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Old 08-11-2007, 02:05 PM
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For a single girl moving there, what are the safest areas of Houston? Thanks.
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Old 08-11-2007, 02:52 PM
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Most places inside the loop and west of I-45 are gonna be winners, but there are a few exceptions. The worst areas are southwest Houston outside the loop, south of the Westpark Tollway and west of Chimney Rock, portions of southeast and north Houston. Southwest side crime has been the most violent, with local and New Orleans gangs going back and forth.

Keep in mind that property crime happens everywhere. Big cities, small towns. Protect your valuables and protect yourself.

Try renting a place in or around Rice Village or the Heights - some parts of the Heights are a little sketchy (Studemont south of 610 comes to mind) but generally pretty tame.

I would say Montrose, but they have had a spike in (mostly nonviolent) crime recently. Still much safer than the parts of town you hear most about on the news. Worst thing to happen to me in the Montrose is voluntarily handing over some pocket change or a cigarette to someone who asks. The homeless are not nearly as pushy as, say, upper Midtown @ the Greyhound station, but there is a concentration of them in the Montrose area. Crackheads have been stealing copper (for salvage) from churches in the vicinity and even hit the University of St. Thomas.

Houston Crime Maps and Statistics

Here's a useful link.

Make some friends when you get here, especially near where you live.
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