The 10 Safest Houston, TX Neighborhoods To Live In For 2021

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Houston are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our second time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Houston.
Safest Neighborhoods In Houston
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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Houston are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Houston. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Houston neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Houston in 2021? That would be West University. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood's statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Houston.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Houston neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Houston that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Houston.

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How We Determined The Safest Houston Hoods In 2021

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Houston.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 26 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the "Safest City Neighborhood In Houston." We're lookin' at you, West University.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the safest places Houston. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Houston For 2021

West University Houston, TX

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Population: 34,360
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,417
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Midtown Houston, TX

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Population: 6,409
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 439
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,728
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Population: 90,207
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 338
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,240
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Downtown Houston, TX

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Population: 10,089
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 682
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,829
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Population: 143,203
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 561
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,436
More on Pasadina: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 108,921
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 885
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,137
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Greater Memorial Houston, TX

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Population: 35,799
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 295
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,449
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Population: 186,971
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,100
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,213
More on Bellaire: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 143,332
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 761
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,707
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Population: 125,992
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,052
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,367
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Summing Up The Safest Places In Houston

Looking at the data, you can tell that West University is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Texas residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Houston For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 West University 2,614
2 Midtown 2,177
3 Far Northeast 3,588
4 Downtown 3,531
5 Pasadina 3,967
6 Southwest 4,032
7 Greater Memorial 4,734
8 Bellaire 4,313
9 Spring Branch 4,508
10 Sugarland 4,419
11 West Houston 4,794
12 Meyerland 4,541
13 Greater Heights 6,499
14 Northwest 5,946
15 Rice 5,959
16 Southeast 5,947
17 River Oaks 7,442
18 Westchase 5,953
19 Galleria-Uptown 6,896
20 East End 6,121
21 North 6,320
22 Rice Military 10,009
23 Northeast 6,577
24 Montrose 10,140
25 Medical 8,397
26 Far North 8,027

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About Chris Kolmar

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