The 50 Safest Cities in Texas—2017

Jan 2, 2018 |

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes public safety. Crime rates are dropping across the state, with Texas leading the way for diminishing urban crime rates. According to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, the crime rate in five of Texas’s most populated cities dropped an average of 6.48% between 2014 and 2015.1

This is encouraging news that makes Texas a state to watch for innovative public safety initiatives. Even though the state’s overall property and violent crime rates are slightly higher than the national averages, every city that made our safest cities list is well below national crime rates. Seventy-eight percent of these fifty cities reported zero murders to the FBI in 2015. And there were only fifteen total murders or nonnegligent homicides reported among all of the top fifty safest cities.

Forty-four of the cities on our list are making their second consecutive appearance as one of the Lone Star State’s safest places to live. Overall, 80% of this year’s safest cities reported fewer than ten robberies, 96% reported fewer than five arsons, and 20% reported zero incidents of rape.

Texans aren’t shy about their hometown pride, and if you’re lucky enough to call any of its fifty safest cities home, you have one more thing to brag about. Do your part to help keep Texas crime rates low by checking out our Texas Safety Directory for resources on everything from Neighborhood Watch programs to home security.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Texas

To identify the safest cities in Texas, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 10,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Trophy Club 

Previous Rank: 2

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.37

2. Colleyville 

Previous Rank: 1

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.55
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.14

3. Murphy 

Previous Rank: 5

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.82
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.05

4. Little Elm ↑

Previous Rank: 11

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.99
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.97

5. Hutto 

Previous Rank: 7

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.76
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.72

6. Memorial Villages ↓

Previous Rank: 3

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.49
Property Crime per 1,000: 7.08

7. Flower Mound 

Previous Rank: 12

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crime per 1,000: 7.14

8. Keller

Previous Rank: 8

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.51
Property Crime per 1,000: 7.31

9. Wylie 

Previous Rank: 19

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.94
Property Crime per 1,000: 7.59

10. Highland Village 

Previous Rank: 4

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.86
Property Crime per 1,000: 7.83

11. Friendswood 

Previous Rank: 10

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.72
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.14

12. Prosper 

Previous Rank: 32

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.57
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.99

13. Cibolo 

Previous Rank: 20

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.90
Property Crime per 1,000: 10.02

14. Corinth

Previous Rank: 14

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.28
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.77

15. Anna

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.07
Property Crime per 1,000: 10.15

16. Allen 

Previous Rank: 24

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.83
Property Crime per 1,000: 10.77

17. Royse City 

Previous Rank: 9

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.71
Property Crime per 1,000: 9.90

18. University Park 

Previous Rank: 22

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.12
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.57

19. Socorro 

Previous Rank: 26

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.15
Property Crime per 1,000: 10.60

20. Sachse ↓

Previous Rank: 13

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.57
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.24

21. Lakeway 

Previous Rank: 18

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.06
Property Crime per 1,000: 10.76

22. Horizon City ↑

Previous Rank: 30

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.90
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.15

23. Robinson 

Previous Rank: 25

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.98
Property Crime per 1,000: 10.14 

24. Roma

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.97
Property Crime per 1,000: 10.23

25. Southlake 

Previous Rank: 27

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.34
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.88

26. Leander 

Previous Rank: 21

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.38
Property Crime per 1,000: 10.97

27. Hewitt 

Previous Rank: 16

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.05
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.46

28. Coppell 

Previous Rank: 23

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.63
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.93

29. Canyon 

Previous Rank: 6

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.63
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.15

30. Gatesville 

Previous Rank: 42

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.51
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.32

31. West University Place ↓

Previous Rank: 17

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.57
Property Crime per 1,000: 12.46

32. The Colony 

Previous Rank: 15

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.66
Property Crime per 1,000: 11.93

33. Georgetown

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.40
Property Crime per 1,000: 12.37

34. Midlothian 

Previous Rank: 44

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.06
Property Crime per 1,000: 12.73

35. Seabrook 

Previous Rank: 29

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.77
Property Crime per 1,000: 12.16

36. Fredericksburg 

Previous Rank: 61

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.27
Property Crime per 1,000: 14.31

37. Cedar Park 

Previous Rank: 36

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.63
Property Crime per 1,000: 13.73

38. Forney

Previous Rank: 38

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.26
Property Crime per 1,000: 14.52

39. Clute 

Previous Rank: 33

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.49
Property Crime per 1,000: 14.43

40. Santa Fe 

Previous Rank: 62

Violent Crime per 1,000: 2.46
Property Crime per 1,000: 13.48

41. Pflugerville 

Previous Rank: 37

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.35
Property Crime per 1,000: 14.78

42. Mansfield 

Previous Rank: 34

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.91
Property Crime per 1,000: 15.26

43. Bellaire 

Previous Rank: 51

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.13
Property Crime per 1,000: 15.26

44. Frisco 

Previous Rank: 46

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.91
Property Crime per 1,000: 15.58

45. Alton 

Previous Rank: 39

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.69
Property Crime per 1,000: 15.98

46. Rowlett 

Previous Rank: 28

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.90
Property Crime per 1,000: 14.78

47. Sugar Land 

Previous Rank: 40

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.93
Property Crime per 1,000: 16.55

48. Lumberton 

Previous Rank: 35

Violent Crime per 1,000: 2.10
Property Crime per 1,000: 15.43

49. Kyle 

Previous Rank: 41

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.82
Property Crime per 1,000: 15.75

50. Schertz

Previous Rank: 50

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.73
Property Crime per 1,000: 16.10

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 50?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

51. McKinney 52. La Porte 53. Stephenville
54. Rockwall 55. Lake Jackson 56. Rosenberg
57. League City 58. Missouri City 59. Plano
60. Deer Park 61. Sulphur Springs 62. Round Rock
63. Port Neches 64. Universal City 65. Saginaw
66. Richardson 67. Euless 68. Pearland
69. Burleson 70. Glenn Heights 71. Rio Grande City
72. Grapevine 73. Benbrook 74. El Paso
75. Galena Park 76. Angleton 77. Converse
78. Carrollton 79. Weatherford 80. Hidalgo
81. Freeport 82. Watauga 83. Grand Prairie
84. Crowley 85. Bonham 86. North Richland Hills
87. Lewisville 88. Farmers Branch 89. Mission
90. Jacinto City 91. College Station 92. Pearsall
93. Dickinson 94. Huntsville 95. Pharr
96. Hereford 97. Denton 98. Brenham
99. White Settlement 100. Bedford

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2018 or select the city nearest you in the drop down menu below.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email safestcities@safewise.com.


1. Brennan Center for Justice, “Crime in 2015: A Final Analysis

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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