These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places In Texas


Here are the Lone Star State’s real danger zones, according to the FBI.

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Texas has a certain reputation going for it. Besides the whole cultural stranglehold the Lone Star State has on the entire region, it’s widely viewed as a land of rebels and pride. They still lead the country in death penalty executions down there. And, not too long ago, if found guilty, you could face execution for cattle rustling.

You’d think with the whole, ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ thing, and the fact that people can carry concealed weapons here, crime would be a lot less likely. But it is not. Just like in all other states, there’s a high number of crimes being committed in certain areas of the state.

Just where are the danger hot spots in Texas? After analyzing more than 200 of the most populous cities in Texas, the data has determined that the 10 most dangerous places to live in Texas are:

  1. Weslaco
  2. Texarkana
  3. Alamo
  4. Donna
  5. Beaumont
  6. Alice
  7. Houston
  8. Balch Springs
  9. Humble
  10. Palestine

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom for a complete chart to check how your city ranked. Hint: It looks like the further south you get (near Brownsville), the higher the chances are that you’ll be the victim of a major crime.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Texas

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last three years of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year.

Violent crimes are defined as rapes, murders, robberies and aggravated assaults.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 10,000 people as of 2013, which is the last year the report was available. This left us with a total of 211 cities in Texas to rank.

Additionally, we made 2013 factor more heavily than 2012, since more recent crimes are a bigger determining factor in how dangerous a place is.

Read on below to see which cities are the most dangerous, or scroll to the bottom of the post to see a list of how all cities in Texas ranked.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where crimes occurred most frequently.

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1. Weslaco

Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Source: PoliceCarArchives.org

Population: 37,248
Violent crime ranking: 4
Property crime ranking: 2

Weslaco is, by far, the most dangerous city in the state of Texas. Just a short drive from Brownsville (and the Mexican border), Weslaco residents have a 1 in 95 chance of being the victim of a violent crime – meaning raped, murdered or attacked.

Violent crimes in Weslaco have more than doubled since 2011, and property crimes have gone up significantly here as well.

2. Texarkana

Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Source: City-data.com

Population: 37,467
Violent crime ranking: 7
Property crime ranking: 6

No surprises here that Texarkana ranked so high on the list, because just a week ago, 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 16 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,

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3. Alamo

Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Source: Google Maps

Population: 18,876
Violent crime ranking: 9
Property crime ranking: 4

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 115 residents has the chance of being the victim of a violent crime here.

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

4. Donna

Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Source: Google Maps

Population: 16,320
Violent crime ranking: 10
Property crime ranking: 5

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 15 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.

5. Beaumont

Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 118,000
Violent crime ranking: 2
Property crime ranking: 16

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.

6. Alice

Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Source: Google Maps

Population: 19.673
Violent crime ranking: 13
Property crime ranking: 7

Alice, Texas, just a short drive north of Raymondville in eastern Texas, is a very dangerous place for property crimes in Texas. In 2013, 1 in 16 residents here was the unfortunate victim of a property crime.

Perhaps it’s a coincidence that over the last 15 years, the population of Alice has peaked.

7. Houston

Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Source: Flickr user Patrick Feller

Population: 2,180,606
Violent crime ranking: 6
Property crime ranking: 21

The rivalry between Dallas and Houston is turned up a notch here, as Houston is the seventh-most dangerous place in the state of Texas. Dallas, on the other hand, is 28th, while Fort Worth ranks 36th.

The population of Houston might make these statistics stand out like a sore thumb, but in 2013, more than 21,000 people were either killed, attacked or raped in Houston. Wow.

8. Balch Springs

Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Source: Balch Springs PD on Facebook

Population: 25,186
Violent crime ranking: 15
Property crime ranking: 12

Little Balch Springs, a suburb of Dallas, is almost statistically, as dangerous as Houston, at least in terms of crimes per resident. People in Balch Springs need to watch their backs: 1 out of 18 of them was robbed two years ago.

9. Humble

Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,473
Violent crime ranking: 24
Property crime ranking: 3

Tiny Humble, the smallest city by far in our top 20, is where muggers go to thrive. There were the third-most robberies per capita in the entire state in 2013 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?

10. Palestine

Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

Source: Billy Hawthorne

Population: 18,453
Violent crime ranking: 18
Property crime ranking: 13

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After a year that saw violent crimes spike in 2012 (1 out of 113 residents were the victim of a violent attack that year), things have settled a bit in Palestine. Still, when almost 1 in 15 people in town are the victim of some type of robbery, it can be a little scary to leave the house at night.

There You Have It

Every single city at the top of our list is east and south of Dallas. Feel free to draw your own conclusions from the data. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

The Safest Cities in Texas

  1. Murphy (population 19,347)
  2. Colleyville (population 24,239)
  3. Flower Mound (68,835)
  4. Highland Village (15,754)
  5. Memorial Villages (population 11.660)

Detailed Statistics For Dangerous Cities In Texas

See all the data here.

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City Population Danger Score Rank
Weslaco 37248 3 1
Texarkana 37467 6.5 2
Alamo 18876 6.5 3
Donna 16320 7.5 4
Beaumont 118177 9 5
Alice 19673 10 6
Houston 2180606 13.5 7
Balch Springs 25186 13.5 8
Humble 15473 13.5 9
Palestine 18458 15.5 10
Lubbock 237875 19 11
Paris 25048 20.5 12
San Antonio 1399725 21 13
Greenville 25895 22 14
Mercedes 16480 23.5 15
Corsicana 23940 23.5 15
Sweetwater 10604 25.5 17
Henderson 13837 25.5 17
Jacksonville 14816 25.5 17
Gainesville 16089 25.5 17
Uvalde 16218 27.5 21
Port Arthur 54032 27.5 21
Corpus Christi 314523 29.5 23
Borger 13034 29.5 23
La Marque 14976 30 25
Hurst 38456 30.5 26
Dallas 1255015 33 27
Amarillo 196577 33.5 28
Galveston 48067 34.5 29
Pampa 18471 35 30
Webster 11116 36 31
Longview 81273 37 32
Raymondville 11164 39.5 33
Odessa 108265 40 34
Fort Worth 789035 40 34
Vidor 10984 41 36
Marshall 25169 43.5 37
South Houston 17445 44.5 38
Big Spring 27640 44.5 38
Edinburg 82271 45 40
Victoria 64979 45.5 41
Waco 127570 45.5 41
Mineral Wells 16717 46.5 43
Kilgore 13938 48.5 44
Wichita Falls 104514 48.5 44
Harlingen 65885 49.5 46
Brownwood 18873 51 47
Baytown 73709 51 47
Austin 859180 51 47
Tyler 100033 52 50
Arlington 378765 52 50
Terrell 16233 53 52
Laredo 247353 53.5 53
Levelland 13681 54 54
Addison 15961 54 54
Snyder 11459 56 56
Denison 22652 56.5 57
Stafford 18034 58 58
Killeen 136539 58.5 59
Leon Valley 10833 58.5 59
Lancaster 38209 60 61
Kingsville 26198 60.5 62
Orange 19057 66.5 63
San Juan 35588 68.5 64
Abilene 119401 68.5 64
Ennis 18679 70.5 66
Belton 19734 71 67
Live Oak 14541 71.5 68
Groves 15725 72 69
Cleburne 29327 72 69
Mesquite 144313 73 71
Bay City 17429 76.5 72
Brownsville 181590 76.5 72
Pasadena 153195 77 74
Andrews 12529 79.5 75
Bryan 78578 81.5 76
Vernon 10703 82 77
Seguin 26635 82 77
San Marcos 51786 83 79
Tomball 11029 83.5 80
Duncanville 39811 85 81
Plainview 22225 85.5 82
Sherman 39377 87.5 83
Huntsville 39990 87.5 83
Nacogdoches 34413 88 85
Texas City 45793 88 85
Lockhart 12971 88.5 87
Harker Heights 28125 88.5 87
El Campo 11525 89 89
Mount Pleasant 16101 90.5 90
Conroe 62962 91 91
San Angelo 96661 92.5 92
Converse 20115 93.5 93
Pharr 73932 93.5 93
Desoto 51703 94.5 95
Azle 11304 96 96
Freeport 12090 96.5 97
Rio Grande City 13971 98 98
Nederland 17464 98 98
Katy 14837 98.5 100
Bedford 48513 98.5 100
Copperas Cove 33780 101 102
College Station 98919 102.5 103
Haltom City 43676 103 104
Garland 235683 104 105
El Paso 679700 106.5 106
Brenham 16268 107 107
Farmers Branch 29609 107 107
Burkburnett 10829 108.5 109
New Braunfels 61651 108.5 109
Angleton 19016 109 111
Robstown 11665 109.5 112
McAllen 136169 110 113
Grand Prairie 183822 110.5 114
Hereford 15327 111 115
Cedar Hill 46918 114 116
Richmond 11841 115 117
Midland 122259 116.5 118
Dickinson 19204 118 119
Glenn Heights 11853 120 120
Denton 123260 122 121
Dumas 15074 123 122
Lewisville 100710 123 122
Euless 53236 123.5 124
Universal City 19344 124 125
Irving 228367 124 125
Bonham 10050 125 127
Boerne 11857 125 127
Kerrville 22484 125 127
Waxahachie 31530 125.5 130
Grapevine 49075 125.5 130
North Richland Hills 65899 125.5 130
Alvin 25110 126 133
Eagle Pass 27578 126.5 134
Stephenville 18595 127 135
Portland 15572 127.5 136
White Settlement 16703 128 137
Beeville 13181 128.5 138
Taylor 16317 129 139
Port Neches 12773 132 140
Rosenberg 32059 132 140
Seagoville 15652 132.5 142
Mission 81360 136.5 143
Burleson 39714 138 144
Kyle 31732 139.5 145
Richardson 104577 139.5 145
Del Rio 35499 142 147
Carrollton 127459 142.5 148
Red Oak 11168 146 149
Galena Park 11097 148.5 150
Lumberton 12081 150.5 151
Plano 275795 150.5 151
Watauga 24210 151.5 153
Schertz 35882 152.5 154
Round Rock 108577 152.5 154
McKinney 146869 153.5 156
Crowley 13804 156.5 157
Pearland 98183 157 158
Lake Jackson 27273 157.5 159
Sulphur Springs 15613 158 160
Socorro 32891 162 161
Weatherford 26702 163 162
La Porte 34671 163 162
Robinson 11237 163.5 164
Santa Fe 12565 164 165
Benbrook 22157 164 165
Sugar Land 83460 164.5 167
Buda 10098 165 168
Rowlett 58177 167 169
Forney 16257 167.5 170
League City 89596 168 171
Midlothian 19425 169.5 172
Fredericksburg 10768 170.5 173
Mansfield 60179 170.5 173
Lakeway 12815 171.5 175
Cedar Park 59948 171.5 175
Alton 14756 172 177
Georgetown 53844 173 178
Pflugerville 53007 175.5 179
Bellaire 17617 176 180
Gatesville 16072 176.5 181
Rockwall 40622 176.5 181
Missouri City 69487 177 183
Frisco 131769 177.5 184
Seabrook 12580 179 185
The Colony 39903 180 186
Prosper 12501 181.5 187
Little Elm 29958 183 188
Corinth 20692 187 189
Horizon City 19439 188.5 190
Leander 30657 188.5 190
Canyon 14026 189 192
Southlake 28062 189.5 193
Allen 91289 191.5 194
Royse City 10132 192 195
Hewitt 13944 192 195
Cibolo 21690 192 195
Coppell 40449 192.5 198
Wylie 45138 193 199
Sachse 21986 196.5 200
University Park 24031 196.5 200
Trophy Club 10173 200 202
Hutto 19513 202 203
Keller 42644 202 203
Friendswood 37226 203 205
Memorial Villages 11660 205 206
Highland Village 15754 205 206
Flower Mound 68835 205.5 208
Colleyville 24289 209 209
Murphy 19347 210 210

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20 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places 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

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