10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Oklahoma For 2019


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Oklahoma.

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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.

Promise.

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.

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 some more reading about Oklahoma and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Oklahoma For 2019

Claremore, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,777
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 30.5%
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.

Yukon, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,729
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 33.4%
More on Yukon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Yukon is a city in Canadian County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 22,709 at the 2010 census. Founded in the 1890s, the town was named in reference to a gold rush in Yukon Territory, Canada, at the time. Historically, Yukon served as an urban center for area farmers and the site of a large milling operation. It is now considered primarily a bedroom community for people who work in Oklahoma City.

Mustang, OK

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 20,125
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 32.7%
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.

El Reno, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,378
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 28.6%
More on El Reno: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

El Reno is a city in and county seat of Canadian County, Oklahoma, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 16,729. The city was begun shortly after the 1889 land rush and named for the nearby Fort Reno. It is located in the central part of the state, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Oklahoma City, and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Miami, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,428
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 30.5%
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.

Altus, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,181
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 28.9%
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.

Choctaw, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,228
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 28.9%
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.

Broken Arrow, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 106,264
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 35.2%
More on Broken Arrow: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Broken Arrow is a city located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Oklahoma, primarily in Tulsa County but also with a section of the city in western Wagoner County. It is the largest suburb of Tulsa. According to the 2010 census, Broken Arrow has a population of 98,850 residents and is the fourth-largest city in the state. However, a July 2017, estimate reports that the population of the city is just under 112,000, making it the 280th-largest city in the United States. The city is part of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 961,561 residents.

Review Of Broken Arrow by HomeSnacks User

I had a really lovely and memorable experience when I stayed in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I had gone to Broken Arrow to attend a Bible College for two years between 2002 – 2004. The people in the City of Broken Arrow were very nice and friendly. The people were warm, courteous and friendly from people you meet at the post office, bank, school, supermarket, church and recreation centers. Broken Arrow is a developed city with a good road network. The crime rate in the city of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is quite low. It is known to be 20% lower than the national average and 34% lower than the crime rate in all of Oklahoma. The cost of living is quite affordable in Broken Arrow. One could rent a decent two bedroom apartment starting at $600 per month. The cost of homes is also affordable and the median home price is about $150,000. Food is also affordable and there are many farmers markets located in Broken Arrow. There are both quality public and private schools in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The average school test scores in Broken Arrow are 45% higher than the national average. They also have great Bible Training Colleges which bring people from all parts of USA to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The weather was really good coming from Minneapolis, it was so lovely having cool and mild weather almost all year round. It is free of earth quakes and many other natural disasters. There are great restaurants, cinemas, parks and recreation areas in Broken Arrow.

The sense of community is very tangible in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Also, I enjoyed meeting people of different nationalities and different background. We often enjoyed dinner at Chedars Restaurant with friends and acquaintances. The Rooftop Bar also had great food, good service and a great view. There is also the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse with unusual and interesting plays, dance and performances. At Christmas time people will come to experience the lovely RHEMA Christmas lights. So beautiful to behold. Every Christmas the RHEMA Christmas lights gets even more impressive.

Owasso, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 34,634
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 36.0%
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.

Bixby, OK

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 24,939
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 39.8%
More on Bixby: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 38 cities.

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. Mcalester
  2. Shawnee
  3. Ardmore

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Oklahoma?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Claremore, OK 18,777 53
2 Yukon, OK 25,729 53
3 Mustang, OK 20,125 58
4 El Reno, OK 18,378 52
5 Miami, OK 13,428 40
6 Altus, OK 19,181 49
7 Choctaw, OK 12,228 43
8 Broken Arrow, OK 106,264 54
9 Owasso, OK 34,634 55
10 Bixby, OK 24,939 50

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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