Texas

While you don’t want to mess with Texas, there are plenty of people who’d like to live there.  Both the second most populous and the second largest state in the U.S., The Lone Star State provides its 27.5 million residents with a high quality of life and a diverse landscape.

Our figures are based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. The rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 406 for violent crime and 3,019 for property crimes.  This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.  If you’re looking to live a carefree life in this great state, living in one of these cities may be a wise choice.

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#1 Colleyville

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An affluent suburb of Fort Worth, just over 3 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Colleyville has a population of 22,800 residents.  This town, named after Dr. Lilburn Howard Colley, a legendary country doctor at the turn of the last century, is the safest place to live in Texas. The violent crime rate in Colleyville is 21.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is  just .07%.

#2 Murphy

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The city of Murphy, TX is located in Collin County between Plano and Wylie.  Just 2 miles south of the famous Southfork Ranch, Murphy promotes a country-living atmosphere with its minimum 9,000 square foot lot size for homes.  Living in this community of 17,700 residents is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 26.8 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .06%.

#3 Flower Mound

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An unincorporated town located northwest of Dallas and adjacent to Grapevine Lake, Flower Mound has seen rapid growth in recent years and now has over 64,000 residents.  The town has tried to use a smart growth system for urban planning, and crime here isn’t a problem.  The violent crime rate in Flower Mound is 30.9, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is .08%.

#4 Southlake

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This city of 26,500 residents is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and was named by Forbes in 2008 as one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the U.S.  Southlake is known for its superior public schools, its championship high school football team, and its safety.  The violent crime rate here is 36.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime in the city is 1.7%.

#5 Keller

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Keller is another city in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that is considered a safe choice.  Located in Tarrant County, this city of 42,900 residents is mostly residential and has an extensive system of parks, including 19 miles of hiking and biking trails.  The violent crime rate in Keller is 36.5, and your chance of being involved in a property crime here is less than 1%.

#6 Highland Village

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Highland Village is a suburb town of Dallas that sits on the western edge of Lewisville Lake.  The city has a population of 15,000 and is known for its annual hot air balloon festival and unique shopping district.  The violent crime rate here is 37.9, and the chance of being affected by a property crime is just 1.1%.

#7 Friendswood

Founded in 1895 by members of the Religious Society of Friends, the city of Friendswood has grown to include over 35,800 residents today.  Located just outside of Houston, Friendswood was named by CNNMoney as one of “America’s Best Places to Live”.  It is a safe choice as well, with a violent crime rate of 40.6 and the chance of being involved in a property crime less than 1%.

#8 University Park

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University Park is a northern suburb of Dallas that is the home to 23,000 residents.  Southern Methodist University is located here, and the town is served by the Highland Park Independent School District. This is considered a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 37.9 and the chance of being affected by property crime here at 1.8%.

#9 Allen

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An affluent city located in a northern suburb of Dallas, the city of Allen has grown to a population of over 94,000 residents.  High school sports rule in Allen, with the recent opening of a new $60 million high school stadium.  Safety is important here as well, with a violent crime rate of 61.9 and your chance of being involved in a property crime here just 1.6%.

#10 Alton

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Located n Hidalgo County in the southern part of the state, Alton is a diverse city of just 15,000 residents.  The city encompasses just 2.1 square miles of land and is considered a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 63.5 and the chance of being affected by property crime 2.3%.

#11 Wylie

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Located 20 miles northeast of central Dallas, the city of Wylie has grown to intersect the three counties of Collin, Rockwell, and Dallas in recent years.  Now with a population of over 41,400 residents, this former town built on onion crops is considered a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate here is 64.2, and you have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime in Wylie.

#12 Seabrook

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This coastal town in southeastern Texas is home to 11,900 residents.  The city of Seabrook is known for its waterfront district, where fish markets, antique shops, and bed breakfasts border Galveston Bay.  This unique city is also considered a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 64.5 and a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#13 Fredericksburg

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Located in Gillespie County in central Texas, the city of Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by German immigrants and still holds onto much of its German heritage.  There are 10,500 residents here, and the historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.  The violent crime rate here is 64.8, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is 2%.

#14 Coppell

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Located in the northwest corner of Dallas County, Coppell is a bedroom community of 38,600 residents.  Its proximity to the DFW International Airport has provided the town with quite a bit of growth over the years, and it is considered a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate in Coppell is 67.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime is 1.6%.

#15 Hewitt

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Located in on the outskirts of Waco in McLennan County, Hewitt is a city of 13,300 residents.  In 2015, the city was rated by MSN Money as the 20th best place to live in the U.S.  You’ll be safe here too, with a violent crime rate of 78.7 and the chance of being involved in a property crime just 1%.

#16 Frisco

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This city of 151,900 residents is located in northeast Texas, approximately 25 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.  Frisco is considered a bedroom community for many professionals who commute to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and it is also a safe place to call home. The violent crime rate here is 79.5, and your chance of being affected by property crime in Frisco is 2%.

#17 Robinson

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Robinson is located in McLennan County and is considered a suburb of Waco.  This city of 10,600 residents is served by the Robinson Independent School District and has a safe record.  The violent crime rate here is 83, and you have just a 1.7% chance of being involved in a property crime in this town.

#18 West University Place

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Also called West U or West University, this city located in Harris County is a part of the Houston area and currently has a population of 14,700 residents.  The city is nicknamed “The Neighborhood City” and nearly all streets reference colleges, universities, or famous poets.  The violent crime rate here is 84.8 your chance of being affected by property crime is just 1.3%.

#19 Lake Jackson

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Located in the Houston area in Brazoria County, Lake Jackson is a city of 26,800 residents.  Dow Chemical originally developed the city in the 1940’s to house its workers, and the company remains a major employer in the area today. The crime rate in Lake Jackson is 86.1 you have a 2% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#20 Midlothian

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Located in Ellis County, just 25 miles southwest of Dallas, Midlothian is a fast-growing town of 32,400 residents.  The population in Midlothian has seen a growth rate of 142% since 2000, and the city serves as a hub for the North Texas cement industry. The violent crime rate here is 90.9, and your chance of being involved in a property crime is just 1.6%.

#21 League City

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Located in Galveston County in the Houston area, League City is a resort city that is now its county’s largest in terms of population.  This city of 83,500 residents is home to several waterside resorts and was named by Nerdwallet as the best city in Texas for people looking for jobs.  The violent crime rate here is 91.7 and residents have just a 2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Little Elm

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Little Elm has been determined to be one of the fastest growing cities in Texas.  This city of 35,400 residents located in Denton County saw a 610% population increase from 2000-2010.  Little Elm has an extensive parks and recreation system, and it is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 91.8 and the chance of being involved in a property crime less than 1%.

#23 Seagoville

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Located in Dallas County, Seagoville is a city of 14,800 residents.  The town was founded in 1876 and was a thriving rail center.  Much of Seagoville is served by the Dallas Independent School District, and this is a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate is 97.9, and your chance of being affected by property crime here is 4.1%.

#24 Portland

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A suburb of Corpus Christi, Portland is located in both Nueces and San Patricio Counties.  This city of 19,400 residents is known for its many parks and waterfront attractions.  Living here is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 98 and your chance of being affected by property crime just 3.2%.

#25 Red Oak

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Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in Ellis County, Red Oak is a city of 11,500 residents that is expecting explosive growth over the next few decades.  The city encompasses 7.8 square miles, and the state estimates that its population will hit 63,300 by the year 2030.  Despite its growth, living here is safe, with a violent crime rate of 98.6 and just a 2.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#26 The Colony

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Located in Denton County, The Colony is a city of 41,300 residents and is considered a suburb of Dallas.  The city completed its Five Star Athletic Complex in 2003 and was named “Sports Town of the United States” by Sports Illustrated the same year.  Living here is also a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 99.4 and just a 1.4% chance of being affected by property crime in The Colony.

#27 Prosper

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An affluent suburban town in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Prosper has a current population of 17,400 residents.  The town was named by D Magazine as one of the Dallas Metropolitan area’s best suburbs, and it is also a safe place to call home.  The violent crime rate in Prosper is 99.6, and your chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.9%.

#28 Hidalgo

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Located in Hidalgo County, this city of 11,100 residents is situated on the south Texas border along the Rio Grande.  Hidalgo was first settled by Spanish colonists and is now known as the home of the NBA Development League called the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The violent crime rate here is 102.5, and your chance of being affected by property crime is just 1.6%.

#29 Gatesville

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Located in central Texas in Coryell County, Gatesville has a population of 15,700 residents.  Interestingly, this city is home to five of the eight prisons and jails for women operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  Despite this, it remains a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 104.8 and just a 1.1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#30 Rockwall

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A suburb of Dallas, Rockwall is the county seat of Rockwall County.  This town of 37,400 residents was established in 1854 and named after large underground rock walls found in the area.  Rockwall sits adjacent to Lake Ray Hubbard and is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 106 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 2.1%.

#31 Sachse

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A northeastern suburb of Dallas, Sachse is located in both Collin and Dallas Counties.  This city of 20,300 residents is located just 1 mile from the President George Bush Turnpike and has been undergoing a historical revivalist movement in its commercial district.  Sachse is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 108.6 and a less than 1% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#32 Lumberton

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Located in Hardin County and close to the city of Beaumont, Lumberton is home to 11,900 residents.  Considered a bedroom community, the Village Creek State Park is also located in the city, and this is a safe choice to make a home.  The violent crime rate here is 114.2, and your chance of being affected by a property crime is 1.8%.

#33 Farmers Branch

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Located in Dallas County, Farmers Branch is also known as “The City in a Park.”  This city of 28,600 residents is home to Dallas Christian College and is considered a safe place to live.  The violent crime rate in Farmers Branch is 118.1, and you’ll have a 3.7% chance of being involved in a property crime here.

#34 Missouri City

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Located in Fort Bend County in the Houston area, Missouri City has a current population of 67,300 residents.  The city’s history dates back to the 19th-century railroad expansion in Texas and the area now includes several upscale master-planned communities.  This is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 121.4 and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.2%.

#35 Rowlett

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Considered a suburb of Dallas, Rowlett is located in both Rockwall and Dallas counties.  This upscale bedroom community has a population of 56,200 and portions of the city front Lake Ray Hubbard.  Rowlett is also a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 121.7 and a 1.7% chance of being involved in a property crime here.

#36 McAllen

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The largest city in Hidalgo County, McAllen is located at the southern tip of the state in the Rio Grande Valley. This city of 140,700 residents enjoys brisk international trade thanks to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its proximity to the Mexican border.  This is also a safe place to live considering its relative size, with a violent crime rate of 122.3 and a 4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#37 Pflugerville

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A suburb of Austin, Pflugerville is located in Travis County and is home to 46,900 residents.  The city is slated to become home to one of the nation’s largest solar farms and has many parks and recreational facilities.  This is also a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 123.3 and a 1.6% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#38 Canyon

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The county seat of Randall County, Canyon is a city of 13,300 residents in northern Texas, near Amarillo.  The city is home to West Texas A&M University and the famous outdoor music drama, Texas.  Despite being a college town, Canyon is a safe place to make a home, with a violent crime rate of 123.4 and .07% chance of being affected by property crime.

#39 Mansfield

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Located mostly in Tarrant County, Mansfield is an affluent suburb of Dallas with 56,300 residents.  The city has been listed four times on CNNMoney’s list of “Best Places to Live” and is a safe choice. The violent crime rate here is 126.5 your chance of being involved in a property crime is 1.5%.

#40 Crowley

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Also located in Tarrant County, Crowley is a smaller city of just 12,800 residents.  Settlers first arrived in the area in the 1840’s and the town was established with the arrival of several railroad lines to the area later in the century.  Crowley remains a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 127.6 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 2.2%.

#41 Mission

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Mission is located in the tip of the state in Hidalgo County, near the city of McAllen.  This city of 80,400 residents has been known as the “Home of the Ruby Red Grapefruit” since 1921 and is also home to the Texas Citrus Exchange.  The violent crime rate in Mission is 129.1, and your chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.9%.

#42 Pearland

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Pearland’s motto is “Where Town Meets Country”.  This city of 108,700 residents is located in the Houston area and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state.  The city is home to many master-planned communities and has its own independent school district. Living in Pearland is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 129.9 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.8%.

#43 Plano

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The largest Texas city on our list, Plano is located 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas and has a population of 269,700 residents.  Plano is the 9th largest city in the state of Texas and is the corporate base for such names as Frito-Lay, J.C. Penney, Pizza Hut, and Ericsson.  The city of Plano has safety under control, with a violent crime rate of 130.7 and a 2.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#44 Georgetown

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Located in central Texas in Williamson County, Georgetown has a population of 47,400 residents.  The city is home to the oldest university in the state, Southwestern University, and is known for its historic Victorian architecture.  More than one-third of the town’s residents live in an age-restricted development and Georgetown is a safe place to call home. The violent crime rate here is 131.2, and the chance of being affected by property crime is just 1.8%.

#45 Sugar Land

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Located in the Houston area, in Fort Bend County, Sugar Land is an affluent city of 86,700 residents.  Sugar Land is home to several corporate headquarters, a large number of master-planned communities, and has a popular minor league baseball team.  The violent crime rate here is 131.4, and you have just a 1.8% chance of being involved in a property crime in the city.

#46 Bellaire

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Also located in the Houston area, Bellaire is in Harris County and is known as the “City of Homes.”  This mostly residential city has a population of 17,800 residents and is surrounded by the cities of West University Place and Houston.  Living in Bellaire is a safe choice, with a violent crime rate of 131.6 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.8%.

#47 Round Rock

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Located in Williamson County in the Austin area, Round Rock is a city of 109,800 residents.  The city has been named by Money magazine as one of the best American small cities in which to live and is known as the home of Dell, which is a major employer in the area.  The public education system is strong here as well, and this is a safe place to live, with a violent crime rate of 132.7 the chance of being involved in a property crime just 2.4%.

#48 Hutto

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Also located in the Austin area in Williamson County, Hutto is a city of just 14,600 residents.  The town is known for its mascot, the hippo. The legend behind its origins comes from an escaped circus hippo passing through town in the early 1900’s.  Legends aside, Hutto is a safe place to call home, with a violent crime rate of 134.3 just a 1.2% chance of being affected by property crime here.

#49 Weatherford

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Located west of Fort Worth, Weatherford is the county seat of Parker County, Texas.  This city of 25,200 residents is known as the “Peach Capital of Texas” and celebrates every year with its Peach Festival that is one of the most attended festivals in the state.  The violent crime rate here is 134.9, and you’ll have a 2.8% chance of being involved in a property crime in this city.

#50 Forney

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A city in Kaufman County, Forney is a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is home to 14,600 residents.  The city was named by the Texas legislature as the “Antique Capital of Texas” and has its own independent school district.  The violent crime rate in Forney is 138.4 and residents have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

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Don Odle - February 26, 2016

Excuse me, but Glen Rose, Texas was left off this list. It is probably better than all the rest. Also, West, Texas is another one left off. Thanks!

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Marc Bartels - February 28, 2016

Did I miss Trophy Club or was it left out?
Check it out, it is A Great place to call home!

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Hector Gonzalez - March 3, 2016

Did Los Fresnos, Texas make the list?

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Mike - May 8, 2016

Mansfield is NOT a suburb of Dallas.
That’s like saying Fort Worth is a suburb of Dallas. Not every town or city is a suburb of Dallas.
Mansfield is a suburb of Fort Worth

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Tracey Taylor - May 9, 2016

B.S I guess no one ever really gets down to the Rio Grande..It is crime ridon and so many drug traffickers with illegals in tow!!!

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Wanda Dietel - September 11, 2016

Sunnyvale, TX is safer and has crime than Dallas and all the subreabs surrounding it! Like Mesquite, Garland are not listed but Forney and Rockwall are and aren’t as safe and crime free as Sunnyvale which I equate that to good city planning a good police force.

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