Best Small Towns In Oklahoma For 2020


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Oklahoma are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Oklahoma.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Oklahoma, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Sooner State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Oklahoma based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Oklahoma ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Oklahoma for 2020.

The 10 Best Small Towns To Live In Oklahoma For 2020

  1. Nichols Hills (Photos | Homes)
  2. North Enid (Homes)
  3. Hooker (Photos | Homes)
  4. Buffalo (Homes)
  5. Okarche (Homes)
  6. Hydro (Homes)
  7. Perry (Photos | Homes)
  8. Elgin (Homes)
  9. Verdigris (Photos | Homes)
  10. Pond Creek (Homes)

What’s the best small town in Oklahoma? Nichols Hills is the best small town in Oklahoma based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Nichols Hills, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Sooner State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Oklahoma For 2020

Nichols Hills, OK

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,891
Median Income: $149,554 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $740,400 (1st Best)
More on Nichols Hills: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,059
Median Income: $72,031 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $153,700 (12th Best)
More on North Enid: Data | Homes For Sale

Hooker, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,740
Median Income: $48,790 (42nd Best)
Median Home Value: $79,100 (86th Best)
More on Hooker: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,175
Median Income: $44,545 (57th Best)
Median Home Value: $72,800 (113th Best)
More on Buffalo: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,445
Median Income: $58,971 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $162,200 (8th Best)
More on Okarche: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,041
Median Income: $45,000 (54th Best)
Median Home Value: $90,500 (53rd Best)
More on Hydro: Data | Homes For Sale

Perry, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,994
Median Income: $51,654 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $82,400 (68th Best)
More on Perry: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,037
Median Income: $70,671 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $169,200 (7th Best)
More on Elgin: Data | Homes For Sale

Verdigris, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,372
Median Income: $61,250 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $159,000 (11th Best)
More on Verdigris: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,039
Median Income: $53,295 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $84,300 (63rd Best)
More on Pond Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,407
Median Income: $79,621 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $206,400 (3rd Best)
More on Justice: Data | Homes For Sale

Kiefer, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,462
Median Income: $66,058 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $148,900 (14th Best)
More on Kiefer: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,145
Median Income: $69,125 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $201,700 (4th Best)
More on Forest Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,280
Median Income: $42,355 (71st Best)
Median Home Value: $84,300 (63rd Best)
More on Thomas: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,199
Median Income: $70,556 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $233,800 (2nd Best)
More on Goldsby: Data | Homes For Sale

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Oklahoma

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 161 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 161, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Oklahoma. Top of that list — Nichols Hills. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Oklahoma.

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Oklahoma are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Oklahoma:

  1. Kenwood
  2. Turley
  3. Panama

For more oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Oklahoma

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Nichols Hills, OK 3,891 $149,554.0 $740,400.0
2 North Enid, OK 1,059 $72,031.0 $153,700.0
3 Hooker, OK 1,740 $48,790.0 $79,100.0
4 Buffalo, OK 1,175 $44,545.0 $72,800.0
5 Okarche, OK 1,445 $58,971.0 $162,200.0
6 Hydro, OK 1,041 $45,000.0 $90,500.0
7 Perry, OK 4,994 $51,654.0 $82,400.0
8 Elgin, OK 3,037 $70,671.0 $169,200.0
9 Verdigris, OK 4,372 $61,250.0 $159,000.0
10 Pond Creek, OK 1,039 $53,295.0 $84,300.0
11 Justice, OK 1,407 $79,621.0 $206,400.0
12 Kiefer, OK 2,462 $66,058.0 $148,900.0
13 Forest Park, OK 1,145 $69,125.0 $201,700.0
14 Thomas, OK 1,280 $42,355.0 $84,300.0
15 Goldsby, OK 2,199 $70,556.0 $233,800.0
16 Chouteau, OK 2,124 $53,125.0 $109,500.0
17 Kingfisher, OK 4,861 $52,135.0 $137,700.0
18 Byng, OK 1,269 $68,684.0 $127,000.0
19 Central High, OK 1,106 $64,107.0 $151,100.0
20 Mooreland, OK 1,537 $62,083.0 $95,300.0
21 Cherokee, OK 1,598 $54,556.0 $66,800.0
22 Laverne, OK 1,836 $60,093.0 $78,000.0
23 Hinton, OK 3,232 $58,947.0 $111,300.0
24 Union City, OK 1,532 $71,389.0 $198,200.0
25 Burns Flat, OK 2,196 $53,476.0 $81,700.0
26 Bethel Acres, OK 3,136 $70,357.0 $160,600.0
27 Lindsay, OK 2,820 $41,719.0 $80,200.0
28 Fairview, OK 2,620 $49,315.0 $76,700.0
29 Mannford, OK 3,184 $51,304.0 $122,000.0
30 Watonga, OK 2,900 $53,558.0 $83,400.0
31 Cache, OK 2,886 $63,105.0 $135,900.0
32 Fort Gibson, OK 4,063 $52,614.0 $122,200.0
33 Helena, OK 1,508 $71,875.0 $70,000.0
34 Medford, OK 1,179 $42,109.0 $72,600.0
35 Dickson, OK 1,333 $62,794.0 $148,600.0
36 Perkins, OK 2,866 $40,742.0 $99,800.0
37 Cleveland, OK 3,166 $42,463.0 $85,600.0
38 Dewey, OK 3,462 $41,315.0 $80,700.0
39 Boise City, OK 1,076 $41,750.0 $50,600.0
40 Goodwell, OK 1,353 $40,147.0 $95,000.0
41 Jones, OK 3,024 $53,523.0 $130,100.0
42 Okeene, OK 1,152 $46,250.0 $72,200.0
43 Oologah, OK 1,241 $54,191.0 $128,900.0
44 New Cordell, OK 2,851 $46,944.0 $82,300.0
45 Nicoma Park, OK 2,543 $51,729.0 $107,300.0
46 Ninnekah, OK 1,166 $64,063.0 $99,000.0
47 Sayre, OK 4,598 $39,375.0 $96,000.0
48 Luther, OK 1,309 $61,250.0 $159,300.0
49 Prague, OK 2,042 $40,435.0 $97,100.0
50 Mccord, OK 1,570 $61,944.0 $117,600.0
51 Beaver, OK 1,469 $41,591.0 $73,000.0
52 Meeker, OK 1,236 $43,333.0 $86,900.0
53 Hennessey, OK 2,584 $51,597.0 $109,000.0
54 Wilson, OK 1,434 $51,477.0 $75,200.0
55 Hollis, OK 1,921 $35,924.0 $52,300.0
56 Krebs, OK 2,049 $42,917.0 $106,800.0
57 Minco, OK 1,603 $48,289.0 $92,800.0
58 Madill, OK 3,900 $42,950.0 $86,000.0
59 Waukomis, OK 1,462 $55,673.0 $78,600.0
60 Cleora, OK 1,473 $43,643.0 $170,400.0
61 Geronimo, OK 1,006 $42,411.0 $74,600.0
62 Slaughterville, OK 4,294 $45,707.0 $110,000.0
63 Marietta, OK 2,713 $41,019.0 $82,300.0
64 Tonkawa, OK 3,090 $43,534.0 $66,900.0
65 Marlow, OK 4,512 $41,170.0 $104,800.0
66 Mcloud, OK 4,649 $58,618.0 $134,600.0
67 Wynnewood, OK 2,026 $36,389.0 $69,000.0
68 Inola, OK 1,894 $47,333.0 $106,000.0
69 Stroud, OK 2,714 $45,000.0 $84,500.0
70 Barnsdall, OK 1,140 $41,484.0 $57,300.0
71 Caddo, OK 1,221 $39,375.0 $77,100.0
72 Waynoka, OK 1,093 $40,801.0 $58,000.0
73 Davis, OK 2,808 $46,198.0 $92,200.0
74 Calera, OK 2,596 $45,903.0 $94,300.0
75 Newkirk, OK 2,232 $37,277.0 $74,200.0
76 Park Hill, OK 3,969 $36,607.0 $107,400.0
77 Roland, OK 3,646 $36,810.0 $87,800.0
78 Oakhurst, OK 2,364 $43,056.0 $88,800.0
79 Hobart, OK 3,562 $34,419.0 $54,800.0
80 Haskell, OK 2,052 $43,088.0 $81,300.0
81 Morris, OK 1,413 $42,019.0 $93,600.0
82 Lexington, OK 2,413 $48,162.0 $79,800.0
83 Pawnee, OK 2,141 $33,992.0 $77,600.0
84 Shattuck, OK 1,291 $41,042.0 $66,600.0
85 Snyder, OK 1,467 $38,355.0 $65,800.0
86 Fairland, OK 1,139 $37,292.0 $85,700.0
87 Crescent, OK 1,325 $37,083.0 $83,000.0
88 Bristow, OK 4,194 $32,222.0 $82,000.0
89 Bray, OK 1,112 $63,167.0 $107,400.0
90 Meridian, OK 1,631 $41,985.0 $75,100.0
91 Kellyville, OK 1,233 $36,000.0 $77,300.0
92 Pocola, OK 4,066 $42,035.0 $98,700.0
93 Salina, OK 1,210 $38,636.0 $83,400.0
94 Chandler, OK 3,103 $43,075.0 $94,500.0
95 Healdton, OK 2,740 $44,911.0 $69,400.0
96 Pink, OK 2,155 $49,800.0 $90,300.0
97 Drumright, OK 2,854 $33,967.0 $72,600.0
98 Spiro, OK 2,604 $37,250.0 $82,200.0
99 Longtown, OK 2,731 $40,658.0 $80,100.0
100 Copeland, OK 1,852 $44,018.0 $127,200.0

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.