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Texas – A byword for independence and pride, this state was once a fully independent republic. Although associated with ideas of “desert”, Texas, in reality, has less than 10% of its territory so designated. It has a significant Spanish/Mexican cultural legacy arising from its diverse history.

Texas is the 2nd largest state after Alaska. 28.7 million people call Texas "home," which means the Lonestar State is second in terms of population in the US. The sheer size of the state, however, means it only ranks 26th for population density.

Originally the economy was heavily focused on cattle, ranching, cotton and timber. From WWII onwards, oil became increasingly important. Wealth has driven diversification of the economy, and manufacturing and high-tech research are currently growing industries. The state has also benefited from southward business migration to the “Sun Belt” that began in the later 20th century.

3.38 Average violent crime per 1,000
24.97 Average property crime per 1,000

Figures indicate that household income in Texas at $59,000 is close to the national average. Per capita income at nearly $30,000 is slightly below US national averages. The state’s crime statistics place it approximately around national averages. Specifically:

  • It’s the 19th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • Violent crime is at 3.38 crimes per 1,000 and is fractionally below (ratio 0.98) the national average of 3.47.
  • The state’s property crime levels are significantly below national averages, being 24.97 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.62.

The safest areas statistically in Texas are:

  1. ​Memorial Villages
  2. Colleyville
  3. Keller
  4. Seabrook
  5. Roma

Safest Cities in Texas, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Memorial Villages1850.0816.900
2Colleyville51540.1875.760
3Keller253000.5226.264
4Seabrook231421.64810.173
5Roma191281.83712.373
6Mansfield788081.16012.018
7West University Place101370.6388.739
8Trophy Club2880.1546.770
9Friendswood363210.9008.027
10Rio Grande City251911.71313.089
11Sulphur Springs291661.78110.196
12Southlake213720.66111.706
13Robinson331272.83210.898
14Hewitt181721.24611.909
15Little Elm362670.7815.792
16Hidalgo392162.77615.376
17Georgetown836961.1699.802
18University Park113140.43612.451
19Midlothian224150.89416.858
20The Colony1145012.62211.521
21Royse City191251.5089.921
22Sachse132900.50211.194
23Wylie464250.9438.714
24Prosper142290.68511.202
25Santa Fe121790.89913.411
26Allen1001,2680.98312.458
27Cibolo312831.0579.651
28Coppell285330.67012.748
29North Richland Hills1471,3732.07319.363
30Missouri City1499691.96412.773
31Bedford1121,0282.24220.582
32Clute202511.71721.547
33Del Rio286930.77819.253
34Crowley273101.76020.209
35Kerrville535612.24523.761
36Azle212981.71224.295
37Grapevine1071,2652.02223.902
38Orange1324206.75121.481
39Anna51440.39311.324
40Benbrook374411.59218.979
41Frisco1762,5711.01814.878
42Beeville333012.47822.603
43Kilgore534223.51627.995
44Euless841,2631.51822.820
45McAllen2084,0071.44327.795
46Selma213281.88929.504
47McKinney2672,4171.48413.433
48White Settlement324321.84124.849
49Ingleside212061.96319.256
50Andrews501753.56312.471
51Watauga384101.53116.523
52Galveston2571,7905.03735.084
53Schertz996952.42517.022
54Converse1734627.35919.651
55Dickinson484832.36423.790
56Lewisville2802,1342.63720.094
57Cleburne697002.27623.087
58Carrollton1662,3801.22217.523
59Kyle866492.08815.757
60League City971,7180.92116.307
61Ennis664373.41422.606
62Buda92450.53414.534
63El Paso2,60912,5263.78818.189
64Athens413393.19726.431
65Greenville1106874.01025.042
66Saginaw315241.34822.789
67Gainesville855285.19232.250
68Belton355531.64225.950
69Glenn Heights682205.43617.587
70Midland3772,6772.71319.265
71Hereford583563.91024.002
72Burleson949192.02019.750
73Pasadena7113,7734.61724.500
74Alton162860.91816.407
75Seagoville203931.22824.125
76DeSoto2161,4244.06326.786
77Denison1075254.49322.046
78Nederland594623.40226.637
79Grand Prairie5734,7062.96524.352
80Laredo8396,4743.21924.836
81Burkburnett463014.12927.015
82Wichita Falls3743,2573.57231.106
83Bryan3632,0284.29924.018
84Pearsall72150.68521.033
85Addison957736.01548.940
86Irving5496,1472.26825.394
87Stafford1218286.53044.684
88Paris2188528.72834.110
89Baytown2882,6783.75534.913
90Brownwood816724.23435.123
91Vernon383383.66232.569
92Live Oak316281.91238.732
93Denton4163,0913.04022.589
94Dallas10,36942,6347.74631.851
95Austin4,03231,0014.14831.896
96Red Oak173641.32528.364
97Fort Worth4,89128,0725.60232.153
98Henderson944897.03336.585
99Haltom City1511,1813.37926.429
100Seguin1129903.84533.983
101Copperas Cove2298466.96225.718
102Webster578445.11375.702
103Kingsville1099254.18535.511
104Rockport214301.93239.558
105Pleasanton394113.69238.909
106Universal City775843.72628.256
107Corsicana1577496.53931.194
108Tyler4643,3374.37331.447
109Terrell1147936.48545.111
110Garland7487,1643.16630.325
111Sherman1581,3063.75131.005
112Waco6904,8895.07435.949
113Plainview666033.19829.214
114Edinburg2993,3733.33737.647
115Port Arthur3782,0316.80136.540
116Killeen1,1184,1097.66228.161
117Marshall1579086.66338.533
118Cedar Hill1151,5032.35230.734
119Groves793805.03224.202
120Texas City2371,7044.85934.937
121Levelland1215148.70436.976
122Mesquite6165,2644.26636.453
123Odessa9123,2197.52526.561
124Duncanville1851,0854.67127.397
125Raymondville763896.81634.885
126Houston25,60996,53210.95241.284
127Beaumont1,2595,13610.62843.358
128San Benito769103.10237.138
129La Marque907525.35844.773
130Mercedes987135.84742.537
131Corpus Christi2,31311,7397.02535.653
132Big Spring1661,0295.77535.795
133San Angelo2824,4992.76744.138
134Texarkana4781,88912.61849.865
135Alamo1789469.19848.886
136San Antonio10,75973,6767.07548.448

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Texas, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

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 rated them using the population of the city and 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 we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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