McAllen is once again receiving accolades as being a safe city in the United States, this time by the website 24/7Wall St. The ranking puts McAllen as four on the list of 294 midsize and large U.S. cities tracked by the FBI. All cities have a populations of at least 100,000.
To identify the 50 safest U.S. cities, 24/7 Wall St. reviews violent crime rates in cities with at least 100,000 people. The rates come from the FBI’s 2018 Uniform Crime Report. They also considered 10-year population change using data from the FBI. Other metrics for the ranking are annual unemployment rates, household income and poverty rates.
“McAllen continues to be recognized as a safe city, because it is a safe city,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. “Thanks to the hard work of our McAllen Police Department, crime continues to decline as our city continues to prosper.”
According to 24/7 Wall St., in 2018, there were just 85 reports of violent crimes per 100,000 residents in McAllen. This is less than one-fourth the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans. It is also the least of any midsize to large city in Texas. There were zero homicide reports in McAllen in 2018.
The cities with the lowest violent crime rates tend to share several other socioeconomic characteristics as well — notably, economic prosperity. Many of these cities have capitalized on existing features — whether that means marketing a natural waterway or vista as a tourist destination — or industries built around a local university.