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This Dallas neighbor nabs ranking as safest city in Texas

This Dallas neighbor nabs ranking as safest city in Texas

Flower Mound town hall
Flower Mound is the safest city in Texas. Flower Mound/Facebook

Murders, robberies, and sexual assaults plague many big American cities. Fortunately, Flower Mound isn’t one of them. Home to more than 76,000 people, Flower Mound recorded no homicides, 10 robberies, and 13 sexual assaults in all of 2018.

With a safety score of 90.42 out of 100, Flower Mound ranks as the safest city in Texas with at least 50,000 residents and the 10th safest in the U.S., according to a new study by SafeHome.org, which reviews and rates home security systems. SafeHome.org based its rankings on 2018 data reported to the FBI regarding about the number and types of crimes in a community, as well as on crime trends and the ratio of law enforcement officers to residents.

Flower Mound actually can boast that it’s been recognized for a number of years as one of the safest cities in Texas. 

In its annual report for 2018, the Flower Mound Police Department gave credit to the “hard work and dedication” of the department’s employees for helping ensuring the safety of Flower Mound residents from year to year. Of course, Flower Mound isn’t crime-free, though.

While a tiny number of homicides, robberies, and sexual assaults are reported annually in Flower Mound, police did investigate 560 thefts, 45 burglaries, 28 car thefts, and 25 aggravated assaults in 2018, according to data reported to the FBI.

Still, NeighorhoodScout.com says the odds of being victimized by violent crime in Flower Mound are 1 in 1,743, compared with 1 in 228 across Texas. For property crime, the odds of being victimized in Flower Mound are 1 in 110, compared with 1 in 39 across Texas.

In all, Flower Mound joins four other Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs in the top 10 of SafeHome.org’s ranking of Texas’ safest cities with at least 50,000 residents. Here’s the complete top 10:

  1. Flower Mound (Denton and Tarrant counties) — Safety score of 90.42 out of 100.
  2. Allen (Collin County) — Safety score of 88.02 out of 100.
  3. Georgetown (Austin) — Safety score of 86.49 out of 100.
  4. Mansfield (Ellis, Johnson, and Tarrant counties) — Safety score of 85.47 out of 100.
  5. Pflugerville (Austin) — Safety score of 85.28 out of 100.
  6. Cedar Park (Austin) — Safety score of 85.08 out of 100.
  7. Sugar Land (Houston) — Safety score of 84.61 out of 100.
  8. Frisco (Collin and Denton counties) — Safety score of 84.6 out of 100.
  9. Rowlett (Dallas and Rockwall counties) — Safety score of 84.56 out of 100.
  10. League City (Houston) — Safety score of 83.6 out of 100.

Among the state’s five biggest cities, Dallas ranked first in the SafeHome.org study, with a safety score of 70.85 out of 100. That put it at No. 45 among the 65 Texas cities included in the study.

Here’s how the state’s other major cities fared:

47. Fort Worth — Safety score of 70.5 out of 100.

49. Austin — Safety score of 70.3 out of 100.

61. Houston — Safety score of 63.1 out of 100.

64. San Antonio — Safety score of 60.69 out of 100.