In my experience so far living in Tyler, I haven't felt like I've been in the way of much danger. Maybe that's because I grew up in a huge city like Los Angeles, CA, or maybe our police does a great job keeping our residents safe. But every region has its safe and 'shady' neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Scout, among other real estate websites like Zillow and Trulia, updates neighborhood statistics - which include crime rate, wealth, demographics and schools on a yearly basis. The site ranked Tyler's neighborhoods from safest to most dangerous and include crime statistics to back up the claim.

Keep in mind, crime rate is not the only way to judge whether a neighborhood is safe, but it's definitely a good starting point.

Well, it turns out Tyler is actually ranked pretty high in crime with a rate of 44 per one thousand residents, according to the data on Neighborhood Scout. In fact, 91% of communities in the state of Texas have a lower crime rate than Tyler.

Unfortunately, the city of Tyler's crime rate is a mixed bag of violent and property crimes. For every 1,000 inhabitants, four people will be a victim of a violent crime. Property crimes are far more prevalent with 40 victims per thousand people.

Hmmm, maybe I feel safe because I don't leave my apartment. Ever.



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Swan is considered a rural neighborhood with relatively low population density. According to the data provided by Neighborhood Scout, the Swan neighborhood has more mobile homes per capita than 96.4% of all neighborhoods in America - 33.4% of occupied housing in the area are considered mobile homes.


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Browning is the eastern-most neighborhood ranked in Tyler and is also the biggest neighborhood, while still pretty rural and low in population density. A fact you may not know is that the Browning neighborhood has 'more Hungarian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America'.

Shady Grove/Owentown

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Gotta love the fact we're ranking neighborhoods and the third safest neighborhood is Shady Grove. What's interesting is that crime rates are lower in a neighborhood where '27.7% of the children are below the federal poverty line'. To me, that shows it's not how much money you have, but how you raise your children that makes the biggest impact.

Oxford Dr. / Purdue Dr.

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This is the safest suburban neighborhood on the list with much of the real estate being owner-occupied. This small neighborhood that's located a little more south of the first three safer neighborhoods has a lot to be proud of. According to statistics, the Oxford / Purdue Dr. neighborhood has one of the lowest rates of children living in poverty. Now, let's get that across East Texas! (The United States has approximately 1-in-4 children living poverty)

FM 2813 / Neighbors Rd.

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A lot of the buildings in this area have been built no later than 1970 to the present, while many homes are established, they are far from old. If you're looking to retire soon, this neighborhood is rated in the top 6.5% of 'retiree-friendly neighborhoods in Texas'.

FM 2661 / Route 31

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There is a pretty wide tapestry of ancestry among the people living in this neighborhood with 12.2% as German, 11% as Mexican, 10.6% as Irish, 9.4% as English and 2.1% Scots-Irish. You'll find a diverse population pretty much throughout, but the numbers here were incredibly balanced. FM 2661 / Route 31 is still considered safer than the average neighborhood in Texas.

S. Broadway Ave / Cumberland Rd

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The southernmost neighborhood in Tyler and is classified as a suburban location. There is a relatively low vacancy rate, which is 5% - 75.9% of American neighborhoods have a higher vacancy rate than this neighborhood.

S. Broadway / E. Amherst Dr.

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One of the smaller neighborhoods in Tyler, occupants in this area tend to work in management, executive and professional occupations. The location is also classified as upper-middle income with only 3.2% of children under teh age of 17 living below the federal poverty line.


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The southeast neighborhood of Elberta is relatively higher in demand for price increases or new residential construction. The area is fairly diverse with German, English, Irish, Asian and Mexican ancestry among the population.

S. Broadway / W. 2nd St.

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Pretty much right smack dab in the middle of Tyler, this suburban neighborhood is the 10th safest in Tyler according to As you get closer to the downtown area, you'll find more buildings with historical context - a handful of residences in the area were built before 1940.


After going through the ten safest neighborhoods in Tyler, we wanted to share five more neighborhoods that are little heavier on crime. It makes sense to be aware that the closer you get to a more urban, city setting with higher population density, the more crime there tends to be.

Sherwood Forest Dr. / FM 756

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This neighborhood has an extremely high rate of apartment complexes compared to the rest of the country - more than 95.7% of American neighborhoods. This statistic probably has a lot to do with the fact that there is a high concentration of enrolled students - and is classified as a college-focused neighborhood.

City Center

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Now we're really at the center of it all. Rent in the City Center neighborhood is lower than most surrounding areas and is lower in price than almost 80% of Texas neighborhoods. Ironically, there is a vacancy rate of over 20%, which is way higher than the average in the United States. Neighborhood Scout reports that 11.4% of the people in this neighborhood currently reside in a correction facility.

S. Southwest Loop / Walton Rd.

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A lot, but not all of the residences in the neighborhood were built in the year 2000 or more recently. Also of note, there is a higher rate of residents who have been divorced living in the area at 19.8%.

The U of Texas at Tyler / University Blvd.

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As the neighborhood suggests, this is a college-focused neighborhood. That means more renters live here with 18.8% of the population enrolled at the local university. When you don't have homeowners present, the residents tend not to care as much about the community - hence the high rate of departure from the neighborhood as students graduate.

N. Glenwood Blvd. / W. Oakwood St

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The average rental price for an apartment in the area is $650 per month - lower than about 91% of all Texas neighborhoods.

Y'all have been living around these parts. Do you agree with the statistic-driven analysis from or is this a subject that should not be based on just stats and data?