Safest Cities in Texas

We narrowed down the safest cities in the Lone Star state based on the factors that matter most.
  • Population
    26,628,666
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $10,763
  • Avg Household Income
    $56,928
  • Cost of Living
    19.2%
  • Violent Crime Rate
    115.7
  • Property Crime Rate
    291.1
  • Primary Care Ranking
    45
  • Mental Health Provider
    49

Texas is the second-largest state in the U.S. and is home to over 29 million people. The Lone Star state attracts residents and visitors from around the world with their barbeque, historic attractions, stunning landscapes and lively culture. With popular cities like Dallas, Houston and Austin it’s worth asking — which cities are the safest in the state?

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Texas

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories: crime rates and financial safety. First, we evaluated each city’s crime rate using several public safety factors including the number of violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated the city’s financial safety using socioeconomic factors like household income, average rent, and health insurance.

In addition to data on each of the cities, we also provided safety data for the state itself. We examined how each state ranks for natural disaster risks and public health ratings compared to all other states. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Property crime - Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime - Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Societal crime - Number of crimes committed by residents and reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime - Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents - Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings - Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Unemployment rate - The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living - The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate - Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured residents - Unemployed and employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Access to internet - Residents that reported having access to the internet in their household

10 Safest Cities in Texas

  • No. 1 Wylie

    Wylie is No.1 in Texas for public safety. It’s a small Northern Texas town that has grown over 230% over the past two decades. It’s been named one of the Best Small Cities for Families by Nerdwallet and one of the Best Places to Live in the Nation by MONEY magazine. Wylie continues to grow, with Collin College recently opening a Wylie campus to expand the college’s footprint across Texas.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    30.99 (10th)64.25 (6th)100.72 (10th)0 (1st)0 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    $18,864 (4th)$92,395 (6th)4.5 (3rd)53.3 (4th)14.1 (4th)53.0 (3rd)
  • No. 2 Pflugerville

    Pflugerville is another one of Texas’ fastest-growing cities. It’s best known for its city slogan, “Between a rock and a weird place,” sitting between Round Rock and Austin. It’s close to the Austin metropolitan area, but still has a suburban feel that may be appealing to families and seniors. Pflugerville has highly rated schools and a steadily growing population of 65,000, up from nearly 47,000 in 2010.

     

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    40.76 (9th)90.37 (2nd)192.42 (6th)0.3 (8th)0 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    $18,576 (5th)$93,627 (5th)4.1 (5th)46.5 (6th)11 (7th)36.8 (5th)
  • No. 3 Pearland

    Pearland is close to Houston. The city is a relatively affordable area with average annual rent and household income compared to other top Texas cities. It also has great schools and neighborhoods — a big draw for families. If you’d like to live and work in Pearland, you’re in luck. It’s on track to becoming the next big employment center close to Houston. And you’re just 20 minutes away from downtown Houston for big-city entertainment. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    69.81 (4th)76.3 (5th)246.18 (3rd)0.08 (4th)0 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    $19,980 (1st)$104,504 (1st)3.2 (8th)42.8(7th)7.4 (9th)34.3 (7th)
  • No. 4 Sachse

    Sachse is close to Dallas as a small town with a lot to offer. It’s a small town with an estimated population of 26,936. Residents love that Sachse is the perfect balance between rural and suburban life. It’s best known for local restaurants, small businesses and plenty of green space for outdoor fun. Visit the Play Street Museum, the Sachse Historical Society Museum or one of the many parks nearby.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    65.36 (6th)37.14 (10th)103.62 (9th)0 (1st)0 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    $19,896 (2nd)$102,175 (3rd)4.4 (4th)6.7 (1st)8.7 (8th)60.8 (2nd)
  • No. 5 Forney

    Forney is known as the “Antique Capital of Texas.” It’s a rural town with a population of 25,374. A few Fortune 500 companies have made their mark in Forney, including Amazon, Good Year and Vistra Energy. In fact, Forney has the highest household income compared to other Texas cities.  The small town is perfect for those in the technology, engineering, and healthcare industry. Forney is a short drive away from Dallas for metropolitan attractions close by.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    68.57 (5th)62.66 (7th)182.47 (8th)0 (1st)0 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    $18,894 (3rd)$102,716 (2nd)5.4 (2nd)53.9 (3rd)12.2 (5th)8.3 (9th)
  • No. 6 Richardson

    Richardson is a suburb close to Dallas. It’s best known for its economic diversity, entertainment and arts culture. If you’re looking for things to do in the area, check out the North Texas Automotive Museum to see how Richardson impacted the auto industry. The Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts and G’nosh Art Studio for shows and local performances.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    43.10 (8th)129.55 (1st)244.16 (4th)0.08 (5th)0 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    $16,956 (7th)$85,678 (7th)3.8 (6th)47.4 (5th)14.3 (3rd)43.8 (4th)
  • No. 7 Denton

    Denton is best known as a university town, but it’s also No. 1 for financial safety. The city is home to the University of Texas and Texas Women’s University. Denton is also close to North Central Texas College. Otherwise, residents best know Denton for being a small town with a lot to offer, including a nearby state park, museums, and performing arts centers. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    122.06 (2nd)48.41 (9th)306.17 (1st)0.35 (9th)0.14 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    $4,800 (9th)$36,500 (9th)2.5 (9th)18.4 (9th)5.1 (10th)100 (1st)
  • No. 8 Laredo

    Located in southern Texas, Laredo is known for bringing Texas and Mexican culture together in one city. It’s home to historic landmarks including the Republic of Rio Grande Museum and the San Agustin Cathedral. Residents and visitors also love the wide variety of Tex-Mex food, culture and attractions. It’s a close second to Denton’s No. 1 financial safety ranking.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    145.44 (1st)53.83 (8th)271.1 (2nd)0.19 (7th)0 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    $5,028 (8th)$36,591 (8th)0.0 (10th)10.5 (10th)23.3 (2nd)N/A
  • No. 9 Rockwall

    Despite having average public and financial safety rankings compared to the other cities listed, Rockwall has one of the highest average household incomes statewide. The city is only 25 miles from Dallas and near 22,000 acre Lake Ray Hubbard. The lake is great for residents and visitors to go kayaking, fishing, sailing and more. Rockwall also boasts local breweries and wineries, making it a popular city for Texas visitors.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    78.97 (3rd)83.74 (3rd)237.11 (5th)0.87 (10th)0 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    $18,420 (6th)$95,653 (4th)3.8 (6th)64.7 (2nd)12 (6th)8.7 (8th)
  • No. 10 Frisco

    Frisco is close to Dallas and Fort Worth. It’s a Texas town that has a lot for families of all ages with the National Videogame Museum, National Soccer Hall of Fame, the Dr. Pepper Ballpark and the Museum of the American Railroad as a few popular attractions. Frisco is best known for being a safe, affordable town that has a lot to offer in the town and nearby. Best of all, Frisco’s annual rent is much lower than other Texas towns.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    47.68 (7th)79.27 (4th)191.18 (7th)0.1 (6th)0 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    $4,776 (10th)$24,583 (10th)14.4 (1st)38.2 (8th)42.5 (1st)35.9 (6th)

Texas State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Texas ranks 14th nationally for natural disaster safety. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the state is at risk for a number of weather hazards including hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Texas is also prone to flooding and extreme heat. In fact, the National Weather Service’s 2020 Hurricane Guide reports that there have been over 60 hurricanes to hit the coast of Texas since 1851 — an average of one every three years. The state just overcame a brutal and unexpected winter storm in early 2021. The storm caused 57 deaths across 25 counties due to carbon monoxide poisoning, medical equipment failure, and car accidents.

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Natural Disaster

Health Safety

There are a few health safety concerns for the state of Texas. The latest data shows that Texas ranks 34th in the country for available mental health providers per 100,000 people. Texas also ranks on the lower end for available primary care physicians, ranking 45th and second to last for available mental health providers nationwide. A recent report shared that only one out of every seven Texas children receive treatment — half of the national average. The delay for treatment can be up to 10 years. Texas has a long way to go, but we’re hopeful with the state’s initiatives including the Office of Mental Health Coordination and the Texas Public Health Coalition to promote healthy behaviors and disease prevention.

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Top 35 Safest Cities in Texas

Wylie52,9211221
Pflugerville66,729472
Pearland126,206743
Sachse29,9262204
Forney25,3745115
Richardson119,480686
Denton141,4921217
Laredo264,9161128
Rockwall46,0968139
Frisco199,44533110
Converse28,59814511
Plano291,611102512
Pasadena153,689151613
Lewisville108,000132114
Kyle49,85593315
Lancaster39,795161916
Tyler106,85122617
Longview81,78330318
Mesquite143,078211219
Cleburne30,860172620
Dallas1,363191821
Austin986,062231422
Temple77,55826923
Bedford49,771241524
Abilene123,665291025
Rosenberg38,936203226
Waco139,870252927
Harlingen65,481282728
Houston2,355272829
Amarillo201,036331730
Seguin30,244322331
Lubbock259,208352333
Arlington402,304313033
Brownsville184,418183534
Nacogdoches33,613343435