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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 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

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.

95 out of 100

Public Safety

86 out 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.

94 out of 100

Public Safety

80 out 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. 

89 out of 100

Public Safety

83 out 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.

87 out of 100

Public Safety

81 out 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.

87 out of 100

Public Safety

78 out 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.

88 out of 100

Public Safety

75 out 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.

90 out of 100

Public Safety

72 out 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.

81 out of 100

Public Safety

82 out 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.

84 out of 100

Public Safety

76 out 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.

83 out of 100

Public Safety

77 out 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. 

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