These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Texas For 2019

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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Kermit.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Lone Star State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 327 cities in Texas with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Texas for 2019:

  1. Kermit (Photos | Homes)
  2. Fair Oaks Ranch (Photos | Homes)
  3. Melissa (Photos | Homes)
  4. Colleyville (Photos | Homes)
  5. Fairview (Photos | Homes)
  6. Murphy (Photos | Homes)
  7. Memorial Villages (Homes)
  8. Trophy Club (Photos | Homes)
  9. Keller (Photos | Homes)
  10. Heath (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Texas, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Texas

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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 2018) in Texas.

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)
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For example, there were a total of 14 crimes committed in Kermit which had a reported population of 6,459. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0022 which translates into a 1 in 461 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 2017. This left us with a total of 327 of the biggest cities in Texas to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 327 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 our criteria, is Kermit. The most dangerous city in Texas? 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.

Kermit, TX
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 6,459
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 216 (1st safest)
More on Kermit: PhotosReal Estate | Data

We bet Kermit is hopping happy to see us list them as the safest place to live in Texas.

A small city located in Winkler County, the city has the best violent and property crimes per capita of any city in Texas. There wasn't a single violent crime here in 2017!

The city was named for Kermit Roosevelt after a visit by his father Theodore Roosevelt to the county.

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 9,042
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 464 (5th safest)
More on Fair Oaks Ranch: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fair Oaks Ranch ranks as the second safest city in Texas thanks to blend of moderate safety in both categories.

It could be fair to say that Fair Oaks Ranch is a fairly great place to live.

It's a burb of San Antonio and should have a fair on the fair grounds each year if doesn't. I can see it now "Come to the Fair Oaks Ranch fair grounds for the Texas state fair."

Melissa, TX
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 9,270
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 28)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 43 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 366 (3rd safest)
More on Melissa: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Melissa has been growing like a weed thanks in part to the huge jump in safety -- a cool 28 place jump in the rankings.

To be honest, in my eight years of ranking cities, I don't think I've ever seen such a jump before. The good people of Melissa must be doing something right.

Melissa is a city in Collin County, Texas

Colleyville, TX
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 26,737
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 575 (8th safest)
More on Colleyville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Colleyville is a city and suburb of Fort Worth located in northeast Tarrant County and it fell from atop it's perch of the safest place in Texas this year.

A small increase in property crime is to blame, but nothing to get worried about as it still has 10 on our SnackAbility Score -- putting it in the top 5% of places to live in the country.

Fairview, TX
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 8,547
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 643 (14th safest)
More on Fairview: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fairview represents the mid point on our list of the ten safest cities in Texas for 2019.

Fairview is a town in Collin County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and is adjacent to the 289-acre Heard Wildlife Sanctuary.

That sanctuary must be rubbing off on humans as the violent crime rate in the city ranks as the 4th best in Texas.

Murphy, TX
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 20,926
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 28 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 606 (11th safest)
More on Murphy: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Murphy, or I would probably call it, Murph, ranks as the sixth safest city in Texas, unchanged from its ranking last year.

The suburb of Dallas dates back to the 1800s, which is probably why its so safe -- people pay more attention around old things.

7. Memorial Villages

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 12,319
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 8 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 689 (18th safest)
More on Memorial Villages: 

Memorial Villages is a fun creation of the FBI data collectors. It has jumped up in safety in recent years thanks to a lack of violent crimes relative to the rest of Texas.

It now ranks as the 7th safest city in Texas.

Trophy Club, TX
Source: Town of Trophy Club
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 12,999
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 676 (16th safest)
More on Trophy Club: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Trophy Club is no stranger to our lists -- they always find a place somewhere on the positive rankings. It has been acknowledged multiple times by D Magazine as one of the best places to live in Dallas-Fort Worth.

This year, they rank as the 8th safest city in Texas thanks to a drop in violent crimes.

We're sure the town will add this ranking to their trophy case. Am I rite-

Keller, TX
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 47,892
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 52 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 626 (13th safest)
More on Keller: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Continuing the trend of what are essentially last names ranking really well for safety in Texas, Keller comes in at ninth.

The city doesn't really stand out for either of the criteria, instead it just ranks well above average for both.

Keller advertises itself as "successfully balancing big-city comforts with small-town charm."

Heath, TX
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 8,638
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 717 (19th safest)
More on Heath: PhotosReal Estate | Data

And closing out the top ten safest places to live in Texas, we come to Heath.

Another Dallas suburb, Heath follows a similar path to Keller to achieve its ranking.

This is the first time we have seen Heath inside the top ten safest.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Lone Star State

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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Texas according to the data:

  1. Bellmead
  2. Donna
  3. Humble
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Texas For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Kermit, TX 6,459 0 216
2 Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 9,042 33 464
3 Melissa, TX 9,270 43 366
4 Colleyville, TX 26,737 18 575
5 Fairview, TX 8,547 11 643
6 Murphy, TX 20,926 28 606
7 Memorial Villages, TX 12,319 8 689
8 Trophy Club, TX 12,999 15 676
9 Keller, TX 47,892 52 626
10 Heath, TX 8,638 46 717
11 Fate, TX 11,505 86 347
12 Little Elm, TX 46,097 78 579
13 Fulshear, TX 8,350 71 658
14 Hutto, TX 25,283 87 545
15 Horizon City, TX 19,695 81 599
16 Flower Mound, TX 75,101 58 924
17 West University Place, TX 15,676 63 873
18 Diboll, TX 5,363 0 1,137
19 Lakeview, Harrison County, TX 6,410 78 826
20 Highland Village, TX 16,884 65 989
21 Anna, TX 12,716 39 1,132
22 Friendswood, TX 39,990 90 802
23 Sachse, TX 25,907 50 1,119
24 Wylie, TX 48,772 94 871
25 Iowa Park, TX 6,361 110 770
26 Prosper, TX 20,442 68 1,120
27 University Park, TX 25,218 43 1,245
28 Southlake, TX 31,778 66 1,170
29 Cibolo, TX 29,323 105 965
30 Terrell Hills, TX 5,457 18 1,319
31 Coppell, TX 41,809 66 1,274
32 Muleshoe, TX 5,160 116 968
33 Manvel, TX 9,756 92 1,107
34 Georgetown, TX 71,007 116 980
35 Granite Shoals, TX 5,153 135 679
36 Canyon, TX 15,458 148 614
37 Celina, TX 8,388 71 1,299
38 Willow Park, TX 5,371 111 1,042
39 Fredericksburg, TX 11,526 78 1,275
40 Buda, TX 16,857 53 1,453
41 Socorro, TX 33,473 143 875
42 Allen, TX 101,779 98 1,245
43 Sugar Land, TX 89,790 79 1,435
44 Santa Fe, TX 13,347 89 1,341
45 Mansfield, TX 67,233 116 1,201
46 Leander, TX 46,219 125 1,131
47 Lakeway, TX 15,195 131 1,112
48 Monahans, TX 7,765 141 1,068
49 Prairie View, TX 6,597 181 378
50 Royse City, TX 12,599 150 992
51 Hewitt, TX 14,443 124 1,190
52 Corinth, TX 21,297 126 1,220
53 Woodway, TX 8,894 157 1,023
54 Seabrook, TX 13,958 164 1,017
55 Frisco, TX 172,804 101 1,487
56 Helotes, TX 9,011 88 1,586
57 Deer Park, TX 34,069 111 1,467
58 River Oaks, TX 7,793 76 1,719
59 White Oak, TX 6,343 94 1,576
60 Midlothian, TX 24,617 89 1,685
61 League City, TX 105,351 92 1,630
62 Alton, TX 17,432 91 1,640
63 Forney, TX 20,155 119 1,493
64 Sulphur Springs, TX 16,281 178 1,019
65 Mckinney, TX 179,934 148 1,343
66 Lago Vista, TX 6,718 193 982
67 Del Rio, TX 35,994 77 1,925
68 Nolanville, TX 5,072 177 1,182
69 Highland Park, TX 9,248 43 2,119
70 Rockwall, TX 44,599 107 1,784
71 Bellaire, TX 18,892 137 1,593
72 Alpine, TX 5,983 200 1,069
73 Rio Grande City, TX 14,592 171 1,308
74 Sanger, TX 8,175 220 1,027
75 Carrollton, TX 135,823 122 1,752
76 Pearsall, TX 10,222 68 2,103
77 Roma, TX 10,345 183 1,237
78 Roanoke, TX 8,145 122 1,767
79 Cedar Park, TX 72,143 173 1,394
80 Crystal City, TX 7,394 270 811
81 Eagle Pass, TX 29,257 119 1,873
82 Mcgregor, TX 5,082 295 550
83 Gatesville, TX 12,504 151 1,631
84 Watauga, TX 24,814 153 1,652
85 Missouri City, TX 75,863 196 1,277
86 Joshua, TX 6,983 171 1,503
87 Pflugerville, TX 61,212 166 1,581
88 Plano, TX 290,413 149 1,733
89 Yoakum, TX 6,055 181 1,502
90 Graham, TX 8,774 239 1,230
91 Rusk, TX 5,576 197 1,470
92 The Colony, TX 43,484 262 1,152
93 Robinson, TX 11,653 283 1,089
94 Benbrook, TX 23,236 159 1,897
95 Weatherford, TX 30,712 107 2,302
96 Kyle, TX 41,189 208 1,575
97 Stephenville, TX 21,274 178 1,758
98 Round Rock, TX 124,617 135 2,167
99 Bee Cave, TX 7,087 126 2,229
100 Waxahachie, TX 35,169 145 2,129

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