The data is in for another year, and Texas is making great strides in becoming one of the safest places to live. On both state and city levels, Texans are seeing less crime and experiencing lower rates of incarceration than in previous years. According to the 2016 FBI crime reports (the most recent data available), forty-two of the top fifty safest cities had less than one violent crime per 1,000 people.

Cities large and small are experiencing this change. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the state has seen an overall drop in hate crimes, sexual assaults, and property crimes. Our list shows that not only are crime rates low in smaller towns like Brady (population 5,560) but also in larger cities like Frisco (population 162,917). Both cities had less than one violent crime per 1,000 people and property crime rates much lower than the national average. Brady’s property crime rate was 22% lower than the national average and Frisco’s was 48% lower.

Seminole, Texas, is new to our list this year and tops it as the safest place to live. With zero violent crimes and a property crime rate that’s 44% lower than the national average, it’s easy to see why cities like this are some of the fastest growing in Texas. Not only do they have the charm and pride that’s the Lone Star State’s trademark, they’re also safe, comfortable places to raise a family.

For even more information and resources on staying safe in Texas, see our Texas Safety Directory, where you’ll find tips on emergency preparedness, crime prevention, and more.

The 50 Safest Cities in Texas

1–25

1. Seminole
Population: 7,656
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property crimes per 1,000: 15.80
Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property

2. Fairview
Population: 8,685
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.2302
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.10
Total crime: 3.77% violent, 96.23% property

3. Colleyville
Population: 26,038
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.2304
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.72
Total crime: 4.03% violent, 95.97% property

4. Fulshear
Population: 8,237
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.24
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.68
Total crime: 3.64% violent, 96.36% property

5. Murphy
Population: 21,175
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.28
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.23
Total crime: 3.92% violent, 96.08% property

6. Kermit
Population: 6,596
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.30
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.46
Total crime: 5.56% violent, 94.44% property

7. Brady
Population: 5,560
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.36
Property crimes per 1,000: 21.94
Total crime: 1.64% violent, 98.36% property

8. Fair Oaks Ranch
Population: 7,723
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.39
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.83
Total crime: 6.67% violent, 93.33% property

9. Flower Mound
Population: 72,600
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.45
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.28
Total crime: 5.49% violent, 94.51% property

10. Manvel
Population: 8,645
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.46
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.49
Total crime: 3.70% violent, 96.30% property

11. Sachse
Population: 25,467
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.47
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.68
Total crime: 3.72% violent, 96.28% property

12. Memorial Villages
Population: 12,282
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.49
Property crimes per 1,000: 9.28
Total crime: 5.26% violent, 94.74% property

13. Highland Village
Population: 16,357
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.49
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.66
Total crime: 7.34% violent, 92.66% property

14. Horizon City
Population: 19,808
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.50
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.72
Total crime: 6.54% violent, 93.46% property

15. Alpine
Population: 5,939
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.51
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.75
Total crime: 6.52% violent, 93.48% property

16. Highland Park
Population: 9,316
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.54
Property crimes per 1,000: 21.36
Total crime: 2.51% violent, 97.49% property

17. West University Place
Population: 15,932
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.56
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.35
Total crime: 6.77% violent, 93.23% property

18. Southlake
Population: 30,644
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.62
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.92
Total crime: 4.80% violent, 95.20% property

19. Prosper
Population: 17,634
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.62
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.87
Total crime: 4.85% violent, 95.15% property

20. University Park
Population: 25,103
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.64
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.07
Total crime: 5.28% violent, 94.72% property

21. Keller
Population: 47,047
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.64
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.63
Total crime: 11.32% violent, 88.68% property

22. Coppell
Population: 41,654
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.65
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.39
Total crime: 5.23% violent, 94.77% property

23. Alton
Population: 16,137
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.68
Property crimes per 1,000: 17.35
Total crime: 3.93% violent, 96.07% property

24. Friendswood
Population: 39.402
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.69
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.66
Total crime: 8.94% violent, 91.06% property

25. Anna
Population: 12,233
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.74
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.95
Total crime: 6.72% violent, 93.28% property

25–50

26. Snyder
Population: 11,882
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.76
Property crimes per 1,000: 25.67
Total crime: 2.95% violent, 97.05% property

27. Frisco
Population: 162,917
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.77
Property crimes per 1,000: 14.68
Total crime: 5.27% violent, 94.73% property

28. Hutto
Population: 24,160
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.79
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.37
Total crime: 10.67% violent, 89.33% property

29. Iowa Park
Population: 6,338
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.79
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.83
Total crime: 6.67% violent, 93.33% property

30. Helotes
Population: 8,855
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.79
Property crimes per 1,000: 23.83
Total crime: 3.32% violent, 96.68% property

31. Allen
Population: 101,020
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.79
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.31
Total crime: 7.00% violent, 93.00% property

32. Fredericksburg
Population: 11,205
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.80
Property crimes per 1,000: 17.49
Total crime: 4.59% violent, 95.41% property

33. League City
Population: 101,436
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.81
Property crimes per 1,000: 19.10
Total crime: 4.23% violent, 95.77% property

34. Heath
Population: 8,400
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.83
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.60
Total crime: 14.89% violent, 85.11% property

35. Buda
Population: 15,449
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.84
Property crimes per 1,000: 17.67
Total crime: 4.76% violent, 95.24% property

36. Sugar Land
Population: 90,088
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.85
Property crimes per 1,000: 16.21
Total crime: 5.27% violent, 94.73% property

37. Cibolo
Population: 28,077
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.85
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.76
Total crime: 7.95% violent, 92.05% property

38. Melissa
Population: 8.132
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.86
Property crimes per 1,000: 10.33
Total crime: 8.33% violent, 91.67% property

39. Trophy Club
Population: 12,645
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.87
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.33
Total crime: 13.75% violent, 86.25% property

40. Rockwall
Population: 43,542
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.92
Property crimes per 1,000: 18.37
Total crime: 5.00% violent, 95.00% property

41. Alamo Heights
Population: 8,248
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.97
Property crimes per 1,000: 32.49
Total crime: 2.99% violent, 97.01% property

42. Little Elm
Population: 41,421
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.99
Property crimes per 1,000: 9.58
Total crime: 10.33% violent, 89.67% property

43. Mansfield
Population: 65,882
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.02
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.79
Total crime: 8.62% violent, 91.38% property

44. Roanoke
Population: 7,707
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.04
Property crimes per 1,000: 18.94
Total crime: 5.48% violent, 94.52% property

45. Wylie
Population: 47,772
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.05
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.60
Total crime: 12.17% violent, 87.83% property

46. Crowley
Population: 15,272
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.05
Property crimes per 1,000: 21.15
Total crime: 4.95% violent, 95.05% property

47. Seagoville
Population: 16,085
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.06
Property crimes per 1,000: 28.97
Total crime: 3.65% violent, 96.35% property

48. Prairie View
Population: 6,538
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.07
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.20
Total crime: 20.59% violent, 79.41% property

49. White Oak
Population: 6,317
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.11
Property crimes per 1,000: 19.00
Total crime: 5.83% violent, 94.17% property

50. Leander
Population: 40,650
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.13
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.19
Total crime: 10.11% violent, 89.89% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Texas

To identify the fifty safest cities in Texas, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape,

and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities Reports.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

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.

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

Written by Laura E. Hilton

Laura is a writer, teacher, and mother based out of Utah. She is passionate about making and maintaining strong, safe, healthy communities. To learn more, visit her website at lauraehilton.com. Learn more

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