These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Texas For 2017
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 332 places in Texas with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
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 2015). 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 216 crimes committed in Kermit which had a reported population of 6,057. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0357 which translates into a 1 in 28 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 332 places in Texas to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 332 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 Kermit. The most dangerous? Cleveland, where residents had a 1 in 1 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.
Population: 6,057 Property Crime Rank: 21Violent Crime Rank: 195
2. Trophy Club
Population: 10,187Property Crime Rank: 50Violent Crime Rank: 167
Population: 7,793Property Crime Rank: 212Violent Crime Rank: 139
Population: 24,453Property Crime Rank: 106Violent Crime Rank: 403
Population: 8,109Property Crime Rank: 156Violent Crime Rank: 323
6. Fair Oaks Ranch
Population: 7,315Property Crime Rank: 171Violent Crime Rank: 379
7. Flower Mound
Population: 68,654 Property Crime Rank: 224Violent Crime Rank: 328
Population: 43,107Property Crime Rank: 239Violent Crime Rank: 363
Population: 19,691Property Crime Rank: 164Violent Crime Rank: 659
Population: 20,052Property Crime Rank: 228Violent Crime Rank: 647
There You Have It - The Safest In Texas
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Kermit 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: Humble 2nd Most Dangerous: Bellmead Most Dangerous: Cleveland