30 Safest Places to Live in Texas – 2016
About the State of Texas
Ranked 39th on AlarmSystemReviews.com’s list of the Safest Places to Live in the U.S., Texas, leaves us wondering if the state’s overall rank is pulled down by crime trends in some of its largest and most densely populated areas. For example, Houston, which is not only the most populated city in the state, but also considered the fourth largest in the US with San Antonio close behind as second most populated in the state and seventh largest in the country and Dallas-Fort Worth, Greater Houston and even Austin also ranking highly.
We wanted to find out if these cities are representative of the state or anomalies that obscure the larger picture of the relative safety and security of Texas, so we identified the 30 safest places in Texas.
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Texas’ Safest Cities
Shallowater, Texas’ Safest City
Located just a few miles northwest of Lubbock Texas in the South Plains, Shallowater was established around 1913 with the extension of the railroad line. Known for blue skies and cool, clear nights, the economy of Shallowater was primarily composed of ranches and farms and is today one of the faster growing communities in the South Plains area of Texas.
Founded in 1909, the town is named after Jourdan Campbell, the man responsible for drawing up the blueprint for the Artesian Belt railroad and including the town as a stop. The town is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistic Area and is the county seat for Atascosa County, just over thirty miles south of downtown San Antonio.
Located in southern Collin County, Parker is about twenty-six miles northeast of Dallas, Texas. The area was first settled in the 1840s with the town named after William C. Parker, son of the area’s first known settler, John C Parker. Originally covered in prairie grass, it was common for early settlers to burn their fields more than once in order to make the land suitable for farming.
Standing on the Rio Grande just opposite of the border with Mexico, Presidio is part of Presidio County and was settled thousands of years ago with the first Spaniards arriving in 1535. Known for its landscape of majestic mountains, waterfalls and canyons, archaeologists have found traces of dinosaurs roaming the area from over 100 million years ago.
Located between the cities of Brownsville and Harlingen in Cameron County, Rancho Viejo is a peaceful community built around tropical waterways and known for having some of the best golf courses in the Rio Grande Valley. The area was first settled around 1770 and was purchased in 1968 by Bill Bass to develop the Rancho Viejo Resort and Country Club, which he was unable to complete due to bankruptcy.
Fair Oaks Ranch
What began as several separate land parcels owned by Ralph Fair, Sr. in the 1930, a portion of the ranch was eventually developed into a residential community. Fair Oaks is perhaps best known for the line of Hereford bovine started with the bull Battle Intense, which is given tribute each year with an annual golf tournament in his name.
Located in Hansford County, the town of Spearman began in 1917 with the anticipation of the North Texas and Santa Fe Railway construction. Despite delays in the railroad build, the town of Spearman thrived. In 2011, the residents voted to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages, making Spearman the only “wet” city in the “dry” county of Hansford.
Part of Ochiltree County in the northernmost part of the state, Perryton has a semi-arid climate, however it’s high rainfall during the summer is more similar to humid subtropical climates. The town is located in the oil and gas fields of Northeast Texas and is known as the “Wheatheart of the Nation”.
Located in Freestone County, Fairfield was originally named Mound Prairie when it was founded in 1850. Despite numerous setbacks, including a meningitis outbreak, tornadoes, fires and lack of a once expected railroad connection, the town continued to grow and thrive through the twentieth century.
Part of Denton County, Argyle is considered a suburb of both Fort Worth and Denton, Texas. Acquiring its post office in 1878, the town’s growth was slow during the nineteenth century but boasted several agriculture-related industries, including grist mills, general stores and a cotton gin.
The county seat of Crane County, Crane was an oil boomtown since the 1920s and today remains the center of a still active oil-producing and sparsely populated area. In fact, Crane is the only real town in the county with the only post office which dates back to 1908.
County seat of Burleson County, Caldwell’s best known landmark may be the Caldwell House, which is considered by some as one of the “finest hotels in Texas”. Incorporated in 1891 and with three main railways passing through the township, including the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe, Caldwell was long known as an important shipping point for the county.
Located in Montague County along US Highway 82 and state Highway 175, Nocona was recently recognized as a preferred destination for travelers according to Texas Highways magazine in 2012. The city was first known as the last stop in Texas before crossing the Red River on the Chisolm Trail and soon became part of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad in 1887.
A residential community, Heath offers a beautiful pastoral setting of rolling hills and sparking lake with distinctive homes and neighborhoods with views of the Dallas skyline and easy access to urban amenities without spoiling the natural beauty of the area for its more than seven thousand residents.
A suburb of Fort Worth located in northeast Tarrant County, Colleyville was originally known as Bransford when it was just a few sparse rural settlements along the Cotton Belt Route. Situated between Big Bear and Little Bear Creek, the town was incorporated in January of 1956 and has experienced significant residential development over the past ten years.
Part of Denton and Tarrant counties, Trophy Club is a wealthy suburb of Fort Worth and has been recognized multiple times by D Magazine as one of the best places to live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The town features over 1,000 acres of parks with trails and a world-class 36-hole golf course, providing plenty of outdoor activities for residents and visitors alike.
The county seat of Winkler County, the city was named after Kermit Roosevelt following a visit by his father, former president Theodore Roosevelt. Originally, the town serviced as a convenient supply center for nearby ranches until oil was discovered nearby in 1926 causing the small town to boom through the 1950s.
Part of Parmer County, Friona may be best known for their annual Cheeseburger Cook-Off and Festival which began in 2006 and earned the city the title of “Cheeseburger Capital of Texas” thanks to the Texas State Legislature in 2007. Friona is also known for being the first school in Texas to fully integrate after the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. The Board of Education.
Part of Denton County, Double Oak is known to some as the “best little town in North Texas” and is known for its open spaces for a rural living lifestyle while still providing a commercial center for shopping and dining.
Located west of Downtown Houston, Memorial Villages is bordered by Buffalo Bayou on the south and Texas state Highway to the west. There are six different villages that make up the Memorial area and they operate independent and autonomous of Houston sharing their own fire and police services.
Established in 1889 and the county seat for Sutton County, this historic town of the old west is perhaps best known for one night in April, 1901 when William Carver, a known member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch was shot and killed by Sheriff E.S. Briant and his deputies while trying to arrest Carver in Jack Owen’s Bakery on suspicion of murder.
Located in Denton County and a suburb of Dallas along the south side of Lewisville Lake, the city of Highland Village was incorporated in 1956 at a time when it had only 516 residents. The town has developed from its beginnings as a small rural town into a thriving suburban city with a lifestyle focused on nature and relaxation over the thriving activity of the Dallas metropolis.
Lakeview, Harrison County
Harrison County is located on the eastern border of the state and was created in 1839, named after lawyer and Texas revolutionary, Jonas Harrison. The county was dealt a severe blow by the Great Depression and the population continued to decline until the 1980s.
Part of both Grayson and Collin Counties, the town of Van Alstyne was built in 1872 to provide proximity for settlers to the Houston and Texas Central Railway stop. It is considered a full-service community and has its own police, fire and emergency services as well as public utilities, library and parks and recreation services.
Located in Willacy County in the southernmost area of the state of Texas, Lyford’s economic future has been linked intimately to Mexico’s after the passing of NAFTA in 1994. Previously economic activity in the area centered on agriculture but has expanded into other industrial activities recently.
Part of both Johnson and Ellis County, the town of Venus was originally known as Gossip until its development in the 1880s. The Great Depression severely impacted the town with many residents moving to nearby Dallas-Fort Worth. Recovery started slowly in the 1940s and has remained steady with expansion of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Located in southeast Colorado County about sixty miles west of Houston, Eagle Lake is a historically agricultural community with rice, cotton grains and cattle production all important parts of the local economy. Featuring the largest private lake in the state, Eagle Lake brings many migratory birds during the winter and has earned the town the distinction of being the “Goose Hunting Capital of the World”.
Part of suburban Collin County, Murphy is located in the southern portion within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex between Plano and Wylie, Texas. The area was first settled in 1846 and was known as Old Decator. Though never a large rural community, growth of industry and business in nearby Plano and Richardson made Murphy an ideal commuter community for many.
Included in both Dallas and Ellis County, Ovilla is the oldest town in the county beginning in 1844 as a fortified settlement. A once thriving farming community, the town eventually evolved and grew as the city of Dallas increased and more and more people sought to live in the suburbs outside the primarily urban Dallas.
The county seat for Randall County Texas, Canyon is considered part of the Amarillo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area and may be best known for being home to West Texas A&M University. The town was founded by L.G. Conner.
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If you live in Texas, you may notice your community is not included in our list of safest places to live in Texas. This may be due to one or more factors. Our ranking only includes cities and towns that provided complete data to the Federal Bureau of Investigations and that had an overall population of at least 2,500 residents. If your community didn’t meet these requirements, we were unable to consider it in our rankings this year. If you would like more information on the crime data for Texas, please visit the FBI’s website here.
5. Rancho Viejo
6. Fair Oaks Ranch
16. Trophy Club
19. Double Oak
20. Memorial Villages
22. Highland Village
23. Lakeview, Harrison County
24. Van Alstyne
27. Eagle Lake
37. Royse City
41. Little Elm
42. Flower Mound
46. Willow Park
48. Garden Ridge
49. Prairie View
50. The Colony
53. West University Place
55. Morgans Point Resort
64. Granite Shoals
65. White Oak
67. San Saba
68. University Park
69. Iowa Park
80. Denver City
96. Horizon City
97. Sulphur Springs
100. Lago Vista