Where are the best places in the state of Oklahoma?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Sooner State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Oklahoma.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 70 places in Oklahoma, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Jenks (Photos)
- Edmond (Photos)
- Bixby (Photos)
- Owasso (Photos)
- Piedmont (Photos)
- Mustang (Photos)
- Broken Arrow (Photos)
- Yukon (Photos)
- Moore (Photos)
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Oklahoma.
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit cities with populations over 100,000 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 70 cities, 168 towns, and 499 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Oklahoma
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Oklahoma across a number of criteria from one to 70, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Oklahoma”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Oklahoma.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Jenks at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Population: 19,852Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Home Values: $195,200 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (10th best)
There’s two types of people who live in Jenks. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $195,200 home there.
Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Jenks is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Population: 88,342Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $207,000 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (7th best)
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Edmond one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Edmond.
Population: 23,956Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $195,800 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (13th best)
Bixby has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Oklahoma.
The unemployment rate is the 13th lowest in the state at 4.1%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $76,515, and the average cost of a home is $195,800. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Bixby one of America’s gems.
Population: 33,598Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Home Values: $157,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (15th best)
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Owasso is a wonderful place to live in this state.
The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!
While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Owasso still holds its own in in Oklahoma.
Population: 6,779 Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Values: $187,800 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.7% (1st best)
There’s two types of people who live in Piedmont. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $187,800 home there.
Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Piedmont is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Population: 19,637 Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Values: $145,500 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (18th best)
Mustang makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Oklahoma mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 4.6% of folks are jobless, you can bet Mustang residents are glad to live where they do.
Population: 5,070Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Home Values: $87,700 (53rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (2nd best)
Alva’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 21st highest, making Alva a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Alva has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
8. Broken Arrow
Population: 104,869Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Home Values: $157,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (29th best)
Broken Arrow has a really low crime rate (25th lowest) and only 5.4% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($68,596). And that goes a long way.
The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Broken Arrow.
Population: 25,293Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Home Values: $130,500 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (5th best)
Who doesn’t want to live inYukon? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 3.4%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Yukon in the news in the coming months.
Population: 59,501Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Home Values: $126,200 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (16th best)
Moore has a strong showing in our best places to live in Oklahoma analysis, coming it at 10th best.
It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.
If you’re thinking of moving to Oklahoma, Moore is a great option.
Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best In Oklahoma
If you’re looking at areas in Oklahoma with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Jenks made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.
Best Towns To Live In Oklahoma
- Nichols Hills (Pop. 3,864)
- North Enid (Pop. 1,091)
- Okarche (Pop. 1,338)
- Elgin (Pop. 2,825)
- Justice (Pop. 1,290)
- Verdigris (Pop. 4,217)
- Mooreland (Pop. 1,989)
- Buffalo (Pop. 1,335)
- Forest Park (Pop. 1,079)
- Burns Flat (Pop. 2,117)
Best Small Towns To Live In Oklahoma
- Lake Aluma (Pop. 74)
- Burlington (Pop. 153)
- Woodlawn Park (Pop. 168)
- Taloga (Pop. 377)
- Burneyville (Pop. 617)
- Lotsee (Pop. 3)
- Fairmont (Pop. 239)
- Wardville (Pop. 48)
- Putnam (Pop. 8)
- Kremlin (Pop. 215)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Oklahoma:
- Anadarko (Pop. 6,768)
- Seminole (Pop. 7,470)
- Poteau (Pop. 8,687)
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