Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in Texas.
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Texas is best known as the Lone Star State, but many are familiar with other famous Texan tidbits:
Like the enormous amount of delicious food.
They all may create an instant heart attack, but who cares when you can eat something called chicken-fried steak?
Texans also loves their beaches, rodeos, and well, Texas. If you have ever met a Texan, they will make it clear they are Texas's biggest fan.
But even if you are not a fan of the never-ending summer that sizzles the state, everyone loves space. And what is better than seeing a rocket launch live from the Kennedy Space Center?
Food, beaches, and space aside, Texas has a lot to offer and it is no surprise that Texas is one of America's most populous states. 36% of Texans are college-educated and with top colleges and universities like Rice, that stat will undoubtedly continue to increase.
According to U.S. News, Texas ranks #8 in best economies in America. Oil, architecture, engineering, and power are some of Texas's top industries. But Texas also ranks #36 in public safety by the same source.
So the question remains, where are those crime-ridden cities in Texas and is there safe cities in the cowboy state?
Here are the 10 safest places to live in Texas for 2019:
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:Photos | Search Homes For Sale | 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?
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:Photos | Search Homes For Sale | 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.
How we calculated the safest cities in Texas for 2019
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)
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.
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.