Best Places To Raise A Family In Oklahoma For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for families in Oklahoma.

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It's all Okie-dokie for families in Oklahoma. And HomeSnacks is here to tell you where the best places for families are located in the Sooner State for 2020.

How did we determine Oklahoma's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in this South Central state with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 38 family friendly Oklahoma places that any family would be lucky to call home.

Now, it's not lost on us that some of Oklahoma's safest places and wealthiest places are also Oklahoma's most family friendly. There should be no limits one should go to to protect their family and Oklahoma's most family friendly cities have those limits in place; and sometimes, that comes at a cost. But the cool thing about Oklahoma is that there are safe, family friendly places for every budget. There are great places like Yukon for families just starting out, places like Chickasha for families on a budget, and places like Broken Arrow for families that love being one with nature.

To learn more about our methodology and to see why Oklahoma's top ten best places to raise a family are truly the best of the best, read on.

No, it's not a coincidence that most of Oklahoma's family friendly places are centered around two of Oklahoma's biggest cities: Oklahoma City and Tulsa. There's more to do in these places and jobs with competitive salaries are plentiful.

So, if you want your family to safely wake up in the land of ancient mountain ranges and vast prairies in their backyard, great schools down the street, and endless, healthy activities at their disposal, HomeSnacks suggests that you look no further than Oklahoma's number one place to raise a family, Claremore.

If you want to see how Oklahoma's other amazing best places to raise a family faired, take a look at the list below. And if you don't see your favorite there, head to the bottom.

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 2020

Claremore, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,780
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 34.8%
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.

El Reno, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 18,714
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 34.1%
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.

Mustang, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 20,735
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 36.0%
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.

Altus, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,034
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 33.8%
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.

Guymon, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,679
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Lubbock
Households with kids: 37.6%
More on Guymon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Guymon is a city in and the county seat of Texas County, Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,442, an increase of 6.5 percent from 10,472 in 2000. The 2012 census estimate grew to 11,930. Cattle feedlots, corporate pork farms, and natural gas dominate its economy, with wind energy production and transmission recently diversifying landowners' farms.

Jenks, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,793
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 46.7%
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.

Yukon, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 26,317
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 35.4%
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.

Bixby, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,818
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 42.3%
More on Bixby: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Owasso, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 35,646
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 39.0%
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.

Choctaw, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,367
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 33.7%
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.

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. You can download the data here.

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

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Where Are The Best Places For Families In Oklahoma?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Claremore, OK 18,780 50
2 El Reno, OK 18,714 52
3 Mustang, OK 20,735 40
4 Altus, OK 19,034 65
5 Guymon, OK 11,679 57
6 Jenks, OK 21,793 58
7 Yukon, OK 26,317 61
8 Bixby, OK 25,818 43
9 Owasso, OK 35,646 58
10 Choctaw, OK 12,367 51

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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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