50 Safest Cities in Texas Credit to: Alexia Chianis - May 26, 2015 Safewise Website
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.
Those positive results are evident in the fact that 29 of the safe cities weve 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 its the Lone Star States reputation for being tough on crime that helps its cities stay safe.
If youre 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, youre 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.
To identify the 50 safest cities in Texas, we eliminated any city that didnt 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 Farmers Market to annual events, like theRainbow Trout Roundup, community always comes first in this thriving town.
And with only four violent crimes reported in 2013, its 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 years 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 citys population grew by over 600 residents from 2012 to 2013, the citys 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
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 Villagecaptured 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 citys 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
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 Mounds 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 didnt 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 arent 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
Proclaiming their city, A Friendly Touch of Texas, its 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 downtowns 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. Theres 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.
Kellers 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 Kellerare working harder than ever to keep this city one of the best places to live in Texas.
Hewitt is the kind of place where youll find all the comforts of a small town without sacrificing any big city amenities. Its 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
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 hasnt 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, its 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 Departmentmanaged to lower the citys 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 Cibolos 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
Trophy Club was founded on high aspirations and strong civic pride. Established as a residential community surrounding the local country club, the towns 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 theCorinth Police Department to comply with 164 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices aimed at the reduction of risk and the protection of citizens.
Clearly Corinths 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 citys second year on our safe cities list and crime is still held to a minimum in this active, family-centered town.
In 2013, Leanders 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 Leanders 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 FBIs 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 Crimepromotes police activity awareness.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.70
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.65
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
Since last years 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 Allens 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 citys many community activities and parks, youll 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 Lakewaystay 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
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 Citys 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