These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Oklahoma


These are the cream of the crop in the Sooner State.

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Where are the best places in the state of Oklahoma? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most.

And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

We looked at the 74 most populated cities in the Sooner State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a city in Oklahoma.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in Oklahoma:

  1. Broken Arrow
  2. Owasso
  3. Edmond
  4. Yukon
  5. Jenks
  6. Moore
  7. Mustang
  8. Elk City
  9. Bixby
  10. Bartlesville

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in Oklahoma for making a place home.

The worst city to live in Oklahoma? Seminole. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank Oklahoma’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for Oklahoma

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in Oklahoma, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased. The cost of living numbers are based on an average of 100.

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1. Broken Arrow

Best Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 98,648
Crime Index: 76
Cost Of Living Index: 93

When you look at the unbiased data, the largest of Tulsa’s suburbs is the best place you can live in the state of Oklahoma.

2. Owasso

Best Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,487
Crime Index: 81
Cost Of Living Index: 94

This northern Tulsa suburb is safe, quiet and affordable.

3. Edmond

Best Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,594
Crime Index: 67
Cost Of Living Index: 109

Edmond is home to the University of Central Oklahoma.

4. Yukon

Best Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,038
Crime Index: 52
Cost Of Living Index: 90

Yukon is a western Oklahoma City suburb where it’s pretty safe and you’re close enough to OKC to have a short drive for entertainment.

5. Jenks

Best Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,918
Crime Index: 71
Cost Of Living Index: 98

When you look at the numbers, it’s obvious why Jenks, a Tulsa suburb, is one of the fastest-growing cities in Oklahoma.

6. Moore

Best Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,265
Crime Index: 86
Cost Of Living Index: 85

This suburb south of Oklahoma City is filled with great, hard-working people. It’s also really affordable, too.

7. Mustang

Best Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,534
Crime Index: 76
Cost Of Living Index: 89

Mustang is a safe Oklahoma City suburb.

8. Elk City

Best Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,860
Crime Index: 61
Cost Of Living Index: 83

Elk City is a great place to live, but fairly isolated from any major city center.

9. Bixby

Best Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,964
Crime Index: 60
Cost Of Living Index: 96

A small city, Bixby is till close to Tulsa, where it’s safer than living in Tulsa proper.

10. Bartlesville

Best Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,876
Crime Index: 106
Cost Of Living Index: 80

Bartlesville is a fairly large city on the northern side of the state. It’s very affordable.

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Tulsa is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Oklahoma residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Muskogee
2nd Worst: Idabel
Worst: Seminole

We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in Oklahoma if you’re interested in reading that story.

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Oklahoma

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
Broken Arrow 1 98,648 76 93
Owasso 2 29,487 81 94
Edmond 3 81,594 67 109
Yukon 4 23,038 52 90
Jenks 5 16,918 71 98
Moore 6 55,265 86 85
Mustang 7 17,534 76 89
Elk City 8 11,860 61 83
Bixby 9 20,964 60 96
Bartlesville 10 35,876 106 80
Glenpool 11 10,868 78 86
Guymon 12 11,414 93 81
Woodward 13 12,110 89 82
Clinton 14 9,071 77 79
Piedmont 15 5,783 32 95
Blanchard 16 7,569 67 92
Norman 17 111,753 85 88
Sand Springs 18 19,157 92 85
Weatherford 19 10,891 113 91
Newcastle 20 7,740 74 92
Choctaw 21 11,202 58 98
The Village 22 9,034 111 85
Harrah 23 5,162 64 89
Catoosa 24 7,074 90 89
Stillwater 25 45,584 95 91
Perry 26 5,121 76 77
Claremore 27 18,669 91 88
Collinsville 28 5,612 87 85
Noble 29 6,466 75 81
Warr Acres 30 10,080 130 83
Lone Grove 31 5,069 80 85
Bethany 32 19,188 96 84
Midwest City 33 54,773 119 83
Altus 34 19,708 100 80
Oklahoma City 35 581,094 146 89
Purcell 36 5,885 97 82
Tuttle 37 6,015 104 93
Cushing 38 7,818 87 78
Pryor Creek 39 9,519 105 78
Coweta 40 9,555 91 88
Enid 41 49,122 118 84
Ada 42 16,852 131 82
Tahlequah 43 15,912 99 82
Ponca City 44 25,223 121 78
Grove 45 6,587 99 89
Guthrie 46 10,314 84 84
Tulsa 47 391,486 149 85
El Reno 48 16,955 105 79
Mcalester 49 18,412 101 81
Blackwell 50 7,064 78 72
Lawton 51 96,187 145 89
Del City 52 21,469 133 79
Henryetta 53 5,898 75 78
Hugo 54 5,325 51 76
Pauls Valley 55 6,156 132 79
Sallisaw 56 8,779 73 82
Sapulpa 57 20,609 92 83
Tecumseh 58 6,480 94 77
Duncan 59 23,332 108 83
Anadarko 60 6,744 109 75
Vinita 61 5,721 92 78
Holdenville 62 5,628 93 74
Durant 63 16,014 129 80
Wagoner 64 8,395 138 84
Shawnee 65 30,058 124 78
Chickasha 66 16,129 129 80
Ardmore 67 24,392 152 77
Skiatook 68 7,753 147 84
Miami 69 13,588 121 79
Poteau 70 8,502 106 81
Okmulgee 71 12,402 132 79
Muskogee 72 39,045 134 79
Idabel 73 7,002 116 78
Seminole 74 7,438 144 78

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