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

    $11,948

  • Avg Household Income

    $62,317

  • Cost of Living

    19.8%

  • Violent Crime Rate

    2.5

  • Property Crime Rate

    44.3

  • 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 begs the question — 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 crimeNumber of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crimeNumber of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaultsNumber of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crimeNumber 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 rateThe average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of livingThe average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty ratePercentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured residentsUnemployed and employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Access to internetResidents that reported having access to the internet in their household

25 Safest Cities in Texas

No. 1 Keller

Keller has the second-highest public safety score and great financial safety rankings, making it our safest city in Texas. While the average household income is low compared to other cities, they have a low poverty and unemployment rate. Keller has over 336 acres reserved for parks and a natatorium that’s open to the public. The city also ensures its senior citizens remain active with city-led activities and events that cater to them.

99 out of 100

Public Safety

86 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.21 (3rd)0.21 (3rd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
15984 (7th)133266 (2nd)0.031 (20th)0.023 (23th)0.015 (23rd)0.183 (19th)

No. 2 Cedar Park

Cedar Park is 16 miles from Austin and is known for being a “small town with big amenities,” including plenty of parks and outdoor recreational spaces. The city has low overall rates of violent crime and property crime, though it does have a higher hate crime ranking than other cities at the top of our list. They also have one of the highest average household incomes listed among the top 25 cities. Cedar Park is best known for the Brushy Creek Lake Park — a 90-acre park with room for fishing, biking and more.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

82 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.71 (11th)0.71 (11th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16200 (6th)101845 (4th)0.031 (20th)0.036 (22th)0.017 (22nd)0.189 (18th)

No. 3 Highland

Highland, TX, has an above-average public safety rating with low violent crime and property crime. The city also has a low poverty rate, and the household income for Highlands residents is above average. Highlands is a small town close to the San Jacinto Museum of History and San Jacinto Battleground state historic landmark.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

80 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.6 (10th)0.6 (10th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
22416 (2nd)143854 (1st)0.041 (7th)0.011 (24th)0.013 (24th)0.407 (10th)

No. 4 Rockwall

Rockwall has average public and financial safety rankings compared to the other cities listed. 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.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

76 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.22 (4th)0.22 (4th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
15732 (8th)92269 (7th)0.041 (7th)0.045 (19th)0.024 (15th)0.046 (20th)

No. 5 Leander

Leander has very low rates of property and violent crime, and average unemployment and poverty rates compared to other similar cities. Most of their residents have access to the internet and the household income is above average. Leander is the fourth fastest-growing city in Texas and prides itself on scenic views and wildlife. It’s close to Austin’s metropolitan area for quick day trips to explore the popular city.

99 out of 100

Public Safety

75 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.19 (2nd)0.19 (2nd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
17940 (3rd)92426 (5th)0.032 (19th)0.037 (20th)0.024 (15th)0.306 (15th)

No. 6 Hedwig

Hedwig is a small town near San Antonio and popular attractions including The Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk.  It has an outstanding average household income, but a slightly high unemployment rate. Those that are employed do have access to health insurance, but a high percentage of those that are unemployed don’t have the same benefits. Saint Hedwig is a great place for families and children.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

76 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)3.72 (22nd)3.72 (22nd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
14112 (10th)105909 (3rd)0.05 (3rd)0.074 (10th)0.065 (5th)0 (21st)

No. 7 Mont Belvieu

Mont Belvieu has low rates of violent crime and property crime, but does have a concerningly high hate crime rating. It also has the highest unemployment rate compared to the other cities listed. The city is well-known in Texas for their Farmer’s Market where residents and visitors come to shop fresh produce, specialty foods and crafts. The city is also showing movies outdoors to safely bring residents together.

95 out of 100

Public Safety

77 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)6.35 (24th)6.35 (24th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10092 (20th)91728 (8th)0.085 (1st)0 (25th)0.076 (2nd)0 (21st)

No. 8 Burleson

Burleson has average household income and annual rent. Unfortunately, not as many families have access to the internet and many that are unemployed are also uninsured. Burleson is near a few popular attractions including wineries, the Dinosaur Science Museum and Research Center and multiple water parks including Pirate’s Cove and Joshua City Park & Splash Pad.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

72 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.27 (5th)0.27 (5th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
14748 (9th)77342 (12th)0.037 (13th)0.037 (20th)0.018 (21st)0.554 (3rd)

No. 9 Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay has a lower than average unemployment rate, and data shows that many of those that are unemployed do have insurance. The city is popular for Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, named after the 36th President. Horseshoe Bay is known for its outdoor spaces, water sports and tourist attractions. Residents and visitors enjoy the city’s spas, golfing and boating.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

74 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)3.23 (21st)3.23 (21st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13584 (13th)79391 (10th)0.029 (23th)0.052 (16th)0.195 (1st)0 (21st)

No. 10 Canyon

Canyon has a low total hate crime rate and low annual rent for those looking to move. It’s near Amarillo — a Texas metropolitan area. If you’re visiting Canyon, you should visit the Canyon Aqua Park, Panhandle Plains Historic Museum and the Tex Randall Statue. One of the most popular sights is the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It’s great for hiking, vacations and outdoor family activities.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

72 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.28 (13th)1.28 (13th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9576 (21st)56140 (19th)0.04 (10th)0.084 (7th)0.041 (13th)0.244 (16th)

No. 11 Pflugerville

Pflugerville has an outstanding public safety rating, including a low hate crime rate. The unemployment and poverty rates are average compared to other Texas cities on our list. Pflugerville is known as a suburb of Austin, and is best known for their community and family-oriented activities including their Farmer’s Market and holiday festivals. They also observe Public Safety Day where residents can learn more about the Pflugerville police and other local agencies.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

72 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.37 (15th)1.37 (15th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16824 (5th)88232 (9th)0.041 (7th)0.049 (17th)0.023 (17th)0.433 (8th)

No. 12 New Braunfels

New Braunfels has one of the best public safety rankings on our list. They also have a low uninsured rate overall. Their poverty rate, however, is slightly above average, The city is best known for Gruene Hall, a popular classic venue for weddings and events. New Braunfels is also close to the Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo and Landa Park for family fun.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

69 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.59 (9th)0.59 (9th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13752 (12th)67510 (15th)0.036 (15th)0.071 (12th)0.02 (19th)0.338 (14th)

No. 13 North Richland Hills

North Richland Hills is considered a suburb of Fort Worth. Overall, it has average annual rent, a low crime rate and an average unemployment rate. North Richland Hills is best known for the NYTEX Sports Centre which is home to the Lone Star Brahmas. The Chisholm Aquatic Center and a number of popular parks are also nearby.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

67 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.42 (7th)0.42 (7th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13416 (14th)68146 (14th)0.049 (4th)0.075 (9th)0.019 (20th)0.382 (12th)

No. 14 Katy

Katy has a low hate crime rate, but their unemployment and poverty metrics are slightly above average. Katy has a number of museums to reflect and celebrate the town’s history including the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museumthat showcases the area’s agricultural history. The Katy Veterans Memorial Museum’s military exhibit is also a nearby attraction.

89 out of 100

Public Safety

76 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.34 (14th)1.34 (14th)3.34 (25th)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11760 (18th)77731 (11th)0.042 (6th)0.047 (18th)0.076 (2st)0.244 (16th)

No. 15 Kyle

Kyle, the pie capital of Texas, has average financial safety metrics for annual rent, income and the unemployment rate. Their excellent public safety rating also makes it a popular, growing Texas city. The town has a few historic landmarks including the Claiborne Kyle Log House and the Kyle Auction Oak.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

65 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.43 (8th)0.43 (8th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
17484 (4th)74826 (13th)0.038 (12th)0.053 (15th)0.023 (17th)0.359 (13th)

No. 16 Iowa Park

Iowa Park has an average hate crime rate compared to other cities mentioned, but low rates of nearly all other crimes. The household income is slightly below average, while the annual rent and poverty rate are fairly average. Iowa Park has a well-known education system and many outdoor recreational spaces including lakes and over twelve parks.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

65 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.57 (16th)1.57 (16th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
12204 (16th)50705 (21st)0 (25th)0.068 (13th)0.047 (10th)-% (N/A)

No. 17 Conroe

Conroe has the best public safety rating compared to other Texas cities — including the lowest hate crime rate. It’s only 40 miles from Houston, and has a few popular attractions of its own including the Texas Flags Festival and First Thursday Concert Series for outdoor Conroe family fun. 

99 out of 100

Public Safety

62 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.11 (1st)0.11 (1st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
12216 (15th)57214 (18th)0.045 (5th)0.103 (6th)0.026 (14th)0.39 (11th)

No. 18 Cisco

Cisco has higher hate crime and poverty rates compared to other cities on the list. It’s a small town that’s known for its ranches and farm land. The Cisco community is most proud of its commerce and being named after John Jay Cisco, who arranged railroad financing for the city.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

64 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)2.64 (20th)2.64 (20th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7176 (25th)35240 (25th)0.015 (24th)0.128 (5th)0.07 (4th)0 (21st)

No. 19 Graham

Graham public safety rating isn’t as high as some of the other cities on our list. Their hate crime rate is considerably higher than many listed. Their poverty rate and unemployment rate are slightly higher than other recognized cities, too. But, overall, Graham is a great place to live with a small population of less than 9,000. The city is known for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

63 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)2.31 (19th)2.31 (19th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8484 (23rd)41875 (23rd)0.039 (11th)0.08 (8th)0.06 (7th)0.484 (6th)

No. 20 Sanger

Sanger public safety rating is better than average. Many of the other metrics are average compared to other cities, including its poverty and unemployment rate. Sanger, Texas, is known for having a financially strong tax base, according to their official website. The small town has a low teacher-to-student classroom ratio and many clubs for community involvement — including Scouts, the Lions Club and the Rotary Club.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

62 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.18 (12th)1.18 (12th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
14004 (11th)62606 (16th)0.037 (13th)0.072 (11th)0.053 (9th)0.519 (4th)

No. 21 Vidor

Vidor has a very low rate of most crimes. It does have a higher than average poverty rate and lower average household income than many other cities. However, the annual rent is low. This city is home to popular attractions including the McFaddin-Ward House Museum, the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum and the Fire Museum of Texas to celebrate the history of fire departments and service in the state.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

62 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.84 (18th)1.84 (18th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8280 (24th)40898 (24th)0.03 (22th)0.165 (2nd)0.063 (6th)0.458 (7th)

No. 22 Ennis

Ennis has a relatively high hate crime rate and poverty rate, but its annual rent is low. Ennis is known for a number of festivals including the National Polka Festival, Bluebonnet Trails Festival and the Ennis Freedom Fest. Ennis also hosts the Bluebonnet Trails showcasing the city’s gardens and landscape and the Czech Music Festival highlighting live polka bands in February.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

62 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)4.13 (23rd)4.13 (23rd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10896 (19th)54803 (20th)0.034 (18th)0.165 (2nd)0.042 (12th)0.41 (9th)

No. 23 El Campo

El Campo is known for being a small city that’s currently focused on new developments for many industries including agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing and aquaculture. Its annual rent average is comparatively lower than most, but their poverty rate is relatively high. Over half of residents that are unemployed are also uninsured.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

60 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.7 (17th)1.7 (17th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9288 (22nd)50526 (22nd)0.036 (15th)0.201 (1st)0.054 (8th)0.57 (2nd)

No. 24 Oak Ridge North

Oak Ridge North has the second highest average rent, but the city falls on the lower end of household income compared to Texas’ other safest cities. Their hate crime rate is also higher than the other 24 cities listed. Oak Ridge is known for being a quiet town with an estimated 500 residents. It’s close to Terrell, a nearby metropolitan area.

95 out of 100

Public Safety

61 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)12.73 (25th)12.73 (25th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
23220 (1st)92313 (6th)0.035 (17th)0.061 (14th)0.043 (11th)0.673 (1st)

No. 25 Fort Worth

Very few people that are employed in Fort Worth lack health insurance and the city’s unemployment rate and annual rent is average compared to Texas’ other safest cities. Fort Worth is best known for being one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Historic sights worth visiting include the Fort Worth Stockyards and the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

57 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.29 (6th)0.29 (6th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
12180 (17th)59255 (17th)0.057 (2nd)0.14 (4th)0.006 (25th)0.503 (5th)

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 64 hurricanes to hit the coast of Texas since 1851 — an average of one every three years. 

14th

Natural Disaster


Health Safety

There are a few health safety concerns for the state of Texas. Unfortunately, the latest data shows that Texas ranks 49th 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 in the nation. The state has an 8.3% air pollution exposure, which is slightly better than the state’s 8.6% exposure in 2018. Texas also places last in the nation for the population having health insurance.

49th out of 100

Health Safety

Top 50 Safest Cities in Texas

City Population Public Safety Ranking Financial Safety Ranking Rank