Where are the best places in the state of Oklahoma? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most.
And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.
We looked at the 74 most populated cities in the Sooner State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a city in Oklahoma.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.
So we know what we’re talking about.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Oklahoma:
- Broken Arrow
- Elk City
We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in Oklahoma for making a place home.
The worst city to live in Oklahoma? Seminole. More on that later.
How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?
In order to rank Oklahoma’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers for Oklahoma
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:
- Strong schools
- Low unemployment rates
- High incomes
- High home prices
- Lots of sunny days a year
- Low crime
- Low cost of living
If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in Oklahoma, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.
Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased. The cost of living numbers are based on an average of 100.
1. Broken Arrow
Crime Index: 76
Cost Of Living Index: 93
When you look at the unbiased data, the largest of Tulsa’s suburbs is the best place you can live in the state of Oklahoma.
Crime Index: 81
Cost Of Living Index: 94
This northern Tulsa suburb is safe, quiet and affordable.
Crime Index: 67
Cost Of Living Index: 109
Edmond is home to the University of Central Oklahoma.
Crime Index: 52
Cost Of Living Index: 90
Yukon is a western Oklahoma City suburb where it’s pretty safe and you’re close enough to OKC to have a short drive for entertainment.
Crime Index: 71
Cost Of Living Index: 98
When you look at the numbers, it’s obvious why Jenks, a Tulsa suburb, is one of the fastest-growing cities in Oklahoma.
Crime Index: 86
Cost Of Living Index: 85
This suburb south of Oklahoma City is filled with great, hard-working people. It’s also really affordable, too.
Crime Index: 76
Cost Of Living Index: 89
Mustang is a safe Oklahoma City suburb.
8. Elk City
Crime Index: 61
Cost Of Living Index: 83
Elk City is a great place to live, but fairly isolated from any major city center.
Crime Index: 60
Cost Of Living Index: 96
A small city, Bixby is till close to Tulsa, where it’s safer than living in Tulsa proper.
Crime Index: 106
Cost Of Living Index: 80
Bartlesville is a fairly large city on the northern side of the state. It’s very affordable.
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Tulsa is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Oklahoma residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.
Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Muskogee
2nd Worst: Idabel
We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in Oklahoma if you’re interested in reading that story.
Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Oklahoma