Texas is known for everything from barbeque and the Alamo, to live music and the cattle industry. Everything is bigger in Texas, and for some cities, that applies to the crime rate.
Most of the crime in Texas is centralized to cities, and big cities like Houston are among the most dangerous. Property crime is rampant throughout many cities in the Lone Star State. However, sadly, violence is a part of life in many Texas cities as well with 117,927 reports.
There is so much rich history, culture, and great food in Texas. You can’t let the crime totally outshine some of the great things Texas has to offer. With that said, you should still exercise caution in many cities.
Follow along and see which cities in Texas are the most dangerous.
Table of Contents
- 1. Bellmead
- 2. Humble
- 3. Lubbock
- 4. Bastrop
- 5. Palmview
- 6. Livingston
- 7. Houston
- 8. Alamo
- 9. Amarillo
- 10. Beaumont
- Crime Rates in Texas Cities for 2020
- (More) Dangerous Texas Cities
- Is Texas A Safe Place To Live?
- How To Stay Safe In Texas
- Related Questions
- Summing It Up
- Violent Crime Rate Per 1K: 12.79
- Property Crime Rate Per 1K: 61.22
- Reported Crimes: 793
- Population: 10,715
Bellmead has made the top 10 most dangerous cities in Texas for years now. Crime has only gotten worse in Bellmead, and now the mid-sized city is the worst. Crime is so common in Bellmead that 74 out of 1,000 people are a victim to a crime.
Residents of Bellmead have recently reported 793 crimes. You are more likely to be a victim of a property crime than a violent crime in Bellmead. The majority of the reported crimes are theft and burglary, which account for 656 reports.
The violent crime that is most concerning in Bellmead is assault. Assault occurs at a rate of 10 per 1,000 people in Bellmead. Luckily, there have been no murders reported in Bellmead recently.
- Violent Crime Rate Per 1K: 9.48
- Property Crime Rate Per 1K: 100.37
- Reported Crimes: 1,762
- Population: 16,041
If there is one thing that you are most at risk for in Humble, it is property crime. In Humble, the theft rate is 77 for every 1,000 residents. You risk a 1 out of 10 chance for theft, burglary, and vehicle theft in Humble.
Navigating Humble safely can be tricky because dangerous areas are spread throughout the city. The center of Humble, South Houston Ave, and Bridgedale Lane are not safe, especially at night.
You are not as likely to suffer a violent crime in Humble as you would a property crime. However, you still face a 1 out of 106 risk of being robbed, assaulted, or murdered in Humble
- Violent Crime Rate Per 1K: 10.07
- Property Crime Rate Per 1K: 47.04
- Reported Crimes: 14,614
- Population: 255,885
Lubbock is a huge city, and its limits cover 135.9 square miles. There are 118 crimes for each square mile in Lubbock. Theft makes up 8,505 of recent crime reports in Lubbock and affects 33 out of 1,000 residents.
Violent crime is twice as common in Lubbock as the rest of Texas. For every 99 Lubbock natives, 1 of them will fall victim to robbery, assault, rape, or murder. There are 7 assaults for every 1,000 people in Lubbock.
Big, dangerous cities often have a high poverty rate. Lubbock is no exception, and 19.8% of residents live in poverty.
- Violent Crime Rate Per 1K: 9.98
- Property Crime Rate Per 1K: 41.3
- Reported Crimes: 483
- Population: 9,420
Bastrop is one of the smaller Texas cities on this list. The small city only spans 9.34 square miles, and 51 out of 1,000 residents experience a crime. There are 53 crimes per square mile in Bastrop, which is almost double the rest of Texas.
There aren’t nearly as many crimes in Bastrop as Lubbock, but the small population relative to crime makes it dangerous. Property crimes such as theft and burglary are most common in Bastrop. Bastrop residents risk a 1 out of 24 chance of property crime.
Avoid areas like Wyldwood and central city where crime is more common. The poverty rate is only 12.9%, which is low compared to other dangerous cities.
- Violent Crime Rate Per 1K: 8.31
- Property Crime Rate Per 1K: 36.4
- Reported Crimes: 310
- Population: 5,644
If the poverty rate wasn’t so high in Palmview, it might be safer. Over 27% of Palmview residents are in poverty. That means that over 1,500 people in Palmview live below the poverty line.
The exorbitant poverty level has a lot to do with the 262 recent property crimes. Violent crimes make up 48 of the 310 recent crimes, and assault is widespread for such a small city. Recently, Palmview residents reported 38 assaults and 9 robberies.
Palmview is only safer than 2% of other Texas cities. Sadly, 1 out of every 19 people in Palmview are victims of either violent or property crimes.
- Violent Crime Rate Per 1K: 7.02
- Property Crime Rate Per 1K: 50.51
- Reported Crimes: 295
- Population: 5,128
If you put Livingston’s crime reports in a bigger city it would be safe. However, Livingston is a tiny city and its frequent property crimes drive its crime rate up. In Livingston, 58 out of 1,000 residents suffer a violent or property crime.
Stay away from neighborhoods like West Livingston and Seven Oaks where it is quite dangerous. You are at major risk for property crime in Livingston. Theft, vehicle theft, and burglary affect 1 out of 20 Livingston residents.
Livingston has humble parameters and only stretches across 14 square miles. There are 34 crimes per square mile in Livingston.
- Violent Crime Rate Per 1K: 10.46
- Property Crime Rate Per 1K: 41.25
- Reported Crimes: 120,256
- Population: 2,325,502
If you have heard of Texas, chances are you have heard of Houston. Houston is a sprawling, lively city home to 192 crimes per square mile. Houston has a massive 669 square mile span, and crime occurs throughout the whole city.
There are so many neighborhoods and small pockets of Houston. However, neighborhoods like Bordersville and Fairbanks are highly dangerous. Violent crime affects 1 out of 96 people in Houston.
Property crime is also common, with 95,926 recent reports. Theft and burglary affect 1 in 24 Houston residents. Vehicle theft is also widespread and occurs at a rate of 5.18 for every 1,000 people in Houston.
- Violent Crime Rate Per 1K: 6.58
- Property Crime Rate Per 1K: 48.24
- Reported Crimes: 1,083
- Population: 19,754
“Remember the Alamo” comes to mind, but you should also remember the crime rate. Both violent and property crime affects 55 out of 1,000 Alamo residents. Out of the 1,083 reported crimes, 953 of them were property crimes.
Property crimes such as theft specifically affect 41 out of 1,000 people in Alamo. Alamo is a small city confined within 7.51 square miles. At a rate of 152 crimes per square mile, everywhere in town has some element of danger.
Most households net $46,000 a year in Alamo. However, not everyone in Alamo is as fortunate, and 26% of the population lives in poverty.
- Violent Crime Rate Per 1K: 8.11
- Property Crime Rate Per 1K: 42.27
- Reported Crimes: 10,072
- Population: 199,924
In the next few years, Amarillo very well may make it higher up on this list. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, there was a 6.8% elevation in crime. Sadly, 1 out of 6 people in Amarillo are below the poverty line.
The absolute most dangerous area in Amarillo is Soncy. Most of the crime in Amarillo is near the center of the city. Northern Amarillo areas like Bishop Hills are the safest places to be in the city.
Property crime is much more prevalent than violent crime in Amarillo. Violent crime occurs at 8 per 1,000 people, and property crime has a rate of 42 per 1,000.
- Violent Crime Rate Per 1K: 10.72
- Property Crime Rate Per 1K: 38.54
- Reported Crimes: 5,833
- Population: 118,428
Early in its history, Beaumont was a thriving center for cattle trade. Today, however, Beaumont is a hotspot for thefts. Theft affects 26 out of 1,000 people in Beaumont.
Other property crimes, like burglary and vehicle theft, are also widespread in Beaumont. The current rate for burglary is 8 per 1,000 residents. Vehicle theft is less common, but recently there were 410 cases.
Beaumont is home to a lot of violent crime, and 1 out of 93 people are victims. There have been 13 recent murders in Beaumont. Assault makes up a whopping 798 of 5,833 crimes reported recently reported by Beaumont residents.
Crime Rates in Texas Cities for 2020
(More) Dangerous Texas Cities
The most dangerous cities in Texas goes beyond the top 10. Texas is made up of 68 cities and towns. Property crime is widespread throughout the whole state, and it affects 1 out of 42 people.
Recently, Texas residents reported 797,357 crimes. Let’s take a look at some of the dangerous cities that almost made the cut.
- Population: 37,295
- Reported Violent Crimes: 171
- Reported Property Crimes: 1,914
- Crimes Per Square Mile: 71
Texarkana, as the name suggests, is right at the border of Texas and Arkansas. Texarkana has a 24.9% poverty rate that is reflected in the high theft rate. There were 1,427 recent thefts in Texarkana.
Burglary is a huge problem in Texarkana, and there are 9 burglaries for every 1,000 people. Violence is less common in Texarkana. Recently, 95 of 171 violent crimes were assaults.
There were also 45 robberies, 28 rapes, and 3 murders included in the violent crime tally. In Texarkana, 1 out of 28 people suffer a violent crime.
- Population: 23,825
- Reported Violent Crimes: 138
- Reported Property Crimes: 775
- Crimes Per Square Mile: 39
In Corsicana, there are 38 crimes for every 1,000 residents. The overwhelming majority of crimes in Corsicana are thefts and burglaries. Thefts and burglaries made up 783 of the 913 total crimes recently reported in Corsicana.
A lot of the crime in Corsicana occurs around Northwood Boulevard and Hardy Avenue. Murder is pretty uncommon, but there were 2 reported to Corsicana police recently. Be safe when walking around Corsicana as there are 4 assaults per 1,000 people.
The poverty rate in Corsicana is 20.8%. Poverty and theft go hand in hand, and that could explain the 585 recent thefts in Corsicana.
- Population: 50,457
- Reported Violent Crimes: 268
- Reported Property Crimes: 1,639
- Crimes Per Square Mile: 39
There are 38 crimes per 1,000 people living in Galveston, TX. Areas like Church Street and Fort Crockett are particularly dangerous. Exercise caution when walking around Galveston as there were recently 70 robberies and 107 assaults.
You are safer at the beach in Galveston than in the center of the city. Much of the crime in Galveston is mid-city and there are 23 thefts per 1,000 people. There were also 256 recent car thefts in the city, and 179 burglaries.
If you go to Galveston, stay near Texas A & M where it is safer. Travel with a friend or group if you are on Sealy Street, 32nd Street, or Avenue K.
Is Texas A Safe Place To Live?
As a whole, Texas is a somewhat safe place to live. The majority of the crimes reported in Texas come from the cities that are mentioned above. Recently, there were 119,927 violent crimes reported in the Lone Star State.
It should be noted that in 2020, Texas was ranked as 5th most dangerous state in America. Violence in bigger cities like Houston and Lubbock are largely responsible for the ranking.
Overall, the total poverty rate in Texas is 13.7%. That is the lowest that the poverty rate has fallen in Texas since 2008. 1 out of every 42 Texas residents face property crime. Violent crime is less common, but 1 out of 243 people in Texas fall victim to it.
How To Stay Safe In Texas
Staying safe in Texas is the same as staying safe just about anywhere else. As you can tell from the dangerous city ranking, Texas cities see most of the state’s crimes. If you visit or live in a Texas city, there are several things you can do to stay safe, such as:
- Travel in groups
- Conceal electronics and valuables while traveling
- Lock doors and close windows
- Take valuables out of the car before leaving it
- Purchase an alarm/security system
- Visit/live in areas with low poverty rates
When traveling on foot, travel in a group, or at least by daylight. Never flash any electronics or valuable items while walking around as it can make you a target for theft.
Car break-ins, robberies, and thefts are a huge part of total crime in Texas. Because of that, the safest thing you can do is avoid bad areas, lock doors, and conceal precious items. If you move to Texas, consider a city without a high poverty rate, as that can drive crime.
What is the safest city in Texas?
The safest city in Texas is Fulshear. Recently, Fulshear has only had 63 total crimes. There have been no murders, rapes, or robberies in recent Fulshear history. In total, Fulshear has only had 2 violent crimes and 61 property crimes recently.
Will house prices go down in Texas?
The price for houses has slowly been going down by just under 2%. From February to April this year, house sales were behind by 50% of what was expected. The Dallas area in particular has had widespread reductions in house prices.
How is the housing market in Texas?
Right now, the housing market is not doing well in Texas. Housing starts are at low Texas hasn’t hit in almost 7 years. Mid-ranged homes are less available than they have been in 3 ½ years in Texas.
What are property taxes in Texas?
Most people in Texas spend $3,000 or more in property taxes. Texans typically have to pay a 1.8% effective property tax rate. Texas has the 6th highest property Taxes in America, right between Wisconsin and Nebraska.
Summing It Up
Texas is a somewhat dangerous state, but you can avoid danger by staying out of certain cities. Even within those cities, danger can vary street-by-street. For example, if you stay near the college in Galveston you are much safer than if you visited Sealy Street.
Bellmead, Humble, and Lubbock are the most dangerous cities in Texas. The crime in Texas is largely driven by poverty. If look for a place to live in Texas, consider a city with a low poverty rate.
The safest city that you could move to or visit in Texas is Fulshear. Otherwise, if you visit a dangerous city in Texas, watch where you are going, and never travel alone.