Shootings happen where people happen.
The vast majority of Texas shootings (89%) occur in urban areas, but the vast majority of Texas people also live in urban areas (90%).
In urban areas (counties with 50,000+ residents) and urban clusters (2,500-50,000 residents), approximately 17 of every on million people were shot by police from Sept 2015 – May 2018. The differences between urban areas (16.6 shootings per million) and urban clusters (17.3 shootings per million) are small and not statistically significant.
Rural areas only had 3 shootings, but also only have about 30,000 total people (0.1% of the Texas population), giving a surprising 95 shootings per million population. Even with the small sample, this is statistically significantly higher than urban areas and clusters (p < .05). However, our statistical test assumes that every person shot in a county is a resident of that county — an assumption that is likely accurate in general, but any one case (or three) could be an aberration.