Fort Worth welcomes nearly nine million visitors annually and for good reason. The city boasts a rich and diverse cultural history and is packed with Texas charm. From the Stockyards to the rodeos, to the museums to the BBQ, Fort Worth is truly a rich place to experience Texas culture.
If you are thinking about visiting Fort Worth and have qualms about the safety of the city, we got you covered. We deep dived into the statistics, crime reports and talked to the residents of the city to give you a better understanding of how safe the safe the city really is.
Fort Worth Crime Stats
In 2020 Fort Worth reported 112 homicides, which was a 62.3% increase from 2019, where only 69 homicides were recorded. This is the highest number of homicides recorded in over 26 years and there hasn’t been a triple digit homicide count since 1995.
The highest number of homicides ever recorded in Fort Worth was in 1986 during the crack cocaine epidemic, where 202 homicides were recorded.
Aggravated assaults increased 44% from 2019. Also larceny increased by 8.5% and auto theft increased by 7.4% over 2019
Rape, robbery and burglary were down 2.5%, 7.5% and 13% respectively over 2019.
Here’s a breakdown of all the crimes in the city for 2020 compared with 2019:
Fort Worth police reported a total of 13,496 offenses in 2020, compared with 13,963 in 2019, which is a 3.3 percent year-over-year decrease.
|Motor Vehicle Theft||3,335||3,585||+ 7.4%|
If you only look at the statistics, Fort Worth is a slightly unsafe place to visit. According to statistics recently released by the FBI, Fort Worth had the 57th highest Violent Crime rate in the country in 2019, 560.21 incidents per 100,000 residents. It also ranked 57th for Property Crime rate in the country, 3,215.32 per 100,000 residents.
The average violent crime rate for the United States is 366.7 per 100,000 residents and the average property crime rate for the United States is 2,109.9 per 100,000 residents.
Fort Worth’s violent crime rate is 50% higher the national average and Fort Worth’s property crime rate is about 52% higher than the national average
**All data is from the 2020 Texas Crime Report**
Fort Worth’s Crime Rate vs The Rest Of Texas
Looking at the table below, you can see that in terms of violent crime, Fort Worth ranks 5th among the most populous cities in Texas and it ranks 4th for property crime.
According to NeighborhoodScout, you have a 1 in 223 chance of being a victim of violent crime in Fort Worth.
If you look at Plano, the safest city on the list you have a 1 in 667 chance of being a victim of violent crime, which is three times as less.
If you look at Houston, the most dangerous city on the list, you have a 1 in 91 chance of being a victim of violent crime, which is more than twice as much.
In 2020, Houston reported 400 homicides in 2020, Dallas reported 252 homicides , San Antonio reported 126 homicides, Austin reported 48 murders, Corpus Christi reported 34 homicides, El Paso reported 28 homicides, Arlington reported 23 homicides, Laredo reported 12 homicides, Irving reported 9 homicides, Garland reported 6 homicides, and Plano reported 3 homicides.
|City||Population||Violent Crime (Per 100,000)||
Property Crime (Per 100,000)
*All data is from the 2019 FBI Crime Stats Report**
*Crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.
The worst neighborhoods in Fort Worth
Income and crime are inversely correlated. This maps gives you a really great starting point on which parts of town are safest.
Here’s a map showing you all the worst neighborhoods according to residents of the city:
Stop Six is in the southeastern part of Fort Worth.
Como is a south-west neighborhood of Fort Worth, situated south of the 30-fwy and east of the 377-fwy
Carter Park is a neighborhood in south Fort Worth that is situated right off the 35w fwy
Butler Place is a public housing projects located in south-east Fort Worth and is situated right off the 35w fwy.
North Side a neighborhood in north west Fort Worth and is situated east of the 199-fwy and west of the 35w fwy
Is Downtown Fort Worth safe?
Downtown Fort Worth is a safe area to visit and is patrolled around the clock by bike cops and patrol cars. There are many restaurants, bars and theaters you can walk to without feeling fearful. Most residents of Fort Worth also agree that the downtown area is generally safe.
Driving tour of Downtown Fort Worth:
What do residents of Fort Worth say about its safety
- The North Side has the most gang activity in the city and there’s a reason why most of the houses around their have bars on the windows.
- There’s a saying known around Fort Worth. "Look to your left, and smile, you see Arlington Heights. Look to your right, and smile, you see Ridglea. Look down at your feet, now run .You’re in Como."
- Stay away from Stop-6. Rosedale is very seedy. You seriously don’t want to mess around with Stop 6.
- I have heard gunshots and I have seen police cars and I have read police reports and felt uncomfortable in the North Side area.
- Not all of South FW is bad. Maybe just 95% of it.
- Any city has dangerous areas but as a whole Forth Worth is a very safe place.
- Stop-6 is a pretty rough area of neighborhoods East of downtown.
- South Fort Worth is a large area. There are good places, and bad places. Generally, the further east you go, the worse the area, and the further west, the better.
- North Fort Worth is a nice suburban area. Especially Keller.
- If you treat folks in Fort Worth with kindness and respect, they’ll treat you the same way in return.
- Stay west of I-35 and away from Las Vegas Trail aka ‘The Trail’.
- Avoid the Las Vegas trail, Como and Stop 6/Poly.
- If you drive along Berry street long enough, you will reach ‘Scary Berry’. It’s definitely a less comfortable place to be.
- I’ve also found anything immediately east of 35 to be very sketchy.
- Basically anything east of I-35W, south of I-30, and within Loop 820 should generally be avoided
- Fort Worth is the nicest big city in Texas.
Is Fort Worth safe at night?
Fort Worth is safe at night, however, like any other city, there are areas where you shouldn’t think of going at night, namely the neighborhoods mentioned above. These are the most dangerous areas and even long time residents have qualms about going there.
Is it safe to visit alone?
Fort Worth can be a safe place to travel alone as long as you know the layout of the city and know which areas to avoid. Fort Worth is just like any other medium sized city and there are risks involved when you’re in a big town by yourself.
Research the areas in Fort Worth that you want to visit and Use Google Maps street view to see if the areas are sketchy.
Tips to stay safe in Fort Worth
- Know which areas are safe and know which areas are dangerous. Don’t venture off into the dangerous areas.
- Be aware of your surroundings and do not leave any valuables in plain sight in your car.
- Having headphones on or staring at your phone signals that you’re not aware of your surroundings and that makes you an easy target.
- Keep your ears and eyes open, notice things. Footsteps, shuffling, metal clanging, anything.
- Walk confidently and with your head up and without distractions (smartphones, headphones).
- Beware of unsolicited kindness or help from strangers. Never accept something for free from someone you don’t know.
- Run if you need to. Hurt pride is temporary.
- If someone bumps into you, or brushes against you, check your pockets.
- Act like you live wherever you are visiting, like you know the place and like you know exactly where you are going.
Is Fort Worth Safe To Visit?
Fort Worth is a slightly unsafe place to visit. The number or homicides and aggravated assaults have increased significantly and should be an area of concern. However most of the violent crime is concentrated in a few small areas and most residents agree that Fort Worth is pretty safe to visit if you avoid these areas; Las Vegas Trail, Carter Park, Butler Place, North Side, Stop Six/Poly, Como, Sansom Park, East Rosedale and Lancaster, south of Magnolia.