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 | 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 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.
Jenks comes in 1st in our best places to live in Oklahoma analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (10th overall) and crime rate (10th overall), Jenks is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.
Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Jenks in our lists for years to come.
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Edmond. Statistically the 13th safest place in the state, there were only 133 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Edmond, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $74,632 a year, and homes are valued at more than $207,000.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?
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.
Taking its place as the 4th best place in Oklahoma is Owasso. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma.
It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.
An unemployment rate of only 4.3% helps thing too.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Piedmont so high on the list. Unless you live in Piedmont.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 0.7%, Piedmont residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Oklahoma. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Piedmont is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Piedmont is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Mustang 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 Mustang has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 4.6% and lowering. And the Mustang police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 7th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
Alva comes in at a close 7th. They have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 21st highest median income as well, which means the people in Alva are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 53rd best in the state.
The crime is the 25th lowest in the state in Broken Arrow, and there were only 166 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 Broken Arrow earn $68,596 a year.
Let’s take a look at why Yukon is a great place to call home for 2018.
There’s low crime in Yukon, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.4% unemployment rate).
You can make Yukon your home for only $130,500 which won’t be too hard on a $65,986 household salary.
Moore ranks 10th on our list of best places to live in Oklahoma thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Oklahoma that we examined.
People have been flocking to Moore over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
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 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)
- 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