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:

Safest Places in Texas

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

CityCrime Score

1

Colleyville321

2

Memorial Villages327

3

Trophy Club342

4

Highland Village359

5

Canyon419

6

Murphy434

7

Hutto442

8

West University Place478

9

Friendswood498

10

Keller499

11

Sachse541

12

Flower Mound542

13

Corinth554

14

Royse City563

15

University Park576

16

Little Elm594

17

Hewitt598

18

Cibolo607

19

Lakeway622

20

Coppell664

21

Wylie686

22

Southlake688

23

The Colony688

24

Seabrook702

25

Horizon City704

26

Leander706

27

Allen752

28

Socorro765

29

Prosper795

30

Clute796

31

Alton801

32

Robinson834

33

Gatesville873

34

Rowlett894

35

Mansfield904

36

Lumberton916

37

Cedar Park930

38

Sulphur Springs932

39

Forney940

40

Pflugerville943

41

Watauga944

42

Benbrook958

43

Midlothian961

44

Fredericksburg993

45

Bellaire1,014

46

Rockwall1,024

47

Sugar Land1,041

48

Frisco1,079

49

Kyle1,085

50

Lake Jackson1,088

51

La Porte1,126

52

Schertz1,130

53

Missouri City1,140

54

Santa Fe1,150

55

Deer Park1,172

56

League City1,177

57

Galena Park1,201

58

Round Rock1,237

59

Jacinto City1,255

60

McKinney1,266

61

Universal City1,283

62

Stephenville1,289

63

Pearland1,309

64

Burleson1,318

65

Euless1,326

66

Grapevine1,336

67

Hidalgo1,342

68

Boerne1,346

69

Saginaw1,358

70

Carrollton1,370

71

Red Oak1,379

72

Crowley1,379

73

Buda1,387

74

Burkburnett1,407

75

Angleton1,415

76

Dumas1,416

77

Rio Grande City1,422

78

Weatherford1,426

79

North Richland Hills1,431

80

Del Rio1,432

81

Plano1,435

82

Vernon1,471

83

Rosenberg1,472

84

Richardson1,483

85

Port Neches1,490

86

White Settlement1,532

87

College Station1,533

88

Waxahachie1,546

89

Freeport1,548

90

Lockhart1,550

91

Glenn Heights1,552

92

Eagle Pass1,559

93

Converse1,600

94

Lewisville1,608

95

Hereford1,613

96

Dickinson1,638

97

Farmers Branch1,643

98

Beeville1,648

99

Portland1,651

100

Nederland1,669

101

Mission1,671

102

Kerrville1,673

103

Alvin1,682

104

Forest Hill1,732

105

Haltom City1,734

106

Harker Heights1,742

107

Seagoville1,749

108

El Campo1,758

109

Orange1,764

110

Live Oak1,765

111

Taylor1,766

112

Denton1,782

113

Richmond1,792

114

Cedar Hill1,798

115

Brenham1,818

116

Grand Prairie1,866

117

Copperas Cove1,905

118

Katy1,922

119

Irving1,931

120

Harlingen1,935

121

Midland1,962

122

Andrews1,973

123

Ennis1,974

124

Sherman1,998

125

Denison2,034

126

Azle2,060

127

Huntsville2,068

128

San Marcos2,076

129

Plainview2,079

130

Bedford2,079

131

Kilgore2,089

132

New Braunfels2,106

133

McAllen2,110

134

Mineral Wells2,111

135

Temple2,131

136

DeSoto2,140

137

Levelland2,159

138

El Paso2,165

139

Henderson2,181

140

Duncanville2,200

141

Nacogdoches2,208

142

South Houston2,241

143

Seguin2,243

144

Conroe2,265

145

Texas City2,271

146

Bay City2,296

147

Athens2,297

148

Port Lavaca2,302

149

Pharr2,319

150

Vidor2,327

151

Groves2,332

152

Garland2,335

153

Pasadena2,362

154

Bryan2,394

155

Terrell2,394

156

Brownwood2,397

157

Belton2,424

158

Longview2,424

159

Stafford2,429

160

San Juan2,431

161

San Benito2,468

162

Addison2,498

163

Tomball2,521

164

Webster2,522

165

Mount Pleasant2,532

166

San Angelo2,579

167

Rockport2,596

168

Snyder2,608

169

Baytown2,639

170

Marshall2,661

171

Victoria2,663

172

Hurst2,699

173

Mesquite2,706

174

Palestine2,760

175

Uvalde2,782

176

Brownsville2,794

177

Gainesville2,798

178

Wichita Falls2,852

179

Pampa2,857

180

Waco2,878

181

Paris2,907

182

Borger2,917

183

Kingsville2,923

184

Laredo2,924

185

Jacksonville2,924

186

Corsicana2,928

187

Galveston2,948

188

Killeen2,988

189

Greenville2,999

190

Arlington3,044

191

Port Arthur3,054

192

Mercedes3,192

193

Leon Valley3,210

194

Abilene3,212

195

Lufkin3,319

196

Edinburg3,345

197

Austin3,411

198

Big Spring3,452

199

Alice3,492

200

La Marque3,498

201

Balch Springs3,499

202

Robstown3,622

203

Odessa3,777

204

Dallas3,814

205

Raymondville3,845

206

Corpus Christi3,877

207

Amarillo3,943

208

Alamo4,097

209

Donna4,131

210

Beaumont4,185

211

Lubbock4,219

212

Texarkana4,484

213

San Antonio4,662

214

Weslaco5,447

215

Houston5,495

216

Humble5,533

217

Bellmead7,175

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.

Safest Places in Texas

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

CityPopulationViolent Crime per 100KProperty Crime per 100KCrime Score

194

Abilene120,6864734,4283,212

162

Addison16,0614174,2712,498

208

Alamo19,0547616,5294,097

199

Alice19,6897265,2263,492

27

Allen93,889781,201752

31

Alton15,311651,652801

103

Alvin25,2522652,7601,682

207

Amarillo197,7246804,7253,943

122

Andrews13,1536082,3571,973

75

Angleton19,0202732,2131,415

190

Arlington382,9764843,5153,044

147

Athens12,8233434,2192,297

197

Austin903,9243964,1423,411

126

Azle11,4263413,7112,060

201

Balch Springs25,3059214,2643,499

146

Bay City17,4803154,1532,296

169

Baytown76,2533164,1402,639

210

Beaumont117,8988914,6904,185

130

Bedford48,9774472,6442,079

98

Beeville13,3972093,1571,648

45

Bellaire18,0931381,8291,014

217

Bellmead10,0771,69711,1347,175

157

Belton19,8582014,8342,424

42

Benbrook22,4391251,702958

198

Big Spring28,3387624,7043,452

68

Boerne12,8532412,3111,346

182

Borger12,9748713,6072,917

115

Brenham16,1883273,0081,818

176

Brownsville183,4333044,0912,794

156

Brownwood18,8903604,1662,397

154

Bryan79,2674263,1802,394

73

Buda11,0201182,9581,387

74

Burkburnett11,0351902,7191,407

64

Burleson41,7331652,1901,318

5

Canyon14,05564754419

70

Carrollton128,5771292,1651,370

114

Cedar Hill47,0571983,0581,798

37

Cedar Park63,6811051,515930

18

Cibolo24,846601,139607

30

Clute11,3051331,433796

87

College Station101,4831882,3091,533

1

Colleyville24,91540570321

144

Conroe64,4463203,4312,265

93

Converse20,8334222,0161,600

20

Coppell40,746561,215664

117

Copperas Cove33,3663362,8681,905

13

Corinth20,81091918554

206

Corpus Christi319,2116564,4203,877

186

Corsicana23,9765014,6842,928

72

Crowley14,4132292,4011,379

204

Dallas1,272,3966653,5893,814

55

Deer Park33,5231372,0401,172

80

Del Rio35,5641352,6071,432

125

Denison22,8383853,1262,034

112

Denton125,2482712,4121,782

136

DeSoto52,0382823,4072,140

96

Dickinson19,4292782,7071,638

209

Donna16,3741,0145,7474,131

76

Dumas15,0102532,3781,416

140

Duncanville39,8593143,5272,200

92

Eagle Pass28,0361282,9931,559

196

Edinburg82,3493595,3673,345

108

El Campo11,4554362,5841,758

138

El Paso680,2733932,1422,165

123

Ennis18,7432993,4251,974

65

Euless53,6741192,3271,326

97

Farmers Branch32,4781882,8911,643

12

Flower Mound69,57249923542

104

Forest Hill12,7812503,2161,732

39

Forney17,1671861,474940

44

Fredericksburg10,898642,202993

89

Freeport12,1043302,4701,548

9

Friendswood38,01255866498

48

Frisco141,940821,7671,079

177

Gainesville16,0364864,7082,798

57

Galena Park11,1592511,9631,201

187

Galveston48,9615234,1952,948

152

Garland236,4142723,2552,335

33

Gatesville15,991941,701873

91

Glenn Heights11,8693712,3251,552

116

Grand Prairie185,2732602,5021,866

66

Grapevine51,1351212,3531,336

189

Greenville25,9835504,5912,999

151

Groves15,7296043,1412,332

105

Haltom City43,8562462,7501,734

106

Harker Heights28,4842672,8441,742

120

Harlingen65,8082223,1291,935

139

Henderson13,6934533,4622,181

95

Hereford15,1583102,6191,613

17

Hewitt14,166113988598

67

Hidalgo13,4463641,7921,342

4

Highland Village15,90844679359

25

Horizon City19,564461,457704

215

Houston2,219,9339914,6945,495

216

Humble15,58868010,4765,533

127

Huntsville40,0595272,3862,068

172

Hurst38,7093694,4052,699

7

Hutto20,56763773442

119

Irving231,7082212,7151,931

59

Jacinto City10,794932,7421,255

185

Jacksonville14,7557124,1682,924

118

Katy15,2382893,4391,922

10

Keller43,71155856499

102

Kerrville22,7283122,5921,673

131

Kilgore14,7893453,6312,089

188

Killeen139,2116083,3782,988

183

Kingsville26,3297253,7112,923

49

Kyle32,6492051,5841,085

200

La Marque15,3034906,3973,498

51

La Porte34,8522011,6761,126

50

Lake Jackson27,5361271,9431,088

19

Lakeway13,554133974622

184

Laredo250,9943893,8592,924

56

League City92,7901061,9471,177

26

Leander33,1121151,102706

193

Leon Valley10,9613746,4503,210

137

Levelland14,0424343,4682,159

94

Lewisville102,4391972,4211,608

16

Little Elm34,603118835594

110

Live Oak15,1602183,3511,765

90

Lockhart13,1851903,0031,550

158

Longview81,6593333,6032,424

211

Lubbock241,8268624,3904,219

195

Lufkin36,3274325,5503,319

36

Lumberton12,2282131,390916

35

Mansfield61,935951,505904

170

Marshall24,7496183,5842,661

133

McAllen138,1221313,5822,110

60

McKinney152,8061481,8511,266

2

Memorial Villages11,84834667327

192

Mercedes16,4886195,0953,192

173

Mesquite144,3962994,0492,706

121

Midland127,3443202,5651,962

43

Midlothian20,3481381,681961

134

Mineral Wells16,7702623,9482,111

101

Mission81,8711162,9381,671

53

Missouri City70,8531781,6401,140

165

Mount Pleasant16,1364834,0842,532

6

Murphy19,91465748434

141

Nacogdoches34,0963233,5812,208

100

Nederland17,5713592,4981,669

132

New Braunfels64,6222823,2512,106

79

North Richland Hills68,3091762,2571,431

203

Odessa113,6199403,7123,777

109

Orange18,9953792,6061,764

174

Palestine18,5795874,1182,760

179

Pampa18,5205674,4282,857

181

Paris24,8445594,3752,907

153

Pasadena153,5403853,0162,362

63

Pearland102,5161512,0081,309

40

Pflugerville55,1011111,546943

149

Pharr74,5553903,1992,319

129

Plainview21,7652443,8182,079

81

Plano277,8221651,9751,435

191

Port Arthur54,1786293,9333,054

148

Port Lavaca12,4146852,8842,302

85

Port Neches12,7264401,8701,490

99

Portland15,8791393,3761,651

29

Prosper13,9161221,430795

205

Raymondville11,1131,1075,0753,845

71

Red Oak11,3521062,9771,379

84

Richardson105,7441692,2741,483

113

Richmond11,9214032,7851,792

77

Rio Grande City14,0652422,4601,422

32

Robinson11,4882521,045834

202

Robstown11,7421,1334,3693,622

167

Rockport10,2083045,2612,596

46

Rockwall41,688981,8231,024

83

Rosenberg33,5982742,1581,472

58

Round Rock112,1991251,9511,237

34

Rowlett58,4741281,363894

14

Royse City10,491162753563

11

Sachse22,43485905541

69

Saginaw21,6072272,2261,358

166

San Angelo98,4773303,8452,579

213

San Antonio1,428,4655395,4184,662

161

San Benito24,3922794,5102,468

160

San Juan35,9825423,1682,431

128

San Marcos56,6233183,0962,076

54

Santa Fe12,7011732,1101,150

52

Schertz36,9611761,7691,130

24

Seabrook12,816701,428702

107

Seagoville15,6601403,6081,749

143

Seguin27,0313513,6552,243

124

Sherman39,5223592,9101,998

168

Snyder11,6106463,8332,608

28

Socorro32,6241291,180765

142

South Houston17,4944633,4302,241

22

Southlake28,640241,446688

159

Stafford18,2244283,9892,429

62

Stephenville18,9471902,2541,289

47

Sugar Land85,0551161,6461,041

38

Sulphur Springs15,9672251,315932

111

Taylor16,4493712,7051,766

135

Temple71,0492463,4082,131

155

Terrell16,4665593,4432,394

212

Texarkana37,6878626,3504,484

145

Texas City46,2733243,5702,271

23

The Colony40,228134957688

163

Tomball11,2143834,6912,521

3

Trophy Club11,12963593342

61

Universal City19,5702302,0691,283

15

University Park24,219171,247576

175

Uvalde16,4114574,7712,782

82

Vernon10,5892172,7861,471

171

Victoria65,7265143,4702,663

150

Vidor10,9544753,8622,327

180

Waco129,9444433,8552,878

41

Watauga24,348941,774944

88

Waxahachie32,053903,0701,546

78

Weatherford27,4271712,5271,426

164

Webster11,0992525,2262,522

214

Weslaco37,4581,2077,0835,447

8

West University Place15,509131,090478

86

White Settlement16,8551782,9131,532

178

Wichita Falls104,9494064,0572,852

21

Wylie45,323951,094686

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