Sugar Land, Missouri City ranked among safest city in Texas
Fort Bend County boasts two of the safest cities in Texas, according to a recent crime study focused on cities with more than 50,0000 residents, with Sugar Lank ranked the seventh safest city in Texas and Missouri City rated number 13 in safety scores calculated from data gathered from 13,366 law enforcement agencies by researchers from SafeHome.org.
Reporting only 83 violent crimes per 1,000 residents in annual reports published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Sugar Land boasted an almost 20-percent decline in violent crime over the last year. The Sugar Land Police Department annual FBI data report notates a citizen-to-police officer ratio of 515-to-one. Missouri City reported a total of 148 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and a citizen-to-police officer ratio of 555 to one, according to annual FBI crime data.
The state’s safest city is Flower Mound, with the top five rounded out by Allen, Georgetown, Mansfield and Pflugerville, safety scores indicate.
Researchers compiled data and calculated safety score ratings using several factors and categories of FBI data including population, property crimes, violent crimes and crime trends among other things, officials said in a press release. The study included two crime data categories: violent crime and property crime. Incidents of violent crime include murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes involve reports of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. As data for reports of arson are limited, researched excluded arson incidents when calculating safety scores.
In the greater Houston area, six other cities were rated among the top 50 safest cities. Click through the slideshow to see data for other top-rated cities in the Houston area included in the SafeHome report. For a complete list of rankings, visit www.safehome.org/safest-cities/tx