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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 75 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 2019:
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 2018) 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 37 crimes committed in Piedmont which had a reported population of 7,738. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0048 which translates into a 1 in 209 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 2017. This left us with a total of 75 of the biggest cities in Oklahoma to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 75 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: 7,738 Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 413 (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: 8,649 Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 80 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,306 (5th safest) More on Blanchard:Photos | 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: 5,149 Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 116 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,340 (7th 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.
Population: 21,392 Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 158 (15th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,019 (2nd 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: 6,836 Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 87 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,609 (13th safest) More on Collinsville:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Collinsville is a city in Rogers and Tulsa counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, and a part of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was named for Dr. A. H. Collins, an engineer and surveyor who first surveyed the land that became this community. The population was 5,606 according to the 2010 census, an increase of 37.5 percent from 4,077 at the 2000 census.
Population: 26,971 Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 12) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 137 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,572 (12th safest) More on Yukon:Photos | Real Estate | 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.
Population: 92,876 Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 165 (18th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,328 (6th safest) More on Edmond:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Edmond is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area in the central part of the state. As of the 2010 census, the population was 81,405, making it the sixth largest city in the state of Oklahoma.
Population: 12,556 Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 143 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,728 (15th 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 east of Oklahoma City and is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.