Most Dangerous Cities In Texas For 2021


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Lone Star State for 2021.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Texas and is updated for 2021.

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 2021.

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 312 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 2021 would be Humble.

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.

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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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Texas For 2021

Humble, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 16,157
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,169 (Second most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,404 (Most dangerous)
More on Humble:  Data | Photos

It's good to be humble, but it's dangerous to live in Humble, Texas, a city 20 miles north of Houston. While Humble took the top spot on this list thanks to its egregious amount of violent crime, Humble actually has the highest overall crime rate statewide, outstripping the national average by over 300%.

That's mostly due to a crazy high rate of property crime, with a typical resident facing a 1 in 9 chance of having their possessions damaged or stolen.

Sadly, the bad news doesn't end there. Humble also has the third highest frequency of rape cases in all of Texas, as well as the highest murder rate of any place on this list. If you need a moment to get away from the anxiety of high crime, the Mercer Botanic Gardens make for a good sanctuary.

Bellmead, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,817
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 915 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,916 (Second most dangerous)
More on Bellmead:  Data | Photos

Our tour of the most dangerous places to live in Texas takes u to Bellmead, a city just outside of Waco. Bellmead earned this spot on the list mostly thanks to having the 11th highest rate of violent crime in the state, with residents facing a 1 in 109 chance of being the victim of violence in a given year.

On the bright side, Bellmead didn't experience a single murder in 2019, but the odds being attacked are still quite high. Bellmead also has an uncomfortable amount of property crime, seeing as a resident has a 1 in 16 chance of having their stuff stolen or damaged.

In other words, if you're hanging out one of the parks that flank the suspension bridge to Waco, be sure to bring a buddy and get home before sunset.

Lubbock, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 259,208
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,008 (Tenth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,606 (Tenth most dangerous)
More on Lubbock:  Data | Photos

Located in the South Plains region of northwestern Texas, Lubbock comes in as the third most dangerous place to call home in the state. Lubbock experienced 10 murders in 2019, greatly contributing to the city's status as the place with the tenth highest rate of violent crime in the state.

Property crime is also quite high, with an average of 32 such cases happening every day in Lubbock. So when your parents tell you to be safe before sending you off to Texas Tech University, they're not just being paranoid.

Houston, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,355,606
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,072 (Fourth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,319 (17th most dangerous)
More on Houston:  Data | Photos

Houston, we have a problem: namely, crime. As far as the Houston-Dallas rivalry goes, Houston is the definite loser in terms of criminal activity, seeing as Dallas isn't even in the top fifty most dangerous cities statewide. Violent crime is the major problem in Houston, with 25,257 cases of people being killed, attacked, or raped in 2019. That adds up to a 1 in 93 chance of being the victim of such a crime -- not great.

You can still definitely have a nice day out at Discovery Green, downtown Houston's public urban park, but we do recommend buddying up after dark. That, and doing your best to avoid Houston's worst neighborhoods.

Donna, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 16,715
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 831 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,708 (Eighth most dangerous)
More on Donna:  Data | Photos

Located near the Mexico border in Hidalgo County, Donna ranks as the fifth most dangerous city in Texas.

Property crime ranks as the fifth worst in Texas, with over 787 cases recorded in 2019. So while you can find a steal at the Don West Flea Market, you can also probably find some folks who are perfectly willing to steal.

Violent crime in Donna could be worse, considering the city didn't have a single murder over the year. However, 101 aggravated assaults sounds pretty high for a city of just 16,715.

Lamesa, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 8,997
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 21)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 822 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,423 (13th most dangerous)
More on Lamesa:  Data | Photos

Located about an hour south of Lubbock, Lamesa ranks as Texas' sixth most dangerous city. And while Lamesa isn't quite so bad on crime as its northern neighbor, there are two categories where it really "shines."

For starters, Lamesa has the second highest burglary rate in the state, with about two going down each day on average. We just hope there's enough security to stop any would-be heisters from going after the Del Paso Museum.

Second, Lamesa had the fourth highest murder rate in Texas, which, by the way, also gives it the highest murder rate on this list.

Cleveland, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,284
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 16)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 591 (31st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,842 (Third most dangerous)
More on Cleveland:  Data | Photos

Good news, bad news situation with Cleveland. On the plus side, it's the least violent place on this list for 2019 and didn't experience a single rape in 2019, which is not common among cities that wind up on these things.

On the downside, Cleveland residents faced a 1 in 17 chance of being the victim of a property crime over the year -- the third highest rate in Texas. Fun fact -- Cleveland's Double Lake used to be Triple Lake until somebody came by and stole one.

Seriously though, the property crime rate in Cleveland is so high that the city actually had the third highest overall crime rate in Texas, despite its lower position on this list.

San Antonio, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,559,166
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 708 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,324 (16th most dangerous)
More on San Antonio:  Data | Photos

Texas' second-biggest city and home to the Alamo, San Antonio isn't quite the war zone it was back in 1836. Still, the city had 105 murders in 2019, and 11,046 violent crimes overall.

You'd also be well-advised to watch your pockets and purses when you're at the River Walk because San Antonio also had a whopping 51,469 larceny cases over the year. That's a lot of stolen phones and wallets.

Your car isn't all that safe in San Antonio either, seeing as more than 20 cars a day are stolen in the city.

Beaumont, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 118,562
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,046 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,615 (35th most dangerous)
More on Beaumont:  Data | Photos

The next stop on our tour of the most dangerous places in Texas is Beaumont, a city about 85 miles east of Houston. To give you some perspective of just how violent Beaumont is, you have a much greater chance of being attacked by a human being than an alligator in Gator Country. Seriously, there's a 1 in 95 chance of being assaulted, raped, or killed each year in Beaumont. Yikes.

So while Beaumont might have the lowest property crime rate of any city on this list, we think that a sixth highest place ranking in violent crime makes it a whole lot scarier.

Amarillo, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 201,036
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 719 (21st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,897 (24th most dangerous)
More on Amarillo:  Data | Photos

From the very far south, we head to the far north to reach Amarillo, the most populous city in the Texas Panhandle. While Alamo has been getting safer, Amarillo has been steadily getting more dangerous in recent years. Folks here have a 1 in 138 chance of being the victim of a violent crime over a year, with about three aggravated assaults taking place each day.

There were also 7,835 property crimes in 2019, which is quite high for a city of 201,036. On the fun side, Palo Duro Canyon, the second-biggest canyon in America is located just outside of Amarillo. Just be careful about taking pictures, or your visit could be just as dangerous as the city itself!

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Texas

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Texas for 2021?

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 2019 data, specifically the 2019 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2021.

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 312 cities in Texas.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 312 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 -- Humble. 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 Humble ranks as the most dangerous city in Texas for 2021.

We want to point out again that there's still safes places in Humble 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. Fulshear (Pop. 13,967)
  2. Fate (Pop. 15,378)
  3. Trophy Club (Pop. 13,031)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Texas?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Humble 16,157 1,169 10,404
2 Bellmead 10,817 915 5,916
3 Lubbock 259,208 1,008 4,606
4 Houston 2,355,606 1,072 4,319
5 Donna 16,715 831 4,708
6 Lamesa 8,997 822 4,423
7 Cleveland 8,284 591 5,842
8 San Antonio 1,559,166 708 4,324
9 Beaumont 118,562 1,046 3,615
10 Amarillo 201,036 719 3,897

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33 thoughts on “Most Dangerous Cities In Texas For 2021

  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……..

    1. I laughed as well. I lived in Humble for years and it was extremely safe. I now live in Livingston and it too is safe. I don’t know where this information is coming from?

  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.

      1. I can see why when you have people that don’t like cops. It growing. This day and age you can’t trust a cop with a badge and gun. Citizen today have a 1in 50 chance of being shot by cops in the US. Blacks have a 1 in 20 chance be shot by cops. Cops may argue the statistics because of being corrupt.

  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

    1. For info on family look at tge LDS website. They have more info than any group. Recently traced my family to Northern Ireland in the 1600’s. Really great information.

  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.

  18. I was thinking the same thing! I live near Alamo and the picture of the Alamo mission made think look through the rest of page thinking the whole thing was satire.

  19. I lived in Leon Valley Texas (NW Suburb of San Antonio). To see Leon Valley ranking as more dangerous than San Antonio proper Is a complete shock to and borders on the unbelievable. Seriously, would you rather be walking on the side of Bandera Road (in Leon Valley) at 1am, or walking on the side of South Zarsamora (in San Antonio) at 1am? It’s a no brainer. I too concur with Maladroid that saying “Alamo Texas” and putting up a picture of The Alamo (in downtown San Antonio) severely undermines potential credibility. Not to mention that the 2 places are over a hundred miles apart.

  20. Bellmead is over 100 miles away from Austin, not 30 miles. It’s north of Waco which is over an hour and a half away from Austin. Looks like a lot of the information in this article isn’t accurate so unfortunately that makes the whole article look inaccurate. Please make sure you’re reporting accurate location information if nothing else.

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