We may receive a fee when you click on links on our site. View advertiser disclosure.

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
    6.17
  • Property Crime Rate
    166.15
  • 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 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)
  • Aggravated assaults - Number of aggravated assaults 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 Keller

    KellerKeller 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.

    95out of 100

    Public Safety

    86out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.68 (8th)2.48 (10th)66.27 (10th)0.21 (6th)0.21 (6th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    15984 (7th)133266 (2nd)0.031 (8th)0.036 (9th)0.017 (6th)0.189 (6th)
  • No. 2 Highland

    HighlandHighlands, 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.

    94out of 100

    Public Safety

    80out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    1.19 (10th)3.57 (8th)78.55 (8th)0.6 (8th)0.6 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    22416 (1st)143854 (1st)0.041 (4th)0.045 (8th)0.024 (5th)0.046 (7th)
  • No. 3 Frisco

    A hidden gem for entertainment, Frisco takes the third spot on our list. Sports fans can catch FC Dallas matches, watch the Cowboys practice, or attend baseball games while floating along a lazy river. Anyone more inclined toward electronic entertainment can visit the National Videogame Museum or Nerdvana restaurant. 

    89out of 100

    Public Safety

    83out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.57 (7th)5.11 (5th)136.36 (4th)0.05 (2nd)0.05 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    17292 (4th)127133 (3rd)0.043 (3rd)0.057 (5th)0.017 (6th)0.341 (5th)
  • No. 4 Pearland

    Named after fruit (not a precious gem), Pearland tells prospective visitors that there’s “no such thing as an off-season.” The city advertises three championship golf courses, more than 175 acres of parks and some excellent birding sites. Pear puns abound.

    87out of 100

    Public Safety

    81out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.27 (6th)5.23 (4th)148.25 (3rd)0.16 (3rd)0.16 (3rd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    16284 (5th)102891 (6th)0.085 (1st)0 (10th)0.076 (2nd)0 (8th)
  • No. 5 Allen

    Allen should appeal to the foodies of the world, claiming “numerous one-of-a-kind restaurants” in this city rounding out the Texas top five. It also features an ECHL hockey team and an arena soccer team, in addition to golf and waterplay amenities.

    87out of 100

    Public Safety

    78out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    5.14 (4th)5.62 (3rd)123.78 (5th)0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    17472 (3rd)106736 (4th)0.037 (6th)0.057 (5th)0.013 (9th)0.349 (4th)
  • No. 6 Leander

    LeanderLeander 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.

    88out of 100

    Public Safety

    75out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    5.59 (3th)3.36 (9th)93.41 (7th)0.19 (5th)0.19 (5th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    17940 (2nd)92426 (8th)0.035 (7th)0.061 (4th)0.043 (4th)0.673 (1st)
  • No. 7 Canyon

    CanyonCanyon 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.

    90out of 100

    Public Safety

    72out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    1.92 (9th)7.05 (1st)76.88 (9th)1.28 (10th)1.28 (10th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9576 (10th)56140 (10th)0.053 (2nd)0.062 (3rd)0.012 (10th)0.374 (3th)
  • No. 8 Cedar Park

    Cedar ParkCedar 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.

    81out of 100

    Public Safety

    82out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    6.32 (1st)5.94 (2nd)122.14 (6th)0.71 (9th)0.71 (9th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    16200 (6th)101845 (7th)0.029 (9th)0.052 (7th)0.195 (1st)0 (8th)
  • No. 9 Rockwall

    RockwallRockwall 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.

    84out of 100

    Public Safety

    76out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.87 (5th)4.43 (6th)165.99 (2nd)0.22 (7th)0.22 (7th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    15732 (8th)92269 (9th)0 (10th)0.068 (1st)0.047 (3rd)NA (NA)
  • No. 10 League

    Located about 25 miles southeast of Houston, League City is a great place for water lovers. The city is nestled along Clear Lake and Clear Creek, which connect into the Galveston bay. Residents enjoy kayaking, sailing, fishing and other maritime activities, while those who prefer to stay dry can still admire the water from Kemah Boardwalk and its many attractions.

    83out of 100

    Public Safety

    77out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    5.73 (2th)4.34 (7th)167.54 (1st)0.18 (4th)0.18 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    15732 (8th)104831 (5th)0.039 (5th)0.065 (2nd)0.016 (8th)0.376 (2nd)

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. 

14thout of 50

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.

49thout of 50

Health Safety

Top 50 Safest Cities in Texas

Keller48,439111
Highland16,805252
Frisco187,889423
Pearland124,179844
Allen103,168765
Leander51,6026136
Canyon15,6083157
Cedar Park70,4961838
Rockwall45,183999
League108,27514710
Pflugerville65,556311211
Mont Belvieu6,30113811
Mckinney189,555151212
Oak Ridge North3,14353213
Round Rock127,354172014
Horseshoe Bay3,097261415
Iowa Park6,352102316
Richardson119,480201917
North Richland Hills71,498252218
Kyle46,155232419
Cisco3,789242520
Dumas14,790213521
Del Rio36,007124422
Hedwig2,685431023
Ferris2,649213824
Burleson37,451411625
Fort Worth884,23372625
New Braunfels68,300352126
Temple75,706112827
Teague3,498164527
Longview79,70593228
Midland140,072401728
Graham8,656292629
Carrollton138,216421830
Levelland13,646193331
Blanco2,062114831
Victoria67,76683632
Mcallen144,363194632
Vidor10,875333133
Sanger8,457343034
Watauga24,757284135
Stafford18,079313736
Pampa17,412273737
Grand prairie196,535382737
Ennis19,367372938
Breckenridge5,396363839
College Station116,565324039
Borger12,675214240
El Campo11,764393440
Conroe87,544442841