The largest city in Texas, and the 4th largest in the U.S., Houston is home to around 2.1 million people. Unfortunately, where there are so many people living in close proximity, crime and safety can be a problem. In 2010 Houston was ranked 5th out of large cities in the nation for its murder rate. More recent stats show a slight decline in crime, but you still need to be on guard if living here, or, choose one of the five safest neighborhoods in Houston. We’ve compiled the top five based on violent crimes and property crimes, and here are the results:
The neighborhood that surrounds Houston’s vast Texas Medical Center is the 5th safest neighborhood in Houston. There are on average only 390 violent crimes per 100,000 residents here, and 2,022 property crimes per 100,000 residents. That means the overall crime index is 60 percent lower than the city average, and medical is safer than over 80 percent of the neighborhoods in Houston.
Set in southwest Houston, Meyerland was named for the Meyer Family who originally owned the 6,000 acres that the neighborhood is now built on. The neighborhood is the center of the city’s Jewish community, and it’s the 4th safest place in Houston. Safer than 84.6 percent of neighborhoods, the violent crime and property crime rates are 60 percent below the city average.
The 3rd safest neighborhood in Houston is Montrose. Located within the Neartown area of the city, this neighborhood is more pedestrian-friendly than others, and features a great mix of homes set along tree-lined streets. Montrose is safer than 88.5 percent of neighborhoods in Houston, and you have a 1 in 42 chance of being the victim of crime here.
Right in the geographic center of Houston is one of its most sought after communities. River Oaks is among the most affluent communities in Texas, and has some very expensive real estate. It’s a safe place to live too, ranked 2nd safest neighborhood in Houston on our list, and you have just a 1 in 257 chance of being the victim of violent crime in River Oaks.
Westchase is the safest neighborhood in Houston. Located in the west of the city it’s a business management district that also has numerous homes and retail stores. Property crime isn’t a major problem here as you have just a 1 in 50 chance of being the victim of it. Overall, Westchase comes out on top of the main neighborhoods in Houston, and has a crime index 60 percent lower than the city average.