These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Oklahoma
We used data and science to determine the places in Oklahoma where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Oklahoma is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Sooner State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 71 places in Oklahoma with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest cities in Oklahoma
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 84 crimes committed in Piedmont which had a reported population of 6,674. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0126 which translates into a 1 in 79 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 2014. This left us with a total of 71 places in Oklahoma to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 71 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Oklahoma".
The safest city, based on population, is Piedmont. The most dangerous? Ardmore, where residents had a 1 in 59 chance of being the victim of a crime.
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: 6,674Property Crime Rank: 41Violent Crime Rank: 43
Population: 7,992Property Crime Rank: 45Violent Crime Rank: 59
Population: 6,251Property Crime Rank: 70Violent Crime Rank: 75
Population: 7,784Property Crime Rank: 81Violent Crime Rank: 60
Population: 9,610Property Crime Rank: 48Violent Crime Rank: 117
6. Lone Grove
Population: 5,204Property Crime Rank: 92Violent Crime Rank: 46
Population: 5,799Property Crime Rank: 91Violent Crime Rank: 66
Population: 12,007Property Crime Rank: 78Violent Crime Rank: 94
Population: 33,146Property Crime Rank: 90Violent Crime Rank: 91
Population: 88,383Property Crime Rank: 105Violent Crime Rank: 68
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Piedmont is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Oklahoma residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Oklahoma:3rd Most Dangerous: Ada 2nd Most Dangerous: Shawnee Most Dangerous: Ardmore
Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Oklahoma