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.
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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Texas
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Texas For 2019
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.
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.
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?
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,
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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:
- Fair Oaks Ranch (Pop. 9,042)
- Melissa (Pop. 9,270)
- Kermit (Pop. 6,459)
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