The sprawling state of Texas has a lot to offer, from beautiful Gulf coastlines to wooded mountains and expansive desert grasslands. As the second largest state in the nation, and the second most populous, Texas balances the demands of thriving metropolitan cities with the needs of smaller, agricultural communities that almost seem frozen in a simpler time.
Despite the varying needs of its diverse populations, Texas does a good job at managing crime prevention and maximizing the efforts of law enforcement. Overall, Texas saw a two percent decrease in violent crimes from 2012 to 2013, and statewide incidents of property crime decreased by more than three percent.
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Those positive results are evident in the fact that 29 of the safe cities we’ve identified are making their second appearance on our list. In addition, 37 of these cities reported no murders in 2013, and 10 had zero reports of rape. Perhaps it’s the Lone Star State’s reputation for being tough on crime that helps its cities stay safe.
If you’re considering a move to Texas, consider one of the 50 safest cities on our list. With a reputation for southern-style hospitality and a commitment to security as big as the state itself, you’re bound to find the perfect place for your family among these friendly, responsible communities. And you can learn even more about personal security in Texas by consulting our Texas Safety Directory.
How We Chose the Safest Cities in Texas
To identify the 50 safest cities in Texas, we eliminated any city that didn’t report its full crime data to the FBI. Then we ruled out any city that had less than 10,000 residents in 2013. Next, we evaluated the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2013. From there, we took a look at the number of violent crimes (robbery, murder, aggravated assault, rape) as well as property crimes (arson, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft) in each city. Finally, in order to level the playing field, we determined the chance of these crimes happening out of 1,000 people.
As we mentioned, some of these cities appeared on our report from last year, so be sure to check that out to see how your city did. These are the 50 safest cities in Texas for 2015.
The friendly city of Murphy makes its debut on our list as the safest city in the great state of Texas. This Dallas suburb is home to a host of family-friendly activities that make it easy to see why more than 19,000 people love calling Murphy home. From a robust Farmer’s Market to annual events, like the Rainbow Trout Roundup, community always comes first in this thriving town.
And with only four violent crimes reported in 2013, it’s no wonder this city tops our list. Proactive programs like Neighbor 2 Neighbor cultivate a strong partnership between citizens and law enforcement. Neighbor 2 Neighbor is a chance for the local police department to get to know the people it protects during a variety of block parties held in different neighborhoods. This leads to the strong communication and trust that help make Murphy such a safe, thriving community.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.30
Although Colleyville dropped one spot since last year’s Safewise report, this friendly city still holds its own as a safe spot to settle down. According to the 2013 FBI Crime report, Colleyville had zero reports of murder, rape, or arson. And although the city’s population grew by over 600 residents from 2012 to 2013, the city’s reported property crime decreased and Colleyville still enjoys low violent crime rates.
Colleyville has a number of scenic parks and trails to keep its residents active. One spot to check out is the 46-acre Colleyville Nature Center that includes an amphitheater, nine ponds, and 3.5 miles of multi-use trails.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.37
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.16
3. Highland Village
This lakeside city may be one of the youngest on our list, incorporated in 1963, and they certainly know how to take care of their own. Highland Village captured the number three spot thanks to their impressively low crime rate, as there were just 120 total crimes reported in all of 2013 between both violent and property crime.
With a colorful history that includes Robert Duvall as the city’s first Mayor, and rumors that the idyllic location was once a hideout for notorious highwayman Sam Bass, Highland Village is a unique community full of character.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.50
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.10
4. Flower Mound
Thanks to active community programs, such as I.N. the Know, which works to prevent teen drug abuse, and an alcohol and tobacco enforcement program called FATE, Flower Mound held its number four spot on our safe cities list.
Flower Mound’s property crime decreased by 72 reported crimes, with 21 fewer reports of burglary and 55 fewer reports of larceny in 2013. In addition to keeping the streets safe, Flower Mound is growing with two new restaurants opening up and a $7 million roadway project to be completed by 2016.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.56
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.13
Originally a farming community, Hutto is known for its larger-than-life mascot, the Hutto Hippo. According to legend, a circus train stopped in Hutto in 1915 and the hippo got loose and made itself at home in the cooling mud of Cottonwood Creek. After much prodding and pulling, the hippo was finally returned to the circus but it made an impact on the citizens that remains to this day.
But Hutto has more to offer than a fun story about runaway hippos. Residents enjoy the safe streets and friendly community spirit of this Austin suburb. With only eight reported violent crimes, and zero murders in 2013, this city of almost 20,000 certainly earned its number five spot on our list.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.40
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.40
Although Canyon didn’t make the SafeWise safe cities list last year, this conscientious city managed to drop both its violent and property crime rates between 2012 and 2013. One program that helped Canyon lower the incidence of crime is the use of Amarillo Crime Stoppers and Student Crime Stoppers to get tips that can lead to arrests of suspects. The program offers a $1,000 reward to those who provide a tip that leads to an arrest.
When Canyon citizens aren’t out stopping crime, they are enjoying the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Not only is this park in the second largest canyon in the USA, it also hosts the TEXAS Outdoor Musical, a top theater attraction in the country.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.14
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.19
7. Royse City
Proclaiming their city, “A Friendly Touch of Texas,” it’s not surprising to see Royse City as one of the top ten safest cities in Texas. Not only did this city have fewer than 100 total crimes reported in 2013, but there were absolutely no reported murders, rapes, or arsons.
The sense of security that comes with such a stellar safety record adds to the warm, hometown feeling Royse City is known for. One of the best ways to experience the friendliness of Royse City is on downtown’s historic Main Street, where new businesses mix with preserved original buildings to create an atmosphere worthy of a Rockwell painting.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.69
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.08
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Keller is still in the top 10 this year, showing that its residents are still enjoying a high level of safe living. There’s been an influx of about 1,500 new residents since our last report, so word is getting out how safe Keller is. Dedicated to preserving the integrity of this growing city, Keller recently expanded their fire department by 18 personnel to assist in the education and protection of the public.
Keller’s public library won best in state the last five years and numerous city improvement projects are underway to improve and expand local roads. Instead of letting their rapid growth cause a hinderance, the people of Keller are working harder than ever to keep this city one of the best places to live in Texas.
Hewitt is the kind of place where you’ll find all the comforts of a small town without sacrificing any big city amenities. It’s the small-town atmosphere that helped Hewitt limit violent crime to just 14 reported incidents in 2013.
The dedicated police department does their part to keep the residents of Hewitt safe and sound and knows how to involve citizens in this goal as well. From their Citizens Police Academy to an active Neighborhood Watch program, the Hewitt Police Department relies on its strong partnership with Hewitt citizens to keep their community safe.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.10
10. Memorial Villages
The small communities of Memorial Villages enjoy low crime rates and an energetic police department. With only five violent crimes reported in 2013 and zero reports of murder and arson, the residents of Memorial Villages enjoy a mostly quiet city of arboreal plains and winding country roads.
To combat the six reported motor vehicle thefts in 2013, the Memorial Villages Police Department started an active awareness campaign, harnessing news channels and social media, to educate the public and hopefully prevent future thefts. It certainly appears their efforts to protect the communities of Memorial Villages are on the right track, as evidenced by their spot on our list this year.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.69
This Dallas suburb was recognized twice with the TML Municipal Excellence Award for their proactive efforts to make sure Sachse remains a safe place to call home. The awards were given for two programs designed to cut down on construction site thefts and home burglaries targeting Sachse residents of Asian descent.
Sachse hasn’t minimized its crime fighting efforts over the years. In 2013, there was only one robbery and just 50 burglaries reported in this community of more than 21,000 people. With such a commitment to safety, it’s easy to see why so many people enjoy calling this former farming community home.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.63
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.41
The neighborly community of Gatesville joins our safest cities list for the first time this year. The dedicated officers of the Gatesville Police Department managed to lower the city’s property crime from 183 reports in 2012 to 161 in 2013, according to FBI Crime data. The biggest decline was seen in reports of larceny, which were 23 fewer in 2013.
Gatesville is the “Spur Capital of Texas,” holding over 10,000 pairs of spurs in the county museum. This family-friendly community boasts quality public schools, low taxes, and great health care services. Looks like their low crime rate is the cherry on top!
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.36
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.01
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The thriving community of Cibolo started out as a railroad stop on the way to bigger cities like San Antonio and Houston, but quickly became a city in its own right. Calling itself the “City of Choice,” Cibolo is made of people who have chosen to embrace a “country-style way of life,” that embraces solid family values, strong work ethics, and enjoying the simple things in life.
A low crime rate is one more thing that Cibolo has to offer those who call this town home. In 2013, there were no murders reported, and there were less than 20 reported violent crimes. Part of Cibolo’s secret to safety success is a police department that uses a community-oriented philosophy that focuses on creating partnerships with community organizations and local residents.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.73
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.74
Traditionally recognized as an affluent community, Friendswood continues to maintain a high standard for public safety. Friendswood reported fewer violent crimes from 2012 to 2013, according to FBI Crime data. The city had two fewer reports of robbery to add to their already low violent crime rates in 2013.
Friendswood boasts quality schools, well-educated families, and a high median income. When looking at cities in Texas, and throughout the country, it is hard to find a more picturesque, engaged community than Friendswood.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.22
15. Trophy Club
Trophy Club was founded on high aspirations and strong civic pride. Established as a residential community surrounding the local country club, the town’s name came from their original intention to house a bevy of trophies from golf legend Ben Hogan.
But this wealthy Fort Worth suburb has more than golf trophies to be proud of. Thanks to low reports of both violent and property crime in 2013, Trophy Club became one of the safest cities to call home in Texas. There were no murders and only nine total violent crimes reported, making your odds of falling victim to a violent crime in this attractive city less than one in 1,000.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.88
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.71
In 2011, Corinth became a “recognized” police agency by the Texas Police Chiefs’ Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program. This requires the Corinth Police Department to comply with 164 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices aimed at the reduction of risk and the protection of citizens.
Clearly Corinth’s participation is paying off. Between 2012 and 2013, Corinth reduced their reports of both violent crime and property crime. Violent crime went from 34 reports to 14, the biggest difference seen in their reports of aggravated assault dropping from 31 to seven in one year. Reports of property crime also dropped from 297 to 230, going from 73 reports of burglary to only 38, and 213 reports of larceny to 179. If this trend continues, Corinth will be on its way to the number one spot in no time.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.67
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.11
As one of the fastest-growing Austin suburbs, it might seem like keeping crime off the streets of Leander would be a tough job in this city of just over 30,000 citizens. But the Leander Police Department definitely seems to be up to the task. This is the city’s second year on our safe cities list and crime is still held to a minimum in this active, family-centered town.
In 2013, Leander’s total reported violent crimes dropped from 41 in 2012 to 26, with zero counts of murder and just four incidents of robbery. Thanks to the unending efforts of Leander’s citizens and law enforcement officers, this remains a great place to raise a family, run a business, and make lasting memories.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.84
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.96
Despite having grown by almost 1,500 residents between 2012 and 2013, Wylie managed to reduce incidents of property crime by 87 reports, according to the FBI’s crime data. Reports of burglary decreased by 25 and there were 52 fewer reports of larceny in 2013. Wylie deserves praise for their ability to keep property crime down, even during the influx of residents.
The city recently started adamantly promoting a number of community activities and initiatives designed to bring the Wylie Police Department and residents closer together. The Wylie Youth Enrichment Program is designed to teach kids about the dangers of drug abuse and the Ride Against Crime promotes police activity awareness.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.70
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.65
19. University Park
University Park is a community that lives up to its name. Boasting a well-educated population and miles of verdant parklands, this city offers a well-rounded experience to those who call it home. University Park has plenty to be proud of when it comes to their safety record. This city of more than 24,000 reported just eight violent crimes and one count of arson. Residents can certainly rest easy knowing that their bustling community remains safe.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.33
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.31
20. Little Elm
Since last year’s report, over 2,700 new residents flocked to the supportive community of Little Elm. The Little Elm Police Department is doing their best to address the influx in residents and preventing motor vehicle theft and burglary. The H.E.A.T. (Help End Auto Theft) program, for example, helps law enforcement identify stolen cars throughout the state and Mexico. Proactive programs such as this will help keep Little Elm on our list for years to come.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.54
It might be thriving programs like Allen’s Citizens Police Academy that helped this booming city hold on to the number 21 spot on our list two years in a row. The low rates of both property and violent crime are even more impressive when you consider that there are nearly 100,000 people living in Allen.
Despite a large population, there were only 62 total violent crimes reported in 2013, and the number of reported property crimes decreased by more than 200 – from 1,432 in 2012 to 1,205 in 2013. Whether you call Allen home or are drawn to visit the city’s many community activities and parks, you’ll be able to enjoy everything Allen has to offer without having to worry about the safety of your family.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.67
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.19
New to the safe cities list this year, Lakeway is an intimate community nestled on the south shore of Lake Travis. Picturesque in many ways, Lakeway offers a number of scenic parks and engaging art and culture activities that bring residents of this town together.
Although Lakeway garnered over 800 new residents between 2012 and 2013, the city managed to lower their violent and property crime reports. Most notably, Lakeway had five fewer reports of violent crime in 2013. Annual events such as Public Safety Day and the Christmas Gala help the residents of Lakeway stay connected with their police department as they promote charity and preventative actions.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.24
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.95
23. Horizon City
Tucked away in El Paso County, Horizon City is a community where the predominant population is younger families. And it would be hard to find a much safer place to raise your children or grow old with your soul mate. In 2013, there were zero reports of murder or rape, and only 13 total violent crimes were reported.
Helping to keep Horizon City’s residents from harm is the police department, which offers a variety of community and crime prevention programs. From car seat inspections to delivering canned food to those in need during the holidays, the Horizon City police force goes out of its way to make sure its city is a safe, friendly place to call home.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.66
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.68
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This green community maintains a comfortable spot on our safe cities list this year, managing to reduce reports of violent and property crime from 2012 to 2013. Their police department recorded 10 fewer violent crimes in the year timeframe, as well as 29 fewer reports of burglary and 69 fewer reports of larceny.
Known for their farmer’s markets and organic community gardens, Coppell continues to promote active, healthy living. The Keep Coppell Beautiful initiative garnered the city a number of state and national awards for their green and community programs, such as the Coppell Green Team.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.33
25. The Colony
Making its second appearance on our list, The Colony is a modern city that embraces old-fashioned values. The Colony has a thriving community of volunteerism and prides itself on being a place where you find “neighbors helping neighbors.”
The Friends of The Colony volunteer program gives citizens of all ages a chance to donate their time and energy to either ongoing programs or on-time events, like the Up, Up & Away Festival of Flight. The festival, which debuts this year, gives kite lovers the chance to show off their skills in the blue skies of The Colony. Perhaps these opportunities for community service are what helped The Colony remain one of the safest cities in Texas for two years running.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.93
26. Cedar Park
With an increase of almost 8,000 residents in a single year, it’s no wonder Cedar Park was noted as one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Only 20 minutes from downtown Austin, Cedar Park remains a lively suburb with a high standard of living.
The local police force successfully lowered violent crime by 40 reported incidents. Much of that improvement comes from Cedar Park’s active reduction of gang-related crime, which has been an important aspect in making the streets safe for residents and visitors.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.19
Historic buildings, rows of blooming flowers, and an excellent safety record are just some of the reasons to pay attention to the city of Georgetown. For the second year in a row, Georgetown proved itself as one of the safest cities in Texas, thanks to factors like low reports of violent crime – just 71 in 2013.
Thanks to those low numbers, your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime is just over one in 1,000. This city looks after all of its citizens, including those on four legs. Residents turn out in droves to support the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter in their annual Art for Animals fundraiser. There’s no denying Georgetown is a great place to call home for everyone, even your furry friends.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.31
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.24
Socorro is making its second appearance on our safe cities in Texas list and even lowered its reports of burglary by 10 incidents since last year’s list. We’re impressed to see the work of the Socorro Police Department, which is working on increasing transparency and addressing citizen’s concerns. A recent open-door policy created a space for residents to alert the police force to issues that need immediate attention.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.95
The quaint seaside town of Seabrook is making its first appearance on our safe cities list. Not only do visitors and residents get to enjoy the slow pace and relaxed lifestyle of the beautiful Texas coast, but all your big city needs can be met just 30 miles away in the thriving metropolis of Houston.
Providing the finishing touch to the resort feel of this charming village is the great track record of local law enforcement. In 2013, there were absolutely no murders, arsons, or rapes reported in Seabrook. Thanks to those reassuring numbers, residents and visitors alike can relax enjoy the many activities available along Seabrook’s 11 miles of waterfront.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.54
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Pflugerville’s police department has been doing something right. Overall violent crime decreased from 2012 to 2013. Murder went from one reported incident to zero and reports of burglary dropped from 140 to only 92.
Although Pflugerville’s numbers are in a state of growth, it’s clear that the police force is working to protect and serve their citizens. This popular town’s population grew by over 3,500 residents in a single year, so it’s understandable that the police department has to adjust to the needs of its growing constituents. But looking at Pflugerville’s track record as one of the safest big cities in Texas, it seems that they’ll continue to make Pflugerville a great place to live.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.11
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.50
With its roots in traditional, rural living, it’s not a surprise to use that the close-knit community of Southlake claimed a spot on our safe cities list for the second year in a row. Southlake is made up of picturesque neighborhoods designed to maximize beauty and convenience for those who call it home.
For a city of over 28,000 people, it is impressive to note that there were only 14 violent crimes reported in 2013. And that’s good news because no one wants to be concerned with crime when there are great community events like Art in the Square and Oktoberfest to keep young and old involved in the community year-round.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.49
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.24
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This Dallas suburb makes the SafeWise safe cities list once again this year. Rowlett managed to reduce reports of property crime by quite a bit. From 1,007 reports in 2012 to 897 in 2013, the police force clearly took on the challenge of reducing property crime throughout the city.
Although Rowlett has long offered a number of residential and business services aimed at crime prevention and quick police action, the Rowlett Police Department started a new visibility campaign to make community members and business owners more aware of the services they provide. A growing population can be difficult to manage, but like many of the cities on our list this year, Rowlett is doing it swiftly and with grace.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.40
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.41
With a name like Prosper, this small Texas town is poised for greatness. Proclaiming itself a “place where everyone matters,” Prosper makes good on its motto by keeping all who walk its streets as safe as possible. Thanks to Prosper’s concerned citizens and dedicated law enforcement, your chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in this city are less than one in 1,000.
It’s easy to see that the Prosper Police Department does a whole lot more than make traffic stops. From The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center to conducting home security checks for homeowners, the devoted men and women in blue go above and beyond to keep Prosper a safe, thriving place to live.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.95
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.15
34. Sulphur Springs
New to our safe cities list this year, Sulphur Springs is a quaint rural community that makes friendliness a priority. The town’s values come through in their FBI crime statistics. Most notably, Sulphur Springs lowered their reports of aggravated assault from 36 to 15 between 2012 and 2013.
The local police department is the city’s largest department in both manpower and funds expended. In addition to law enforcement, Sulphur Springs spends much of their energy on their parks system. The city has three large city parks that have each been renovated with modern playground equipment and sports fields for the residents’ enjoyment.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.82
35. Missouri City
Started as a railroad town in the mid to late 1800s, Missouri City has remained a strong, tight-knit community where neighbors are more like friends. It’s this sense of community that helped Missouri City claim its place as one of the safest cities in the state for a second year.
Just like last year, there were no murders or arsons reported on the most recent FBI crime statistics. Add to that fact, there were only 72 total violent crimes reported in this city of nearly 70,000. Filled with thriving businesses and healthy, young families, Missouri City is a place to consider, whether you’re looking to make a move or enjoy a nice weekend away.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.03
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.56
Just northeast of San Antonio, Schertz is knows as a family friendly community with affordable housing and well-educated citizens. Schertz is also known for its safe city streets, making this list two years in a row.
Reports of violent crime stayed relatively the same between 2012 and 2013, but the city’s reports of property crime have decreased. Reports of arson went from four in 2012 to zero in 2013 and there were 15 fewer reports of motor vehicle theft in that year time span. Furthermore, the city recently received an award for excellence in transparency of financial information. It looks like SafeWise’s stamp of approval is another honor this safe city can celebrate.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.89
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.35
37. La Porte
Nestled along the idyllic Galveston Bay, La Porte offers everything you want from a seaside community, including the freedom to enjoy the sights and sounds without fearing for your safety. Thanks to minimizing reports of both violent and property crime in 2013, this waterfront town made our list of safe cities for the second time.
Nothing will be able to hold you back from enjoying abundant bird watching, soaking in the sun on Sylvan Beach, or taking in the fountains at the Five Points Towne Plaza. Your fun will only be sweetened by the fact that you only have a one in 1,000 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in La Porte.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.10
Recently recognized by NerdWallet as the fourth best small city for families in the country, Kyle clearly has a lot to offer. Besides safe streets, Kyle also offers affordable housing and an active, family-centric vibe that engages the whole community.
Despite having grown by 2,000 residents between 2012 and 2013, Kyle managed to lower reports of violent crime by 17 instances, according to FBI crime data. Although property crime did increase slightly over that year, the Kyle police force still managed to reduce reports of burglary from 103 instances to 75. This promising community doesn’t seem like it will stay small for long and is deserving of all of the praise it gets.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.83
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.47
This growing city managed to preserve its small-town feeling even as the population expands to more than 60,000. But regardless of sustained growth, Mansfield managed to keep crime so low that it is being recognized for the second year as one of Texas’ safest places to live.
In 2013, there were no arsons, one murder, and just 23 robberies reported, according to the FBI’s most recent statistics. The sense of safety on Mansfield’s streets only adds to the success of this lively community. Boasting an enviable quality of life, over 500 acres of green space and parks, and a charming downtown business district, Mansfield offers something for everyone.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.31
Rockwall is a safety success story. Although the town’s population increased by over 1,000 residents between 2012 and 2013, the city managed to lower both their violent and property crime. Reports of violent crime dropped from 42 instances to 25 and property crime dropped from 858 reports to 733. In 2013, there were 42 fewer reports of burglary and 101 fewer reports of larceny.
Rockwall’s police department should be commended for the low crime reports in this city. Their department offers excellent victim’s assistance, avid community service programs, and counts on citizens to be vigilant crime stoppers.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.04
Known as the “City of Homes,” Bellaire is a mostly residential community where the values of family and friendship still reign supreme. The oak-lined streets and quaint architecture add to the sense of comfort and well-being that is easy to feel when visiting this southeast Texas town.
And threats of crime and violence aren’t going to shatter this town’s bucolic atmosphere. In fact, their impressive safety record led to Bellaire’s recognition as one of our safe cities. There were only 13 violent crimes reported in 2013, with zero murders or rapes, and just four aggravated assaults. With a strong small-town feeling and the proximity of seven universities and colleges, Bellaire offers its residents and visitors everything they need to enjoy and improve their lives.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.73
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.61
New to our safe cities list, Richmond boasts zero reports of murder and arson and only 13 reports of motor vehicle theft in 2013. Between 2012 and 2013, Richmond managed to lower their property crime rates, most notably experiencing 28 fewer reports of burglary, according to FBI crime data.
Richmond is actively working on improving their city through a number of plans and initiatives. Recently breaking ground on a new City Surface Water Treatment Facility and developing a comprehensive master plan to act as a roadmap toward growth and prosperity over the next few years in Richmond.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.47
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.03
Not only is Frisco making its second appearance as one of Texas’ safest cities, but this family-centered community was named the Best Place in Texas for Young Families by Nerdwallet. This community thrives when it comes to education, potential income growth, median home value, and keeping its residents and visitors safe.
In addition to offering abundant opportunities for young families, Frisco also offers low violent and property crime rates. This city of more than 130,000 saw only 100 reported violent crimes in 2013. That makes your chance of falling victim to violent crime less than one in 1,000, which is almost unheard of for a city of this size. Whether you’re looking for safety or a bright future for your family, Frisco may be the perfect place to call home.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.75
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.02
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Moving up two spots from last year, Watauga graces our safe cities list again, managing to improve their crime statistics in almost every area between 2012 and 2013. From six reports of rape to zero, 46 reports of violent crime to 22, and 518 reports of property crime to 459, Watauga made huge progress in local safety in only a year.
Watauga used citizens to grow their police department, with added community services and the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program. Watauga is already a city full of active, philanthropic citizens, so getting the community involved in crime reporting and prevention doesn’t seem like a hard leap, and it’s certainly paid off.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.90
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.95
The rustic, sprawling lands of Midlothian are spotted with white rail fences and longhorn cattle. And it’s not just the first impression of this city that looks perfect; Midlothian also has a nearly perfect record when it comes to protecting its residents from crime. This city, which is the cement industry hub for Texas, had no murders and just five robberies reported in 2013.
Proactive crime prevention programs are a key element to the success of the Midlothian Police Department. From working with neighborhoods to organize effective Neighborhood Watch programs, to keeping an eye on your house while you’re away, the officers who serve and protect Midlothian are on the case 24/7 to make sure families stays safe and sound.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.28
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.5
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Making its first appearance on our safe cities list this year, Forney impressively reduced reports of violent crime by two and larceny by 53. Forney has an active mobile alert system that keeps citizens involved, prepared, and active in crime prevention.
Besides impressive crime rates, Forney boasts a 5,000 seat outdoor amphitheater, the Spellman Amphitheater, that attracts performers from across the nation and is home to a weekly movie night. Young families and business owners will find Forney the perfect place to settle down due to the city’s vibrant community and active city development plan.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.94
Settled as a farming community by two brothers, Robinson is still rooted in the strength of families and citizens who are willing to work together. Two of the city’s most active organizations are Paint the Town and the Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry. Paint the Town started as a church youth group committed to service within the community, but due to overwhelming interest the group expanded to invite any Robinson resident to participate.
It’s that kind of civic responsibility that helped Robinson gain recognition as one of the safest cities in Texas. In 2013, this city reported no rapes, one murder, and just two robberies. Add to that zero counts of arson and seven motor vehicle thefts, and it’s easy to see why this community-minded city is making a difference for the safety and well-being of its citizens.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.69
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.77
48. Sugar Land
As the fourth largest Texas city on our list this year, Sugar Land’s safe streets are impressive. This is the second year in a row that Sugar Land made it on our list and they’re reporting 30 fewer incidents of burglary than what appeared in last year’s list.
Sugar Land wants to continue growing into a beautiful, well-rounded community. To aid in accomplishing this goal, the city recently approved $31.5 million in bonds that will be used to grow and improve city parks. In Sugar Land, quality of life matters, and that’s clear in the city’s priorities as they work to improve.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.32
Pearland is nestled on the Gulf Coast, and known for safe neighborhoods, exceptional schools, and an affordable cost of living. This superb quality of life is no doubt one reason this city kept crime rates low enough to land on our list two years in a row.
With just 152 violent crimes reported in 2013 for this city of 98,000, it’s hard to believe the Pearland Police Department has time for the many outreach programs they sponsor. And crime prevention begins with the youngsters in Pearland. The Community Services Division offers children’s presentations, bicycle registration, and partnerships with school officials, all in the name of keeping Pearland’s present and future as safe as possible.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.54
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.63
50. Port Neches
Set along the west coast of the Neches River, this community is a calm, serene place to call home. Proud of their abundance of recreational activities and quality school district, this riverfront community is an ideal city to call home.
Port Neches, new to the safe cities list this year, reduced reports of property crime by 28 incidents between 2012 and 2013. Their active police department participates in Neighborhood Watch, National Night Out, and practices active department transparency. The trust built between Port Neches residents and the police department is evident in their safe cities ranking this year.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.89
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.71
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