Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Texas?
We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.
So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Texas.
The result is the 10 Murder Capitals of the Lone Star State for 2019:
- La Marque (Photos)
- Dallas (Photos)
- Beaumont (Photos)
- Houston (Photos)
- Killeen (Photos)
- Harker Heights
- Denison (Photos)
- Greenville (Photos)
- San Antonio (Photos)
- Bay City (Photos)
The city with highest murder rate in Texas? That would be Willow Park with 37.2 murders per 100,000 people.
While the city with highest number of murders period? Houston with 269.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 147 cities in Texas where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 180 places had no murder.
If you’re curious, here are the places in Texas which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Denton, College Station, New Braunfels, Rowlett, Pflugerville.
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How we calculated the murder capitals of 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 year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.
We only looked every single city in Texas for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 147 cities to rank.
Finally, averaged two scores:
- The raw number of murders in each city
- The murders per person
We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with one murder.
We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently.
La Marque is a city south of Houston, Texas. The city population in 2010 was 14,509. La Marque experienced considerable growth in the 1950s. During this period of growth, La Marque provided a general administrative, trades and crafts workforce helping to support the petrochemical complex in adjoining Texas City. It is the hometown of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Norman Bulaich.
Dallas is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the most populous city in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, which is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city’s population ranks ninth in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. The city’s prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. The bulk of the city is in Dallas County, of which it is the county seat; however, sections of the city are located in Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. According to the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 1,197,816. The United States Census Bureau’s estimate for the city’s population increased to 1,317,929 as of July 1, 2016.
Beaumont is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas in the United States, within the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located in Southeast Texas on the Neches River about 90mi east of Houston, Beaumont city had a population of 118,296 at the time of the 2010 census, making it the twenty-fourth-most populous city in the state of Texas.
Houston HYOO-stn) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated 2016 population of 2.303million within a land area of 599.59 square miles. It is also the largest city in the Southern United States, and the seat of HarrisCounty. Located in Southeast Texas near the Gulf of Mexico, it is the principal city of the Greater Houston metro area, which is the fifth-most populated MSA in the United States.
Killeen is a city in Bell County, Texas, United States. According to the 2010 census, its population was 127,921, making it the 21st-most populous city in Texas. It is the principal city of the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Rank Last Year: 146
Murders: 5 (26th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.5 (18th Most)
More on Harker Heights: Data
Harker Heights is a city in Bell County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census there were 26,700 people, 9,488 households, and 7,139 families residing in the city, up from a population of 17,308 in 2000. This makes Harker Heights the third largest city in Bell County, after Killeen and Temple. Incorporated in 1960, the city derives its name from one of the two original landowners and founder, Harley Kern. Harker Heights is part of the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area. People usually refer to the town as just “Heights”.
Denison is a city in Grayson County, Texas, United States. It is 75 miles north of Dallas. The population was 22,682 at the 2010 census. Denison is part of the Texoma region and is one of two principal cities in the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Denision is known as the birthplace of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States.
Greenville is a North Texas city located in central Hunt County, approximately 50 miles from Dallas. It is the county seat and largest city of Hunt County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 25,557.
San Antonio, officially the City of San Antonio, is the seventh most populous city in the United States and the second most populous city in both Texas and the Southern United States. Founded as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost in 1718, the city became the first chartered civil settlement in Texas in 1731, making it the state’s oldest municipality. The city’s deep history is contrasted with its rapid growth: it was the fastest-growing of the top ten largest cities in the United States from 2000 to 2010, and the second from 1990 to 2000. Straddling the regional divide between South and Central Texas, San Antonio anchors the southwestern corner of an urban megaregion colloquially known as the “Texas Triangle”.
There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Texas For 2019
If you’re looking at the places in Texas with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. 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.
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