As more and more people move to Houston, safety is an important consideration. In addition to things like the happiness index or employment rates, crime rates provide real evidence that can help you choose a Houston neighborhood. Some areas of Houston are more dangerous than others. Suburbs that skirt closer to the city are predictably more of a risk. That said, plenty of concerted efforts have been made in the last few years to stomp out high crime and make Houston a safer place to live.

Read on to learn about the ten safest neighborhoods in Houston.

1. Midtown

Midtown is located in Harris County, in Central Houston. It has a population of just under 9,000 people.

About the Neighborhood

Midtown Houston, TX made news in 2019 when it registered a whopping 50% in population growth. It is located near Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston. Midtown is immensely walkable and full of great nightlife, thriving restaurants, parks and businesses. This area of Houston is also accessible on the METRORail Red Line, connecting it to even more employers and making it a popular stop for city visits.

Crime Statistics

Midtown crime statistics reflect a lower crime rate than adjacent downtown and other nearby areas. Out of every 100k people, the total crime rate is about 2,157. All of the reported criminal incidents related to either violent crime or property crime, with data for rape, murder, robbery, assault, theft and burglarly being virtually zero. 

While violent crime is slightly higher than the national average, it is still lower than the average rate in Houston as a whole. Property crime and total crime are both lower than national rates.

2. Westchase

The Westchase District of Houston is home to 1,500 businesses, including many of the major employers in the city. It is also in Harris County and has a population of just over 23,300.

About the Neighborhood

Westchase is more densely populated than Houston and about 50-50 split between individuals and families with children under the age of 18. Westchase has high-end galleries, pristine parks, towering skyscrapers and committed community leaders. 

Crime Statistics

Westchase crime data is comparable to that of the larger Houston area and in keeping with its higher population. In 2019, there were about 6k incidents of crime reported (for every 100k people). 70% of Westchase residents feel safe and 20% feel very safe. Residents further feel that the police are visible and responsive, when needed.

3. Spring

Spring is a census-designated place (CDP) in the wider metro area of Houston. It is in Harris County and has a population of about 58,750.

About the Neighborhood

Spring is often described as having a “rural feel,” although it is fairly close to the city. It is a diverse and affordable suburb, filled with parks and lifestyle amenities. Median home prices are slightly lower than the larger Houston area, as are median income levels.

Crime Statistics

Spring has a lower crime rate than metropolitan Houston and is on par with similar-sized towns throughout the United States. On a scale of 1-100 (low to high crime), Spring has a violent crime score of 15.2 and a property crime score of 36.7. Reported crime rates are about 3,546 for every 100k people.

4. Sugar Land

Sugar Land is the biggest city in the county of Fort Bend. It is part of a tri-metro area that includes Houston and the Woodlands. Its population is a little over 118,000.

About the Neighborhood

Sugar Land is considered one of the best suburbs in Houston. A centrally located Sugar Land Town Square is accompanied by a Financial Center and the only indoor performance venue in the area. It is neighborhood-centric, with four cardinal-specific areas, and one of the fastest growing cities in the state.

Crime Statistics

2018 had the lowest crime rate in Sugar Land history. Sugar Land’s crime rate is about half the crime rate in the rest of the state of Texas. For every 1,000 residents, there were 15 reported incidents of violent crime. In 2018, there were no reported homicides and most crime was theft, burglary or robbery.

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5. League City

League City is in Galveston County and part of the Houston metropolitan area. It has a population of over 106,000.

About the Neighborhood

League City’s population has more than doubled in the last 20 years. It is a well-known boating anchorage (third largest in the U.S.) and ranked as one of the smartest cities in the nation. League City is known for steady improvements, with numerous parks, planned neighborhoods and community events for residents to enjoy.

Crime Statistics

League City has a violent crime rate of 0.92 for every 1,000 people and a property crime rate of 16.31 for every 1,000 people. This makes it one of the safest cities in the state of Texas. According to Safewise, it is ranked #1 among Texas cities with over 100,000 residents.

6. Fulshear

Near the western part of Houston, Fulshear is located in Fort Bend County. It has a population of about 12,000.

About the Neighborhood

Fulshear is a higher-class area of Houston, just inland of the Gulf Coast and with a higher-than-average median home price. There are a variety of upper class amenities, such as prestigious private schools, sustainable planned communities and social clubs.

Crime Statistics

Fulshear crime rates are nearly 84% lower than those in Texas and more than 82% lower than the rest of the United States. There is a total crime rate of 456.9 for every 100,000 people.

7. Friendswood

Friendswood spans Galveston and Harris Counties and has a population of about 40,100. It is a little under 20 miles outside of Houston.

About the Neighborhood

Friendswood is an old city, with homes that date back to the late 1890s. Historical monuments and folklore abound in this quaint and typically southern city. Residents enjoy an easy pace of life and take pride in their 125 year history with community celebrations, local museums and care of the local plant and animal life.

Crime Statistics

Against a U.S. average of 22.7 incidents of violent crime for every 100,000 people, Friendswood has a meager 8.6. Property crime is also significantly lower than the national average, coming in at 18.2 for every 100,000 people. 

8. Kingwood

Kingwood, Texas is a 14,000 acre planned community situated to the northeast of Houston. Areas of the community are in both Montgomery and Harris Counties and it has a population of 65,000.

About the Neighborhood

Kingwood is a planned, green community sometimes called the “livable forest.” It was created by the Friendswood Development Company and has been a fast-growing community since 1971. There are over 500 acres of nature preserves and parks as well as a 75 mile greenbelt for hiking and biking.

Crime Statistics

Kingwood is a very safe community, with over 77% of the residents reporting that they feel “pretty safe” and 20% that they feel “very safe.” Although its crime rates technically rival those of comparable cities, the thriving economy and general ethos of the planned community lend themselves to harmonious living.

9. Lake Houston

Lake Houston is 15 miles outside of downtown Houston. Home to the area’s primary reservoir, it provides water-adjacent living for about 30,000 residents.

About the Neighborhood

Lake Houston is on the San Jacinto River and close to the Port of Houston. There are plenty of parks and a 120-acre sports center. Many residents live here to enjoy a waterfront life, above-average public schools and safe environment.

Crime Statistics

75% of Lake Houston residents feel pretty safe and 25% feel very safe. This amounts to 100% of residents who feel there is little to no threat to their safety or well-being.

10. Bellaire

Bellaire, Texas is located in Harris County. It has a population of about 19,000.

About the Neighborhood

The city of Bellaire is a small community with a rich history. The historic trolley system still runs in Bellaire. Home values are significantly higher than average and nearly 90% of residents own homes, rather than renting. It is statistically among the most affluent of Houston suburbs and residents enjoy their safe, familiar neighborhoods.

Crime Statistics

Bellaire, Texas has a crime rate of about 15 for every 1,000 residents. Each week, the Bellaire Police Department summarizes crime reports, which mostly consist of non-violent crime or theft. The enormously proactive police department does an outstanding job, making almost all residents feel completely safe at all times.

Crime in Houston

Houston is not the safest nor is it the most dangerous city in the United States. Because it is diverse and densely populated, it has higher-than-average crime rates. There are many neighborhoods and communities near metropolitan Houston that are very safe. This reality has attracted and kept families from around the country and the world, making Houston a wonderful place to call home.

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