10 of the Safest Neighborhoods in Houston

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Houston’s overall crime rates have been decreasing in recent years. In 2010, the city was ranked as the fifth most dangerous city in the nation. However, murders fell by 37 percent during the years that followed, and Houston’s ranking among dangerous cities dropped to 46th by 2012.

Although Houston doesn’t experience as much crime as it once did, some parts of the city are safer than others. Below are 10 of the safest neighborhoods in Houston, as determined by annual crime rates per 1,000 residents.

1. Clodine

The safest neighborhood in the city of Houston is Clodine. This suburban neighborhood is bordered to the south by Westpark Tollway, the north and east by Westheimer Parkway and the west by S Mason Road. Clodine is a diverse neighborhood and has a higher percentage of people of Brazilian and Scots-Irish descent than nearly any other neighborhood in the United States.

Neighborhood Type: Suburban

Schools: Fort Bend Independent School District, Katy Independent School District

School Rating: 0.659 out of 1.000, 0.797 out of 1.000

Median Home Price: $261,252

Median Rent: $1,154

2. Dorado Boulevard/ Clear Lake City Boulevard

The 2nd safest neighborhood in Houston is Dorado Boulevard/ Clear Lake City Boulevard. This neighborhood is bordered to the southwest by Space Center Drive, to the north by Clear Lake City Boulevard and to the east by El Dorado Boulevard. People living in this neighborhood are highly educated, with more than 82 percent of adults holding at least a bachelor’s degree.

Neighborhood Type: Suburban

Schools: Clear Creek Independent School District

School Rating: 0.768 out of 1.000

Median Home Price: $427,554

Median Rent: unknown

3. Westheimer Parkway/ S Ferry Rd

Third on the list of safe neighborhoods in Houston is Westheimer Parkway/ S Ferry Rd, which is bounded on the northwest by S Fry Road, on the south by Westheimer Parkway and on the east by Buffalo Bayou and Mason Creek. This is a family-friendly neighborhood composed of mostly newer, larger homes with at least three bedrooms.

Neighborhood Type: Suburban

Schools: Katy Independent School District, Aleif Independent School District

School Rating: 0.797 out of 1.000; 0.416 out of 1.000

Median Home Price: $372,195

Median Rent: $2,678

4. Falcon Pass/ Center Boulevard

Falcon Pass/ Center Boulevard is bounded on the south by Space Center Boulevard, on the east by Bay Area Boulevard, on the west by El Dorado Boulevard and on the north by Horsepen Bayou. Residents in this neighborhood are known for their relative wealth and high level of education.

Neighborhood Type: Suburban

Schools: Clear Creek Independent School District

School Rating: 0.768 out of 1.000

Median Home Price: $309.790

Median Rent: $1,390

5. Kingwood Dr/ Forest Garden Dr

Another of the safest neighborhoods in Houston is Kingwood Dr/ Forest Garden Dr. This neighborhood is bordered on the north by Kingwood Drive, on the south and east by Lake Houston and on the west by Lake Houston Parkway. This is an established neighborhood with stately, well-maintained homes.

Neighborhood Type: Suburban

Schools: Humble Independent School District, Huffman Independent School District

School Rating: 0.666 out of 1.000; no ranking available

Median Home Price: $386,510

Median Rent: $1,314

6. Dogwood Acres/ Walden Woods

Dogwood Acres/Walden Woods is bordered to the southwest by Mills Branch Drive and to the east by Caney Creek. This neighborhood is wealthy, family-oriented and established, with most homes built between the years of 1970 and 1999.

Neighborhood Type: Suburban

Schools: Humble Independent School District

School Rating: 0.666 out of 1.000

Median Home Price: $261,588

Median Rent: $1,604

7. Genoa Red Bluff Rd/ Baywood Dr

Another neighborhood to make the list of the safest in Houston is Genoa Red Bluff Rd/ Baywood Dr. This neighborhood is bordered to the north by Genoa Red Bluff Road, to the south by Clear Lake City Boulevard and to the west by Space Center Boulevard. This is an extremely wealthy neighborhood with medium to large freestanding residences, as well as a few townhomes.

Neighborhood Type: Suburban

Schools: Clear Creek Independent School District, Deer Park Independent School District

School Rating: 0.768 out of 1.000; 0.716 out of 1.000

Median Home Price: $257,114

Median Rent: $1,465

8. River Forest Dr/ Dairy Ashford St

River Forest Dr/ Dairy Ashford St is yet another neighborhood in Houston known for its low crime rate. This neighborhood’s northern boundary is Memorial Drive, its eastern boundary is Sam Houston Parkway, its western boundary is S Dairy Ashford Rd and its southern boundary is Buffalo Bayou. Like many of the other safe neighborhoods in Houston, River Forest Dr/ Dairy Ashford St is family-friendly and has a high concentration of married couples.

Neighborhood Type: Suburban

Schools: Spring Branch Independent School District

School Rating: 0.436 out of 1.000

Median Home Price: $483,361

Median Rent: $2,764

9. Brook Forest Dr/ Running Springs Dr

Ninth on the list of the safest neighborhoods in Houston is Brook Forest Dr/ Running Springs Dr. This neighborhood is bordered to the north by Clear Lake City Boulevard, to the south by Brook Forest Drive, to the west by El Dorado Drive and to the east by Middlebrook Drive. The people in this neighborhood tend to be highly educated and wealthy.

Neighborhood Type: Suburban

Schools: Clear Creek Independent School District

School Rating: 0.768 out of 1.000

Median Home Price: $209,360

Median Rent: $1,470

10. Kingsland Boulevard/ Baker Rd

The final neighborhood to make the list is Kingsland Boulevard/ Baker Rd. This neighborhood’s northern boundary is the Katy Freeway, its southern boundaries are Mason Creek and Buffalo Bayou, its western boundary is S Fry Road and its eastern boundary is Barker Clodine Road. Most of the homes in this neighborhood are large and stately, and the neighborhood’s residents tend to be wealthy and educated.

Neighborhood Type: Suburban

Schools: Katy Independent School District

School Rating: 0.797 out of 1.000

Median Home Price: $320,414

Median Rent: $1,103