10 Most Dangerous Cities In Texas For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Lone Star State for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Texas and is updated for 2020.

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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 2020.

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 334 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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Texas for 2020:

  1. Bellmead (Photos)
  2. Humble (Photos)
  3. Lubbock (Photos)
  4. Bastrop (Photos)
  5. Palmview
  6. Livingston (Photos)
  7. Houston (Photos)
  8. Amarillo (Photos)
  9. Alamo (Photos)
  10. Beaumont (Photos)

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 2020 would be Bellmead.

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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Texas

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Texas For 2020

Bellmead, TX

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Population: 10,587
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,294 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,196 (4th most dangerous)
More on Bellmead:  Data | Photos

Bellmead makes it into the top 10 most dangerous in Texas. After a huge growth spurt in the 60’s and 70’s, people are actually leaving Bellmead in droves, which could be in part to its high criminal population.

As of the last FBI report, crime in Bellmead has been ticking upwards, and statistically, 1 in 16.1 residents here was recently the victim of a robbery or car theft.

Review Of Bellmead by HomeSnacks User

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”

Humble, TX

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Population: 16,122
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 899 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,688 (1st most dangerous)
More on Humble:  Data | Photos

Tiny Humble, the smallest city by far in our top 20, is where muggers go to thrive. There were the most robberies per capita in the entire state in 2018 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?

Review Of Humble by HomeSnacks User

Crime is low in most areas, but there are places to avoid. I love living here overall.

Best places are Pappas Seafood and ShowBiz. No matter what part of town you live in you are always close to fun and food.

Lubbock, TX

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Population: 257,372
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 996 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,562 (14th most dangerous)
More on Lubbock:  Data | Photos

Lubbock has seen a rapid rise in its violent crime in recent years.

Between 2017-2018, the rate of violent crime increased a staggering amount, leaving Lubbock residents a 1 in 100 chance of being the victim of rape, murder, or assault in 2018.

Property crime also went up during this interval, but that’s a lot less scary than the boom in violence.

Review Of Lubbock by HomeSnacks User

There is nothing to do in Lubbock except get drunk. College students turn into actual alcoholics because there is no remotely fun activities.

You have to stay indoors when there is a dust storm. I was once caught outside in a dust storm, and I literally couldn’t see one foot ahead of me. I had dust in my hair for days. I wanted to die.

Bastrop, TX

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Population: 9,050
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 17)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,038 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,298 (18th most dangerous)
More on Bastrop:  Data | Photos

Bastrop, a smaller town with almost 9,050 residents, is, according to the FBI, a very dangerous place.

There were more than 94 violent crimes here in 2018, meaning that 1 in 96 residents was the victim of a serious attack. Crime seems to be ticking up here as well, as violent crimes have gone up 10% since 2017.

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Population: 5,842
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 821 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,484 (15th most dangerous)
More on Palmview:  Data

A city in Hidalgo County, Palmview 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 121 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.

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

Livingston, TX

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Population: 5,128
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 29)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 702 (21st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,050 (9th most dangerous)
More on Livingston:  Data | Photos

Livingston is the 6th most dangerous city in Texas, and places 9th for property crime.

Though the city has seen a 12% drop in property crime in recent years, anyone in Livingston still faced a 1 in 19.8 chance of being robbed in 2018 when within city limits.

Violent crime is relatively high, and the numbers aren’t getting better or worse, but the 1 in 142 chance of being the victim of violence makes Livingston pretty dangerous.

Houston, TX

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Population: 2,344,966
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,026 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,009 (27th most dangerous)
More on Houston:  Data | Photos

The rivalry between Dallas and Houston is turned up a notch here, as Houston is the 7th-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 2018, more than 24,062 people were either killed, attacked or raped in Houston. Wow.

Review Of Houston by HomeSnacks User

The area in Houston that I live the crime level is average, not very much but it does exist. Houston has so many exciting things to do and see. You can visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science or the Downtown Aquarium or you can dine at one of our many fine eateries.

Houston is such a huge city, but every community has its charm. I love our Hermann Park and Houston Zoo area. You can visit the Miller Outdoor Theater and catch a free theatrical or musical performance under the stars. There is beautiful diversity of people in Houston, so naturally there are many different cultures and types of food to experience here.

Amarillo, TX

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Population: 201,082
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 806 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,193 (23rd most dangerous)
More on Amarillo:  Data | Photos

Amarillo is way out on Route 26 near Wyoming. If you’re passing through, lock your car doors. Residents here have a 1 in 23.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime, which is the second highest in the state.

Job growth is negative here, which isn’t a good sign. Crime is typically contained on the south end of town.

Alamo, TX

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Population: 19,840
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 655 (26th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,803 (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 152 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

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Population: 119,368
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,059 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,783 (37th most dangerous)
More on Beaumont:  Data | Photos

Beaumont is, essentially the 4th most dangerous place in the state of Texas for violent crimes.

Residents in Beaumont have a staggering 1 in 94 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.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Texas for 2020?

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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

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 334 cities in Texas.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 334 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 2020.

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. Trophy Club (Pop. 13,090)
  2. Hutto (Pop. 26,924)
  3. Fulshear (Pop. 13,790)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Texas?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Bellmead 10,587 1,294 6,196
2 Humble 16,122 899 9,688
3 Lubbock 257,372 996 4,562
4 Bastrop 9,050 1,038 4,298
5 Palmview 5,842 821 4,484
6 Livingston 5,128 702 5,050
7 Houston 2,344,966 1,026 4,009
8 Amarillo 201,082 806 4,193
9 Alamo 19,840 655 4,803
10 Beaumont 119,368 1,059 3,783

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27 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Texas For 2020

  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.

      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

  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.

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