The 10 Best College Towns In Oklahoma For 2019


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Believe it or not, America has the best colleges in the world. It's been proven by data (and surveys) that the U.S. educational system is of the highest quality

It's actually not even close and Oklahoma is home to a handful of them.

While we could debate which colleges within the are the 'best,' that's not the goal of this post.

Instead, ride along with us as we determine which college towns in Oklahoma are the best.

You know, the type of places where there's energy and stimulation, but the type of place you can walk around at night. The happiest, chillest, most downright fun places where you can send your kids off to college where you won't break the bank, or worry about their well being.

Without further ado, here are the best college towns in Oklahoma for 2019:

  1. Stillwater, OK (Photos | Homes)
  2. Alva, OK (Photos | Homes)
  3. Edmond, OK (Photos | Homes)
  4. Tahlequah, OK (Photos | Homes)
  5. Weatherford, OK (Photos | Homes)
  6. Okmulgee, OK (Photos | Homes)
  7. Ada, OK (Photos | Homes)
  8. Norman, OK (Photos | Homes)
  9. Chickasha, OK (Photos | Homes)
  10. Claremore, OK (Photos | Homes)

While some of these may not seem like a 'real' college town per se, when you look at the numbers, it's hard to argue against.

And for those who live in Stillwater, Alva and Edmond - we tip our hats to you and we'll schedule a tour for next week. You can see where Stillwater ranks in terms of the best college town in America.

Read on to find out more or for more on Oklahoma check out:

How'd we figure out the best college towns in Oklahoma?

To crunch our data on Oklahoma's best college towns, we had to first decide which qualities (or rankings) make sense to use in the data, and then crunch the numbers for our rankings.

First off, we firmly decided that only cities with a 4 year college should make the cut -- so there has to be at least one college granting bachelors degrees in town.

You might be surprised to hear that there are only 17 places in Oklahoma with an institution of higher learning with that criteria.

Source of data include OpenStreetMaps, the College Scorecard, the U.S. Census, and FBI reporting data to include the following factors:

  • Students Make Up Large % of the Population
  • College-specific Factors
    • Graduation rate
    • Tuition Cost
    • Student Body Diversity
  • Town Characteristics
    • Safety
    • Affordability
    • Income and Employment Opportunities
  • Things to Do
    • Bars
    • Museums & Libraries
    • Population Density

We ranked each city across each of the criteria, with one being the best.

We rolled up the individual scores into the category and ranked them again based on the category.

Finally, we took the average rank across each category, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best College Town In Oklahoma For 2019".

And it looks like Stillwater placed Summa Cum Laude.

Stillwater, OK
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 48,685
% Undergrad Pop.: 34.0% (3rd best)
Median Rent: $775 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 480.0% (5th best)
Crime Rank: 5th best
More on Stillwater: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coordinates: 360658N 970332W 36.116; -97.059

Colleges: Oklahoma State University-Main Campus, Meridian Technology Center

Alva, OK
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 5,167
% Undergrad Pop.: 33.3% (4th best)
Median Rent: $660 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 420.0% (3rd best)
Crime Rank: 1st best
More on Alva: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Colleges: Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Northwest Technology Center-Alva

Edmond, OK
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 89,769
% Undergrad Pop.: 15.1% (8th best)
Median Rent: $973 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 350.0% (2nd best)
Crime Rank: 2nd best
More on Edmond: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Colleges: University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University

Tahlequah, OK
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 16,481
% Undergrad Pop.: 43.6% (1st best)
Median Rent: $630 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 820.0% (15th best)
Crime Rank: 14th best
More on Tahlequah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tahlequah is a city in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States located at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It is part of the Green Country region of Oklahoma and was established as a capital of the 19th-century Cherokee Nation in 1839, as part of the new settlement in Indian Territory after the Cherokee Native Americans were forced west from the American Southeast on the Trail of Tears.

Colleges: Northeastern State University, Indian Capital Technology Center-Tahlequah, Beauty Technical College Inc

Weatherford, OK
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 11,894
% Undergrad Pop.: 35.6% (2nd best)
Median Rent: $693 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 480.0% (5th best)
Crime Rank: 3rd best
More on Weatherford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Weatherford is a city in Custer County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 10,833 at the 2010 census.

Colleges: Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Okmulgee, OK
Overall SnackAbility
2
/10

Population: 12,123
% Undergrad Pop.: 20.0% (5th best)
Median Rent: $600 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 1240.0% (17th best)
Crime Rank: 13th best
More on Okmulgee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Okmulgee is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 12,321, a loss of 5.4 percent since the 2000 census figure of 13,022. It has been the capital of the Muscogee Nation since the United States Civil War. The name is from the Creek word oki mulgee which means "boiling waters" in English. Other translations put it as "babbling brook" or 'Effluvium'. The site was chosen because of the nearby rivers and springs. Okmulgee is 38 miles south of Tulsa and 13 miles north of Henryetta via US-75.

Colleges: Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Green Country Technology Center, College of the Muscogee Nation

Ada, OK
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 17,262
% Undergrad Pop.: 18.9% (7th best)
Median Rent: $651 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 540.0% (9th best)
Crime Rank: 10th best
More on Ada: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ada is a city in and the county seat of Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 16,810 at the 2010 census, an increase of 7.1 percent from 15,691 at the 2000 census. The city was named for Ada Reed, the daughter of an early settler, and was incorporated in 1901. Ada is home to East Central University, and is the headquarters of the Chickasaw Nation.

Colleges: East Central University, Pontotoc Technology Center

Norman, OK
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 119,820
% Undergrad Pop.: 14.8% (9th best)
Median Rent: $835 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 530.0% (8th best)
Crime Rank: 7th best
More on Norman: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Norman is a city in the U.S. state of Oklahoma 20 miles south of downtown Oklahoma City in its metropolitan area. The population was 110,925 at the 2010 census. Norman's estimated population of 120,284 in 2015 makes it the third-largest city in Oklahoma, and the city serves as the county seat of Cleveland County.

Colleges: University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus, Moore Norman Technology Center, Hollywood Cosmetology Center

Chickasha, OK
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 16,256
% Undergrad Pop.: 8.7% (12th best)
Median Rent: $671 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 340.0% (1st best)
Crime Rank: 9th best
More on Chickasha: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chickasha is a city in and the county seat of Grady County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 16,036 at the 2010 census. Chickasha is home to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The city is named for and strongly connected to Native American heritage, as "Chickasha" is the Choctaw word for Chickasaw.

Colleges: University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Claremore, OK
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 18,777
% Undergrad Pop.: 14.1% (10th best)
Median Rent: $803 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 620.0% (12th best)
Crime Rank: 6th best
More on Claremore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Claremore is a city and the county seat of Rogers County in northeastern Oklahoma, United States. The population was 18,581 at the 2010 census, a 17.1 percent increase from 15,873 at the 2000 census. Located in the Ozark Mountains foothills, the city is part of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area and home to Rogers State University. It is best known as the birthplace and home of early 20th-century entertainer Will Rogers.

Colleges: Rogers State University, Claremore Beauty College, Northeast Technology Center-Claremore

There You Have It -- The Best College Towns In The

If you're looking for the best college towns in Oklahoma, you came to the right place.

These places all have great college sports programs, tons of stuff to do, and are great places to raise a family.

For more reading, check out:

17 Best College Towns In Oklahoma

Rank City Population
1 Stillwater, OK 48685
2 Alva, OK 5167
3 Edmond, OK 89769
4 Tahlequah, OK 16481
5 Weatherford, OK 11894
6 Okmulgee, OK 12123
7 Ada, OK 17262
8 Norman, OK 119820
9 Chickasha, OK 16256
10 Claremore, OK 18777
11 Bethany, OK 19508
12 Tulsa, OK 401352
13 Lawton, OK 95168
14 Moore, OK 59992
15 Durant, OK 17198
16 Oklahoma City, OK 629191
17 Shawnee, OK 30974

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