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 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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2019
If you don’t have a job in Jenks, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 3.9%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $88,521.
That’s actually not a bad idea…
Perhaps what makes Edmond 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 Edmond great. They also have the 6th highest median income and the 49th shortest commute time.
Bixby 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.
Owasso ranks as the 4th best place in Oklahoma for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.
Owasso has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Owasso’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $67,340 a year.
The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂
Piedmont broke into the top ten best places to live in Oklahoma on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.
It placed 1st overall for its low unemployment rate and the 3rd highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 68th shortest average commute time of any place in Oklahoma.
Mustang is another great city in Oklahoma with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in Mustang. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”
Alva takes 7th place on our list of best places in Oklahoma for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (2nd overall) and things to do.
Alva 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 $87,700 at the median.
Broken Arrow’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 9th highest, making Broken Arrow a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Broken Arrow has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
Yukon has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Yukon has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.4% and lowering. And the Yukon police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 21st lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
Moore had the 16th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (4.4%) and the 29th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Moore is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
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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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Oklahoma