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 or more. That left us with 312 cities. We discovered that the state as a whole had 438 violent crimes and 2,562 property crimes reported per 100,000 residents.
When it comes to specific types of violence, Texas is known for its shootings. The state has the highest rate of gun violence of any state in America. There were an average of eight murders per day across Texas when Congress was debating legislation to limit handgun sales in 1998. Since then the number of daily homicides has dropped by about one-third. But even today there are still nearly 20 times more guns in Texas than people. Illegal guns account for most of the remaining ammunition, with an estimated half a billion bullets stockpiled somewhere in the state.
Texas has the highest rate of gun violence of any state but two other states - California and Florida - come close. All three states have large numbers of illegal guns floating around in their crime scenes. And although gun laws are somewhat stricter in Texas, there are still plenty of weapons available for anyone who knows how to find them.
You're much more likely to be killed by a truck on the highway than by a gun. Yet fatal accidents remain highly prevalent in Texas. In 2016, there were an estimated 3,800 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the state, resulting in 10,500 deaths overall.
Texas' most "dangerous" cities According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program, Austin ranks 128th out of 534 Texas communities that provide statistics. South Padre Island, New Boston, Snyder, and Oyster Creek have the highest rates of violent crime, with more over 1,200 occurrences per 100,000 population. Cities in other states also report high levels of violence. The city with the highest rate of murder in Texas is Houston with one killing for every 20,000 people. The state with the lowest rate of murder is Vermont with one killing for every 70 million people.
Of the top 10 most dangerous cities in Texas, eight are located in South Texas near the Mexican border. The two northern Texas cities rank 110th and 111th out of the state's most dangerous communities.
The only city in Texas with a higher crime rate than Austin is Odessa, which is ranked 127th. This may be due to the fact that there are fewer than 30,000 people in Austin while Odessa has about 70,000 residents.
Austin has a low rate of violence compared to many large cities across the country. There were 3.5 murders per 100,000 people in 2014, which is lower than the national average of 4.9. There were 36.6 crimes per 100,000 people in Austin in 2014, which is lower than the national average of 72.3.
According to FBI Uniform Crime Report figures, there were 995.9 violent crimes reported per 100,000 persons in the District of Columbia in 2018. During the same time period, there were also 4,373.8 property crimes reported per 100,000 people. That's a total of 4,468.7 crimes reported per 100,000 people.
These are relatively low numbers when you consider that Washington, D.C. has a population of roughly 682,000 people. This means that there was only one crime reported for every two hundred thousand people or more in the District of Columbia in 2018.
Crime in Washington, D.C. is not very high compared to other large cities in the United States. The highest rate of violence is among males between the ages of 20 and 39 at 43 per 100,000. The rate of property crime is also high, at 2,088 per 100,000.
There are four main types of crime in Washington, D.C.: violent, property, criminal activity intended to deprive someone of money or goods, and drug-related crime. There have been increases in all categories except for drug-related crime, which has declined since 2007. The rise in both property and violent crimes is particularly alarming because of the increase of gun violence.
Houston is the fourth biggest city in the United States, with a population of 2,325,502 people. According to Texas Monthly, this city not only has the most violent crime incidences, but also the highest crime rate in Texas. The city's annual average crime rate of 1,716 per 100,000 people is more than twice that of the state average.
Dallas is the fifth largest city in Texas with a population of 642,178 people. It has the second highest crime rate in the state. The city's annual average crime rate of 1,444 per 100,000 people is more than twice that of the state average.
Austin is the sixth largest city in Texas with a population of 714,531 people. It has the lowest crime rate in the state. The city's annual average crime rate of 556 per 100,000 people is less than half that of Dallas or Houston.
San Antonio is the seventh largest city in Texas with a population of 1.5 million people. The city's annual average crime rate of 924 per 100,000 people is more than twice that of Austin.
El Paso is the smallest city in Texas, but it has the ninth highest crime rate in the country.
According to an FBI assessment, Austin may be more risky, but it doesn't make it the safest. According to the 2019 report, of the 79,931 crimes committed inside Austin city boundaries, 20,135 were crimes against individuals, 7,294 were crimes against society, and 52,502 were crimes against property. Of these cases, 3% resulted in a death.
The overall crime rate in Austin is lower than the national average but higher than most large cities nationwide. The number of crimes reported per 100,000 people was about the same as that in New York City but less than that in Chicago, IL. Property crimes accounted for more than half of all crimes in Austin. The rate of property crime within Austin city limits is about the same as that in New York City but higher than that in Chicago.
Criminals tend to target high-crime areas, so if you live in or near an underprivileged section of town, take special care not to show weakness by being alone at night or in isolated places.
Of course, violence against people is the main concern for those living in Austin. The number of violent crimes reported per 100,000 people was about the same as that in New York City but higher than that in Chicago. The rate of violent crime within Austin city limits is about the same as that in New York City but higher than that in Chicago.
The number of killings was 198, a 43-percentage-point rise over 2018. Dallas has witnessed an increase in violent crime while experiencing a decrease in property crime over the previous five years. The City-Data.com crime index prioritizes significant and violent crimes. There were more homicides in Dallas than anywhere else in Texas last year.
Homicides in Dallas increased to an average of about two per week from January through October 2019. There have been more than 100 murders in Dallas this year. In 2008, there were 89 homicides in Dallas. This is the highest number of homicides since 2007, when there were 115 murders.
Crime in Dallas has gotten worse instead of better. There were more than 100 murders in Dallas in 2008. There were more than 70 in 2009 and 2010, respectively. In 2011, there were 58 homicides. In 2012, there were 49 homicides. In 2013, there were 46 homicides. In 2014, there were 44 homicides. In 2015, there were 38 homicides. In 2016, there were 35 homicides. In 2017, there were 33 homicides. In 2018, there were 28 homicides. So far this year, there have been more than 100 murders in Dallas.
There are several factors that may be leading to these high numbers of homicides in Dallas. The city's economy has improved but not enough to cause hiring or promotion decisions.