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 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 crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Oklahoma, as there were only 24 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 10th lowest in Oklahoma (3.9%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 3rd most expensive in Jenks ($195,200), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $88,521 a year.
Edmond has a really low crime rate (13th lowest) and only 3.5% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($74,632). And that goes a long way.
The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Edmond.
Bixby is known for having a great education system and has the 58th shortest commute time.
Additionally, the unemployment rate in Bixby is the 13th lowest in Oklahoma and the median income is the 4th highest in the state.
Let’s take a look at why Owasso is a great place to call home for 2019.
There’s low crime in Owasso, and the residents here are gainfully employed (4.3% unemployment rate).
You can make Owasso your home for only $157,800 which won’t be too hard on a $67,340 household salary.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Piedmont.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 1st lowest in Oklahoma and the median income comes in at $76,727.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Mustang is by far one of the best places to live in Oklahoma: the math proves it! This city has the 18th lowest unemployment rate and the 8th highest median income in all of Oklahoma.
Plus, the median home values are the 15th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 7th lowest in the state, making Mustang a safe and great place to live.
Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Alva ranked highly for adjusted median income (21st), crime (4th), and unemployment (2nd).
With a population of 5,070 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it’s a “community though not a city”.
But don’t listen to what they say people of Alva, you can be anything you want.
Broken Arrow is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 8th best place in Oklahoma?
Homes are priced around $157,700 and residents have the 39th shortest commute in Oklahoma.
Yukon is feeling the love as it ranks as the 9th best city to live in Oklahoma for 2019.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (12th overall) and low crime (21st overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Oklahoma”.
Moore 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 16th lowest unemployment rate, the 15th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Moore definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
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