These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2018


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?

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:

  1. Jenks (Photos | Homes)
  2. Edmond (Photos | Homes)
  3. Bixby (Photos | Homes)
  4. Owasso (Photos | Homes)
  5. Piedmont (Homes)
  6. Mustang (Photos | Homes)
  7. Alva (Photos | Homes)
  8. Broken Arrow (Photos | Homes)
  9. Yukon (Photos | Homes)
  10. Moore (Photos | Homes)

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Oklahoma.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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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 499 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’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

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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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

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1. Jenks

Jenks, Oklahoma

Population: 19,852
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Home Values: $195,200 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (10th best)
More on Jenks: Real Estate | Data
There’s two types of people who live in Jenks. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $195,200 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Jenks is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

2. Edmond

Edmond, Oklahoma

Source: Public domain

Population: 88,342
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $207,000 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (7th best)
More on Edmond: Real Estate | Data
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Edmond 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 Edmond.

3. Bixby

Bixby, Oklahoma

Population: 23,956
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $195,800 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (13th best)
More on Bixby: Real Estate | Data
Bixby has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Oklahoma.

The unemployment rate is the 13th lowest in the state at 4.1%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $76,515, and the average cost of a home is $195,800. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Bixby one of America’s gems.

4. Owasso

Owasso, Oklahoma

Population: 33,598
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Home Values: $157,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (15th best)
More on Owasso: Real Estate | Data
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Owasso is a wonderful place to live in this state.

The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!

While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Owasso still holds its own in in Oklahoma.

5. Piedmont


Population: 6,779
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Values: $187,800 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.7% (1st best)
More on Piedmont: Real Estate | Data
There’s two types of people who live in Piedmont. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $187,800 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Piedmont is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

6. Mustang

Mustang, Oklahoma

Population: 19,637
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Values: $145,500 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (18th best)
More on Mustang: Real Estate | Data
Mustang makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Oklahoma mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.

And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 4.6% of folks are jobless, you can bet Mustang residents are glad to live where they do.

7. Alva

Alva, Oklahoma

Population: 5,070
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Home Values: $87,700 (53rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (2nd best)
More on Alva: Real Estate | Data
Alva’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 21st highest, making Alva a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Alva has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

8. Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Population: 104,869
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Home Values: $157,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (29th best)
More on Broken Arrow: Real Estate | Data
Broken Arrow has a really low crime rate (25th lowest) and only 5.4% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($68,596). 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 Broken Arrow.

9. Yukon

Yukon, Oklahoma

Population: 25,293
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Home Values: $130,500 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (5th best)
More on Yukon: Real Estate | Data
Who doesn’t want to live inYukon? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 3.4%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Yukon in the news in the coming months.

10. Moore

Moore, Oklahoma

Population: 59,501
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Home Values: $126,200 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (16th best)
More on Moore: Real Estate | Data
Moore has a strong showing in our best places to live in Oklahoma analysis, coming it at 10th best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you’re thinking of moving to Oklahoma, Moore is a great option.

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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

  1. Nichols Hills (Pop. 3,864)
  2. North Enid (Pop. 1,091)
  3. Okarche (Pop. 1,338)
  4. Elgin (Pop. 2,825)
  5. Justice (Pop. 1,290)
  6. Verdigris (Pop. 4,217)
  7. Mooreland (Pop. 1,989)
  8. Buffalo (Pop. 1,335)
  9. Forest Park (Pop. 1,079)
  10. Burns Flat (Pop. 2,117)

Best Small Towns To Live In Oklahoma

  1. Lake Aluma (Pop. 74)
  2. Burlington (Pop. 153)
  3. Woodlawn Park (Pop. 168)
  4. Taloga (Pop. 377)
  5. Burneyville (Pop. 617)
  6. Lotsee (Pop. 3)
  7. Fairmont (Pop. 239)
  8. Wardville (Pop. 48)
  9. Putnam (Pop. 8)
  10. Kremlin (Pop. 215)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Oklahoma:

  1. Anadarko (Pop. 6,768)
  2. Seminole (Pop. 7,470)
  3. Poteau (Pop. 8,687)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Oklahoma

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Jenks 19,852 3.9% $195,200
2 Edmond 88,342 3.5% $207,000
3 Bixby 23,956 4.1% $195,800
4 Owasso 33,598 4.3% $157,800
5 Piedmont 6,779 0.7% $187,800
6 Mustang 19,637 4.6% $145,500
7 Alva 5,070 3.0% $87,700
8 Broken Arrow 104,869 5.4% $157,700
9 Yukon 25,293 3.4% $130,500
10 Moore 59,501 4.4% $126,200
11 Newcastle 9,030 3.9% $180,300
12 Blanchard 8,267 3.2% $177,700
13 Choctaw 11,989 4.9% $163,100
14 Weatherford 11,856 4.1% $153,600
15 Woodward 12,693 3.7% $120,000
16 Bartlesville 36,499 4.8% $113,400
17 Tuttle 6,576 3.3% $183,600
18 Guymon 11,934 3.4% $110,000
19 Sand Springs 19,509 4.8% $118,300
20 Collinsville 6,293 8.6% $124,900
21 Harrah 5,714 4.6% $145,300
22 Glenpool 12,351 5.5% $130,900
23 Clinton 9,436 4.6% $109,700
24 Bethany 19,582 5.4% $117,600
25 Stillwater 48,104 6.1% $157,500
26 Norman 118,974 5.4% $163,900
27 Perry 5,056 5.0% $79,200
28 Claremore 18,999 6.2% $119,000
29 Grove 6,724 5.9% $150,700
30 Noble 6,664 9.8% $113,500
31 Coweta 9,572 7.8% $124,900
32 Skiatook 7,958 6.7% $117,800
33 Sapulpa 20,546 4.1% $106,900
34 Enid 50,891 5.0% $99,500
35 Sulphur 5,042 3.7% $87,800
36 Altus 19,422 6.3% $86,700
37 Lone Grove 5,197 7.7% $119,300
38 Lawton 96,728 9.6% $106,800
39 Miami 13,631 7.2% $78,500
40 Tahlequah 16,478 9.3% $119,500
41 Vinita 5,599 6.7% $72,200
42 Warr Acres 10,374 6.5% $107,800
43 Tulsa 399,906 6.9% $126,200
44 Mcalester 18,255 6.2% $102,400
45 El Reno 18,170 6.7% $97,000
46 Catoosa 7,487 5.2% $111,400
47 Ada 17,240 6.6% $101,100
48 Duncan 23,240 7.8% $99,000
49 Pryor Creek 9,484 10.1% $99,500
50 Chickasha 16,342 5.1% $84,400
51 Ardmore 25,027 7.0% $99,900
52 Tecumseh 6,614 6.2% $87,200
53 Guthrie 11,063 6.7% $113,900
54 Blackwell 6,880 10.4% $51,300
55 Pauls Valley 6,096 4.8% $82,800
56 Purcell 6,349 8.3% $124,800
57 Muskogee 38,605 7.2% $84,600
58 Shawnee 31,091 7.6% $96,800
59 Durant 17,042 6.6% $106,200
60 Holdenville 5,756 11.2% $55,700
61 Cushing 7,865 8.4% $75,800
62 Hugo 5,257 16.1% $65,200
63 Wagoner 8,647 11.4% $90,900
64 Okmulgee 12,284 14.6% $65,400
65 Henryetta 5,799 14.9% $60,400
66 Idabel 7,007 5.8% $74,300
67 Sallisaw 8,650 8.4% $96,100
68 Poteau 8,687 7.1% $92,600
69 Seminole 7,470 12.0% $63,100
70 Anadarko 6,768 13.4% $64,100

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