These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Oklahoma For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Oklahoma have the most for people looking to make the move to Oklahoma.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Oklahoma a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Oklahoma.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Sooner State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Oklahoma, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 72 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Sooner State for 2018:

  1. Woods County (Photos)
  2. Beaver County
  3. Major County
  4. Dewey County
  5. Noble County (Photos)
  6. McClain County (Photos)
  7. Canadian County (Photos)
  8. Alfalfa County
  9. Kingfisher County (Photos)
  10. Woodward County (Photos)

Woods County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Oklahoma. And you might want to avoid Mccurtain County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Oklahoma, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Oklahoma and the best places to raise a family in Oklahoma.

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How do you determine which Oklahoma county is the best?

To give you the best county in Oklahoma, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Oklahoma across each of the criteria from one to 72, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Oklahoma’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Sooner State.

Read on to see why Woods County is the best county, while Mccurtain County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Oklahoma.

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1. Woods County

Alva, OK

Biggest Place: Alva
Population: 9,125
Median Income: $57,079 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $92,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (1st best)
More on Woods County: PhotosData

2. Beaver County

Beaver, OK

Biggest Place: Beaver
Population: 5,479
Median Income: $52,908 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $97,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (5th best)
More on Beaver County: Data

3. Major County

Biggest Place: Fairview
Population: 7,721
Median Income: $51,602 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $91,700 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (32nd best)
More on Major County: Data

4. Dewey County

Biggest Place: Vici
Population: 4,862
Median Income: $51,654 (15th best)
Median Home Price: $85,600 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (1st best)
More on Dewey County: Data

5. Noble County

Perry, OK

Biggest Place: Perry
Population: 11,470
Median Income: $49,367 (21st best)
Median Home Price: $92,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (19th best)
More on Noble County: PhotosData

6. Mcclain County

Blanchard, OK

Biggest Place: Newcastle
Population: 37,222
Median Income: $58,673 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $158,600 (47th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (12th best)
More on Mcclain County: PhotosData

7. Canadian County

El Reno, OK

Biggest Place: Oklahoma City
Population: 129,571
Median Income: $66,664 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $148,800 (50th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (16th best)
More on Canadian County: PhotosData

8. Alfalfa County

Biggest Place: Cherokee
Population: 5,784
Median Income: $52,226 (13th best)
Median Home Price: $67,600 (42nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (15th best)
More on Alfalfa County: Data

9. Kingfisher County

Kingfisher, OK

Biggest Place: Piedmont
Population: 15,392
Median Income: $62,912 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $126,100 (56th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (9th best)
More on Kingfisher County: PhotosData

10. Woodward County

Woodward, OK

Source: Wikipedia

Biggest Place: Woodward
Population: 21,111
Median Income: $58,569 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $122,200 (59th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (16th best)
More on Woodward County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Oklahoma To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Oklahoma can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Oklahoma according to the data:

  1. Mccurtain County
  2. Adair County
  3. Okfuskee County

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Oklahoma

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Woods County 1 9,125 $57,079 $92,700
Beaver County 2 5,479 $52,908 $97,000
Major County 3 7,721 $51,602 $91,700
Dewey County 4 4,862 $51,654 $85,600
Noble County 5 11,470 $49,367 $92,800
Mcclain County 6 37,222 $58,673 $158,600
Canadian County 7 129,571 $66,664 $148,800
Alfalfa County 8 5,784 $52,226 $67,600
Kingfisher County 9 15,392 $62,912 $126,100
Woodward County 10 21,111 $58,569 $122,200
Grant County 11 4,497 $54,040 $78,400
Love County 12 9,768 $46,646 $90,900
Wagoner County 13 76,190 $57,590 $144,900
Texas County 14 21,499 $51,503 $98,600
Murray County 15 13,792 $51,752 $99,300
Blaine County 16 9,777 $44,216 $82,900
Cleveland County 17 271,818 $58,488 $150,400
Logan County 18 45,171 $55,698 $151,100
Beckham County 19 23,290 $48,851 $123,200
Rogers County 20 89,970 $59,828 $148,600
Custer County 21 29,248 $47,250 $125,100
Washington County 22 51,892 $50,038 $111,900
Cotton County 23 6,062 $48,732 $79,300
Grady County 24 53,955 $54,043 $114,900
Craig County 25 14,683 $40,036 $91,400
Pawnee County 26 16,444 $45,902 $87,000
Jackson County 27 25,864 $44,331 $89,100
Tulsa County 28 629,823 $50,654 $141,700
Lincoln County 29 34,640 $46,592 $99,900
Kay County 30 45,398 $42,831 $80,700
Garfield County 31 62,481 $49,675 $100,800
Creek County 32 70,931 $46,517 $106,600
Greer County 33 6,081 $36,891 $73,800
Pittsburg County 34 44,643 $43,601 $96,700
Marshall County 35 16,079 $42,886 $85,300
Kiowa County 36 9,239 $38,853 $59,600
Garvin County 37 27,570 $41,250 $89,100
Latimer County 38 10,643 $39,701 $81,000
Coal County 39 5,755 $39,231 $85,200
Stephens County 40 44,631 $43,493 $100,400
Oklahoma County 41 764,698 $48,987 $137,500
Pontotoc County 42 38,213 $44,041 $113,100
Bryan County 43 44,529 $39,936 $96,100
Payne County 44 79,953 $38,085 $142,800
Comanche County 45 124,583 $47,238 $118,700
Okmulgee County 46 39,322 $38,712 $80,600
Carter County 47 48,530 $46,913 $102,200
Osage County 48 47,923 $46,342 $105,100
Nowata County 49 10,510 $40,302 $78,700
Johnston County 50 11,027 $38,155 $76,600
Mcintosh County 51 20,161 $36,878 $96,000
Cherokee County 52 48,267 $38,585 $108,700
Jefferson County 53 6,280 $35,063 $60,000
Muskogee County 54 69,939 $41,117 $94,800
Hughes County 55 13,727 $35,257 $68,500
Mayes County 56 40,923 $43,302 $106,200
Tillman County 57 7,611 $37,880 $55,300
Pottawatomie County 58 71,551 $44,351 $105,800
Atoka County 59 13,847 $36,528 $93,200
Ottawa County 60 32,022 $37,139 $82,300
Harmon County 61 2,813 $35,676 $50,000
Choctaw County 62 15,051 $30,870 $84,200
Caddo County 63 29,510 $40,199 $79,400
Haskell County 64 12,835 $36,067 $84,500
Sequoyah County 65 41,344 $36,301 $90,900
Pushmataha County 66 11,149 $33,784 $71,600
Seminole County 67 25,403 $36,870 $70,200
Delaware County 68 41,433 $38,438 $110,500
Le Flore County 69 49,885 $37,548 $83,400
Okfuskee County 70 12,212 $36,044 $79,300
Adair County 71 22,161 $33,184 $77,100
Mccurtain County 72 33,071 $33,439 $74,700

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