10 Most Dangerous Cities In Texas

We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Lone Star State for 2019.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Texas and is updated for 2019.

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Remember when you first moved out of your parent’s house? That feeling of utter independence and freedom, that was then followed by worries about how to live on your own correctly?

If moving out happened when you went to college, you probably had a lot of help from your parents and the college in making sure everything went smoothly. But what about after graduation?

You are on your own for real now and you have a new job waiting for you. Where should you live and how do you find out if you are choosing the best places? Most importantly, how do you know if where you are living is safe?

Feeling secure in where you live is one of the most crucial aspects of living a stress-free life. And who needs the stress of worrying about if your window is going to be broken into while you sleep if you are already worried about performing well in your new job?

So no matter what state you live in, there are places for you to live where you can sleep safely at night. So which states are you thinking about? California, New York, Texas?

When you think of Texas, what first comes to mind? Is it the BBQ, the hot and humid weather, and a lot of images of cowboys and ranches? What about a state mixed with safe and more dangerous cities?

That’s right. While Texas is a great state to live in, there are certainly parts of Texas that are not as safe as others. But which parts are the most dangerous? Luckily for you, RoadSnacks has that already figured out for you.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Texas for 2019:

  1. Bellmead (Photos)
  2. Donna (Photos)
  3. Humble (Photos)
  4. Texarkana (Photos)
  5. Alamo (Photos)
  6. Beaumont (Photos)
  7. Palmview
  8. Houston (Photos)
  9. Elsa (Photos)
  10. San Antonio (Photos)

We analyzed 327 cities in Texas using the most recent FBI crime data to determine which cities are deemed the most dangerous in Texas for 2019.

The winner? Bellmead, Texas.

Bellmead is a city located just north of Waco, Texas. Makes sense that some pretty wacky things happen around there, doesn’t it?

Other top dangerous cities include Houston and San Antonio. In some states, the most dangerous cities are in more rural areas, but in Texas, the danger zones happen to be in some major urban centers as well.

Interested to see how your favorite Texan city stacked up? Keep reading to learn more about our methodology and to get a more detailed look at our top 10.

Or learn more about the safest places in Texas.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more Texas reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Texas

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Texas For 2019

Bellmead, TX

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Population: 10,371
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,304 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,508 (4th most dangerous)
More on Bellmead:  Data | Photos

Bellmead is another city that represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in Texas.

Coming in at 1st on our list, Bellmead mixes (relatively) middle of the pack violent crime and property crime without (relatively) excelling in either one.

We say relative because while its crime rates are middle of the pack for the top ten, they are still high for Texas as a whole.

Review Of Bellmead by HomeSnacks User

I’m from bellmead/ lacylakeview area..and its never seemed dangerous..I bought a house here..But people are throwed off here..and they ain’t scared..got heart for sure”

Donna, TX

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Population: 16,641
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,418 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,528 (6th most dangerous)
More on Donna:  Data | Photos

Continuing the trend of this area of the state of Texas being a hotbed of danger, Donna, located along Interstate 2, is one of the places to avoid. Residents in Donna have a 1 in 18.1 chance of being the victim of a car theft or home invasion robbery.

The average American has 338 contacts on Facebook. To put that into perspective, more than 20 people you’re friends with would have been robbed last year if all of them lived in Donna, Texas.

Review Of Donna by HomeSnacks User

It’s horrible and scary violent.

Good reasons to leave make a long list.

Humble, TX

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Population: 15,631
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 940 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,730 (1st most dangerous)
More on Humble:  Data | Photos

Tiny Humble, the smallest city by far in our top 20, is where muggers go to thrive. There were the 1st-most robberies per capita in the entire state in 2017 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?

Review Of Humble by HomeSnacks User

I live about 10 miles from Humble and I’ve|| been going there for years. I haven’t had a problem of any kind. The world is not safe as it use to be anywhere…

Just be careful wherever you do go.

Texarkana, TX

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Population: 37,882
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,261 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,986 (9th most dangerous)
More on Texarkana:  Data | Photos

No surprises here that Texarkana ranked so high on the list, because we ran a study on the most dangerous cities in Arkansas, and Texarkana, Arkansas was really high on that list.

Residents in Texarkana have a 1 in 20.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime, meaning a car theft, home break-in or fraud. However, crime in Texarkana has been steadily declining over the last few years, which is a good thing,

Review Of Texarkana by HomeSnacks User

Texarkana is very bad. The serial r****t Ricky Williams is from Texarkana. I think he still lives there.

Alamo, TX

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Population: 19,351
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 919 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,888 (12th most dangerous)
More on Alamo:  Data | Photos

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 108 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.

Beaumont, TX

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Population: 118,456
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,062 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,335 (24th most dangerous)
More on Beaumont:  Data | Photos

Beaumont is, essentially the second-most dangerous place in the state of Texas for violent crimes. Only tiny Raymondville, population 11,654, inland from South Padre Island, is statistically, more dangerous than Beaumont.

Residents in Beaumont have a staggering 1 in 90 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.

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Population: 5,791
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 897 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,403 (20th most dangerous)
More on Palmview:  Data

Palmview ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in Texas.

Over 5,791 people jam pack Palmview which must contribute to its high level of property crime (20th highest overall). Violent crime is a bit less of an issue placing 12th overall.

Houston, TX

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Population: 2,338,235
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,095 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,128 (28th most dangerous)
More on Houston:  Data | Photos

The rivalry between Dallas and Houston is turned up a notch here, as Houston is the 8th-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 2017, more than 25,609 people were either killed, attacked or raped in Houston. Wow.

Review Of Houston by HomeSnacks User

There are lots of good restaurants in houston but most of the good ones are centered around midtown or uptown. There is not much crime unless you reside in one of the wards.

Favorite places are the shopping malls like the galleria and the outlet mall. The movie theatres here are also very good and seating is comfortable.

Elsa, TX

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Population: 6,798
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 26)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,250 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,060 (31st most dangerous)
More on Elsa:  Data | Photos

Elsa has more problems — namely crime. It’s the 9th most dangerous city in Texas.

Statistically, 1 in 79 people in Elsa was the victim of a rape, attack or outright killed in 2017. That’s a really large number.

And that’s just residents who actually reported a crime. Chances are it was even higher than that.

San Antonio, TX

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Population: 1,520,712
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 707 (27th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,844 (13th most dangerous)
More on San Antonio:  Data | Photos

San Antonio has placed 13th for property crime per capita in the state.

Residents of San Antonio faced a 1 in 13th chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, violent crime bumped up between 2015-17, making San Antonio the 27th most violent city in Texas.

Review Of San Antonio by HomeSnacks User

San Antonio just offers a higher quality of life than other cities in Texas. Good for Family and business.

We love the climate if you can withstand the hot summers where temp reach 100F or above on some days mainly in July and August.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Texas for 2019?

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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

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 cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 327 cities in Texas.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 327 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.

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 2019.

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:

  1. Fair Oaks Ranch (Pop. 9,042)
  2. Melissa (Pop. 9,270)
  3. Kermit (Pop. 6,459)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Texas?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Bellmead 10,371 2,304 6,508
2 Donna 16,641 1,418 5,528
3 Humble 15,631 940 9,730
4 Texarkana 37,882 1,261 4,986
5 Alamo 19,351 919 4,888
6 Beaumont 118,456 1,062 4,335
7 Palmview 5,791 897 4,403
8 Houston 2,338,235 1,095 4,128
9 Elsa 6,798 1,250 4,060
10 San Antonio 1,520,712 707 4,844

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26 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Texas

  1. For one thing it’s not highway 2 it’s interstate 2.Alice is not north of Raymondville. Alice is north of Edinburg on state highway 281 Kingsville is north of Raymondville on state highway 77.

  2. This list has given me a good laugh, but is completely inaccurate. Listing my town (Palestine) as #10 most dangerous is utterly ridiculous. Your lack of research is obvious……..

  3. I hate to let the cat outta the bag, but Raymondville is not in East Texas. Not far North of the border in SOUTH Texas and your writings don’t correlate with the listing at the bottom.

  4. What a joke. Humble? Really? I’ve lived here my whole life and I promise you, there are plenty of areas in Texas and particularly along my daily commute to Houston where I wouldn’t walk down the street without my gun, but Humble is simply not one of them.

    1. I live about 10 miles from Humble and I’ve
      been going there for years. I haven’t had a problem of any kind. The world is not safe as it use to be anywhere…
      Just be careful wherever you do go.

    2. I mean I live in the kenswick subdivision right along 1960 and 5 minutes away from 59 and you don’t wanna walk alone at night sometimes 3 kids were shot across lee rd and two of my homeboys dead and gone in the past year from shootings don’t think its not bad because its nicer where you stay humble isn’t that humble its turning into a hood

  5. I’ve lived in of near enough of these towns to think this is a pretty good list. My theory? The more cheap rental property there is in an area, the higher the crime rate. It’s certainly true of my home town, Gainesville. It used to be a pretty great place, but now it’s very run down and there are quite a few people who have many rent houses that are pretty cheap. Whereas Southlake and Grapevine are expensive places to live, and don’t really have a lot of rentals, except for high end apartments.

  6. Based on the comments, people didn’t read the methodology. It’s a statistical analysis based on reports of violent crimes and property crimes that are compiled by the FBI from local police reports. It’s not a subjective analysis (perceived safety–which most commenters want), but a statistical analysis based on the rates of actual violent and property crime per capita.

    However, my hometown, Weslaco, is both statistically and subjectively quite a risky place to live.

  7. I live between Weslaco and Donna and many that live here like me would disagree but crime in the past couple of years I feel has gone up. I don’t know if it’s due to the fact that we live so close to the border and crime just across in Mexico has increased in Cartel violence and it’s spilling over. I feel very unsafe where I live and my family and I do feel it’s time to move further north; not too close to the border. Relative warm weather all year round here makes it a nice place to live but I wonder how much of that warm/hot weather also contributes to the violence.

  8. I’ve visited every city on this list, currently live in Houston, I guarantee you that the person who made this inaccurate list have been to none of these cities. Humble really LMAO get out of here.

    1. Naw you get out Humble is gettin bad shit the population is now 42.6% Hispanic because hello property value and unemployment are at an all time high trust me i saw my friend shot for standing in the street in front from the wrong house aand I live in Wick and don’t think because you been here before you know how life is here 4 years ago two streets over a bitch stabbed her mother 74 times with a butcher knife im friends with everyone involved Humble is getting more violent crime now days don’t believe me walk down my streets at night you’d probably get robbed at gun point by some 13 yr olders

  9. I worked for Dallas PD as well as Palestine PD. I can tell you first hand that the violent crime rate is way higher in Palestine. Another unknown fact is less than 10% of the Officers that work there are from Palestine. Most of the local applicants cant pass a background investigation. They dont call it the “Dogwood Hood” for nothing.

    1. I would say a majority of worthy local Palestine PD recruits/applicants don’t stick around & simply leave town.

  10. Me and my family are planning a trip to Texas to research my grandmothers past. All we know about her is where she was raised and her parents names but everything else is a total mystery. My grandmother NEVER talked about her past or told us anything about her family (not even my mother knows anything about her) if we asked her she would get upset and tell us there is no family to talk about so stop asking. My grandma passed away about 13 years ago so we are curious to know who she was and why she kept her past a secret. She was born in 1929 and we don’t even know if there is any info on her going back that far but it’s worth a try. So she lived in and around the Edinburge, McAllen and LaFord area can anyone tell me what these places are like? Are they dangerous and are these towns safe to travel to? Thanks in advance ….Lynn

  11. Galveston #29,sounds about right,though before Hurricane Ike wiped out the projects this ranking would of been much lower,more like Houston’s… and yes I am from Galveston.

  12. I live in Houston and I have not seen any shootings or heard any shooting but I cannot really say how bad the crime it’s out here and cannot compare it to where I am originally from Compton California

  13. Although statistics may show these cities as being dangerous, I’ve been to 8 out of the top 10 and never thought they seemed noticeably scary – never felt afraid to walk down the street alone. However, perhaps I should give that a second thought!?

  14. And don’t forget these are crimes that were “reported” what about the ones that weren’t reported..that could change the results..ohh I’m from bellmead/ lacylakeview area..and its never seemed dangerous..I bought a house here..But people are throwed off here..and they ain’t scared..got heart for sure

  15. I have been hearing some scary stories from Houston. I live in San Antonio and volunteer at the homeless shelter. I have heard 4 stories from young guys that blow my mind. Homeless guys are getting picked up by rich guys who ask them to take them to score drugs. They are thinking quick money. The guys then take them home and rape them, along with several other men. They keep them as slaves for a few days. Then they take them back to downtown, hand them 500 bucks and tell them, don’t bother telling anyone, nobody will believe you and Ive got police friends who will put you away. 4 guys between 19 and 22 told me basically same story. There is a gay yacht club mentioned in all these stories too. Scary stuff.

  16. Your methodology needs to be revised . It provides inaccurate information. While you are using current crime data, you are using outdated population data. Our City of Palmview has had several annexations and population has increased to 17,000 making your conclusions COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE.

  17. For Alamo, TX you show a picture of the Alamo Mission in San Antonio. That doesn’t inspire confidence in the quality of your research.

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