Crime Rates in Texas’ Four Major Cities

Every year, thousands of crimes occur all over the US. Although Texas may not be the most dangerous state, it is home of some of the largest cities in America; Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin. These four cities are among the top 11 most populated cities with over 1 million inhabitants each, Austin in close last with over 900,000.

You can see the populations of these cities here.

With large populations comes large crime rates. It is inevitable in this day and age. And after doing some research based on population and crime rates, numbers were as expected except for one major city: Dallas. Dallas is the third of the four largest city in Texas, however some of the highest crime rates came from it.

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I was able to find the crime rates for these 4 cities in specific categories and subcategories.

Violent crimes included murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes included burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle-theft and arson.

This data visualization I have published will give you a better understanding of the types of crimes and amount of crimes happening in each city.

With a population of over 2.28 million, Houston was predicted to have the amount of crimes it does. Based on the data I acquired, Houston’s crimes almost double in majority of the crimes, violent and non-property, which is expected from a city almost twice as populated than the rest.

Austin, with a population of just over 900,000, has the least crimes in all categories across the board, which is also expected. On the other hand, San Antonio and Dallas take the second and third spot respectively, however Dallas has significantly higher crime rates almost all across the board. This is where I figured income would make a difference. Could a higher income mean higher crime rates?

Based on my research, San Antonio has roughly 1,393,000 inhabitants, with a median income of $63,981 while Dallas has a little over 1,300,000 inhabitants, with a $72,350 median income. At first I believed a lower income would be a huge playing factor in the amount of crimes happening in these cities, but I may have been wrong.

The charts pictured above display the median income of households in San Antonio and Dallas. As you can see, with a median income of $61,644, Dallas has a higher income compared to San Antonio which has a median income of $55,083.

Furthermore, in the charts above, you can see that Austin and Houston have an income of $67,195 and $61,465 respectively.

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As you can see, the median family income does not correlate with the amount of crimes committed in these four cities.  If higher median income meant higher crime rates, Austin would be at the top of the crime list, however its crime rates are significantly lower than the rest of the cities.

Written by Brenda T

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