This may come as a surprise to some people, but our little area of Central Texas didn't fare very well in a recent report for safest cities in Texas.

Safewise released their seventh annual Safest Cities report back in June, and it turns out Killeen, Temple, and Belton were not listed in the top ten of the safest cities in Texas. In fact, none of our local cities even made the top 50.

Okay, I'm not really surprised, but I was hoping for a better showing.

Safewise looked at crime in each state, and Texas’ crime rates are higher than the national averages but still lower than the states in the West South Central region. For instance, Texas has 28% less violent crime than Arkansas and 24% less property crime than Louisiana.

The violent crime rate in Texas rose 2% in 2021 to 4.2 incidents per 1,000 people, and property crime rose only 1% in 2021 to 23.9 incidents per 1,000 people.

I'll get to the specifics for Killeen, Temple, and Belton shortly, but apparently our numbers didn't land us in the top 50.

So which cities in Texas did make the top 50? You can click here to see the full list, but here are the top 10:

1. Trophy Club
2. Fulshear
3. Fair Oaks Ranch
4. Colleyville
5. Horizon City
6. Fate
7. Murphy
8. University Park
9. Helotes
10. Highland Village

And because I know you're curious, Harker Heights landed in the 99th spot. Belton was in the 114th spot, while Temple came in at 144, Copperas Cove came in at 172, and Killeen landed at 174.

Out of the 266 cities listed, Bellmead finished at 265, just ahead of Humble.

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