Is Waxahachie Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On June 16, 2024
Waxahachie, United States
Safety Index:
83
* Based on Research & Crime Data

Waxahachie, Texas, is a charming city nestled in Ellis County, just 30 miles south of Dallas.

The fast-growing town of 41,000 people boasts a rich history that is reflected in its well-preserved architecture and vibrant cultural heritage.

The name “Waxahachie” is derived from a Native American word meaning “Buffalo Creek,” reflecting the area’s indigenous roots and natural beauty.

The city’s historic downtown is the heart of Waxahachie, where red-brick streets are lined with quaint shops, inviting cafes, and beautifully restored Victorian buildings.

The Ellis County Courthouse, an architectural gem from the late 19th century, stands as a centerpiece, exemplifying the town’s commitment to preserving its heritage.

Guests also get a bit of film history, starting with the 1967 movie Bonnie & Clyde.

In fact, the Rogers Hotel is said to be where they once lived.

More recently, Taylor Sheridan filmed part of Lawman: Bass Reeves here.

Surrounded by scenic parks and lakes, Waxahachie offers ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation.

Its proximity to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex ensures that visitors can enjoy the tranquility of a small town while having easy access to the amenities of a major city.

Warnings & Dangers in Waxahachie

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK: LOW

There's a low risk in Waxahachie and a good number of things to do if you know where to look. We're going to help with that so that you don't just get stuck in a suburban big box store purgatory.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW

The public transportation system in the Metroplex doesn't go south of I-20, a good 20 miles north of Waxahachie. This is definitely a car city, with more than 80,000 vehicles going through Waxahachie daily. I'd recommend a rental car if you're going to the Metroplex, as those taxi and rideshare costs will add up quickly.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW

The city has averaged about one pickpocket or purse snatching every year over the past five years, giving this a low risk. Use extra precautions during local events and festivals.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM

This area can get a lot of severe weather, so there's a medium risk. The biggest problems are severe thunderstorms with damaging winds capable of producing tornadoes, flash flooding, and extreme heat. You need to stay weather-aware while you're here.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK: LOW

Less than one in four robberies were highway robberies over the past five years. This risk is low, but keep it that way by sticking with a friend or family member and never walking around unlit areas at night.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK: LOW

International terrorism isn't a concern in Waxahachie, but being so close to Dallas and Fort Worth, it's worth staying vigilant. The city did experience a fake call from an active shooter at a Target store.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK: LOW

Check city local law enforcement social media sites for the latest scams. The local Better Business Bureau office and the state Attorney General’s office will have common scam tactics and protection advice. While I can't find any specific scams that would target tourists, it's best to know what to look out for - just in case.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW

Statistically, women are 14% more likely to be the victim of a violent crime. However, very few crimes here are random acts of violence. The risk is low.

Tap Water Risk

TAP WATER RISK: LOW

The U.S. has strict standards for tap water per the Safe Water Drinking Act. Communities are required to provide a Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) once a year by July 1. The latest water quality report shows full compliance and no violations. If there is an issue with the water, the city will report it on social media sites.

Safest Places to Visit in Waxahachie

The city’s tourism website is waxahachiecvb.com.

Look for the Digital Brochure, which is the downloaded visitor’s guide.

You can get this for free without having to give any personal information.

The city’s website also has a section for “Visit Waxahachie.”

Begin your exploration at the Ellis County Courthouse, an architectural marvel built in 1897, known for its picturesque Romanesque Revival style and intricate detailing.

Step back in time with a visit to the Ellis County Museum, where exhibits showcase the rich history of Waxahachie and its early settlers.

Not far from here, the Sims Library, established in 1905, provides a serene spot for history buffs and book lovers alike.

For art enthusiasts, the Webb Gallery is a must-see, featuring an eclectic mix of folk art, contemporary pieces, and vintage artifacts.

Another cultural gem is the Chautauqua Auditorium, built in 1902, which hosts various performances and events throughout the year.

Another museum is waiting to show you the money at the CNB of Texas Money Museum.

The museum is located in the lobby of a bank, so it’s a relatively quick stop.

However, have you ever seen a $5,000 bill?

The Ellis County African American Hall of Fame highlights the history and accolades of local African Americans.

Check the schedule for events before you go.

Nature lovers will appreciate Getzendaner Park, offering scenic trails, picnic areas, and a historic pavilion for family gatherings.

For a more immersive outdoor experience, visit Lake Waxahachie, where you can enjoy fishing, boating, and serene lakeside views.

The Munster Mansion, a replica of the house from the TV show “The Munsters,” provides a quirky yet fascinating tour for fans of the show and curious visitors.

Tours are by appointment only.

You can also book a murder mystery private event.

If you like that vibe, you’ll love the Haunted History Tours offered throughout the various historical areas of Waxahachie.

This takes you off the beaten path to learn some spirited secrets.

The Gingerbread Trail Historic Home Tour is another highlight, featuring beautifully preserved Victorian and Gingerbread-style homes, offering a glimpse into the architectural past of Waxahachie.

This only happens during a certain time of the year, but you can get a map to check out the exterior any time of the year.

The best month to visit Waxahachie is March when the Tulip Festival takes over.

If you’re more into blossoming artists than bulbs, plan a late October visit for the Crossroad of Texas Country Festival.

Places to Avoid in Waxahachie

There isn’t an issue with dangerous parts of town or bad neighborhoods here, but you do want to avoid thinking it’s a “close enough” suburb to the Metroplex.

The mileage can be misleading when you consider all the traffic you’ll sit in to get to Dallas or Fort Worth during busy traffic times.

Also, as fast as Waxahachie has grown, the roads and infrastructure haven’t kept up.

That means even more traffic in town, especially between 8 am and 8 pm.

Most of the hotels offer easy access from the highways, and very few are located in the heart of the city.

Visiting Waxahachie can feel more like spending time in a cookie-cutter suburb of Anywhere, USA.

Safety Tips for Traveling to Waxahachie

  1. Waxahachie has a local police department. You can follow them on Facebook @waxahachiepd. Call (469) 309-4400 with any specific questions.
  2. The Emergency Management Department of Ellis County offers free Citizen Alerts through the Everbridge program. You can sign up and choose if you want to get emergency information through text message, phone call, or email. You’ll need this information, especially as it pertains to severe weather.
  3. Since the community here does a great job of communicating important safety and travel information, I would also recommend following the city on Facebook @CityOfWaxahachie. You’ll get information like road closures, water main breaks, and so forth.
  4. This area is prone to storm damage, from potholes to downed tree limbs to flooding, and you can report any incident to publicworks@waxahachie.com or by calling 469-309-4300.
  5. Never drive along a flooded roadway, even if the water doesn’t seem that deep. This area can get flash flooding, which happens during and immediately after a storm. But it also faces areal flooding, which can happen well after a storm has passed as water moves to the lowest-lying areas. Areal floods can also cover large areas.
  6. Downtown Waxahachie has free parking, including parking lots, a garage, and street spots. Please note the time limits when you park, as you will get a ticket for staying longer than allowed.
  7. If you’re boating while visiting, it’s smart to take a boating safety course to learn about the water risks, rules, and cleaning tips. Contact the city or county to learn more about those online courses.
  8. Anglers need a fishing license from the state Department of Parks and Game. You can get a license for a day, week, or year if you’d like. Just be sure to carry the license with you while fishing, as you could be asked to show it at any time.
  9. Drive Texas is the website and app that provides real-time traffic information. You can also create an account and set your preferred routes to get alerts. The site also shows live cameras, construction zones, and weather conditions.
  10. If you are driving into the Metroplex during your visit, you should review the toll roads in the area. The North Texas Tollway Authority oversees all routes. The website can help you learn how to pay tolls and learn which roads require a toll and which don’t. No roads in Waxahachie require tolls.

So... How Safe Is Waxahachie Really?

Waxahachie’s crime rate is as much about the most recent numbers as the past 20 years.

In 2023, the state violent crime rate was 39% lower than the national average and 34% lower than the state average.

Since 2010, the population has increased by 40% and the crime rates by 37%.

From a law enforcement standpoint, crime rates are expected to grow with the population.

However, an interesting trend arose in Waxahachie over the past 13 or so years.

Violent crime rates reached a low in 2014 and have since increased by 289%.

Between 2019 and 2022, crime was up 115%.

We’re now seeing crime rates that haven’t been present since 2008.

While there’s still a long way to go before the crime rates get close to the national average, continued growth could make it a more concerning place to visit.

For now, the numbers are cushioned for visitors by the fact that just 10% of violent crimes were committed against strangers over the past five years.

Theft rates are 6% higher than the national average.

About 23% of all thefts are related to car burglaries or car accessory thefts, like pricey catalytic converters.

About six cars are stolen each month.

About eight drug-related crimes happened each month (on average) in 2023.

It’s important to understand the drug and overdose crisis in America before visiting.

You can’t even trust that a prescription drug is safe unless you get it from a registered pharmacy.

Aside from using basic common sense and personal safety steps, nothing about the crime data or recent headlines in Waxahachie should cause any concerns about visiting.

How Does Waxahachie Compare?

CitySafety Index
Waxahachie83
San Diego67
Miami55
Honolulu65
Chicago65
Dallas64
Memphis54
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71
Vienna (Austria)88
Hong Kong (China)70

Useful Information

Visas

Visas

All international visitors need either a visa defining the purpose of the trip (tourist, work, school, etc.) or a visa waiver. Start the process using the Visa Wizard module on the U.S. State Department website. You’ll quickly find out which one you need. Also, keep in mind that your passport must be valid for at least six months after our trip, or you’ll need to apply for a new one.

Currency

Currency

Only the U.S. Dollar (USD) is accepted in the United States. Both airports in the Dallas area have currency exchange services on-site. However, your home bank offers the lowest fees. For those using credit cards, check to see if there’s a foreign transaction fee before you start racking up charges.

Weather

Weather

This area stays pretty warm (above 70°F) from March through October for daytime highs. Summers will get oppressively hot, with average highs in the mid-90s, and that's before factoring in the "feels-like" temperature with humidity. Winters are mild, but cold snaps can cause below-freezing temperatures and related challenges. Bring bug spray and comfortable shoes.

Airports

Airports

Both DFW International and Dallas Love Field are less than an hour away. These are two major airports and should be considered the closest and best options.

Travel Insurance

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Waxahachie Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 8° C
Feb 10° C
Mar 15° C
Apr 19° C
May 23° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 30° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 26° C
Oct 20° C
Nov 14° C
Dec 9° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
141621252933363532262015
Low
°C
2481217212323191383
High
°F
576170778491979590796859
Low
°F
363946546370737366554637

Texas - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Abilene67
Amarillo65
Austin65
Beaumont51
Brownsville68
Carrollton72
Corpus Christi71
Dallas64
Del Rio68
Dell City81
Denton72
El Paso77
Fort Davis80
Fort Worth77
Fredericksburg85
Frisco84
Garland83
Granbury74
Grand Prairie72
Gruene82
Harlingen75
Houston59
Irving79
Laredo68
Lewisville80
Llano83
Lubbock38
Luckenbach77
Marathon78
Marfa80
McAllen74
McKinney84
Mesquite52
Midland78
Nacogdoches78
New Braunfels83
Plano86
Port Aransas83
Richardson81
San Angelo83
San Antonio53
Schulenburg83
Sherman73
Smithville84
South Padre Island70
Tyler70
Waco61
Waxahachie83
Weslaco68
Wichita Falls68
Wimberley81

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