The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Houston For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Houston are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Houston.
Safest Neighborhoods In Houston
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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Houston are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Houston. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Houston neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Houston in 2020? That would be West University. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Houston.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Houston neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Houston that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Houston.

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How We Determined The Safest Houston Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Houston.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 26 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Houston.’ We’re lookin’ at you, West University.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Houston. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Houston For 2020

West University Houston, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,360
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 119
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,562
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West University Place is surrounded by the cities of Bellaire, Houston, and Southside Place.

As of 2011, West University Place has the fifth highest fraction of households with incomes $150,000 or greater.

Almost all street names in West University Place are allusions to universities, colleges, and poets.

The violent crime per 100K people in West University comes in at 119 and the property crime per capita is 1,562 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 90,207
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 226
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,093
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The violent crime per 100K people in Far Northeast comes in at 226 and the property crime per capita is 2,093 for 2020.

Midtown Houston, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,409
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 438
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,651
More on Midtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Midtown is a central neighborhood of Houston, located west-southwest of Downtown. Separated from Downtown by an elevated section of Interstate 45, Midtown is characterized by a continuation of Downtown’s square grid street plan, anchored by Main Street and the METRORail Red Line. Midtown is bordered by Neartown to the west, the Museum District to the south, and Interstate 69 to the east. Midtown’s 325 blocks cover 1.24 square miles and contained an estimated population of nearly 8,600 in 2015.

The violent crime per 100K people in Midtown comes in at 438 and the property crime per capita is 1,651 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 143,203
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 368
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,220
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The violent crime per 100K people in Pasadina comes in at 368 and the property crime per capita is 2,220 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 108,921
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 605
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,027
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The violent crime per 100K people in Southwest comes in at 605 and the property crime per capita is 2,027 for 2020.

Greater Memorial Houston, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 35,799
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,875
More on Greater Memorial: Homes For Sale | Data

The Memorial area is well-known for its forested neighborhoods that straddle Buffalo Bayou, which feature a rich variety of residential architecture. The area is also home to a number of dense mixed-use districts, including Memorial City, Town & Country Village, and CityCentre. A large portion of the Energy Corridor, a major business district populated by many energy corporations, overlaps with west Memorial along Eldridge Parkway. Memorial takes its name from Memorial Drive, a major east-west thoroughfare which bisects the area.

The violent crime per 100K people in Greater Memorial comes in at 197 and the property crime per capita is 2,875 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 143,332
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 522
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,395
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The violent crime per 100K people in Spring Branch comes in at 522 and the property crime per capita is 2,395 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 186,971
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 741
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,076
More on Bellaire: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Bellaire comes in at 741 and the property crime per capita is 2,076 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 139,738
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 434
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,671
More on West Houston: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in West Houston comes in at 434 and the property crime per capita is 2,671 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 125,992
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 703
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,175
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The violent crime per 100K people in Sugarland comes in at 703 and the property crime per capita is 2,175 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Houston

Looking at the data, you can tell that West University 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.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Houston For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 West University 1,681
2 Far Northeast 2,319
3 Midtown 2,089
4 Pasadina 2,588
5 Southwest 2,632
6 Greater Memorial 3,072
7 Spring Branch 2,917
8 Bellaire 2,817
9 West Houston 3,105
10 Sugarland 2,878
11 Meyerland 2,943
12 Downtown 3,441
13 Rice 3,862
14 Greater Heights 4,213
15 Northwest 3,859
16 River Oaks 4,824
17 Southeast 3,863
18 Westchase 3,877
19 Galleria-Uptown 4,478
20 East End 3,981
21 North 4,126
22 Rice Military 6,493
23 Northeast 4,295
24 Montrose 6,565
25 Medical 5,450
26 Far North 5,227

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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