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.
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)
Well, it looks like you should check out Jenks if you’re thinking of moving to Oklahoma — it’s the best the Sooner State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Oklahoma.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2019
Jenks is unequivocally the best place to live in Oklahoma. Not only do they have the highest student expenditure in the state, meaning they place a very high value on their students’ education, but they also have the 1st highest median income.
Additionally, they have the 10th lowest crime rate, making it one of the safest city in Oklahoma. If that wasn’t enough, their unemployment rate is only 3.9%%.
Overall, Jenks is the place to live in Oklahoma.
With the unemployment rate being the 7th lowest in Oklahoma and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Edmond.
Plus, the crime rate is the 13th lowest in the state!
The crime is the 12th lowest in the state in Bixby, and there were only 25 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Oklahoma, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Bixby earn $76,515 a year.
The Owasso has the 15th lowest unemployment rate in Oklahoma. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Owasso is higher than the national average and households make $67,340 per year.
We’d move to Owasso if we could in a heart beat.
Piedmont takes 5th place on our list of best places in Oklahoma for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (1st overall) and things to do.
Piedmont is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $187,800 at the median.
Perhaps what makes Mustang so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Mustang great. They also have the 8th highest median income and the 61st shortest commute time.
If you want to live in Oklahoma, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Alva area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $52,531 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Alva as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Alva.
Broken Arrow is another gem in Sooner State. The unemployment rate here is 29th lowest in the entire state at 5.4%. Other factors that make Broken Arrow so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $157,700, and parents earn a combined $68,596 a year
There’s nothing like the American dream.
In Yukon, everyone loves to call Yukon home! The median home value is the 18th highest in Oklahoma.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 6th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Sooner State.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Moore 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 Moore.
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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