McAllen named among safest cities in US

McALLEN — For a second time, McAllen is recognized as one of the safest cities in the United States, according to the 24/7 Wall St. website.

On the study, the website considered 294 mid-size and large cities with populations of at least 100,000. Other factors the website took into consideration were violent crime rates from the FBI’s 2018 Uniform Crime Report and 10-year population change in addition to annual unemployment rates, household income and poverty rates.

Out of these 294, McAllen is ranked number four on the list.

“McAllen continues to be recognized as a safe city, because it is a safe city,” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said in a city news release.

The website reported there were only 85 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in McAllen in 2018. This is less than one-fourth of the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

Notably, in 2018 there were zero homicides in McAllen.

“Thanks to the hard work of our McAllen Police Department, crime continues to decline as our city continues to prosper,” Darling said.

The website interviewed John Roman, a fellow with NORC at the University of Chicago, to cover the data gathered. NORC is a non-partisan and objective research company that aids governments, nonprofits and businesses make better decisions through data and analysis.

“Successful cities market their assets and build around their assets,” Roman said.

Other cities with the lowest violent crime like McAllen have common ground: economic prosperity. This could differ in various ways such as marketing a natural waterway, vista as a tourist destination, or industries built around a local university.

“Growing cities tend to grow because they’re perceived as safe, and that safety compounds in a virtuous cycle. Safe places get safer,” Ronan said.