Safe for small children? Safe in comparison to what? No, I'm not being smart...pretty simple question actually. At present time, my wife and I live just outside of Houston and are working diligently in moving back to N/E Texas...just east of Gilmer. So, in that respect, I would have to say yes, it is a safe place...considerably safer than Houston. Gilmer is a small town, with a small town atmosphere, but there are still bad things that happen there, as with any other place around. There will always be pedifiles, rapists, thieves and such lurking around just waiting on the right moment. I'm a retired Texas lawman and am quite familiar with such as this. If I were raising a family again, I would not hesitate to do so in or around Gilmer...just keep your kids close to you.