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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.
For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Oklahoma, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Piedmont.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Sooner State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 74 cities in Oklahoma with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Oklahoma for 2018:
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Oklahoma.
Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 40 crimes committed in Piedmont which had a reported population of 7,420. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0054 which translates into a 1 in 185 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 74 of the biggest cities in Oklahoma to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 74 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Oklahoma".
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Population: 7,420 Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 471 (1st safest) More on Piedmont:Real Estate | Data
Piedmont is a city primarily in Canadian County, Oklahoma, though a small part of it is in Kingfisher County. It is a part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 5,720 at the 2010 census, a 56.7 percent increase from 3,650 at the 2000 census. Piedmont is a home rule city served by a council?manager government.
Population: 8,461 Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 70 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,028 (2nd safest) More on Blanchard:Real Estate | Data
Blanchard is a city in McClain and Grady counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 7,670 at the 2010 census, up from 2,816 at the 2000 census. Blanchard is part of a rapidly growing area of northern McClain and Grady counties known as the "Tri-City Area" with Newcastle and Tuttle.
Population: 5,227 Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 20) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,186 (5th safest) More on Alva:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Alva is a city in and the county seat of Woods County, Oklahoma, United States, along the Salt Fork Arkansas River. The population was 4,945 at the 2010 census. Northwestern Oklahoma State University is located in Alva.
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Population: 12,382 Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,324 (7th safest) More on Choctaw:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Choctaw is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. It is the oldest chartered town in Oklahoma. The city is located approximately 10 miles (16.1 km) east of Oklahoma City and is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
Population: 20,813 Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 100 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,181 (4th safest) More on Mustang:Photos | Real Estate | 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.
Population: 21,535 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (12th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,332 (8th safest) More on Jenks:Photos | Real Estate | 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.
Population: 9,816 Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,006 (20th safest) More on Newcastle:Real Estate | Data
Newcastle is a city in McClain County, Oklahoma, United States, and part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 7,685 at the 2010 census.
Population: 5,621 Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 142 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,209 (6th safest) More on Vinita:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Vinita is a city in south-central Craig County, in northeastern Oklahoma, United States. It is the county seat of Craig County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,743, a decrease of 11.22 percent from 6,469 at the 2000 census.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Sooner State
Looking at the data, you can tell that Piedmont is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Oklahoma residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.