10 Safest Cities In Texas For 2019

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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. BBQ. Fried Okra.

They all may create an instant heart attack which isn't so safe for you. But you know what is safe? The places in Texas we are going to talk about today.

While Texans love their beaches, rodeos, and well, Texas, they like being safe and sound at home more than anything. According to our other analysis, Texas ranks #26 richest in America and we ranked the state as the 38th safest. Oil, architecture, engineering, and power are some of Texas's top industries.

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. So the question remains, where are the safest cities in the cowboy state?

Here are the 10 safest places to live in Texas for 2019:

  1. Kermit (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Fair Oaks Ranch (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Melissa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Colleyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Fairview (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Murphy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Memorial Villages (Homes For Sale)
  8. Trophy Club (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Keller (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Heath (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What city is the safest place to live in texas for 2019? Well according to the FBI data we crunched, Kermit is the safest place to live in texas if you care about low crime.

I'm sure it is no surprise to the residents of Kermit that they ranked number one. It is, however, very crowded at the top: the list of safe and comfortable places to live in texas is quite long.

So, read on to see how we crunched the numbers and how your city compared to the top ten.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Texas, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Texas For 2019

Kermit, TX
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Population: 6,459
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 216 (1st safest)
More on Kermit: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

We bet Kermit is hopping happy to see us list them as the safest place to live in Texas.

A small city located in Winkler County, the city has the best violent and property crimes per capita of any city in Texas. There wasn't a single violent crime here in 2017!

The city was named for Kermit Roosevelt after a visit by his father Theodore Roosevelt to the county.

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
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Population: 9,042
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 464 (5th safest)
More on Fair Oaks Ranch: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Fair Oaks Ranch ranks as the second safest city in Texas thanks to blend of moderate safety in both categories.

It could be fair to say that Fair Oaks Ranch is a fairly great place to live.

It's a burb of San Antonio and should have a fair on the fairgrounds each year if doesn't. I can see it now "Come to the Fair Oaks Ranch fairgrounds for the Texas state fair."

Melissa, TX
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Population: 9,270
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 28)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 43 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 366 (3rd safest)
More on Melissa: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Melissa has been growing like a weed thanks in part to the huge jump in safety -- a cool 28 place jump in the rankings.

To be honest, in my eight years of ranking cities, I don't think I've ever seen such a jump before. The good people of Melissa must be doing something right.

Melissa is a city in Collin County, Texas

Colleyville, TX
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Population: 26,737
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 575 (8th safest)
More on Colleyville: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Colleyville is a city and suburb of Fort Worth located in northeast Tarrant County and it fell from atop it's perch of the safest place in Texas this year.

A small increase in property crime is to blame, but nothing to get worried about as it still has 10 on our SnackAbility Score -- putting it in the top 5% of places to live in the country.

Fairview, TX
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Population: 8,547
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 643 (14th safest)
More on Fairview: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Fairview represents the midpoint on our list of the ten safest cities in Texas for 2019.

Fairview is a town in Collin County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and is adjacent to the 289-acre Heard Wildlife Sanctuary.

That sanctuary must be rubbing off on humans as the violent crime rate in the city ranks as the 4th best in Texas.

Murphy, TX
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Population: 20,926
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 28 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 606 (11th safest)
More on Murphy: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Murphy, or I would probably call it, Murph, ranks as the sixth safest city in Texas, unchanged from it's ranking last year.

The suburb of Dallas dates back to the 1800s, which is probably why it's so safe -- people pay more attention around old things.

7. Memorial Villages
Memorial Villages, TX
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Population: 12,319
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 8 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 689 (18th safest)
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Memorial Villages is a fun creation of the FBI data collectors. It has jumped up in safety in recent years thanks to a lack of violent crimes relative to the rest of Texas.

It now ranks as the 7th safest city in Texas.

Trophy Club, TX
Source: Town of Trophy Club
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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: PhotosSearch 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?

Keller, TX
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Population: 47,892
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 52 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 626 (13th safest)
More on Keller: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Continuing the trend of what are essentially last names ranking really well for safety in Texas, Keller comes in at ninth.

The city doesn't really stand out for either of the criteria, instead it just ranks well above average for both.

Keller advertises itself as "successfully balancing big-city comforts with small-town charm."

Heath, TX
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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: PhotosSearch 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

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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 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)
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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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Texas according to the data:

  1. Bellmead
  2. Donna
  3. Humble
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Texas For 2019?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Kermit, TX 6,459 0 216
2 Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 9,042 33 464
3 Melissa, TX 9,270 43 366
4 Colleyville, TX 26,737 18 575
5 Fairview, TX 8,547 11 643
6 Murphy, TX 20,926 28 606
7 Memorial Villages, TX 12,319 8 689
8 Trophy Club, TX 12,999 15 676
9 Keller, TX 47,892 52 626
10 Heath, TX 8,638 46 717

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