20 Cities in Texas with the most Improved Crime Rate

December 9, 2014

6. Gatesville, TX

In the heart of the state of Texas just to the west of the city of Waco is the town of Gatesville. With Fort Hood just minutes south and a few lakes in the area, Gatesville can see a lot of through traffic. Gatesville also has a dynamic population because of the location to Fort Hood, with more than a handful of military personnel that live off base and commute to work every day. Crime in the area has generally been on the lower end to begin with, but according to data provided by the FBI the overall crime rate has dipped just over 50 percent in a five year period while the town has grown. The biggest area of improvement has been violent crime, which has followed the trend of the overall rate falling 50 percent.

2007 Crime Rate: 27.64
2012 Crime Rate: 12.33
55.40% Decrease In Crime

7. Raymondville, TX

In the southern tip of Texas is the town of Raymondville, just a few miles north of the Mexican border and just miles east of Laguna Madre and the Gulf of Mexico. Raymondville has seen steady growth in their community over the past five years and being near a handful of other smaller metropolitan areas, can be a small town with the big town feel. With the closeness to the border and some beautiful beaches and shores Raymondville can see a lot of traffic come through, but despite that have gone from one of the highest crime rates in the region to just inside the top 10 of our list of the most improved. While the town has grown the local police department has worked hard to bring down the overall crime rate, most notably a massive decline in the violent crime rate in the area, which is a big reason Raymondville has made it near the top of our list.

2007 Crime Rate: 93.26
2012 Crime Rate: 41.65
55.34% Decrease In Crime

8. Bay City, TX

Miles from the beaches along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in the southeast region of Texas is the town of Bay City. Just far enough away to the southwest of the big city of Houston, Bay City is tucked away just enough to keep the small town vibe but not far enough away to make the trip and reap the benefits of the big city. With some fantastic natural attractions in the area including the aforementioned Gulf, Bay City can see a lot of visitors over the year. At the beginning of our data set Bay City had an alarming crime rate, notably the violent crime rate. The local police department and community have put an emphasis on that however, and according to FBI data were able to sink that rate a shocking 88 percent over the past five years.

2007 Crime Rate: 85.11
2012 Crime Rate: 40.83
52.03% Decrease In Crime

9. Alton, TX

In the southern tip of the state of Texas just a few miles from the Mexican border is the small town of Alton. The town has seen massive growth over the past five years and is nestled right in an area of many small metro areas that nearly make up their own “little big city”, but with the massive growth Alton has been able to sink their overall crime rate. Nearly doubling their population over the past five years according to FBI data, the local police department has been able to keep the crime rate low and drive it down just over 50 percent in that time period. With some wonderful natural scenery and closeness to the border of Mexico, Alton is going to continuously grow.

2007 Crime Rate: 48.89
2012 Crime Rate: 24.26
50.37% Decrease In Crime

10. Pearsall, TX

South of the big city of San Antonio off Interstate 35 is the small town of Pearsall. Being outside of the big city and not too far from the border of Mexico, Pearsall has seen some steady growth over the past five years. Crime wasn’t a huge issue for the local police department during the five year period we looked at from the FBI, but the local police department has done a wonderful job bringing down the overall crime rate nearly over 50 percent. Violent crime took a steady decline but the biggest improvement was the lowering of property crime in Pearsall. Through programs and initiatives like the neighborhood watch Pearsall has been able to see the property crime take a big decline over the past five years and why Pearsall has made our list of the most improved cities in Texas.

2007 Crime Rate: 44.48
2012 Crime Rate: 23.03
48.22% Decrease In Crime

11. Port Neches, TX

Tucked away on the east coast of Texas near Sabine Lake and on the shores of the Neches River is the town of Port Neches. One of the many port cities in Texas just south of Beaumont, Port Neches has grown steadily over the past five years, but while they have experienced that growth the crime rate has trended in the opposite direction. With a lot of visitor and commercial traffic in the region, Port Neches has seen a stark decline in property crime according to data provided by the FBI. With the economic importance of the ports in the region, keeping property crime on the low end not only ensures business as usual but also can make it more attractive to incoming companies.

2007 Crime Rate: 43.19
2012 Crime Rate: 22.61
47.64% Decrease In Crime

12. Crystal City, TX

In the southwestern tip of the state of Texas is the town of Crystal City. A ways to the southwest of San Antonio and just a few miles from the border to Mexico, Crystal City is tucked away from it all. With Comanche Lake and the Nueces River just outside of the city, there are plenty of beautiful natural attractions to keep people near Crystal City. The local police department has worked hard over the past few years to keep the town safe while it grows and is tucked away from everything. The community has seen property crime take a massive decline over the past few years according to data provided by the FBI and is why Crystal City ranks just outside the top 10 of our list of most improved cities.

2007 Crime Rate: 30.32
2012 Crime Rate: 16.45
45.74% Decrease In Crime

13. Mathis, TX

Near the banks of Lake Corpus Christi and just to the northwest of the city of Corpus Christi is the town of Mathis. Tucked away near the lake, Mathis is just out of the way of the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities but close enough to reap all the benefits. Over the past five years the local police department has seen efforts from initiatives like the neighborhood watch pay off with the overall crime rate taking a big decline. The most notable area of improvement has been the decline of property crime in Mathis. The efforts of the community have paid off according to data provided by the FBI and they should be proud of making it within the top 15 of our list of most improved cities in Texas.

2007 Crime Rate: 41.92
2012 Crime Rate: 22.75
45.73% Decrease In Crime

14. Vernon, TX

In the northern portion of Texas near the border to Oklahoma is the town of Vernon. Vernon comes in just inside the top 15 of our list of the most improved cities in Texas, and is nestled away just enough from some of the bigger cities. With Oklahoma City just a few miles to the northwest and the Dallas Fort Worth area just miles to the southeast, Vernon is close enough to get all the benefits of the bigger cities. Over the past five years the local police department has seen the overall crime rate fall over 40 percent and they’ve seen the property crime rate fall nearly 50 percent in the same period. The efforts of Vernon’s community and the local police department solidify their place on our list.

2007 Crime Rate: 62.45
2012 Crime Rate: 34.27
45.13% Decrease In Crime

15. Princeton, TX

Princeton is located just to the northeast of the big city of Dallas and near the shores of a bevy of creeks. Being so close to the big city, Princeton has grown a steady amount of the time period of our data set and the local police department has done a fantastic job of keeping the crime rate low while the city grows. With a massive decline in property crime, Princeton continues to be a destination for people who want to work in the big city, but live outside of it. Through programs like the neighborhood watch and getting the community involved the local police department has been able to keep driving the crime rate even further and big a reason why Princeton rounds out the top 15 in our list of most improved cities in Texas.

2007 Crime Rate: 30.65
2012 Crime Rate: 17.00
44.52% Decrease In Crime

16. Hewitt, TX

Located in the heart of Texas just outside of Waco and a few miles northeast from Fort Hood is the small town of Hewitt. Hewitt has grown the past few years thanks to its proximity to some of the bigger towns, the military base and the shores of Lake Waco. One of the biggest reasons why Hewitt has made it on to our list of the most improved cities in Texas is because of the decline in property crime. Utilizing things like Crime Stoppers and the neighborhood watch, Hewitt has seen violent crime fall just over 60 percent in a five year period according to data provided by the FBI. Hewitt should take pride in not only being one of the safest cities on our list to begin with, but also in their efforts to bring that crime rate lower.

2007 Crime Rate: 19.97
2012 Crime Rate: 11.24
43.73% Decrease In Crime

17. Pharr, TX

Just to the north of the border with Mexico is the small town of Pharr (but one of the biggest towns on our list), Texas. Not too far from the Gulf of Mexico and near a few other small metro areas that forms almost a big city out of a collection of smaller cities, Pharr has worked hard to bring down their once eye raising crime rate. Typically cities near an international border can have a higher crime rate because you have so much traffic between the two countries, but the local police department in Pharr they have seen the overall crime rate take a significant decline. Pharr has seen a massive decline in property crime in the recent years thanks to the hard work of the community in utilizing initiatives like the neighborhood watch and Crime Stoppers. Those efforts and the work by the local police department are why Pharr has made it inside the top 20 of our list of most improved cities in Texas.

2007 Crime Rate: 61.96
2012 Crime Rate: 35.25
43.12% Decrease In Crime

18. Bryan, TX

The biggest city that has made our list of the most improved cities in the state of Texas, Bryan has done a great job bringing down their overall crime rate over the last five years according to data provided by the FBI. Right outside of College Station and with Texas A&M University right outside the town, Bryan has a lot of community traffic because of the big college in the area with students moving in and out of the city. With steady growth and an influx of young adults, typically you’d see an increase in overall crime rate, but the local police department has made sure to buck that trend. With sharp declines in both violent and property crime, Bryan has earned its place inside the top 20 of our list.

2007 Crime Rate: 61.32
2012 Crime Rate: 35.49
42.13% Decrease In Crime

19. Lumberton, TX

On the eastern side of the state of Texas on the edges of the Village Creek State Park and just north of Beaumont is the town of Lumberton. Off a major highway and not far from the Louisiana border, Lumberton can get quite a few visitors and traffic through the year. Even with this and steady growth in the community, the local police department has been able to keep the crime rate one of the lowest on our list and keep it in a steady decline. With a big decline in property crime thanks to the efforts of things like the neighborhood watch, Lumberton finds its way just inside the top 20 of our list of most improved cities in Texas based on FBI data.

2007 Crime Rate: 33.39
2012 Crime Rate: 19.66
41.12% Decrease In Crime

20. Hereford, TX

Known as the “Beef Capital of the World”, Hereford also has the honor of rounding out our list of the most improved cities in the state of Texas. Located to the southwest of Amarillo and in the northwestern portion of the state, Hereford has seen a 40 percent dip in overall crime over the past five years, according to data provided by the FBI. With steady growth over the past five years, Hereford has seen both the violent and property crimes take a big fall in that same period of time. With cattle and ranches so important to the success and growth of Hereford, keeping property crime low has been a priority for the local police department and their initiatives have paid off.

2007 Crime Rate: 34.35
2012 Crime Rate: 20.41
40.59% Decrease In Crime

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Disclaimer: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.

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