10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Oklahoma For 2018

We used science and data to determine which cities in Oklahoma have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.


According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Oklahoma? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Sooner State:

  1. Miami (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Claremore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Jenks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Owasso (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Okmulgee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Woodward (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Choctaw (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Bixby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Mustang (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Altus (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Oklahoma, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Oklahoma and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Oklahoma.

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Oklahoma anyways?

To give you the places in Oklahoma which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Sooner State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Oklahoma, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Oklahoma, that meant a total of 37 cities.

Read on to see why Miami is where all the families are headed, while Warr Acres is probably a place made for singles.

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1. Miami

Miami, OK

Population: 13,631
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 33.7%
More on Miami: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Miami is a city in and county seat of Ottawa County, Oklahoma, United States, founded in 1891. Lead and zinc mining established by 1918, caused it to boom. It is the capital of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, after which it is named, the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, Peoria Tribe of Indians and Shawnee Tribe. As of the 2010 census, it had 13,570 inhabitants a one percent decline since 2000.

2. Claremore

Claremore, OK

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,999
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 32.5%
More on Claremore: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Claremore is a city and the county seat of Rogers County in northeastern Oklahoma, United States. The population was 18,581 at the 2010 census, a 17.1 percent increase from 15,873 at the 2000 census. Located in the Ozark Mountains foothills, the city is part of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area and home to Rogers State University. It is best known as the birthplace and home of early 20th-century entertainer Will Rogers.

3. Jenks

Jenks, OK

Population: 19,852
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 45.7%
More on Jenks: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jenks is a city in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States, and a suburb of Tulsa, in the northeastern part of the state. It is situated between the Arkansas River and U.S. Route 75. Jenks is one of the fastest growing cities in Oklahoma. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 9,557, but by 2010, the population was 16,924, an increase of 77.1 percent.

4. Owasso

Owasso, OK

Population: 33,598
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 40.2%
More on Owasso: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Owasso is a city in Rogers and Tulsa Counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, and a northern suburb of Tulsa. The population was 28,915 at the 2010 census. Originally settled in 1881 in Indian Territory, the town incorporated in 1904 just prior to Oklahoma statehood and was chartered as a city in 1972.

5. Okmulgee

Okmulgee, OK

Population: 12,284
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 30.9%
More on Okmulgee: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Okmulgee is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 12,321, a loss of 5.4 percent since the 2000 census figure of 13,022. It has been the capital of the Muscogee Nation since the United States Civil War. The name is from the Creek word oki mulgee which means “boiling waters” in English. Other translations put it as “babbling brook” or ‘Effluvium’. The site was chosen because of the nearby rivers and springs. Okmulgee is 38 miles south of Tulsa and 13 miles north of Henryetta via US-75.

6. Woodward

Woodward, OK

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,693
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Wichita
Households with kids: 37.4%
More on Woodward: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Woodward is a city in and the county seat of Woodward County, Oklahoma, United States. It is the largest city in a nine-county area. The population was 12,051 at the 2010 census.

7. Choctaw

Choctaw, OK

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,989
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 35.6%
More on Choctaw: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Choctaw is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. It is the oldest chartered town in Oklahoma. The city is located approximately 10 miles east of Oklahoma City and is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

8. Bixby

Bixby, OK

Population: 23,956
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 44.0%
More on Bixby: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

9. Mustang

Mustang, OK

Population: 19,637
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 37.4%
More on Mustang: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mustang is a growing city in the southeast corner of Canadian County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,395 at the 2010 census, a 32.2 percent increase from 13,156 at the 2000 census. The city is now primarily known as a bedroom community for Oklahoma City.

10. Altus

Altus, OK

Population: 19,422
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Lubbock
Households with kids: 33.6%
More on Altus: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Altus is a city and county seat in Jackson County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 19,813 at the 2010 census, a loss of 7.7 percent compared to 21,454 at the 2000 census.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Oklahoma

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Oklahoma ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Oklahoma according to the data:

  1. Warr Acres
  2. Bethany
  3. Shawnee

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Oklahoma

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Miami 13,631 49
2 Claremore 18,999 47
3 Jenks 19,852 48
4 Owasso 33,598 40
5 Okmulgee 12,284 64
6 Woodward 12,693 62
7 Choctaw 11,989 45
8 Bixby 23,956 38
9 Mustang 19,637 48
10 Altus 19,422 60
11 Broken Arrow 104,869 41
12 Muskogee 38,605 67
13 El Reno 18,170 57
14 Sand Springs 19,509 34
15 Guthrie 11,063 49
16 Yukon 25,293 35
17 Ada 17,240 57
18 Guymon 11,934 45
19 Bartlesville 36,499 71
20 Sapulpa 20,546 59
21 Stillwater 48,104 51
22 Edmond 88,342 39
23 Weatherford 11,856 35
24 Durant 17,042 59
25 Moore 59,501 36
26 Glenpool 12,351 36
27 Chickasha 16,342 48
28 Norman 118,974 71
29 Duncan 23,240 66
30 Mcalester 18,255 32
31 Ardmore 25,027 48
32 Enid 50,891 59
33 Tulsa 399,906 100
34 Lawton 96,728 64
35 Shawnee 31,091 42
36 Bethany 19,582 49
37 Warr Acres 10,374 54

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