Texas’s Safest Cities of 2024

Rebecca Edwards
Apr 08, 2024
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SafeWise is pleased to release the 10th annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Texas for 2024

See crime rates for the safest cities.

Texans’ concern about safety dropped 14% (from 66% to 57%) in our most recent State of Safety survey. Even so, Texans are still more concerned about safety than the national average of 47%.

But those who call one of Texas’s 50 safest cities home may be less concerned due to significantly lower rates of crime than the rest of the state.

In this report

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NOTE: If your city is missing from our full report, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2022.

2024 Texas crime rates

Texas's crime rates are above nationwide rates for violent crime and property crime.

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Even though Texas’ crime rates are higher than national averages, The Lone Star State's safest cities boast 84% less violent crime and 66% less property crime than the rest of the state.

That said, the state saw a slight uptick in violent crime this year, rising from 4.6 to 5.1 incidents per 1,000 people. The property crime rate also rose from 21.9 to 23.4 incidents per 1,000 people.

Property crime in Texas: Fear vs. reality

Texans are 22% more concerned about property crime than most Americans. Higher concern may be what’s motivating Texans to invest in property protection measures more than other Americans. 

  • Texas is ranked 12th in states with the highest property crime rates.
  • 63% of Texans are worried that property crime will happen to them (US 52%).
  • 69% of Texans are concerned about package theft (US 53%)
  • Larceny theft is the biggest form of property crime in Texas, with 7,529 larceny thefts reported in the safest cities.
  • 41% of Texas survey participants use security cameras as property protection (US 26%), making it the most popular form of protection. Security systems came in second, followed by guard animals in third. 

What security measures do Texans use most?

Security measures used most in Texas: security cameras, security systems, guard dogs.

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What crimes are Texas residents most concerned about?

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

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Violent crime in Texas: Fear vs. reality

Concern about violent crime is 2 percentage points higher in Texas than the previous survey year. That jump in concern reflects a rising violent crime rate statewide. Texans expressed the fifth-highest overall concern about gun violence in the nation.

  • The Lone Star State is the 9th highest on our list for violent crimes.
  • 44% of survey participants use some form of personal protection—higher than the national average of 36%.
  • Pepper spray is the most common form of personal protection used in Texas, with 52% of respondents saying they use it. Pocket knives came in third with 32%.
  • 2% of Texans say they use no form of personal protection (the national average is 3%).

Attitudes about gun violence in Texas

  • 67% said they worry about gun violence (US 51%).
  • 11% reported having experience with gun violence (US 12%). That's down 31% from the year before.
  • Firearms come in fourth as a preferred method of property protection.
  • Concealed carry firearms are the most used self-defense item. 

A closer look at the safest cities in Texas

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • 313 cities met criteria to be considered for ranking.
  • Melissa rose 21 spots to make it to the #1 spot this year.
  • Trophy Club dropped eight spots on the list from being tied at #2 last year and Fulshear dropped from #2 to #3 this year.
  • Iowa Park is new to the list and made it to #4.
  • All top ten cities reported zero murders.
  • Eight of the top 10 cities reported zero robberies. 
  • Fairview was the only city that reported no murders, rapes, and robberies. 

The 50 safest cities in Texas

Silhouette of Texas with pins marking where the safest cities are located.

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Melissa, Texas
#1
Melissa
(
+20
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,071
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.2, 0.7, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    3.2, 6.5, 7.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
San Elizario, Texas
#2
San Elizario
(
+6
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,080
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.4, 0.8, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    3.2, 3.0, 2.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Fulshear, Texas
#3
Fulshear
(
-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,058
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.2, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    5.6, 4.7, 3.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Iowa Park, Texas
#4
Iowa Park
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,595
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.5, N/A, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    4.1, N/A, 6.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Colleyville, Texas
#5
Colleyville
(
+4
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,897
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.5, 0.7, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    4.4, 3.8, 5.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Fate, Texas
#6
Fate
(
+6
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,955
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.5, 0.7, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 20221
    4.3, 4.5, 5.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Heath, Texas
#7
Heath
(
+3
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,661
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.5, 0.8, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    5.3, 3.4, 4.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#8
Sachse
(
+15
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    31,317
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.3, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    6.9, 7.4, 6.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Trophy Club, Texas
#9
Trophy Club
(
-8
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,794
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.4, 0.1, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    5.9, 4.6, 4.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#10
Fort Stockton
(
+14
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,411
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.7, 0.7, 2.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    4.4, 6.7, 12.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Fairview, Texas
#11
Fairview
(
-6
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,917
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.5, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    6.4, 4.9, 4.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Wylie, Texas
#12
Wylie
(
+6
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    60,910
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.6, 0.8, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    5.8, 5.5, 6.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Murphy, Texas
#13
Murphy
(
+12
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,297
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.4, 0.2, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    7.0, 10.1, 8.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Memorial Villages, Texas
#14
Memorial Villages
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,987
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.4, N/A, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    7.6, N/A, 6.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Flower Mound, Texas
#15
Flower Mound
(
-2
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    78,167
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.3, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    7.9, 5.8, 6.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#16
Venus
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,843
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.0, N/A, 2.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    3.4, N/A, 7.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Friendswood, Texas
#17
Friendswood
(
-2
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    40,851
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.7, 0.6, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    5.8, 6.0, 5.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#18
Liberty Hill
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,909
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.6, N/A, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    7.4, N/A, 14.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Lavon, Texas
#19
Lavon
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,277
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.8, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    5.9, N/A, N/A
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Lakeview-Harrison County, Texas
#20
Lakeview, Harrison County
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,490
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.6, N/A, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    7.2, N/A, 10.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Penitas, Texas
#21
Penitas
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,348
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.9, N/A, 3.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    5.2, N/A, 13.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Wolforth, Texas
#22
Wolfforth
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,482
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.9, N/A, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    5.4, N/A, 6.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#23
Lago Vista
(
-7
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,637
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.9, 0.4, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    5.6, 7.8, N/A
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#24
Bridge City
(
+39
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,495
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.7, 1.2, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    7.3, 12.0, 10.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Keller, Texas
#25
Keller
(
-3
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    45,080
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.9, 0.9, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    6.5, 5.1, 6.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
West University Place, Texas
#26
West University Place
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,524
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.5, N/A, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    9.8, N/A, 9.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Prosper, Texas
#27
Prosper
(
-16
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    37,752
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.6, 0.3, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    8.8, 7.1, 8.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Highland Village, Texas
#28
Highland Village
(
-25
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,988
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.7, 0.2, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    8.6, 5.4, 4.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Corinth, Texas
#29
Corinth
(
+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,719
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.8, 0.8, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    8.0, 8.0, 10.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Hutto, Texas
#30
Hutto
(
-10
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,891
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.1, 0.6, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    6.3, 6.6, 6.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Celina, Texas
#31
Celina
(
-17
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,190
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.8, 0.7, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    8.9, 5.6, 7.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Lakeway, Texas
#32
Lakeway
(
+2
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,267
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.6, 0.7, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    11.1, 10.1, 13.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Woodway, Texas
#33
Woodway
(
+42
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,514
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.5, 1.4, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    11.9, 12.9, 9.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
#34
Fair Oaks Ranch
(
-30
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,119
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.6, 0.4, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    11.2, 5.2, 10.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
University Park, Texas
#35
University Park
(
-3
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,918
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.4, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    13.3, 12.3, 9.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Southlake, Texas
#36
Southlake
(
-19
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    30,949
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.5, 0.2, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    12.2, 9.3, 7.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Manvel, Texas
#37
Manvel
(
+16
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,821
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.0, 1.8, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    9.0, 6.6, 6.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Lake Dallas, Texas
#38
Lake Dallas
(
+69
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,738
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.3, 2.7, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    7.0, 11.1, 12.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Lockhart, Texas
#39
Lockhart
(
+3
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,068
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.1, 0.6, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    8.3, 6.5, 12.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#40
Whitehouse
(
+3
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,175
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.3, 1.6, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    8.6, 6.2, 7.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Little Elm, Texas
#41
Little Elm
(
-15
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    55,340
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.6, 1.4, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    4.9, 3.2, 3.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Nolanville, Texas
#42
Nolanville
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,560
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.5, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    5.9, N/A, N/A
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#43
Lumberton
(
-36
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,004
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.1, 0.9, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    8.7, 2.1, 11.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Midlothian, Texas
#44
Midlothian
(
+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    38,587
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.0, 1.0, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    9.5, 10.3, 8.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Burkburnett, Texas
#45
Burkburnett
(
+64
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,057
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.7, 3.1, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    4.8, 8.7, 13.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Hidalgo, Texas
#46
Hidalgo
(
+25
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,468
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.6, 2.0, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    13.4, 9.0, 10.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Gatesville, Texas
#47
Gatesville
(
+38
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,154
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.3, 2.0, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    7.9, 11.0, 10.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Roanoke, Texas
#48
Roanoke
(
+6
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,024
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    0.6, 0.9, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    13.3, 12.7, 14.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Anna, Texas
#49
Anna
(
+19
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,541
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.2, 2.1, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    9.2, 7.7, 10.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
McKinney, Texas
#50
McKinney
(
-4
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    208,415
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    1.0, 1.3, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2024, 2023, 2022
    10.4, 8.9, 9.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime

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FBI Crime Data Explorer, "Documents & Downloads." Accessed March 18, 2024.

  • 2022 and 2021 Crime in the United States Annual Reports
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  • 2022 NIBRS Estimation Tables

Bureau of Justice Statistics, "National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)." Accessed March 18, 2024.

Gun Violence Archive, "Mass Shootings." Accessed March 18, 2023.

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