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Not only is everything 'Okie' dokie in Oklahoma, the Sooner State has some of the best cities in the country. And lucky for you, HomeSnacks uncovered what places to live should be in the top ten for 2019.
The appreciation for the blood, sweat, and tears of the Sooners is very evident in Oklahoma's best places to live. The Oklahoma cities that made our list average some of the highest median household incomes and boasts some of the most expensive homes. These cities have some of the most educated residents and safety is a priority.
Heck there's a reason Garth Brooks lives in Tulsa and Gwen Stefani is willing to drop everything and live with Blake Shelton in Tishomingo. They love Oklahoma's great people and its good 'ol country livin'. All country music and Oklahoma pride aside, this flyover state has some pretty cool cities. Oklahoma's roads wind through cities where Native American culture is strong. And cities like Okmulgee, where a good 'ol fashioned cattle drive and/or rodeo are Friday night's hot ticket out, can be found down any Oklahoma backroad.
Spend a weekend in Oklahoma and you will know why it's the 28th most populated state in the country.But to find out the top ten best places to live in Oklahoma, you're going to have to keep reading.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Oklahoma for 2019:
- Jenks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Edmond (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bixby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Owasso (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Piedmont (Homes For Sale)
- Mustang (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alva (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Broken Arrow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Yukon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Moore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Oklahoma has so many great cities, that you could literally throw a dart at the state and live happily wherever it landed. So, you can understand how difficult it was to narrow down a list of the top ten best places.
What's the best place to live in Oklahoma for 2019? There can only be one number one, and that Oklahoma city would be Jenks.
The competition was fierce, however. To see a list of Oklahoma's best of the best cities that gave Jenks a run for their money, take a look below. And if you don't see your favorite city there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2019
Let's just put this to rest right now. No matter how passionate you are about where you live in Oklahoma, Jenks is by far the best place to live. At least according to science.
The residents of Jenks are some of the wealthiest, most employed, and just about safest of anyone in the state. Plus, their kids go to some of the best-funded schools.
You know what they say: Money doesn't buy happiness. But, in this case, it buys safety and peace of mind.
If you live here, you probably won't brag about this ranking because you want to keep Jenks a secret.
Edmond's unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 6th highest, making Edmond a great place to work and settle down if you're look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Edmond has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Oklahoma, as there were only 25 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 13th lowest in Oklahoma (4.1%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 2nd most expensive in Bixby ($195,800), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $76,515 a year.
Things can't get much better than in the town of Owasso. The crime is the 20th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Owasso make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $157,800 and households make $67,340 which is good for 11th in Oklahoma.
Well, I guess technically 0.7% of Piedmont residents who want to have a job can't find one, so not everyone has a job, but it's the 1st closest of any city in Oklahoma.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Piedmont also ranked well for crime (1st) and median income ($76,727).
Mustang is known for having a great education system and has the 61st shortest commute time.
Additionally, the unemployment rate in Mustang is the 18th lowest in Oklahoma and the median income is the 8th highest in the state.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Alva so high on the list. Unless you live in Alva.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 3.0%, Alva residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Oklahoma. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Alva is doing quite well.
Let's be honest -- Alva is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Broken Arrow isn't just the nicest place to live in Oklahoma - it's also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It's got the 29th lowest unemployment rate, the 9th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you're looking at science and data, Broken Arrow definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
Yukon is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It's safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It's quite a gem tucked away in Oklahoma.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Moore.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 16th lowest in Oklahoma and the median income comes in at $60,474.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Mapping The Best And Worst 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 405 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 Cities 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
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Oklahoma? That would be Jenks.
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.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living 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 the best place to live in Oklahoma for 2019.
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)
- Woodlawn Park (Pop. 168)
- Burlington (Pop. 153)
- Burneyville (Pop. 617)
- Taloga (Pop. 377)
- Fairmont (Pop. 239)
- Kremlin (Pop. 215)
- Canton (Pop. 465)
- Cleo Springs (Pop. 304)
- Sams Corner (Pop. 178)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Oklahoma according to the data:
- Poteau (Pop. 8,687)
- Seminole (Pop. 7,470)
- Anadarko (Pop. 6,768)
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