Top 15 Safest Cities In Texas For 2018

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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:

  1. Kermit (Photos | Homes)
  2. Colleyville (Photos | Homes)
  3. Fairview (Photos | Homes)
  4. Fair Oaks Ranch (Homes)
  5. Fulshear (Photos | Homes)
  6. Murphy (Photos | Homes)
  7. Highland Village (Photos | Homes)
  8. Willow Park (Homes)
  9. Keller (Photos | Homes)
  10. Flower Mound (Photos | Homes)
  11. Horizon City (Photos | Homes)
  12. Alpine (Photos | Homes)
  13. West University Place (Photos | Homes)
  14. Memorial Villages (Homes)
  15. Friendswood (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 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)
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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.

1. Kermit

Kermit, TX

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: PhotosReal 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.

2. Colleyville

Colleyville, TX

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Colleyville is a city and suburb of Fort Worth located in northeast Tarrant County, Texas, United States. Located roughly 3.5 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the population was 22,807 at the 2010 census. Emerging from a number of small, rural settlements along the Cotton Belt Route, Colleyville was originally known as Bransford when Dr. Lilburn Howard Colley settled there in 1880. He was a prominent area physician and a veteran of the Union Army. In 1914 when Walter G. Couch opened a grocery store near Dr. Colley's home the community was renamed Colleyville in his honor.

3. Fairview

Fairview, TX
Source: Public domain

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: PhotosReal 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 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.

5. Fulshear

Fulshear, TX

Population: 8,237
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 667 (11th safest)
More on Fulshear: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fulshear is a city in northwest Fort Bend County, Texas within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. The population was 1,134 at the 2010 census, up from 716 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 5,886. In May 2017, Fulshear was listed the richest small town in Texas on MSN.com.

6. Murphy

Murphy, TX

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: PhotosReal 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.

7. Highland Village

Highland Village, TX

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: PhotosReal 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

Willow Park is a city in Parker County, Texas, United States. Willow Park was the location of Trinity Meadows Race Track, one of the first horse racing tracks opened once Texas legalized parimutuel betting. However, it was never seriously considered for upgrade to first-class status, and once Lone Star Park opened, Trinity Meadows Race Track closed. It is home to Squaw Creek golf course, located just off Ranch House Road.

9. Keller

Keller, TX

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: PhotosReal 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.

10. Flower Mound

Flower Mound, TX

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Flower Mound is an incorporated town 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 mound located in the center of town.

11. Horizon City

Horizon City, TX

Population: 19,808
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 772 (16th safest)
More on Horizon City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Horizon City is a city in El Paso County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 16,735, reflecting an increase of 11,502 from the 5,233 counted in the 2000 Census. It is part of the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area and is situated to the immediate east of the city of El Paso.

12. Alpine

Alpine, TX

Population: 5,939
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 774 (17th safest)
More on Alpine: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Alpine is a city in and the county seat of Brewster County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,905 at the 2010 census. The town has an elevation of 4,475 ft, and the surrounding mountain peaks are over a mile high. The university, hospital, library, and retail make Alpine the center of the sprawling but wide open Big Bend area including Brewster, Presidio, and Jeff Davis Counties.

13. West University Place

West University Place, TX
Source: Public domain

Population: 15,932
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 56 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 834 (20th safest)
More on West University Place: PhotosReal Estate | Data

West University Place, often called West University or West U for short, is a city located in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area and southwestern Harris County. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of the city was 14,787. It is nicknamed "The Neighborhood City" and is mainly a bedroom community for upper-class families.

14. Memorial Villages

Source: Public Domain

Population: 12,282
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 928 (27th safest)
More on Memorial Villages: 

15. Friendswood

Friendswood, TX

Population: 39,402
Rank Last Year: 14 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 68 (26th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 766 (15th safest)
More on Friendswood: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Friendswood is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. The city lies in Galveston and Harris counties. As of the 2010 census, the population of Friendswood was 35,805.

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. Palmview
  3. Cleveland
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Texas For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Kermit, TX 6,596 30 545
2 Colleyville, TX 26,038 23 572
3 Fairview, TX 8,685 23 610
4 Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 7,723 38 582
5 Fulshear, TX 8,237 24 667
6 Murphy, TX 21,175 28 722
7 Highland Village, TX 16,357 48 666
8 Willow Park, TX 5,130 38 818
9 Keller, TX 47,047 63 563
10 Flower Mound, TX 72,600 45 827
11 Horizon City, TX 19,808 50 772
12 Alpine, TX 5,939 50 774
13 West University Place, TX 15,932 56 834
14 Memorial Villages, TX 12,282 48 928
15 Friendswood, TX 39,402 68 766
16 Heath, TX 8,400 83 559
17 Hutto, TX 24,160 78 736
18 Trophy Club, TX 12,645 86 632
19 Prairie View, TX 6,538 107 520
20 Manvel, TX 8,645 46 1,249
21 Sachse, TX 25,467 47 1,268
22 Anna, TX 12,233 73 1,095
23 University Park, TX 25,103 63 1,207
24 Muleshoe, TX 5,193 19 1,482
25 Wylie, TX 47,772 104 860
26 Coppell, TX 41,654 64 1,238
27 Southlake, TX 30,644 62 1,292
28 Prosper, TX 17,634 62 1,287
29 Little Elm, TX 41,421 98 958
30 Melissa, TX 8,132 86 1,032
31 Allen, TX 101,020 79 1,131
32 Iowa Park, TX 6,338 78 1,183
33 Seminole, TX 7,656 0 1,580
34 Cibolo, TX 28,077 85 1,075
35 Diboll, TX 5,399 129 870
36 Socorro, TX 33,447 131 905
37 Mansfield, TX 65,882 101 1,179
38 Leander, TX 40,650 113 1,119
39 Georgetown, TX 67,436 126 1,048
40 Frisco, TX 162,917 77 1,468
41 Granite Shoals, TX 5,104 137 960
42 Royse City, TX 11,914 142 1,007
43 Celina, TX 8,074 161 718
44 Lakeway, TX 14,771 121 1,374
45 Alton, TX 16,137 68 1,735
46 Midlothian, TX 23,085 138 1,243
47 Hewitt, TX 14,384 159 924
48 Canyon, TX 15,212 157 992
49 Sanger, TX 7,913 126 1,428
50 Sugar Land, TX 90,088 85 1,620
51 The Colony, TX 42,925 149 1,122
52 Corinth, TX 21,243 169 889
53 Gatesville, TX 15,717 159 1,075
54 Fredericksburg, TX 11,205 80 1,749
55 Mckinney, TX 169,689 143 1,314
56 Rio Grande City, TX 14,518 117 1,563
57 Buda, TX 15,449 84 1,767
58 Brady, TX 5,560 35 2,194
59 Bellaire, TX 18,859 148 1,468
60 Forney, TX 19,252 124 1,682
61 Rockwall, TX 43,542 91 1,837
62 League City, TX 101,436 80 1,909
63 Seabrook, TX 14,091 149 1,497
64 Highland Park, TX 9,316 53 2,136
65 Rowlett, TX 61,047 149 1,498
66 Roanoke, TX 7,707 103 1,894
67 Marlin, TX 5,626 248 462
68 Woodway, TX 8,836 169 1,278
69 Dumas, TX 15,051 152 1,541
70 Clute, TX 11,490 139 1,697
71 White Oak, TX 6,317 110 1,899
72 Cedar Park, TX 69,051 167 1,396
73 Crystal City, TX 7,566 224 951
74 Terrell Hills, TX 5,369 74 2,290
75 Robinson, TX 11,674 248 839
76 Roma, TX 10,310 184 1,396
77 Plano, TX 288,242 138 1,900
78 Santa Fe, TX 13,172 174 1,488
79 Crowley, TX 15,272 104 2,114
80 River Oaks, TX 7,782 167 1,619
81 Pearsall, TX 10,151 157 1,792
82 Sulphur Springs, TX 16,227 178 1,552
83 Bridge City, TX 7,959 201 1,457
84 Bridgeport, TX 6,466 231 1,221
85 Helotes, TX 8,855 79 2,382
86 Graham, TX 8,857 203 1,445
87 Lumberton, TX 12,500 176 1,655
88 Kennedale, TX 7,910 151 1,959
89 Richardson, TX 113,216 137 2,184
90 Lake Jackson, TX 27,676 195 1,600
91 Lake Dallas, TX 8,053 298 931
92 Watauga, TX 24,725 186 1,722
93 Missouri City, TX 75,607 190 1,670
94 Benbrook, TX 22,906 157 1,995
95 Stephenville, TX 20,787 139 2,203
96 Snyder, TX 11,882 75 2,566
97 Pearland, TX 112,814 174 1,813
98 Carrollton, TX 136,095 161 1,953
99 Deer Park, TX 34,156 190 1,733
100 Hidalgo, TX 13,943 157 2,087

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