased crime (Koin News)
  • Traffic deaths at a 20 year peak (The Columbian).
  • We are #1 in the nation and #3 in total value of stolen goods, more aggressive/violent( Forbes).
  • Record high 400 people murdered in Washington to date (King 5).
  • The homicide rate increased 58% from 2012-2022. The violent crime rate increased 26% from 2012-2022. The aggravated assault rate increased 37% from 2012-2022. Rape incidents reported to police increased 20% from 2012-2022. 61% of violent crimes reported to law enforcement were not solved in 2022. The percentage of violent crimes that went unsolved in WA increased 12% from 2012-2022 (CSG).
  • We are dead last in the nation and a record low in the number of law enforcement officers per capita. Clark County is the lowest in the state (House Dems).
  • #1 in the nation for burglaries (The Olympian)


  • #3 highest gas prices in the nation (Forbes).
  • #4 most expensive states to buy a home (Forbes).
  • #4 highest combined sales tax rate in the country (Tax Foundation).
  • #35 for business climate, down from #15 in 2022 prior to the capital gains tax (State Business Tax Climate Index).
  • Seattle has the #9 highest cost of living (Axios).
  • #4 most expensive state to buy groceries (King 5).

Housing and Homelessness:



  • 63% of children under age five do not have access to a nearby childcare provider, which reduces the state workforce by 133,000 (Commerce Report)
  • #9 for most expensive infant childcare (Economic Policy Institute)
  • The average family spends over 35% of their income to send two children to childcare (Economic Policy Institute)
  • #4 most expensive state for childcare (Help Advisor). (Seattle is 2nd most expensive city for childcare)

Roads and Ferries:

  • #1 worst state for potholes (USA Today).
  • 60% of roads need maintenance totaling 11,000 miles of backlog and costing $11 billion (The Center Square)
  • Fewest working ferries and on-time performance has declined for 5 years (KING TV)