Texas Violent Crime Rate Compared to National Violent Crime Rate

Texas violent crime vs national average

The violent crime rate in Texas has been higher than the violent crime rate for the United States as a whole. Is Texas a dangerous place to live? In certain parts of Texas, the data shows that it is. In 2018 there were 43,637 violent crime incidents and 49,008 violent crime offenses reported to law enforcement.

Violent crimes consist of four type of offenses:

  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault

Violent crimes exclude any crimes where there is no threat of force or use of force. For example if someĀ cockamamie 9 toed arsonist intentionally starts a fire, that is not considered a violent crime.

Where are most violent crimes committed in Texas?

The great majority of violent crimes are committed in people’s homes. The second most common location is on streets or highways, alleys, or sidewalks, followed by parking garages or parking lots. You can see the data below for the count of violent crimes by location in Texas.

Texas violent crime locations

Location Count
Residence Home 23062
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 9535
Parking Garage/Lot 5853
Convenience Store 2503
Commercial/Office Building 1650
Restaurant 1538
Department/Discount Store 1298
Unknown 1209
Hotel/Motel 1144
Gas Station 1043
Field/Woods 925
Bar/Nightclub 837
Specialty Store 722
Park/Playground 665
Grocery Store 555
Drug Store/Doctors Office/Hospital 343
School Elementary/Secondary 331
Bank 288
Air/Bus/Train Terminal 121
School/College 118
Shopping Mall 109
Government/Public Building 86
School College/University 82
Liquor Store 75
Church/Synagogue/Temple/Mosque 71
Gambling Facility/Casino/Race Track 64
Construction Site 63
Jail/Prison/Corrections Facility 56
Rental Storage Facility 51
Mission/Homeless Shelter 43
Community Center 38
Auto Dealership 34
Daycare Facility 33
Lake/Waterway/Beach 33
Arena/Stadium/Fairgrounds 26
Abandoned Condemned/Structure 24
Industrial Site 22
Amusement Park 21
Campground 19
ATM Separate From Bank 16
Farm Facility 8
Rest Area 7
Dock/Wharf/Shipping Terminal 6
Military Base 3
Cyberspace 0
Tribal Lands 0


Sex of Violent Crime Offenders in Texas

TX Violent Crime Offenders in Texas

The great majority of all violent crime offenses in Texas in 2018 were committed by men. Out of 60,726 total offenders reported:

  • 48,367 were males
  • 10,005 were females
  • 2,354 were unknown


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