These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Texas
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:
- Fair Oaks Ranch
- Memorial Villages
- Highland Village
- Trophy Club
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 73 crimes committed in Fair Oaks Ranch which had a reported population of 6,718. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0109 which translates into a 1 in 92 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 2014. 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 three 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 Fair Oaks Ranch. The most dangerous? Bellmead, where residents had a 1 in 8 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. Fair Oaks Ranch
Population: 6,718Property Crime Rank: 24Violent Crime Rank: 49
Population: 24,915Property Crime Rank: 38Violent Crime Rank: 56
Population: 7,876Property Crime Rank: 34Violent Crime Rank: 70
4. Memorial Villages
Population: 11,848Property Crime Rank: 56Violent Crime Rank: 53
5. Highland Village
Population: 15,908Property Crime Rank: 57Violent Crime Rank: 59
Population: 9,440Property Crime Rank: 19Violent Crime Rank: 125
7. Trophy Club
Population: 11,129Property Crime Rank: 44Violent Crime Rank: 88
Population: 19,914Property Crime Rank: 64Violent Crime Rank: 94
Population: 14,055Property Crime Rank: 66Violent Crime Rank: 91
Population: 20,567Property Crime Rank: 68Violent Crime Rank: 90
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Fair Oaks Ranch is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Texas residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Texas:3rd Most Dangerous: Cleveland 2nd Most Dangerous: Gladewater Most Dangerous: Bellmead