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2016 Safest Places in Texas

by Susan Gulliford

Almost five million Americans moved to Texas between 2005 and 2013, and you can bet finding a safe community was a major priority for each one of them. With so much population growth, the ValuePenguin team analyzed the most recent FBI Crime Report to determine the safest places in the Lone Star State. 

These 217 cities have populations of at least 10,000, and the crime scores ranged from 321 to over 7,000. Four out of the five of the safest places are suburbs of major cities with high percentages of well-educated, high-income professionals. All of the safest cities in Texas pride themselves on an excellent relationship between law enforcement and its citizens. You can review the report to see how the 217 cities rank.     

5 Safest Places in Texas

These cities have an average crime score of 354, which is 82% lower than their typical peer in the state. With some of its lowest total violent crime rates, these five are the safest places in the state. 

1. Colleyville

This mid-sized community (population of 24,915) 15 miles from Fort Worth offers safety for people and their property. It had the lowest rate of property crime rate for any city in this study, and Colleyville also had a mere 10 violent crimes reported in 2014. The police department has an e-tips program that helps citizens stop crime. It is a very affluent community where the median household income was $98,593 above the Texas median household income, and almost 65% of the population holds a bachelor’s degree.

2. Memorial Villages

The safest small place (population of 11,848) comes in at number two overall in this report. Memorial Villages is a group residential community that is independent of Houston. The police department serves the villages of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek and has strong community engagement. It had the third-lowest rate of property crime and the fourth-lowest rate of violent crime. 

3. Trophy Club

This small town is slightly over 30 miles from Fort Worth and about 33 miles from Dallas. Trophy Club had the second-lowest rate of property crime in the state and only seven violent crimes in the year analyzed. The police department offers a Vacation Watch/Close Patrol for its residents. It is another affluent community; the median household income is 2.4 times the median household income for Texas as a whole and almost 64% of the residents have at least a bachelor’s degree. 

4. Highland Village

Highland Village, a city of just under 16,000 in Denton County, comes in at number four. In addition to a low amount of violent crime, this analysis found that Highland Village had the fourth-lowest rate of property crime. The police department uses a Community Oriented Public Safety (COPS) model to deliver such good results to its residents. This community is the third one in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area to make our list. Highland Village is another city where residents had a high median household income ($133,161 versus just over $52,000 for Texas), and the population is well-educated (almost 56% of residents hold a bachelor’s degree).

5. Canyon

Canyon boasts that it is unlike any other city in Texas, and the community of 14,055 differs from other cities in this study because it is outside of Amarillo. The city is home to West Texas A&M University and near a number of tourist attractions, including beautiful Palo Duro Canyon State Park. In addition to a low level of property crime, the city reported only nine violent crimes in the year surveyed. With a median home value of approximately $144,000, it is more affordable than other cities on our list.

Population Breakdown

Although we adjusted for population in our crime rankings, it is still difficult to compare a small town to a large city. To account for this fact, we separated the safest cities into three categories: towns with populations between 10,000 and 20,000, midsize cities with populations 20,000 and 50,000 and larger cities with populations greater than 50,000. Here are our findings:

Full List of Places in Texas

Below is the entire list of places that we included in our “Safest Places in Texas” study. They are listed from the safest to the least safe, according to our analysis. The calculation for the crime scores can be found in the methodology section below. Take a look at the graph and see where your hometown ranks.

Rank City Crime Score
1 Colleyville  321
2 Memorial Villages  327
3 Trophy Club  342
4 Highland Village  359
5 Canyon  419
6 Murphy  434
7 Hutto  442
8 West University Place  478
9 Friendswood  498
10 Keller  499
11 Sachse  541
12 Flower Mound  542
13 Corinth  554
14 Royse City  563
15 University Park  576
16 Little Elm  594
17 Hewitt  598
18 Cibolo  607
19 Lakeway  622
20 Coppell  664
21 Wylie  686
22 Southlake  688
23 The Colony  688
24 Seabrook  702
25 Horizon City  704
26 Leander  706
27 Allen  752
28 Socorro  765
29 Prosper  795
30 Clute  796
31 Alton  801
32 Robinson  834
33 Gatesville  873
34 Rowlett  894
35 Mansfield  904
36 Lumberton  916
37 Cedar Park  930
38 Sulphur Springs  932
39 Forney  940
40 Pflugerville  943
41 Watauga  944
42 Benbrook  958
43 Midlothian  961
44 Fredericksburg  993
45 Bellaire  1,014
46 Rockwall  1,024
47 Sugar Land  1,041
48 Frisco  1,079
49 Kyle  1,085
50 Lake Jackson  1,088
51 La Porte  1,126
52 Schertz  1,130
53 Missouri City  1,140
54 Santa Fe  1,150
55 Deer Park  1,172
56 League City  1,177
57 Galena Park  1,201
58 Round Rock  1,237
59 Jacinto City  1,255
60 McKinney  1,266
61 Universal City  1,283
62 Stephenville  1,289
63 Pearland  1,309
64 Burleson  1,318
65 Euless  1,326
66 Grapevine  1,336
67 Hidalgo  1,342
68 Boerne  1,346
69 Saginaw  1,358
70 Carrollton  1,370
71 Red Oak  1,379
72 Crowley  1,379
73 Buda  1,387
74 Burkburnett  1,407
75 Angleton  1,415
76 Dumas  1,416
77 Rio Grande City  1,422
78 Weatherford  1,426
79 North Richland Hills  1,431
80 Del Rio  1,432
81 Plano  1,435
82 Vernon  1,471
83 Rosenberg  1,472
84 Richardson  1,483
85 Port Neches  1,490
86 White Settlement  1,532
87 College Station  1,533
88 Waxahachie  1,546
89 Freeport  1,548
90 Lockhart  1,550
91 Glenn Heights  1,552
92 Eagle Pass  1,559
93 Converse  1,600
94 Lewisville  1,608
95 Hereford  1,613
96 Dickinson  1,638
97 Farmers Branch  1,643
98 Beeville  1,648
99 Portland  1,651
100 Nederland  1,669
101 Mission  1,671
102 Kerrville  1,673
103 Alvin  1,682
104 Forest Hill  1,732
105 Haltom City  1,734
106 Harker Heights  1,742
107 Seagoville  1,749
108 El Campo  1,758
109 Orange  1,764
110 Live Oak  1,765
111 Taylor  1,766
112 Denton  1,782
113 Richmond  1,792
114 Cedar Hill  1,798
115 Brenham  1,818
116 Grand Prairie  1,866
117 Copperas Cove  1,905
118 Katy  1,922
119 Irving  1,931
120 Harlingen  1,935
121 Midland  1,962
122 Andrews  1,973
123 Ennis  1,974
124 Sherman  1,998
125 Denison  2,034
126 Azle  2,060
127 Huntsville  2,068
128 San Marcos  2,076
129 Plainview  2,079
130 Bedford  2,079
131 Kilgore  2,089
132 New Braunfels  2,106
133 McAllen  2,110
134 Mineral Wells  2,111
135 Temple  2,131
136 DeSoto  2,140
137 Levelland  2,159
138 El Paso  2,165
139 Henderson  2,181
140 Duncanville  2,200
141 Nacogdoches  2,208
142 South Houston  2,241
143 Seguin  2,243
144 Conroe  2,265
145 Texas City  2,271
146 Bay City  2,296
147 Athens  2,297
148 Port Lavaca  2,302
149 Pharr  2,319
150 Vidor  2,327
151 Groves  2,332
152 Garland  2,335
153 Pasadena  2,362
154 Bryan  2,394
155 Terrell  2,394
156 Brownwood  2,397
157 Belton  2,424
158 Longview  2,424
159 Stafford  2,429
160 San Juan  2,431
161 San Benito  2,468
162 Addison  2,498
163 Tomball  2,521
164 Webster  2,522
165 Mount Pleasant  2,532
166 San Angelo  2,579
167 Rockport  2,596
168 Snyder  2,608
169 Baytown  2,639
170 Marshall  2,661
171 Victoria  2,663
172 Hurst  2,699
173 Mesquite  2,706
174 Palestine  2,760
175 Uvalde  2,782
176 Brownsville  2,794
177 Gainesville  2,798
178 Wichita Falls  2,852
179 Pampa  2,857
180 Waco  2,878
181 Paris  2,907
182 Borger  2,917
183 Kingsville  2,923
184 Laredo  2,924
185 Jacksonville  2,924
186 Corsicana  2,928
187 Galveston  2,948
188 Killeen  2,988
189 Greenville  2,999
190 Arlington  3,044
191 Port Arthur  3,054
192 Mercedes  3,192
193 Leon Valley  3,210
194 Abilene  3,212
195 Lufkin  3,319
196 Edinburg  3,345
197 Austin  3,411
198 Big Spring  3,452
199 Alice  3,492
200 La Marque  3,498
201 Balch Springs  3,499
202 Robstown  3,622
203 Odessa  3,777
204 Dallas  3,814
205 Raymondville  3,845
206 Corpus Christi  3,877
207 Amarillo  3,943
208 Alamo  4,097
209 Donna  4,131
210 Beaumont  4,185
211 Lubbock  4,219
212 Texarkana  4,484
213 San Antonio  4,662
214 Weslaco  5,447
215 Houston  5,495
216 Humble  5,533
217 Bellmead  7,175

Year-over-year Change

You want an environment that is consistently safe, and the top five cities all delivered great results in both 2015 and 2016. Three of this year’s top five cities—Colleyville, Memorial Villages and Highland Village—were in the top five last year. Trophy Club and Canyon, the new members of the top five, were among the top ten safest small cities in 2015.

Small cities with under 20,000 population took four out of the top five spots in both 2015 and 2016. However, small does not always equal safe. The two least safe cities had populations of less than 20,000. This result differs from 2015, when the least safe city was a large city.  

Not everyone wants to live in a small city, and Texas offers some very safe large cities. Eight of the top ten safest large cities in 2016 were repeats from 2015. Flower Mound, a community of over 69,000 in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, was the safest large city in both years. You can see how communities compare here.  

Methodology

To rank these places, we collected data from the 2014 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent crime data available. Not every town participates in this report and we also excluded towns with fewer than 5,000 residents because towns with small populations are more sensitive to crime score fluctuations for fewer crimes committed. The raw data report included property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson), and violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) from all law enforcement agencies that chose to partake in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.

We standardized the data to reflect violent and property crimes per 100,000, to account for population. Then, we aggregated a “crime score” by weighting violent crime at 80% and property crime at 20%. Though property crime is more prevalent, we figured that violent crime is more concerning to town residents. Then we adjusted the crime score for population size, giving more slack to larger cities. Finally, we ranked the cities based on their crime scores. 

Here is an alphabetical table of all cities included with their ranks, making it easier to compare different cities. See where your city lies!

Rank City Population Violent
Crime per 100K
Property
Crime per 100K
Crime Score
194 Abilene  120,686  473  4,428  3,212
162 Addison  16,061  417  4,271  2,498
208 Alamo  19,054  761  6,529  4,097
199 Alice  19,689  726  5,226  3,492
27 Allen  93,889  78  1,201  752
31 Alton  15,311  65  1,652  801
103 Alvin  25,252  265  2,760  1,682
207 Amarillo  197,724  680  4,725  3,943
122 Andrews  13,153  608  2,357  1,973
75 Angleton  19,020  273  2,213  1,415
190 Arlington  382,976  484  3,515  3,044
147 Athens  12,823  343  4,219  2,297
197 Austin  903,924  396  4,142  3,411
126 Azle  11,426  341  3,711  2,060
201 Balch Springs  25,305  921  4,264  3,499
146 Bay City  17,480  315  4,153  2,296
169 Baytown  76,253  316  4,140  2,639
210 Beaumont  117,898  891  4,690  4,185
130 Bedford  48,977  447  2,644  2,079
98 Beeville  13,397  209  3,157  1,648
45 Bellaire  18,093  138  1,829  1,014
217 Bellmead  10,077  1,697  11,134  7,175
157 Belton  19,858  201  4,834  2,424
42 Benbrook  22,439  125  1,702  958
198 Big Spring  28,338  762  4,704  3,452
68 Boerne  12,853  241  2,311  1,346
182 Borger  12,974  871  3,607  2,917
115 Brenham  16,188  327  3,008  1,818
176 Brownsville  183,433  304  4,091  2,794
156 Brownwood  18,890  360  4,166  2,397
154 Bryan  79,267  426  3,180  2,394
73 Buda  11,020  118  2,958  1,387
74 Burkburnett  11,035  190  2,719  1,407
64 Burleson  41,733  165  2,190  1,318
5 Canyon  14,055  64  754  419
70 Carrollton  128,577  129  2,165  1,370
114 Cedar Hill  47,057  198  3,058  1,798
37 Cedar Park  63,681  105  1,515  930
18 Cibolo  24,846  60  1,139  607
30 Clute  11,305  133  1,433  796
87 College Station  101,483  188  2,309  1,533
1 Colleyville  24,915  40  570  321
144 Conroe  64,446  320  3,431  2,265
93 Converse  20,833  422  2,016  1,600
20 Coppell  40,746  56  1,215  664
117 Copperas Cove  33,366  336  2,868  1,905
13 Corinth  20,810  91  918  554
206 Corpus Christi  319,211  656  4,420  3,877
186 Corsicana  23,976  501  4,684  2,928
72 Crowley  14,413  229  2,401  1,379
204 Dallas  1,272,396  665  3,589  3,814
55 Deer Park  33,523  137  2,040  1,172
80 Del Rio  35,564  135  2,607  1,432
125 Denison  22,838  385  3,126  2,034
112 Denton  125,248  271  2,412  1,782
136 DeSoto  52,038  282  3,407  2,140
96 Dickinson  19,429  278  2,707  1,638
209 Donna  16,374  1,014  5,747  4,131
76 Dumas  15,010  253  2,378  1,416
140 Duncanville  39,859  314  3,527  2,200
92 Eagle Pass  28,036  128  2,993  1,559
196 Edinburg  82,349  359  5,367  3,345
108 El Campo  11,455  436  2,584  1,758
138 El Paso  680,273  393  2,142  2,165
123 Ennis  18,743  299  3,425  1,974
65 Euless  53,674  119  2,327  1,326
97 Farmers Branch  32,478  188  2,891  1,643
12 Flower Mound  69,572  49  923  542
104 Forest Hill  12,781  250  3,216  1,732
39 Forney  17,167  186  1,474  940
44 Fredericksburg  10,898  64  2,202  993
89 Freeport  12,104  330  2,470  1,548
9 Friendswood  38,012  55  866  498
48 Frisco  141,940  82  1,767  1,079
177 Gainesville  16,036  486  4,708  2,798
57 Galena Park  11,159  251  1,963  1,201
187 Galveston  48,961  523  4,195  2,948
152 Garland  236,414  272  3,255  2,335
33 Gatesville  15,991  94  1,701  873
91 Glenn Heights  11,869  371  2,325  1,552
116 Grand Prairie  185,273  260  2,502  1,866
66 Grapevine  51,135  121  2,353  1,336
189 Greenville  25,983  550  4,591  2,999
151 Groves  15,729  604  3,141  2,332
105 Haltom City  43,856  246  2,750  1,734
106 Harker Heights  28,484  267  2,844  1,742
120 Harlingen  65,808  222  3,129  1,935
139 Henderson  13,693  453  3,462  2,181
95 Hereford  15,158  310  2,619  1,613
17 Hewitt  14,166  113  988  598
67 Hidalgo  13,446  364  1,792  1,342
4 Highland Village  15,908  44  679  359
25 Horizon City  19,564  46  1,457  704
215 Houston  2,219,933  991  4,694  5,495
216 Humble  15,588  680  10,476  5,533
127 Huntsville  40,059  527  2,386  2,068
172 Hurst  38,709  369  4,405  2,699
7 Hutto  20,567  63  773  442
119 Irving  231,708  221  2,715  1,931
59 Jacinto City  10,794  93  2,742  1,255
185 Jacksonville  14,755  712  4,168  2,924
118 Katy  15,238  289  3,439  1,922
10 Keller  43,711  55  856  499
102 Kerrville  22,728  312  2,592  1,673
131 Kilgore  14,789  345  3,631  2,089
188 Killeen  139,211  608  3,378  2,988
183 Kingsville  26,329  725  3,711  2,923
49 Kyle  32,649  205  1,584  1,085
200 La Marque  15,303  490  6,397  3,498
51 La Porte  34,852  201  1,676  1,126
50 Lake Jackson  27,536  127  1,943  1,088
19 Lakeway  13,554  133  974  622
184 Laredo  250,994  389  3,859  2,924
56 League City  92,790  106  1,947  1,177
26 Leander  33,112  115  1,102  706
193 Leon Valley  10,961  374  6,450  3,210
137 Levelland  14,042  434  3,468  2,159
94 Lewisville  102,439  197  2,421  1,608
16 Little Elm  34,603  118  835  594
110 Live Oak  15,160  218  3,351  1,765
90 Lockhart  13,185  190  3,003  1,550
158 Longview  81,659  333  3,603  2,424
211 Lubbock  241,826  862  4,390  4,219
195 Lufkin  36,327  432  5,550  3,319
36 Lumberton  12,228  213  1,390  916
35 Mansfield  61,935  95  1,505  904
170 Marshall  24,749  618  3,584  2,661
133 McAllen  138,122  131  3,582  2,110
60 McKinney  152,806  148  1,851  1,266
2 Memorial Villages  11,848  34  667  327
192 Mercedes  16,488  619  5,095  3,192
173 Mesquite  144,396  299  4,049  2,706
121 Midland  127,344  320  2,565  1,962
43 Midlothian  20,348  138  1,681  961
134 Mineral Wells  16,770  262  3,948  2,111
101 Mission  81,871  116  2,938  1,671
53 Missouri City  70,853  178  1,640  1,140
165 Mount Pleasant  16,136  483  4,084  2,532
6 Murphy  19,914  65  748  434
141 Nacogdoches  34,096  323  3,581  2,208
100 Nederland  17,571  359  2,498  1,669
132 New Braunfels  64,622  282  3,251  2,106
79 North Richland Hills  68,309  176  2,257  1,431
203 Odessa  113,619  940  3,712  3,777
109 Orange  18,995  379  2,606  1,764
174 Palestine  18,579  587  4,118  2,760
179 Pampa  18,520  567  4,428  2,857
181 Paris  24,844  559  4,375  2,907
153 Pasadena  153,540  385  3,016  2,362
63 Pearland  102,516  151  2,008  1,309
40 Pflugerville  55,101  111  1,546  943
149 Pharr  74,555  390  3,199  2,319
129 Plainview  21,765  244  3,818  2,079
81 Plano  277,822  165  1,975  1,435
191 Port Arthur  54,178  629  3,933  3,054
148 Port Lavaca  12,414  685  2,884  2,302
85 Port Neches  12,726  440  1,870  1,490
99 Portland  15,879  139  3,376  1,651
29 Prosper  13,916  122  1,430  795
205 Raymondville  11,113  1,107  5,075  3,845
71 Red Oak  11,352  106  2,977  1,379
84 Richardson  105,744  169  2,274  1,483
113 Richmond  11,921  403  2,785  1,792
77 Rio Grande City  14,065  242  2,460  1,422
32 Robinson  11,488  252  1,045  834
202 Robstown  11,742  1,133  4,369  3,622
167 Rockport  10,208  304  5,261  2,596
46 Rockwall  41,688  98  1,823  1,024
83 Rosenberg  33,598  274  2,158  1,472
58 Round Rock  112,199  125  1,951  1,237
34 Rowlett  58,474  128  1,363  894
14 Royse City  10,491  162  753  563
11 Sachse  22,434  85  905  541
69 Saginaw  21,607  227  2,226  1,358
166 San Angelo  98,477  330  3,845  2,579
213 San Antonio  1,428,465  539  5,418  4,662
161 San Benito  24,392  279  4,510  2,468
160 San Juan  35,982  542  3,168  2,431
128 San Marcos  56,623  318  3,096  2,076
54 Santa Fe  12,701  173  2,110  1,150
52 Schertz  36,961  176  1,769  1,130
24 Seabrook  12,816  70  1,428  702
107 Seagoville  15,660  140  3,608  1,749
143 Seguin  27,031  351  3,655  2,243
124 Sherman  39,522  359  2,910  1,998
168 Snyder  11,610  646  3,833  2,608
28 Socorro  32,624  129  1,180  765
142 South Houston  17,494  463  3,430  2,241
22 Southlake  28,640  24  1,446  688
159 Stafford  18,224  428  3,989  2,429
62 Stephenville  18,947  190  2,254  1,289
47 Sugar Land  85,055  116  1,646  1,041
38 Sulphur Springs  15,967  225  1,315  932
111 Taylor  16,449  371  2,705  1,766
135 Temple  71,049  246  3,408  2,131
155 Terrell  16,466  559  3,443  2,394
212 Texarkana  37,687  862  6,350  4,484
145 Texas City  46,273  324  3,570  2,271
23 The Colony  40,228  134  957  688
163 Tomball  11,214  383  4,691  2,521
3 Trophy Club  11,129  63  593  342
61 Universal City  19,570  230  2,069  1,283
15 University Park  24,219  17  1,247  576
175 Uvalde  16,411  457  4,771  2,782
82 Vernon  10,589  217  2,786  1,471
171 Victoria  65,726  514  3,470  2,663
150 Vidor  10,954  475  3,862  2,327
180 Waco  129,944  443  3,855  2,878
41 Watauga  24,348  94  1,774  944
88 Waxahachie  32,053  90  3,070  1,546
78 Weatherford  27,427  171  2,527  1,426
164 Webster  11,099  252  5,226  2,522
214 Weslaco  37,458  1,207  7,083  5,447
8 West University Place  15,509  13  1,090  478
86 White Settlement  16,855  178  2,913  1,532
178 Wichita Falls  104,949  406  4,057  2,852
21 Wylie  45,323  95  1,094  686

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