These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Texas For 2019


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

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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 for 2019:

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

After analyzing 327 cities in Texas, 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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Texas

Most Dangerous Cities In Texas Graph

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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.

Bellmead, TX

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

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 has seen recent crime trend upwards. Violent crime has increased in 2015-17, with most recent numbers showing an high 1 in 43 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Property crime is also high at 1 in 15.4 chance of being a victim.

Donna, TX

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

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.

3. Humble

Humble Location In Texas

Humble, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

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:  | 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?

Texarkana, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

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,

Alamo, TX

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

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

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

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.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

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

Coming in at number 7 on our list of most dangerous places in Texas, residents of Palmview had a 1 in 18.9 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Houston, TX

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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.

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

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

The smallest place to make this list, Elsa ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Texas.

There’s a 1 in 24.6 chance being robbed in 2017. Yikes.

San Antonio, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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 earns a 10th place ranking overall.

Between 2015-17, violent crime and property crime increased, leaving San Antonio residents with a 1 in 20.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

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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Detailed List Of 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
11 Amarillo 200,993 755 4,371
12 Sinton 5,614 801 4,114
13 Aransas Pass 8,431 628 5,076
14 Robstown 11,524 893 3,835
15 Leon Valley 11,508 582 5,822
16 Addison 15,795 601 4,893
17 Stafford 18,530 652 4,468
18 Terrell 17,579 648 4,511
19 Port Isabel 5,017 657 4,365
20 Levelland 13,901 870 3,697
21 Bastrop 8,755 582 4,785
22 Webster 11,149 511 7,570
23 Mercedes 16,762 584 4,253
24 Marshall 23,564 666 3,853
25 La Marque 16,796 535 4,477
26 Henderson 13,366 703 3,658
27 Paris 24,978 872 3,411
28 Port Arthur 55,583 680 3,653
29 Dalhart 8,366 908 3,287
30 Corpus Christi 329,256 702 3,565
31 Alice 19,311 466 5,338
32 Jasper 7,663 482 4,554
33 Balch Springs 25,199 765 3,400
34 Raymondville 11,151 681 3,488
35 Livingston 5,107 469 4,268
36 Dallas 1,338,551 774 3,185
37 Big Spring 28,747 577 3,579
38 Center 5,412 886 3,067
39 Gilmer 5,270 986 2,846
40 Lacy-Lakeview 6,633 633 3,346
41 Cleveland 8,183 659 3,238
42 Waco 135,997 507 3,594
43 Killeen 145,912 766 2,816
44 Galveston 51,021 503 3,508
45 Wharton 8,769 581 3,261
46 Corsicana 24,011 653 3,119
47 Lufkin 36,329 390 4,274
48 Atlanta 5,634 567 3,248
49 Texas City 48,774 485 3,493
50 Manor 9,102 494 3,482
51 Mexia 7,441 551 3,265
52 Borger 12,791 398 4,018
53 Mount Pleasant 16,316 459 3,554
54 Fort Worth 873,069 560 3,215
55 Mesquite 144,406 426 3,645
56 Longview 82,303 481 3,405
57 Lancaster 39,225 565 3,179
58 Bay City 17,842 521 3,228
59 Windcrest 5,939 319 6,634
60 Odessa 121,194 752 2,656
61 Gainesville 16,372 519 3,225
62 Carthage 6,753 414 3,672
63 Crockett 6,481 663 2,792
64 Arlington 397,377 516 3,197
65 Brownwood 19,133 423 3,512
66 Weslaco 40,554 362 4,019
67 Kingsville 26,048 418 3,551
68 Jacksonville 14,955 715 2,581
69 Harlingen 65,617 355 4,104
70 Pleasanton 10,563 369 3,890
71 Sweetwater 10,726 428 3,365
72 Copperas Cove 32,895 696 2,571
73 Marble Falls 6,358 377 3,680
74 Lindale 6,044 397 3,524
75 Hondo 9,353 427 3,271
76 Tyler 106,115 437 3,144
77 Forest Hill 13,044 475 2,874
78 Baytown 76,704 375 3,491
79 Willis 6,450 651 2,496
80 Seguin 29,132 384 3,398
81 Edinburg 89,595 333 3,764
82 San Angelo 101,931 276 4,413
83 Kirby 8,746 423 3,144
84 Katy 17,669 322 3,780
85 Austin 971,949 414 3,189
86 Hillsboro 8,348 275 4,372
87 San Benito 24,503 310 3,713
88 Duncanville 39,603 467 2,739
89 Vernon 10,378 366 3,256
90 Liberty 9,308 558 2,449
91 Hutchins 5,693 281 3,864
92 Victoria 68,544 316 3,553
93 Sherman 42,122 375 3,100
94 Gladewater 6,422 420 2,787
95 Orange 19,552 675 2,148
96 Groves 15,701 503 2,420
97 Wichita Falls 104,706 357 3,110
98 Palestine 18,316 709 1,987
99 Burkburnett 11,142 412 2,701
100 Pasadena 154,000 461 2,450

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24 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Texas For 2019

  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.

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