2015 Safest Places in Texas Study

How do the many cities of the Lone Star State fare in terms of safety? Our team has taken the most recent FBI Crime Report to determine how safe Texas cities are relative to each other. The 210 cities ranged in score from 175 to nearly 4,400. Generally, the larger cities ranked worse than cities with fewer residents, after accounting for population. The state capital ranked in the bottom 20 and Houston came in last. Take a look at the report for more insights:

The Top 5 Safest Places in Texas

Most of our top five cities are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The average adjusted crime score for our top five places was 237.07, 83% more favorable than the typical town in Texas according to our methodology. Most of the cities had populations less than 20,000, with the notable exception being Colleyville, which has approximately 25,000 residents.

1. Murphy, TX

Murphy, TX

Located in northeastern Texas, Murphy takes our top spot with an adjusted crime score of 175.04. Its extremely low rate of violent crime—21 per 100,000 people—earns it the first spot on our list. Murphy is far and away our first place town, beating out second place by about 55 points.

  • Adjusted Crime Score: 175.04
  • Population: 19,347

2. Colleyville, TX

Colleyville, TX

Colleyville takes second place with a crime score that beats the typical Texas town by around 84%. The Fort Worth suburb boasts an award-winning school system, high property values and high median incomes. Residents will be happy to note that the Colleyville precinct only reported 9 violent crimes in 2013, low compared to the population.

  • Adjusted Crime Score: 230.20
  • Population: 24,289

3. Highland Village, TX

Highland Village, TX

This Dallas suburb comes in third. Residents of Highland Village boast proximity to Lewisville Lake. The town experienced a population boom after the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport was built nearby. Highland Village’s relatively low rate of violent and property crime contribute to its adjusted crime score of 245.12.

  • Adjusted Crime Score: 245.12
  • Population: 15,754

4. Hutto, TX

Hutto, TX

Hutto Hippos rejoice! The town takes our fourth spot with a crime score of 259.45, behind Highland Village by 12 points. Though Hutto has a lower violent crime rate per capita than Highland Village does, its slightly higher rate of property crime knocks it down to fourth. Nevertheless, Hutto has a crime score that beats the state mean by 82%.

  • Adjusted Crime Score: 259.45
  • Population: 19,513

5. Memorial Villages, TX

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The six villages that comprise the Memorial Villages precinct round off our list with an adjusted crime score of 275.53. The area is known for its many trees and quiet county roads. The city has very little violent crime, but a relatively larger rate of property crime, which gives it its rank.

  • Adjusted Crime Score: 275.53
  • Population: 11,660

Some of the towns comprising the Memorial area of Houston fall within the “Memorial Villages” precinct and report this way to the FBI. According to the department website, the individual towns included in this precinct are Bunker Hill Village, Hunters Creek Village, and Piney Point Village.

Texas's Safest Places by Population

Though we adjusted for population in our crime rankings, cities with larger populations tend to have more crime. To account for this fact, we broke out the cities into three buckets: towns with populations smaller than 20,000, midsize towns and cities with populations between 20,000 and 50,000, and larger towns and cities with populations greater than 50,000. Have a look at our findings:

Safest Places in Texas

Featured Small Town or City (<20,000) -Royse City

Royse City takes fifth in our small cities category and ranks seventh out of 210 towns and cities overall. The town has an exceptionally low rate of violent crime and relatively little property crime, which gives it its favorable ranking.

  • Adjusted Crime Score: 306.40
  • Population: 10,132

Featured Midsized Town or City (20,000-50,000) -Friendswood

The City of Friendswood is our second safest midsized city and eighth-safest city overall. Friendswood residents enjoy a bustling business-district as well as abundant natural beauty, including parks, natural trails, and lush landscaping. Friendswood has very little violent crime—only 11 were reported in a city with a population just shy of 40,000. It’s slightly higher incidence of property crime knocks it to our 8th spot overall.

  • Adjusted Crime Score: 317.40
  • Population: 37,226

Featured Large Town or City (>50,000) -Flower Mound

The affluent suburb of Dallas ranks at the top of our list of cities with more than 50,000 residents. Generally, cities with larger populations have slightly higher rates of crime so it’s worth comparing them within a subcategory. Flower Mound only reported 39 violent crimes for 2013. That should comfort the residents of this bustling little city.

  • Adjusted Crime Score: 295.88
  • Population: 68,835

Full List of Cities and Towns in Texas

Here is the entire list of towns and cities we included in our "Safest Cities in Texas" study. The cities are listed from the safest to the least safe (lowest crime to highest crime score). The calculation for our crime score can be found in the methodology below. Take a look and see where your town stacks up!

Full List of Cities

Methodology

In order to arrive at our rankings, we scraped data from the 2013 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent crime data available. We excluded towns with fewer than 10,000 residents because towns with smaller populations than that are much more sensitive to crime score fluctuations for fewer crimes committed. The raw data report included violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) from all law enforcement agencies that participate in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.

We standardized the data to reflect violent and property crimes per 100k, to account for population. We then aggregated a "crime score". In order to calculate this, we weighted violent crime at 90% and property crime at 10%; though property crime is far more prevalent, we figured that violent crime is more of a safety concern to residents of the town. To account for the fact that smaller cities with very slight upticks in crime are penalized more severely, we applied a logarithm to the population and multiplied it by the “crime score” to arrive at an “adjusted crime score.” We then ranked the cities relative to each other based on their adjusted crime scores.

Here is an alphabetical table of all cities included with their ranks, violent crime and property crimes per 100k, and adjusted crime scores:

Rank

CityPopulationViolent Crime per 100kProperty Crime per 100kAdjusted Crime Score

163

Abilene119,4013993,9941,927

139

Addison15,9613204,9121,637

202

Alamo18,8768697,0783,185

198

Alice19,6737886,1402,841

23

Allen91,289681,320479

31

Alton14,756682,202586

79

Alvin25,1102112,6601,003

192

Amarillo196,5776544,1482,656

160

Andrews12,5297502,5621,908

94

Angleton19,0163052,6921,163

185

Arlington378,7654853,9602,322

186

Austin859,1803634,8502,410

104

Azle11,3042484,1491,293

196

Balch Springs25,1867945,5312,790

128

Bay City17,4293444,0511,516

170

Baytown73,7093874,9562,053

208

Beaumont118,1771,0375,2403,695

133

Bedford48,5134252,7811,547

80

Beeville13,1812282,8751,014

26

Bellaire17,617741,862536

137

Belton19,7343404,4491,612

49

Benbrook22,1571042,252692

166

Big Spring27,6405324,2552,008

77

Boerne11,8571943,061979

75

Bonham10,0502192,806956

193

Borger13,0341,0283,9822,723

115

Brenham16,2684182,6431,349

149

Brownsville181,5902604,3161,751

135

Brownwood18,8733234,3871,560

145

Bryan78,5784562,9411,723

44

Buda10,098892,496660

93

Burkburnett10,8293142,8721,149

62

Burleson39,7141442,526878

16

Canyon14,026114820383

71

Carrollton127,4591452,322926

92

Cedar Hill46,9181903,2101,148

32

Cedar Park59,9481151,420587

15

Cibolo21,690741,074377

114

Cleburne29,3273003,3311,347

122

College Station98,9193832,2541,424

2

Colleyville24,28937716230

130

Conroe62,9623433,2891,530

142

Converse20,1156162,2871,686

18

Coppell40,449421,434417

111

Copperas Cove33,7802813,3361,329

12

Corinth20,692681,112371

197

Corpus Christi314,5236164,6422,801

172

Corsicana23,9405055,0502,102

52

Crowley13,8041012,608729

199

Dallas1,255,0156644,1653,092

65

Del Rio35,4992032,163908

138

Denison22,6524153,7261,625

96

Denton123,2602742,2531,202

129

Desoto51,7033463,3401,522

82

Dickinson19,2041933,0831,032

201

Donna16,3209446,5443,167

87

Dumas15,0743322,1761,078

132

Duncanville39,8113673,4111,544

66

Eagle Pass27,5781053,155911

168

Edinburg82,2713375,2172,027

123

El Campo11,5254692,8631,438

140

El Paso679,7003712,2891,641

124

Ennis18,6793273,8711,454

84

Euless53,2361672,9451,052

100

Farmers Branch29,6092203,5631,238

6

Flower Mound68,83557713296

38

Forney16,2571171,895620

195

Fort Worth789,0355604,3442,767

41

Fredericksburg10,768842,368629

97

Freeport12,0902323,8791,217

8

Friendswood37,226301,123317

45

Frisco131,769761,903662

177

Gainesville16,0895535,5812,221

51

Galena Park11,0971622,091718

174

Galveston48,0674914,8582,172

126

Garland235,6832183,5521,481

22

Gatesville16,0721371,002470

36

Georgetown53,8441321,424618

67

Glenn Heights11,8532532,210914

120

Grand Prairie183,8222782,8061,397

90

Grapevine49,0751793,1671,121

191

Greenville25,8957884,9392,654

141

Groves15,725502,3261,647

105

Haltom City43,6762523,3311,299

119

Harker Heights28,1253203,3781,392

154

Harlingen65,8854013,9221,814

182

Henderson13,8376944,6762,261

110

Hereford15,3273593,0931,323

14

Hewitt13,944100911376

3

Highland Village15,75451711245

20

Horizon City19,439671,368422

210

Houston2,180,6069635,0874,358

205

Humble15,47361410,4963,356

144

Huntsville39,9905332,6961,723

183

Hurst38,4565335,1442,279

4

Hutto19,51341840259

103

Irving228,3672322,7041,284

181

Jacksonville14,8167494,0562,252

95

Katy14,8372563,3031,170

10

Keller42,64463915344

85

Kerrville22,4842132,9751,066

143

Kilgore13,9383804,7351,690

175

Killeen136,5395513,5092,175

136

Kingsville26,1983933,6761,594

70

Kyle31,7322841,547923

176

La Marque14,9764676,4102,217

39

La Porte34,6711151,710624

56

Lake Jackson27,2731472,160772

24

Lakeway12,8151251,295497

159

Lancaster38,2094684,0121,885

173

Laredo247,3534154,2382,150

55

League City89,5961072,141769

17

Leander30,657851,096417

165

Leon Valley10,8332407,6251,974

147

Levelland13,6814903,9911,737

98

Lewisville100,7102412,7021,219

30

Little Elm29,9581601,155581

134

Live Oak14,5413094,6761,553

107

Lockhart12,9713473,2771,316

180

Longview81,2735554,1492,245

200

Lubbock237,8757694,8583,166

57

Lumberton12,0812072,020792

50

Mansfield60,1791331,732700

169

Marshall25,1695604,2832,052

106

McAllen136,1691263,9831,313

60

McKinney146,8691412,080865

5

Memorial Villages11,66043969276

179

Mercedes16,4806434,8302,239

152

Mesquite144,3132794,3881,779

109

Midland122,2592862,6101,319

43

Midlothian19,4251291,858647

146

Mineral Wells16,7173295,2161,727

88

Mission81,360883,6201,084

40

Missouri City69,4871041,656627

113

Mount Pleasant16,1012554,1051,346

1

Murphy19,34721631175

108

Nacogdoches34,4132823,2721,318

99

Nederland17,4643322,8231,233

116

New Braunfels61,6512383,4921,350

89

North Richland Hills65,8992382,4841,115

204

Odessa108,2659984,0403,277

151

Orange19,0575823,0281,770

188

Palestine18,4586125,9972,455

194

Pampa18,4711,0073,8762,760

187

Paris25,0486794,8672,414

157

Pasadena153,1953863,5911,833

59

Pearland98,1831551,964838

35

Pflugerville53,0071111,551603

127

Pharr73,9323113,3941,508

117

Plainview22,2252563,9461,359

72

Plano275,7951412,150930

189

Port Arthur54,0326644,4232,462

68

Port Neches12,7732901,871919

83

Portland15,5721413,6601,034

25

Prosper12,501961,616508

207

Raymondville11,1641,5943,6193,637

58

Red Oak11,168983,223832

73

Richardson104,5771222,637938

91

Richmond11,8414481,5031,127

112

Rio Grande City13,9713153,6431,343

48

Robinson11,2371691,878689

81

Robstown11,6651293,9011,028

27

Rockwall40,622621,804543

86

Rosenberg32,0592932,1091,070

61

Round Rock108,5771372,236874

46

Rowlett58,1771411,542670

7

Royse City10,13269908306

11

Sachse21,986641,042351

131

San Angelo96,6612723,7161,537

206

San Antonio1,399,7256315,7153,501

153

San Juan35,5885373,0091,784

150

San Marcos51,7864253,6401,759

37

Santa Fe12,565962,165620

53

Schertz35,8821901,636761

28

Seabrook12,5801351,455547

69

Seagoville15,652513,936922

118

Seguin26,6352294,1971,385

121

Sherman39,3773053,3421,398

171

Snyder11,4596554,2412,056

47

Socorro32,8911761,396674

155

South Houston17,4455273,8121,815

21

Southlake28,062501,625461

156

Stafford18,0345213,8981,828

63

Stephenville18,5951452,915901

54

Sugar Land83,4601291,933762

42

Sulphur Springs15,6131601,582634

184

Sweetwater10,6047734,4892,304

78

Taylor16,3171843,021985

148

Terrell16,2334813,9671,746

203

Texarkana37,4678786,1393,211

125

Texas City45,7932753,8111,465

29

The Colony39,9031201,393570

101

Tomball11,0292723,8171,266

13

Trophy Club10,173881,071374

158

Tyler100,0333764,1151,874

76

Universal City19,3442692,130975

9

University Park24,031331,232335

190

Uvalde16,2186416,0182,482

102

Vernon10,7033463,2331,278

178

Victoria64,9796093,8152,238

162

Vidor10,9845284,7341,917

167

Waco127,5704044,2502,013

33

Watauga24,210911,896595

74

Waxahachie31,5301053,276949

34

Weatherford26,702262,472599

161

Webster11,1164145,7481,916

209

Weslaco37,2481,0447,8293,938

64

White Settlement16,7031442,976901

164

Wichita Falls104,5143844,3611,961

19

Wylie45,138711,165420

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