|Map shows how Texas Border towns compare to rest of nation in safety|
By Ryan Holeywell
Rick Perry went on FoxNews last week to criticize Obama for failing to protect the Texas border. In a case of remarkably good timing, Perry’s appearance on Fox happened the very same week the FBI released its Uniform Crime Report, an annual compilation of crime statistics from every city of more than 100,000 people. Those figures reveal the border clearly isn't a violence-plagued war zone.
Governing examined the rates of violent crimes – murders, forcible rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults – among the four
Texas border cities with populations qualifying for the report: El Paso, Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville. All of those cities had violent crime rates below the median average of American cities in the study (though Governing did not include and a handful of small cities that lacked comprehensive data for the purposes of this analysis). In fact, Chicago had a murder rate of .80 for every 100,000 residents – one of the very lowest in the country. El Paso
It’s also worth noting that the four border cities in Texas all have lower murder rates than the four largest cities in the state.
Houston’s murder rate, for example, is nearly 15 times that of . Because Governing analyzed rates, not absolute numbers, that figure already El Paso accounts for the difference in population. Put another way, even though Houston’s population is roughly 4 times that of , it had 54 times as many murders. El Paso
The border cities also performed better than the large cities in terms of overall rate of violent crimes, except for Laredo, which has a slightly worse violent crime than Austin. OUCH!