These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Texas For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Lone Star State for 2018.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Texas?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Texas — and anyone looking to move to Texas — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Lone Star State:

  1. Bellmead (Photos)
  2. Palmview
  3. Cleveland (Photos)
  4. Humble (Photos)
  5. Lubbock (Photos)
  6. Alamo (Photos)
  7. Donna (Photos)
  8. Texarkana (Photos)
  9. La Marque (Photos)
  10. Beaumont (Photos)

Why did Bellmead take the top spot? For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on. 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.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Texas for 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

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 331 cities in Texas.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 331 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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Texas Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Texas.

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1. Bellmead

Bellmead, Texas

Population: 10,212
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,488
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,265
Bellmead earns the top spot on this list mostly by having a terrible rate of property crime, with residents facing a ridiculously high 1 in 13.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2016.

That means that, statistically, almost every neighborhood in Bellmead has at least one resident who’s the victim of theft or arson each year.

Don’t let the 2nd place ranking for violence fool you either — for every 67 residents in Bellmead, there was 1 instance of violent crime in 2016, which is makes violence pretty darn common in Bellmead.

2. Palmview


Population: 5,763
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,440
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,205
Palmview is the smallest city to make this list, but don’t let that fool you — the city is also one of the most violent in the state.

Palmview residents had a 1 in 69 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016.

The only reason Palmview is so low on this list is because it has the lowest frequency of property crime (about 1 per 300 residents in 2016) of any city on this list.

3. Cleveland

Cleveland, Texas

Population: 7,893
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 899
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,637
Cleveland, located in Liberty County, is the 3rd most dangerous and 13th most violent city in Texas.

Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

4. Humble

Humble, Texas

Population: 15,770
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 767
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,936
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 2016 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?

5. Lubbock

Lubbock, Texas

Population: 252,900
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,083
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,006
A bigger city in Texas, Lubbock finds itself as the 5th most dangerous city in Texas.

Lubbock has plenty of both types of crime — violent crime now sits at 7th worst in Texas while property crime is 21st worst.

6. Alamo

Alamo, Texas

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,409
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 855
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,219
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 116 residents has the chance of being the victim of a violent crime here.

Additionally, Alamo is the 15th-highest city in terms of thefts in the state of Texas.

7. Donna

Donna, Texas

Source: Public domain

Population: 16,672
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,073
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,834
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 20.7 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.

8. Texarkana

Texarkana, Texas

Population: 37,442
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 838
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,007
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 20.0 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,

9. La Marque

La Marque, Texas

Population: 16,191
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 759
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,218
A city in Galveston County, La Marque has seen crime become a problem over the last decade.

Perhaps that has something to do with the high rate of violent crime, with residents facing a 1 in 131 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.

On the bright side, instances of property crime fell during this time period.

10. Beaumont

Beaumont, Texas

Source: Public domain

Population: 118,283
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,112
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,282
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.

Locking It All Up In Texas

The latest FBI crime data shows that Bellmead ranks as the most dangerous city in Texas for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Bellmead’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Texas:

  1. Kermit
  2. Colleyville
  3. Fairview

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Texas

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Bellmead 1 2 10,212 1,488 7,265
Palmview 2 5 5,763 1,440 5,205
Cleveland 3 1 7,893 899 5,637
Humble 4 3 15,770 767 9,936
Lubbock 5 7 252,900 1,083 5,006
Alamo 6 6 19,409 855 5,219
Donna 7 4 16,672 1,073 4,834
Texarkana 8 8 37,442 838 5,007
La Marque 9 16,191 759 5,218
Beaumont 10 16 118,283 1,112 4,282
Aransas Pass 11 39 8,603 674 5,451
Houston 12 10 2,334,348 1,026 4,320
San Antonio 13 15 1,498,642 717 5,190
Port Isabel 14 9 5,015 797 4,725
Addison 15 51 16,067 628 5,228
Webster 16 32 11,213 544 7,509
Amarillo 17 17 200,141 706 4,732
Alice 18 19,464 560 6,524
Henderson 19 28 13,491 763 4,232
Center 20 14 5,218 613 4,848
Terrell 21 42 17,211 598 4,886
Wharton 22 29 8,706 562 5,053
Big Spring 23 13 29,189 596 4,816
Paris 24 50 24,706 684 4,007
Atlanta 25 37 5,594 625 4,326
Dalhart 26 104 8,455 839 3,619
Robstown 27 25 11,596 1,741 3,423
Gilmer 28 41 5,246 762 3,698
Bastrop 29 77 8,447 473 6,475
Jasper 30 30 7,617 498 5,290
Lamesa 31 43 9,429 636 3,934
Corpus Christi 32 53 327,948 709 3,719
Port Lavaca 33 78 12,458 899 3,443
Elsa 34 131 6,861 670 3,745
Pampa 35 23 18,228 554 4,591
Sweetwater 36 48 10,785 454 5,387
Marshall 37 60 23,876 573 4,112
Corsicana 38 36 23,974 659 3,666
Jacksonville 39 62 14,950 775 3,431
Levelland 40 26 13,997 600 3,757
Odessa 41 19 123,209 808 3,342
Dallas 42 52 1,320,939 762 3,399
Crockett 43 84 6,480 632 3,595
Raymondville 44 11 11,104 720 3,368
Sinton 45 81 5,756 920 3,196
Livingston 46 5,140 505 4,085
Weslaco 47 31 39,987 430 4,844
Hondo 48 112 9,178 719 3,334
Stafford 49 69 18,602 516 3,832
Mexia 50 40 7,393 825 3,151
Mercedes 51 38 16,830 499 3,969
Gainesville 52 34 16,349 599 3,443
Balch Springs 53 12 25,474 573 3,489
Waco 54 49 133,790 519 3,649
Texas City 55 113 48,095 517 3,657
Port Arthur 56 21 55,510 652 3,294
Edinburg 57 44 86,535 409 4,833
Rockport 58 82 10,725 354 5,510
Mathis 59 5,062 1,007 2,884
San Angelo 60 72 101,870 364 4,899
Harlingen 61 129 65,913 426 3,929
Leon Valley 62 66 11,376 316 6,847
Mount Pleasant 63 47 16,058 454 3,643
Mineral Wells 64 125 14,391 389 4,509
Palestine 65 20 18,194 1,319 2,588
Windcrest 66 118 5,877 323 5,972
Galveston 67 74 50,667 481 3,495
Lacy-Lakeview 68 22 6,629 467 3,545
Willis 69 80 6,401 796 2,812
Marble Falls 70 160 6,323 363 4,712
Fort Worth 71 63 851,849 526 3,301
Navasota 72 67 7,545 755 2,849
Lancaster 73 46 39,219 571 3,205
Pleasanton 74 83 10,013 339 4,983
Lufkin 75 57 36,581 379 4,215
Mesquite 76 87 145,786 413 3,795
Gladewater 77 91 6,427 622 3,096
Los Fresnos 78 116 6,716 640 3,022
Lindale 79 71 5,883 441 3,535
Vernon 80 143 10,495 571 3,144
Carthage 81 27 6,858 349 4,593
Arlington 82 70 392,666 557 3,153
Gonzales 83 65 7,609 1,195 2,523
Abilene 84 35 122,523 445 3,484
Seguin 85 130 28,319 391 3,799
Wichita Falls 86 93 104,685 425 3,566
Cameron 87 95 5,445 514 3,287
Killeen 88 90 143,248 695 2,754
Manor 89 124 8,200 439 3,402
Baytown 90 111 77,224 391 3,700
Liberty 91 79 9,169 403 3,588
Forest Hill 92 154 12,984 462 3,288
Orange 93 61 19,493 646 2,718
Austin 94 86 956,911 407 3,505
Littlefield 95 92 6,033 812 2,502
Kilgore 96 55 15,258 419 3,427
Bay City 97 75 17,595 323 4,256
Duncanville 98 115 40,075 506 3,116
San Benito 99 59 24,535 330 3,990
Bryan 100 99 83,286 504 3,064

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22 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Texas For 2018

  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

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