Best Tulsa Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 15 places around Tulsa to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Tulsa suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Tulsa are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Tulsa? Bixby ranks as the best suburb of Tulsa for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Bixby, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Tulsa 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Oklahoma:

The 10 Best Tulsa Suburbs To Live For 2020

Bixby, OK

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 25,818
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $83,312
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Bixby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bixby is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Tulsa area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Bixby."

Everyone here is rich; families average $83,312 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Tulsa region. And only 2.76% are out of work. Homes average more than $213,800 each.

Jenks, OK

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 21,793
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $93,364
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Jenks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jenks is the second best 'burb we looked at near Tulsa for 2020.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 7.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Owasso, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 35,646
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,930
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on Owasso: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Owasso, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Tulsa metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Owasso.

Broken Arrow, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 107,500
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,686
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.7%
More on Broken Arrow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Broken Arrow ranks as the 4th best suburb of Tulsa for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Broken Arrow and the schools are some of the best around.

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.

Glenpool, OK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,313
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,723
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.3%
More on Glenpool: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Glenpool.

Glenpool gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Tulsa area, where houses sell for an average of $135,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Kiefer, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,462
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $66,058
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 13.1%
More on Kiefer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kiefer is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 1.67% which is 1st best in the area.

According to online reports, Kiefer is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Tulsa area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Verdigris, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,372
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,250
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Verdigris: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Verdigris.

Verdigris schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 16.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Coweta, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,637
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $54,609
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.2%
More on Coweta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coweta is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 7.26% of people lack insurance, good for 3rd in the area.

Sand Springs, OK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,864
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,681
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 10.5%
More on Sand Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Sand Springs?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Mannford, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,184
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $51,304
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 15.9%
More on Mannford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Mannford.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Tulsa for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Tulsa was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Tulsa.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 15 suburbs to evaluate around Tulsa.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 15 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Tulsa." We're lookin' at you, Bixby. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Tulsa 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Tulsa, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Tulsa Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Bixby, OK 25,818 $83,312
2 Jenks, OK 21,793 $93,364
3 Owasso, OK 35,646 $72,930
4 Broken Arrow, OK 107,500 $72,686
5 Glenpool, OK 13,313 $70,723
6 Kiefer, OK 2,462 $66,058
7 Verdigris, OK 4,372 $61,250
8 Coweta, OK 9,637 $54,609
9 Sand Springs, OK 19,864 $55,681
10 Mannford, OK 3,184 $51,304
11 Collinsville, OK 6,720 $56,795
12 Sapulpa, OK 20,659 $49,598
13 Claremore, OK 18,780 $42,977
14 Catoosa, OK 7,640 $52,240
15 Haskell, OK 2,052 $43,088

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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.

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

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