Cities in Texas With the Most and Least Safe Drivers
In 2014, 3,500 traffic fatalities occurred in Texas. That works out to be about 13 deaths per 100,000 people, which is slightly higher than the national average. While even one fatality is too many, there are many cities in Texas where deadly accidents are less common — and we think they deserve recognition.
To create our list of the 50 cities in Texas with the safest drivers, Obrella analyzed data contained in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) State Traffic Safety Information for Year 2014 report. We compared the data to population numbers to determine the traffic fatality rate per 100,000 people. We used the data analysis from counties in Texas, and applied it to the largest city or metropolitan located in that county.
The 50 Cities in Texas with the Most Safe Drivers
Rockwall is the most populated city in one of the fastest growing and wealthiest counties in Texas — and it is home to the safest drivers in the state. Rockwall County had only three vehicle-related fatalities in 2014. One of the fatalities was caused by alcohol-impaired driving, and two pedestrians were killed.
Part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, Denton is Denton County’s largest city. Speeding was a factor in over 50 percent of the county’s fatalities, and nearly 40 percent involved a driver under the influence of alcohol.
With roughly 8,000 residents, Lampasas is the largest city in Lampasas County. According to the NHTSA, the central Texas county reported only one fatal crash in 2014, and at least one vehicle involved in the accident was speeding.
Approximately one million people call Collin County home, making it one of the state’s most populated counties. Over half the county’s residents live in the cities of Plano, McKinney, and Frisco. The majority of Collin County’s fatalities were the result of single-vehicle crashes, and motorcyclists accounted for 14 of the county’s 46 traffic-related deaths.
- Sugar Land
Sugar Land is Fort Bend County’s largest city. Alcohol-impaired driving was a factor in over 40 percent of the fatalities that took place in Fort Bend in 2014, and speeding was involved in almost one-third of the fatalities.
Brown County is a small, close-knit county located in the heart of Texas. With about 20,000 residents, Brownwood is its most populated city. Both of the fatal accidents that happened in Brown County in 2014 resulted in the death of motorcyclists.
Located one hour southwest of San Antonio, Pearsall has some of the safest drivers in the Lone Star State. Pearsall is the most populated city in Frio County, where only one roadway-related fatality occurred in 2014. According to the NHTSA, neither speed nor alcohol contributed to the accident.
Boasting over 90 percent of the county’s residents, Laredo is Webb County’s biggest city. Half of Webb County’s 16 fatalities involved a single automobile and six involved at least one driver with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.
Most of the population of Robertson County lives in Hearne. Robertson County’s number of fatalities has declined steadily over the last few years, and since 2010 roadway fatalities are down more than 90 percent. In 2014, one vehicle fatality occurred, and the accident involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
Bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Brownsville is the largest city in Cameron County, the southernmost county in Texas. Of the county’s 26 vehicle-related fatalities, seven were pedestrians, four were motorcyclists, and three were bicyclists. Almost half of all Cameron County’s fatalities involved a driver under the influence of alcohol.
Situated just west of San Antonio, Hondo is the largest city in Medina County. Pedestrians accounted for two-thirds of Medina County’s vehicle-related fatalities in 2014.
Coryell County has approximately 80,000 residents, and it’s considered part of the Killeen–Temple metro area. The county’s largest city is Gatesville. Two of the five fatalities that occurred in Coryell County in 2014 were pedestrians.
- College Station
More than half of Brazos County’s residents live in College Station, which is home to Texas A&M University. Alcohol impairment was a factor in one-third of the county’s fatalities, and speed contributed to 40 percent of all fatalities.
- Fort Worth
Over 50 percent of those who call Tarrant County home live in its two biggest cities, Fort Worth and Arlington. Speeding was a factor in nearly half of all vehicle-related fatalities in the county in 2014, and there were 31 total motorcyclist fatalities.
- El Paso City
El Paso County is one of the state’s largest and westernmost counties. More than 80 percent of El Paso County residents live in El Paso City. Motorcyclists and pedestrians were almost half of the county’s vehicle-related fatalities.
Located at the southern tip of Texas within the Rio Grande Valley, McAllen is the largest city in Hidalgo County. There were 17 pedestrian fatalities in Hidalgo County in 2014, and 31 fatalities were the result of alcohol-impaired driving.
More Red River County residents live in Clarksville than any other city in the county. Red River County experienced only one fatal accident in 2014, down from 12 in 2011. It involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
- Del Rio
Located in southwestern Texas, Val Verde County’s largest city is Del Rio, which is home to Laughlin Air Force Base. Speeding was a factor in one-quarter of all fatalities in Val Verde County, and no bicyclists were killed in vehicle-related crashes.
Travis County is the fifth most populated county in Texas. Its largest city, Austin, is the state capital and the county seat. More than 50 percent of Travis County’s traffic-related fatalities involved at least one driver with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.
Located in the Gulf Coast region of the Lone Star State, Brazoria County is a growing county with more than 300,000 residents. Pearland is the county’s largest city, followed by Lake Jackson. Speeding was a factor in 12 fatalities in 2014, and alcohol-impaired driving was a factor in one-third of the fatalities.
Known as “the gateway to the Rio Grande Valley,” Raymondville is the biggest city in Willacy Count. Since 2010, the county has experienced a steady decline in the number of vehicle fatalities. In 2014, only two fatalities occurred, and both involved motorcyclists.
With a population of over 4 million, more people reside in Harris County than any other county in Texas. Roughly half of Harris County locals live in Houston, the largest city in the county and the state. Five out of every 10 of the county’s fatalities were the result of alcohol-impaired driving and approximately one-quarter of the fatalities occurred at or near an intersection.
Dallas is the largest city in Dallas County, the second most populated county in Texas and the ninth largest in the U.S. Speeding was a factor in about 50 percent of the vehicle-related fatalities in Dallas County, and 60 percent of fatalities involved just one vehicle.
- Round Rock
With more than 100,000 residents, Round Rock is the most populated city in Williamson County. Excessive speed was a factor in almost 20 percent of the county’s fatalities, and 40 percent involved a driver under the influence of alcohol.
- San Marcos
San Marcos is the county seat of Hays County, and is its most populated city. There were only 18 fatalities in Hays County in 2014, four of which occurred at or near an intersection. No pedestrians or bicyclists were killed in vehicle-related accidents.
Roughly 20 percent of the Marion County’s population resides in the city of Jefferson. With approximately 10,000 residents, Marion is one of the smaller counties in Texas, and one of the safest. Alcohol was a factor in Marion County’s sole vehicle-related fatality in 2014.
- San Antonio
Speeding was a factor in almost 40 percent of Bexar County’s fatalities in 2014. And while there were 57 pedestrian fatalities that year, there was only one bicyclist fatality. Bexar County is one of the most populated counties in Texas and home to treasures like the San Antonio Riverwalk and the Alamo. Based on the number of residents, San Antonio is the county’s biggest city.
Situated in the northwestern part of the state, Cass is a small county of just over a dozen cities. Atlanta is the county’s largest city. Three fatalities occurred in Cass County in 2014 — none of which were attributed to alcohol.
Named after the Guadalupe River, Guadalupe County is part of the San Antonio metro area. Schertz is its most populated city, followed closely by the cities of Seguin and Cibolo. Of the 15 fatalities that took place in the county, 14 were involved in single-vehicle crashes.
Just about two out of every 10 Montgomery County residents lives in the city of Cleveland — making it the most populated city in the county. More than 60 percent of all the county’s fatalities involved a vehicle that went off the road.
Bell County is located in the heart of central Texas and Killeen is the county’s most inhabited community. Alcohol-impaired driving was a factor in 16 of the county’s fatalities, while speeding was involved in 20. There were only three pedestrian fatalities and one bicyclist fatality.
- Corpus Christi
More than 350,000 people call the coastal county of Nueces home. Roughly 90 percent of the county’s residents live in Corpus Christi, and Robstown is the second most populated city in the county. No bicyclists died in Nueces in 2014, and 12 of the fatalities were involved in speeding accidents.
Breckenridge is the most inhabited city in Stephens County and its head of government. A motorcyclist was the victim in the county’s one fatal crash.
Brewster County covers more square miles than any other county in the state. Alpine is the county’s largest city. Brewster County’s only fatal accident involved a light truck that left the roadway and rolled over.
Of Randall County’s 14 traffic crash victims, only one was a pedestrian. Randall County is located in the south central part of the Texas Panhandle, and most of its inhabitants live in the city of Amarillo.
- Bay City
Matagorda County is situated along the picturesque Gulf Coast. Bay City and Palacios are the two largest communities in the county. Alcohol-impaired driving was a factor in 50 percent of the fatalities in Matagorda County in 2014.
- Rio Grande City
Speeding contributed to three of Starr County’s traffic fatalities in 2014, as did speeding. One motorcyclist and one pedestrian were killed, and there were no bicyclist fatalities that year. Starr County borders Mexico and most of its residents live in Rio Grande City, the county seat.
- League City
Galveston County boasts hundreds of miles of shoreline, and League City is its most inhabited community. Over 60 percent of the county’s vehicle-related deaths involved at least one driver with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit.
Two of Aransas County’s three traffic-related fatalities were single-vehicle crashes, and one was attributed to alcohol-impaired driving. Rockport and Fulton are the largest cities in Aransas County — together they are home to more than half of the county’s population.
- Wichita Falls
In 2014, 60 percent of Wichita County’s fatal traffic accident victims were vehicle occupants and 40 percent were pedestrians or bicyclists. Wichita Falls is the most populated city in the county, followed by Burkburnett and Iowa Park.
About one-quarter of Parker County’s population resides in Weatherford. Speeding was a factor in 30 percent the county’s fatalities, and alcohol impairment contributed to 25 percent of all traffic-related deaths.
Kendall County is situated in Texas Hill Country and has a population of about 37,000. More Kendall County residents live in Boerne than any other city in the county. Kendall County reported five fatalities in 2014, two of which involved at least one driver with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.
- San Angelo
Home to Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo is the most populated city in Tom Green County. About half of Tom Green County’s fatalities involved just one vehicle, and one-quarter of the county’s fatalities took place at or near an intersection.
Jefferson County is one of the larger counties in southeast Texas. Beaumont is the county seat of Jefferson County and its most populated city. Nearly one out of every two of the county’s fatal traffic accident victims was a motorcyclist or pedestrian.
Part of the Texas Panhandle, Swisher County is a relatively rural county with approximately 8,000 residents. Most of Swisher County’s population lives in Tulia — the county’s biggest city. Swisher County reported only one fatal accident in 2014, down from three in 2013.
- Port Lavaca
Calhoun County is located along the mid-Texas coast, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Its largest city is Port Lavaca. Alcohol was deemed to be a factor in all of the vehicle-related fatalities in the county, none of which involved motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.
- Eagle Pass
Five out of eight Maverick County fatalities involved speeding, and three involved alcohol-impaired driving — up from only one the year before. Maverick County is located in southwestern Texas and borders Mexico. Eagle Pass is the most populated city in the county.
The city of Jasper is Jasper County’s largest town and its seat of government. Speeding was a factor in only one of the county’s traffic fatalities, and there were no pedestrian or bicyclist fatalities.
The city of Victoria is home to the majority of Victoria County residents. Alcohol was a factor in more than half of Victoria County’s fatalities, and no pedestrians of bicyclists were killed.
Lubbock is the county seat and largest city in Lubbock County, which has seen a slight increase in fatal crashes over the past five years. Of the 42 fatalities in 2014, 20 were the result of alcohol-impaired driving. The county experienced only one bicyclist fatality and speeding was a factor in 40 percent of the fatal accidents.
Which Counties in Texas Have the Least Safe Drivers?
The counties listed below have the highest incidents of traffic related fatalities per 100,000 people, but that doesn’t necessarily make them a bad place to call home.
Of the ten least safe counties in Texas, only La Salle reported any pedestrian fatalities, while Hudspeth was the only county to report a bicyclist fatality. Glasscock was the only county to report a motorcyclist fatality, but the county had no passenger car occupant fatalities. Intersections were dangerous places in Irion, Glasscock, and Upton, but large trucks were not a threat in Glasscock, Culberson, or Oldham. And while they may be some of the least safe counties in Texas, Mcmullen, Glasscock, and Oldham had no speeding-related fatalities.
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