Safest Cities in Texas – 2020

Last Updated on January 19, 2020

Though Texas is not among the safest U.S. states in terms of crime levels, the Lone Star State is so large and varied that its safest communities boast crime rates that comfortably place them among the most secure in the country. In fact, Texas’ five safest cities all have crime rates below 0.5 per 1,000, or 7 times under nationwide levels.

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22 miles northeast of Austin lies Hutto, the safest city in Texas. The Williamson County city of just under 27K recorded less than 100 total crimes in 2018, a remarkable feat for a municipality its size. 

Texas’ 2nd safest city is Fulshear, a city that’s population went from just 700 in 2008 to an estimated 13,790 in 2020, thanks to its proximity to Houston. Despite its rapid expansion, the city has remained very safe, logging just 2 violent crimes in 2018.

The colorfully named Trophy Club is Texas’ 3rd safest city. Similar in size to #2 Fulshear, Trophy Club also recorded 2 violent crimes in 2018, though with 8 (68, total) more property crimes in the same year, it’s just a notch lower in the ranking.

#4 Colleyville is an affluent suburb of Dallas renowned for its excellent public school system. The city’s safety record deserves recognition, as well, as Colleyville managed a low 0.29 per 1,000 violent crime rate in 2018.

Murphy (#5), another wealthy Dallas suburb, fills out the list of Texas’ five safest cities. Development has boomed in Murphy since the 1999 opening of the President George Bush Turnpike, yet the city has remained a safe place to live, earning a 5.83 total crime rate in 2018.

Texas’ Safest Cities

TXCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Law enforcement
employees
Total crimesCrime rate per 1,000Violent crimes per 1,000Property crimes per 1,000Law enforcement per 1,000
1Hutto26924118748983.640.413.231.78
2Fulshear1379026119634.570.154.421.38
3Trophy Club1309026920715.420.155.271.53
4Colleyville272628149401575.760.295.471.47
5Murphy2108410113311235.830.475.361.47
6Fate1300396317725.540.694.851.31
7Roma115062582421079.302.177.133.65
8Manvel11097137223857.661.176.492.07
9Highland Village168058132401408.330.487.852.38
10Keller4843925321783467.140.526.631.61
11Melissa1010795813676.630.895.741.29
12Sachse2683915208472238.310.567.751.75
13Celina105591588241039.751.428.332.27
14Lakeway15722221544717611.191.409.802.99
15Friendswood4041934332743669.060.848.211.83
16Fredericksburg11490131203513311.581.1310.443.05
17Flower Mound78542456631327089.010.578.441.68
18Corinth2135212190392029.460.568.901.83
19Mansfield708517376620083911.841.0310.812.82
20Sulphur Springs16111371573919412.042.309.742.42
21Seabrook13958251443416912.111.7910.322.44
22Lockhart13944121713818313.120.8612.262.73
23Midlothian26346223367735813.590.8412.752.92
24Georgetown747097873112980910.831.049.781.73
25University Park2551653025330712.030.2011.842.08
26Royse City13104201292414911.371.539.841.83
27Leander53637485017954910.240.899.341.47
28Cibolo30768372714330810.011.208.811.40
29Angleton19650322415327313.891.6312.262.70
30Bellaire19076262656029115.251.3613.893.15
31La Porte355916545710352214.671.8312.842.89
32Prosper22570631883525111.122.798.331.55
33Freeport12185501604621017.234.1013.133.78
34Missouri City7562810281513291712.131.3510.781.75
35Forney21464182674328513.280.8412.442.00
36Robinson11774251563118115.372.1213.252.63
37Deer Park34155304928852215.280.8814.402.58
38Hewitt14556182043522215.251.2414.012.40
39Allen1031681111277190138813.451.0812.381.84
40McKinney1895552881980273226811.961.5210.451.44
41Coppell42415305327156213.250.7112.541.67
42Cedar Park7908797966126106313.441.2312.211.59
43Kyle46155805386661813.391.7311.661.43
44Rio Grande City14617591943525317.314.0413.272.39
45Watauga24757483194336714.821.9412.891.74
46Boerne17008273416136821.641.5920.053.59
47Galena Park11000291562318516.822.6414.182.09
48Pearland1241791181841223195915.780.9514.831.80
49Frisco1878891632562285272514.500.8713.641.52
50Rosenberg3854115761511177220.034.0715.962.88
51Kerrville23532684006546819.892.8917.002.76
52Rowlett63863114912108102616.071.7914.281.69
53Sugar Land89919821537188161918.010.9117.092.09
54Stephenville21400304045443420.281.4018.882.52
55El Campo11764432414228424.143.6620.493.57
56North Richland Hills714981041387189149120.851.4519.402.64
57Ingleside10453142062822021.051.3419.712.68
58Gatesville12377242092623318.831.9416.892.10
59Plano2898974024955585535718.481.3917.092.02
60Schertz41383956708376518.492.3016.192.01
61Richmond12130462554430124.813.7921.023.63
62Benbrook23924294114744018.391.2117.181.96
63Azle12741252543527921.901.9619.942.75
64Selma11742242403426422.482.0420.442.90
65El Paso68844225541036513411291918.773.7115.061.95
66Port Neches12881561782323418.174.3513.821.79
67Cleburne30317775436862020.452.5417.912.24
68Grand Prairie1965354963886506438222.302.5219.772.57
69Princeton10749191831920218.791.7717.021.77
70Bedford49841901057129114723.011.8121.212.59
71Burleson476121337768290919.092.7916.301.72
72Carrollton1382161912364218255518.491.3817.101.58
73Manor10102412203126125.844.0621.783.07
74Jacinto City10675172322624923.331.5921.732.44
75Dickinson20600444104445422.042.1419.902.14
76Round Rock1273541542494241264820.791.2119.581.89
77Dumas14790222592328119.001.4917.511.56
78Richardson1194801352522253265722.241.1321.112.12
79Buda18028202772129716.471.1115.361.16
80Greenville27713835796766223.892.9920.892.42
81Gainesville16478953635445827.795.7722.033.28
82Grapevine55130871288143137524.941.5823.362.59
83Clute11695392903832928.133.3324.803.25
84Pharr808142381585161182322.562.9519.611.99
85McAllen1443631223856427397827.560.8526.712.96
86Crowley15777183783839625.101.1423.962.41
87Katy18965495607460932.112.5829.533.90
88Taylor17225503874043725.372.9022.472.32
89Pearsall10525142091722321.191.3319.861.62
90Copperas Cove327541436296577223.574.3719.201.98
91College Station1165652372422214265922.812.0320.781.84
92Athens12704552863234126.844.3322.512.52
93Burkburnett11221332672830026.742.9423.792.50
94Seguin29487887458283328.252.9825.272.78
95San Marcos661572631415146167825.363.9821.392.21
96Irving2439405105759530626925.702.0923.612.17
97Converse241851724825865427.047.1119.932.40
98Lewisville1075602752396217267124.832.5622.282.02
99Belton22248575114756825.532.5622.972.11
100Kilgore14978424094445130.112.8027.312.94
101Galveston508962651539200180435.445.2130.243.93
102Killeen1480075773336322391326.443.9022.542.18
103South Houston17619734224249528.094.1423.952.38
104Red Oak13095223362935827.341.6825.662.21
105DeSoto542011831235107141826.163.3822.791.97
106Brownwood18772795506062933.514.2129.303.20
107Temple757062361940174217628.743.1225.632.30
108Jacksonville14960773753745230.215.1525.072.47
109Bryan851523322073180240528.243.9024.342.11
110Harker Heights31710637495581225.611.9923.621.73
111Live Oak16230425054854733.702.5931.122.96
112Nacogdoches3370310297990108132.073.0329.052.67
113Terrell18104735816165436.124.0332.093.37
114Sherman42448147106889121528.623.4625.162.10
115Conroe875442192183166240227.442.5024.941.90
116Port Arthur556433901445152183532.987.0125.972.73
117Sweetwater10530503073035733.904.7529.152.85
118Hereford14812973483344530.046.5523.492.23
119Universal City20825635464360929.243.0326.222.06
120Denton1392624393228227366726.333.1523.181.63
121Marshall231461366876682335.565.8829.682.85
122Garland2395776596454471711329.692.7526.941.97
123Longview816603262506214283234.683.9930.692.62
124Fort Worth89375644822543321322991533.475.0128.462.39
125Cedar Hill4925385137991146429.721.7328.001.85
126Hurst39292951422121151738.612.4236.193.08
127Haltom City44708140115474129428.943.1325.811.66
128Lancaster3977217198366115429.024.3024.721.66
129Abilene1224805913528268411933.634.8328.802.19
130Arlington4009201784117808711356433.834.4529.382.17
131Texas City490442361489110172535.174.8130.362.24
132Brownsville1844616944834299552829.973.7626.211.62
133Mount Pleasant16291635554261837.943.8734.072.58
134Leon Valley11598344894252345.092.9342.163.62
135Austin97334437203365524223737538.403.8234.582.49
136Beeville12951403902443033.203.0930.111.85
137Dallas1362465104224426635815468840.147.6532.492.63
138Pleasanton10627304062943641.032.8238.202.73
139Levelland136461244263555040.309.0931.222.56
140Odessa11954510492996212404533.848.7725.061.77
141Lufkin35937134140397153742.773.7339.042.70
142Waco1380918784851347572941.496.3635.132.51
143Rockport10734224432946543.322.0541.272.70
144Borger12675404993353942.523.1639.372.60
145Mesquite1445585735238311581140.203.9636.232.15
146Addison15839728727394459.604.5555.054.61
147Harlingen655252722792178306446.764.1542.612.72
148Webster11194477746482173.344.2069.145.72
149Corpus Christi3286142488119756521446344.017.5736.441.98
150San Antonio153932896476147829917112546.216.2739.941.94
151Texarkana37460171191498208555.664.5651.092.62
152Alice189259193943103054.434.8149.622.27
153Lubbock2573722565117435341430855.599.9745.632.07
154La Marque17107739043797757.114.2752.842.16

Methodology

To identify the safest cities, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and cities with populations under 10,000. This left 3,381 cities (out of a total of 9,251). 

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and normalized.

Data from 2,831 law enforcement agencies was then collected to determine police adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees).  We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. This variable was also transformed and normalized.

Finally, the two variables were combined to create a safety score for each city.