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.

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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 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:

  1. Piedmont
  2. Blanchard
  3. Collinsville
  4. Skiatook
  5. Coweta
  6. Lone Grove
  7. Holdenville
  8. Choctaw
  9. Owasso
  10. Edmond

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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
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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.

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1. Piedmont

Piedmont - Safest Places In Oklahoma
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,674
Property Crime Rank: 41
Violent Crime Rank: 43

2. Blanchard

Blanchard - Safest Places In Oklahoma
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,992
Property Crime Rank: 45
Violent Crime Rank: 59

3. Collinsville

Collinsville - Safest Places In Oklahoma
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,251
Property Crime Rank: 70
Violent Crime Rank: 75

4. Skiatook

Skiatook - Safest Places In Oklahoma
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,784
Property Crime Rank: 81
Violent Crime Rank: 60

5. Coweta

Coweta - Safest Places In Oklahoma
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,610
Property Crime Rank: 48
Violent Crime Rank: 117

6. Lone Grove

Lone Grove - Safest Places In Oklahoma
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,204
Property Crime Rank: 92
Violent Crime Rank: 46

7. Holdenville

Holdenville - Safest Places In Oklahoma
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,799
Property Crime Rank: 91
Violent Crime Rank: 66

8. Choctaw

Choctaw - Safest Places In Oklahoma
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,007
Property Crime Rank: 78
Violent Crime Rank: 94

9. Owasso

Owasso - Safest Places In Oklahoma
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,146
Property Crime Rank: 90
Violent Crime Rank: 91

10. Edmond

Edmond - Safest Places In Oklahoma
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,383
Property Crime Rank: 105
Violent 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

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Piedmont16,6744143
Blanchard27,9924559
Collinsville36,2517075
Skiatook47,7848160
Coweta59,61048117
Lone Grove65,2049246
Holdenville75,7999166
Choctaw812,0077894
Owasso933,1469091
Edmond1088,38310568
Sulphur115,04280112
Bixby1223,81587106
Broken Arrow13104,5929887
Yukon1425,34610979
Tuttle156,48210097
Weatherford1612,13110693
Mustang1719,51186127
Newcastle188,95114044
Perry195,04388165
Guymon2012,46299152
Elk City2112,85614865
Noble226,69513884
Blackwell236,912127118
Moore2459,18814783
Claremore2519,139124126
Norman26119,956150100
Clinton279,647132137
Cushing287,904144120
Harrah295,706139134
El Reno3018,123133144
Bartlesville3136,364142128
Glenpool3211,810118178
Guthrie3311,081152125
Henryetta345,80217385
Sand Springs3519,456169110
Sapulpa3620,896155145
Purcell376,374163131
Stillwater3847,555154157
Bethany3919,683156172
Grove406,705145192
Tecumseh416,629159170
Altus4219,531168167
Woodward4312,980171168
The Village449,336187153
Tahlequah4516,501194136
Sallisaw468,559192147
McAlester4718,281204130
Chickasha4816,458170195
Miami4913,805183175
Duncan5023,388206129
Catoosa517,161172197
Enid5251,037190169
Midwest City5357,313197159
Okmulgee5412,321180193
Warr Acres5510,459186181
Muskogee5638,759174207
Pauls Valley576,012201163
Pryor589,450179211
Anadarko596,808198188
Seminole607,502193199
Poteau618,602207183
Oklahoma City62617,975196203
Durant6317,132211179
Wagoner648,689195208
Lawton6596,966199210
Tulsa66399,556203205
Ponca City6724,768205204
Del City6822,144208202
Ada6917,205209200
Shawnee7031,237210206
Ardmore7125,109212212

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