These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Texas For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Texas where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Texas, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Texas is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Lone Star State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 331 places in Texas with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Colleyville (Photos)
- Fairview (Photos)
- Fair Oaks Ranch
- Murphy (Photos)
- Highland Village
- Willow Park
- Keller (Photos)
- Flower Mound
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Texas
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 38 crimes committed in Kermit which had a reported population of 6,596. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00576 which translates into a 1 in 174 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 331 places in Texas to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 331 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Texas".
The safest city, based on population, is Kermit. The most dangerous? Bellmead, where residents had a 1 in 11 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
1. KermitPopulation: 6,596 Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 545 (3rd safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Texas for 2018 is Kermit -- a classic example of everything that makes Texas great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 183.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,298 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
Population: 26,038Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 572 (6th safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Texas and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Colleyville -- the 2nd safest in the Lone Star State.
Colleyville is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 174.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Colleyville.
Population: 8,685Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 610 (8th safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Fairview ranks as the 3rd safest city in Texas.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Fairview.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
4. Fair Oaks RanchPopulation: 7,723 Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 582 (7th safest) You might be surprised to find Fair Oaks Ranch this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Fair Oaks Ranch is surpised.
This gem of a place in the Lone Star State boasts the 7th best property crime rate and 9th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Population: 8,237Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 667 (11th safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Fulshear, TX.
You get what you pay for in Fulshear -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 4,118 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Fulshear residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Fulshear in heartbeat.
Population: 21,175Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 28 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 722 (13th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Murphy, the 6th safest city in Texas.
The town of some 21,175 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Murphy a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Murphy?
7. Highland Village
Highland Village is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Texas.
It has 1 in 150.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 2,044 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Texas.
8. Willow ParkPopulation: 5,130 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 818 (18th safest)
The eighth safest city in Texas for 2018 goes to Willow Park. Let's see why.
There were only 2 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 42 property crimes to boot.
Population: 47,047Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 63 (23rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 563 (5th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Texas, may we present Keller as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Texas, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
265 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 5th best in Texas on a rate basis.
10. Flower Mound
Population: 72,600Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 827 (19th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Flower Mound.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Flower Mound residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 33 violent crimes and 601 property crimes in Flower Mound; that's really good for a place of 72,600 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Texas
Looking at the data, you can tell that Kermit is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Texas residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in Texas:3rd Most Dangerous: Cleveland 2nd Most Dangerous: Palmview Most Dangerous: Bellmead
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Texas For 2018
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