Everything might be bigger in Texas; but in the state’s most dangerous cities, it’s definitely not better.
Yes, the most dangerous places in Texas are dealing with high unemployment, low wages, lack of rehabilitation programs; and thus, high crime. We’re not talking about driving five miles over the speed limit or not being a Dallas Cowboys fan kind of crime, we’re talking about the type of crime that will get you on Fort Worth’s KXAS at five. And lucky for you, RoadSnacks is here to tell you where the most crime is committed in The Lone Star State: we’ve created a list of the top ten most dangerous places in Texas for 2020.
In order to compile our list, we looked at FBI data for violent crimes and property crimes in Texas cities with a population of 5,000. That left us with 334 cities. We discovered that the state as a whole had 438 violent crimes and 2,562 property crimes reported per 100,00 residents. And while that doesn’t seem like that many for the second largest state in the country in both area and population, it is above the national average; and coincidentally the 15th most dangerous state in the country.
It doesn’t end there folks, Texas has 244 police officers for every 100,000 residents, but they just can’t be everywhere, so bigger cities like Houston and Beaumont are really starting to feel the effects.
Have we piqued your interest? Want to know more about our methodology and where the most dangerous places in Texas are located? Keep reading.
Some might wonder why we produced this list. Well, one goal is to definitely help people navigate these dangerous Texas cities when trying to make an informed decision on what city they should call home.
With that in mind, what’s the most dangerous city in Texas? Without further adieu. the most dangerous city in The Lone Star State for 2020 would be Bellmead.
If you’re curious to see if your city made the list, take a look at our list below. And if you don’t see your city there, head to the bottom.
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Bellmead takes 1st because of its 1st place finish for violence.
Located in central Texas, 30 miles north of Austin, Bellmead experienced rise in violent crime between 2017-2018.
This left residents with a 1 in 77 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 16.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Tiny Humble, the smallest city by far in our top 20, is where muggers go to thrive. There were the most robberies per capita in the entire state in 2018 here.
Humble borders the George Bush International Airport to the east. Is it a coincidence that so many robberies take place so close to a major airport?
Lubbock is the 11th largest city in Texas, and also just so happens to be the 3rd most dangerous city in the state.
Both violent and property crimes have been increasing at a troubling speed over the past few years.
While the 1 in 21.9 chance of being a property crime here might not seem so bad, I’d say it’s still not a number to celebrate.
Bastrop is home to the 4th most dangerous population in Texas.
Violent crime has been decreasing of late, but the 1 in 23.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime has been fairly consistent.
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 821 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,484 (15th most dangerous)
More on Palmview: Data
A smaller city on this list, Palmview has experienced some wild swings in crime in recent years.
While instances of violent crime fell to 48 between 2017-2018, property crime now stands at 15th worst.
If they could get the same magic working for property crime as they have for violence, Palmview may one day be the idyllic place its residents want it to be.
Livingston is one of the least populated cities.
Residents of Livingston faced a 1 in 19.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2018.
Livingston has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2017-2018.
The rivalry between Dallas and Houston is turned up a notch here, as Houston is the 7th-most dangerous place in the state of Texas. Dallas, on the other hand, is 53rd, while Fort Worth ranks 64th.
The population of Houston might make these statistics stand out like a sore thumb, but in 2018, more than 24,062 people were either killed, attacked or raped in Houston. Wow.
Located just a stone’s throw from Weslaco on Interstate 2 lies Alamo. Crime has steadily remained a real concern here since 2011. Currently, 1 out of 152 residents has the chance of being the victim of a violent crime here.
Additionally, Alamo is the 12th-highest city in terms of thefts in the state of Texas.
Amarillo is the 9th most violent city in Texas.
Unfortunately, Amarillo has experienced a quick and steady rise in its crime in recent years, with both violent and property crime increasing between 2017-2018.
In 2018, residents of Amarillo had a 1 in 123 chance of being the victim of violence.
Beaumont is, essentially the 4th most dangerous place in the state of Texas for violent crimes.
Residents in Beaumont have a staggering 1 in 94 chance of being assaulted, raped or killed every year. Yikes. And it seems to be climbing quickly in Beaumont over the last few years as well.
Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Texas
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Texas for 2020?
Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.
For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
So what criteria did we use? Have a look:
- Violent Crimes Per Capita
- Property Crimes Per Capita
In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered Texas cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 334 cities in Texas.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 334 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Texas — Bellmead. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Texas.
Locking It All Up In Texas
The latest FBI crime data shows that Bellmead ranks as the most dangerous city in Texas for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Bellmead and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Texas:
- Trophy Club (Pop. 13,090)
- Hutto (Pop. 26,924)
- Fulshear (Pop. 13,790)
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