Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleHouston/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime130,291n/a (estimate)5,7232,7322,324
Violent crime25,987n/a (estimate)1,142432370
Vehicle theft17,344n/a761.9331.2282.7
Property crime104,304n/a (estimate)4,5822,3001,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Houston, TX

The Houston crime rates are 146.2% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 25987 violent crimes in Houston (1142 per 100,000 people), which is 208.7% higher than the national average and there were a total of 104304 property crimes (4582 per 100,000 residents) which is 134.4% higher than average.

Having a crime rate of 5723 per 100,000 residents, Houston experiences a crime rate that is 146.24% higher when compared to the national average, leading to one of the highest overall crime rates in the nation. It's important to clarify that this doesn't imply the entire city is unsafe. Like any area, Houston contains neighborhoods with varying safety levels and you can find areas that are notably safer than others, emphasizing the need for targeted crime prevention efforts and community engagement initiatives.

Houston has gained notoriety as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, given its alarming violent crime rate of 1142 crimes per 100,000 people. In fact, Houston falls within the lowest 10% among cities reporting violent crimes last year, resulting in a concerning 1 in 88 likelihood of experiencing a violent crime. It's important to note that safety levels may vary across different areas within the city, and this statistic doesn't necessarily reflect the entire city's situation regarding violent crime.

Although murder rates are essentially half of what they used to be 30+ years ago, some cities still struggle with higher rates than others. Houston is one of those cities. In the last reported crime year, there were a total of 433 murders in Houston, which equates to 19 murders per 100,000 people. This results in Houston being a very dangerous place to live.

Houston has some of the highest property crime rates in the country with 4582 crimes per 100,000 people - this ranks in the bottom 10% of all American cities that reported crime. Your chance of being a victim of property crime in Houston is 1 in 22, which is far higher than the national average.

The occurrence of vehicle thefts has been increasing nationwide, and Houston faces one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the United States. In the latest reported crime year, there were a reported 17344 vehicle thefts, translating to 762 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents. This places Houston in the bottom 10% among all cities, signifying that 90% of cities have less stolen vehicles. The likelihood of experiencing a vehicle theft is 1 in 132.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Houston?

What do the local residents think about crime in Houston? Well, based on a recent survey of 428 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 36% of Houston residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 64% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Houston a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Houston, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Houston presents a total crime rate that is 146% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Houston experiences an average of 356.96 daily crimes, comprising 71.2 violent incidents and 285.76 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Houston Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Houston has increased by 4.8% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Houston is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has decreased by 8.3%, while property crime has increased by 8.6%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Houston.

Houston Neighborhood Crime Rates

The Houston area comprises a diverse array of over 26 distinct neighborhoods, each exhibiting a unique crime rate influenced by location and various socioeconomic factors. Generally, neighborhoods situated in proximity to the city center, characterized by higher population density, often report elevated crime rates. Conversely, the outlying neighborhoods, marked by lower population density and reduced unemployment and poverty rates, tend to experience lower crime incidence. Some neighborhoods with lower crime rates include: West University, Greater Memorial and Far Northeast which foster a strong sense of safety. Conversely, neighborhoods such as Far North, Northeast and North exhibit crime rates above the average, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive research when evaluating different Houston neighborhoods, given their considerable variation in crime rates.

Potential Causes for Crime in Houston

Houston has a poverty rate of 19.6, while the national average is 15.1. In the past, there has been a direct correlation between high or low poverty rates and high or low crime stats. Elevated poverty levels and income disparities can contribute to heightened criminal activity, as individuals may resort to unlawful means to address their fundamental necessities. While lower poverty levels have led to a reduction in typical crime levels compared to other areas.

In Houston, the cost of living is 8.29% lower than the national average. A high cost of living can induce economic stress for locals, especially those with limited financial resources. When people grapple with soaring housing expenses, utility bills, healthcare costs, and other essential necessities, they may be driven towards criminal activities, including theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities boasting a lower cost of living may mitigate economic pressures and potentially result in reduced crime rates.

The quality of housing and neighborhood conditions can influence crime rates. Neglected or run-down neighborhoods with poorly maintained properties may be more susceptible to criminal activities. In areas with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves residing in cramped or inadequate housing settings, amplifying stress levels and potentially fostering domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. It's worth noting that the median home price in Houston stands at $186,800, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

Houston crime map

The Houston crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Houston as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Houston crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Houston crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Houston crime rates are 146% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Houston are 209% higher than the national average
      • In Houston you have a 1 in 18 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Houston is safer than 1% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Houston has increased by 8%

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        Daily Crime In Houston (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Houston, per 100,000 residents. In Houston, the total number of daily crimes is 2.10 times more than the Texas average and 2.46 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Houston are 2.64 times more than the Texas average and 3.09 times more than the national average. For property crime, Houston has a daily crime rate that is 1.99 times more than the Texas average and 2.34 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Houston (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Houston to every other city in Texas, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Houston safe? The gauges above illustrate that Houston is safer than 0% of every city located within Texas along with 1% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Texas and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Houston, TX is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Houston

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Houston is 1 in 88
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Houston is 1 in 22
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Houston is 1 in 18
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Houston, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 88. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 22 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Houston is 1 in 18.

        Year Over Year Crime In Houston (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Houston, TX is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Houston has decreased by 6%, while the property crime rate in Houston has increased by 12% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Houston has increased by 8% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Houston police department

        Item Houston Texas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)6,66346,020558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.13.03.3
        There are a total of 6,663 Houston police officers. This results in 3.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 1.8% greater than the Texas average and 5.9% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Texas

        State Total offenders Texas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 95,281 sex offenders in Texas. This yields a total of 443 sex offenders in Texas per 100,000 residents which is 67% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Bunker Hill Village, TX3,94882438520
        Piney Point Village, TX3,43582438520
        Hunters Creek Village, TX4,834112597710
        Spring Valley Village, TX4,294112597710
        Brookside Village, TX1,429134715849
        West University Place, TX15,589489911,040
        Hilshire Village, TX8931759291,104
        Houston, TX2,313,2381,1424,5825,723

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Chicago, IL2,699,3475403,1333,673
        Phoenix, AZ1,658,4228252,9023,727
        Philadelphia, PA1,581,5311,0414,3215,363
        San Antonio, TX1,529,1338835,0695,951
        San Diego, CA1,414,5454311,8182,248
        Houston, TX2,313,2381,1424,5825,723
        Source: The Houston, TX crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.