THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to live in Oklahoma.

Not only is everything 'Okie' dokie in Oklahoma, the Sooner State has some of the best cities in the country. And lucky for you, HomeSnacks uncovered what places to live should be in the top ten for 2020.

The appreciation for the blood, sweat, and tears of the Sooners is very evident in Oklahoma's best places to live. The Oklahoma cities that made our list average some of the highest median household incomes and boasts some of the most expensive homes. These cities have some of the most educated residents and safety is a priority.

Heck there's a reason Garth Brooks lives in Tulsa and Gwen Stefani is willing to drop everything and live with Blake Shelton in Tishomingo. They love Oklahoma's great people and its good 'ol country livin'. All country music and Oklahoma pride aside, this flyover state has some pretty cool cities. Oklahoma's roads wind through cities where Native American culture is strong. And cities like Okmulgee, where a good 'ol fashioned cattle drive and/or rodeo are Friday night's hot ticket out, can be found down any Oklahoma backroad.

Spend a weekend in Oklahoma and you will know why it's the 28th most populated state in the country.But to find out the top ten best places to live in Oklahoma, you're going to have to keep reading.

Oklahoma has so many great cities, that you could literally throw a dart at the state and live happily wherever it landed. So, you can understand how difficult it was to narrow down a list of the top ten best places.

What's the best place to live in Oklahoma for 2020? There can only be one number one, and that Oklahoma city would be Jenks.

The competition was fierce, however. To see a list of Oklahoma's best of the best cities that gave Jenks a run for its money, take a look below. And if you don't see your favorite city there, head to the bottom.

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 10 Best Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2020

Jenks, OK

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Population: 21,793
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $205,100 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (9th best)
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Jenks takes 1st place on our list of best places in Oklahoma for 2020 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (9th overall) and things to do.

Jenks 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 $205,100 at the median.

Bixby, OK

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Population: 25,818
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $213,800 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (5th best)
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Bixby has a really low crime rate (12th lowest) and only 2.8% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($83,312). 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 Bixby.

Edmond, OK

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Population: 91,053
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $231,100 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (8th best)
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Edmond 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 8th lowest unemployment rate, the 5th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you're looking at science and data, Edmond definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2020.

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Population: 7,424
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $225,900 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.5% (1st best)
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Crime is something that doesn't happen very often in Piedmont. Statistically the 1st safest place in the state, there were only 5 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It's really beautiful in Piedmont, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $97,733 a year, and homes are valued at more than $225,900.

What else could you possibly want if you're someone who likes the good things in life?

Mustang, OK

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Population: 20,735
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $154,000 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (19th best)
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Mustang ranks 5th 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 Mustang over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Broken Arrow, OK

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Population: 107,500
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $163,900 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (22nd best)
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The Town of Broken Arrow consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let's see why Broken Arrow ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Broken Arrow are the 13th most expensive in the state of Oklahoma, with the average home worth a whopping $163,900. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Broken Arrow if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Broken Arrow residents have the 9th highest income in the state, and the 22nd lowest crime numbers in Oklahoma.

Owasso, OK

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Population: 35,646
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $169,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (15th best)
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We think the motto in Owasso should be "Everything is greater in Owasso," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Owasso has some of the highest home values in Oklahoma, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Owasso only has 6.9% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Owasso a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

Blanchard, OK

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Population: 8,573
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $186,700 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (7th best)
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With the unemployment rate being the 7th lowest in Oklahoma and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Blanchard.

Plus, the crime rate is the 6th lowest in the state!

Moore, OK

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Population: 60,807
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $135,400 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (16th best)
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Moore comes in at a close 9th. They have the 16th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 14th highest median income as well, which means the people in Moore are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 20th best in the state.

Alva, OK

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Population: 5,154
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $93,300 (53rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (21st best)
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Alva has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Oklahoma. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Alva is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Alva residents to work is significantly higher than average.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Oklahoma

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 68 cities, 168 towns, and 405 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Oklahoma 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.

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 68, 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. You can download the data here.

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.

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 2020.

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. Woodlawn Park (Pop. 168)
  3. Burlington (Pop. 153)
  4. Burneyville (Pop. 617)
  5. Taloga (Pop. 377)
  6. Fairmont (Pop. 239)
  7. Kremlin (Pop. 215)
  8. Canton (Pop. 465)
  9. Cleo Springs (Pop. 304)
  10. Sams Corner (Pop. 178)

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

  1. Anadarko (Pop. 6,664)
  2. Poteau (Pop. 8,793)
  3. Hugo (Pop. 5,184)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Oklahoma?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Jenks 21,793 3.5% $205,100
2 Bixby 25,818 2.8% $213,800
3 Edmond 91,053 3.3% $231,100
4 Piedmont 7,424 0.5% $225,900
5 Mustang 20,735 4.4% $154,000
6 Broken Arrow 107,500 4.4% $163,900
7 Owasso 35,646 3.8% $169,700
8 Blanchard 8,573 3.2% $186,700
9 Moore 60,807 4.2% $135,400
10 Alva 5,154 4.4% $93,300

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

2 thoughts on “THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2020

  1. Choctaw, OK is not the capital of the Choctaw Nation which is implied by your placement of a photograph of the old Choctaw capital building in your comments about the city in your ranking of cities in OK. Choctaw, OK is nowhere near the boundaries of the present day Choctaw Nation which is located in the southeastern part of the state.

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