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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 331 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 2018:
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) 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)
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 0.0058 which translates into a 1 in 173 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 of the biggest cities in Texas to rank.
We ranked each city 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 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.
Population: 6,596 Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 545 (3rd safest) More on Kermit:Real Estate | Data
Kermit is a city in and the county seat of Winkler County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,708 at the 2010 census. The city was named for Kermit Roosevelt after a visit by his father Theodore Roosevelt to the county.
Population: 26,038 Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 572 (6th safest) More on Colleyville:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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Population: 8,685 Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 610 (8th safest) More on Fairview:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Fairview is a town in Collin County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 7,248. The estimated population in 2014 was 8,361. The town is adjacent to the 289-acre (1.17 km2) Heard Wildlife Sanctuary.
4. Fair Oaks Ranch
Population: 7,723 Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 582 (7th safest) More on Fair Oaks Ranch:Real Estate | Data
Fair Oaks Ranch is a city in Bexar, Comal, and Kendall counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 5,986 at the 2010 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Population: 21,175 Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 28 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 722 (13th safest) More on Murphy:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Murphy is a city in suburban Collin County, Texas, United States. The 2010 census reported the population as 17,708, compared to 3,099 in 2000. Murphy is located northeast of Dallas and has a history that goes back to the late 1800s.
Population: 16,357 Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (15th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 666 (10th safest) More on Highland Village:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Highland Village is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States. It is a suburb of Dallas, hugging the south side of the far western branch of Lewisville Lake. As of the 2010 United States Census the city's population was 15,056.
8. Willow Park
Population: 5,130 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 818 (18th safest) More on Willow Park:Real Estate | Data
Population: 47,047 Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 63 (23rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 563 (5th safest) More on Keller:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Keller is a suburban city in Tarrant County, Texas in the Dallas?Fort Worth metroplex. Keller advertises itself as "successfully balancing big-city comforts with small-town charm." According to the 2010 census, the city's population is 39,627, making Keller the 74th most populated city in Texas.
Population: 72,600 Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 827 (19th safest) More on Flower Mound:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Flower Mound is an incorporated town[Note 1] located in Denton and Tarrant counties in the U.S. state of Texas. Located northwest of Dallas and northeast of Fort Worth adjacent to Grapevine Lake, the town derives its name from a prominent 12.5-acre (5.1 ha) mound located in the center of town.
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.