These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Oklahoma For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Oklahoma where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Oklahoma, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Oklahoma is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Sooner State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 74 places in Oklahoma with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Bixby (Photos)
- Weatherford (Photos)
- Jenks (Photos)
- Vinita (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Oklahoma
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 40 crimes committed in Piedmont which had a reported population of 7,420. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00539 which translates into a 1 in 186 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 74 places in Oklahoma to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 74 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Oklahoma".
The safest city, based on population, is Piedmont. The most dangerous? Tulsa, where residents had a 1 in 14 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
1. PiedmontPopulation: 7,420 Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 471 (1st safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Oklahoma for 2018 is Piedmont -- a classic example of everything that makes Oklahoma great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 212.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,484 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
2. BlanchardPopulation: 8,461 Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,028 (2nd safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Oklahoma and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Blanchard -- the 2nd safest in the Sooner State.
Blanchard is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 97.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Blanchard.
Population: 5,227Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 20) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,186 (5th safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Alva ranks as the 3rd safest city in Oklahoma.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Alva.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
4. ChoctawPopulation: 12,382 Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,324 (7th safest) You might be surprised to find Choctaw this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Choctaw is surpised.
This gem of a place in the Sooner State boasts the 7th best property crime rate and 5th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Population: 20,813Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 100 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,181 (4th safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Mustang, OK.
You get what you pay for in Mustang -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 991 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Mustang residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Mustang in heartbeat.
Population: 25,453Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 98 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,508 (9th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Bixby, the 6th safest city in Oklahoma.
The town of some 25,453 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Bixby a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Bixby?
Population: 12,399Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 88 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,524 (11th safest)
Weatherford is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Oklahoma.
It has 1 in 65.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,127 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Oklahoma.
Population: 21,535Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (12th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,332 (8th safest)
The eighth safest city in Oklahoma for 2018 goes to Jenks. Let's see why.
There were only 24 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 287 property crimes to boot.
9. NewcastlePopulation: 9,816 Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,006 (20th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Oklahoma, may we present Newcastle as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Oklahoma, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
197 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 20th best in Oklahoma on a rate basis.
Population: 5,621Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 142 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,209 (6th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Vinita.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Vinita residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 8 violent crimes and 68 property crimes in Vinita; that's really good for a place of 5,621 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Oklahoma
Looking at the data, you can tell that Piedmont is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Oklahoma residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in Oklahoma:3rd Most Dangerous: Poteau 2nd Most Dangerous: Catoosa Most Dangerous: Tulsa
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Oklahoma For 2018