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

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

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

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 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’.

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 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.

Jenks, OK

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,852
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $195,200 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (10th best)
More on Jenks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jenks is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 1st best place in Oklahoma?

Homes are priced around $195,200 and residents have the 48th shortest commute in Oklahoma.

Edmond, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 88,342
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $207,000 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (7th best)
More on Edmond: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edmond ranks as the 2nd best place in Oklahoma for 2018. Let’s take a look at why.

Edmond has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Edmond’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $74,632 a year.

The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂

Bixby, OK

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 23,956
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $195,800 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (13th best)
More on Bixby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking its place as the 3rd best place in Oklahoma is Bixby. 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 4.1% helps thing too.

Owasso, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 33,598
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $157,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (15th best)
More on Owasso: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Owasso 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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,779
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $187,800 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.7% (1st best)
More on Piedmont: Real Estate | Data

If you live in Piedmont, you probably know how great it is already.

Piedmont has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($76,727). And the crime is really, really low (1st lowest in Oklahoma).

If we could afford to move here, we probably would.

Mustang, OK

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,637
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $145,500 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (18th best)
More on Mustang: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mustang broke into the top ten best places to live in Oklahoma on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 18th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 8th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 61st shortest average commute time of any place in Oklahoma.

Alva, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,070
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $87,700 (53rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (2nd best)
More on Alva: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Alva 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, Alva still holds its own in in Oklahoma.

Broken Arrow, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 104,869
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $157,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (29th best)
More on Broken Arrow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Broken Arrow 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 Broken Arrow.

Yukon, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,293
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $130,500 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (6th best)
More on Yukon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We think the motto in Yukon should be “Everything is greater in Yukon,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Yukon has some of the highest home values in Oklahoma, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Yukon only has 730.0% of its residents living in poverty.

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

Moore, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 59,501
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $126,200 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (16th best)
More on Moore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Moore is by far one of the best places to live in Oklahoma: the math proves it! This city has the 16th lowest unemployment rate and the 15th highest median income in all of Oklahoma.

Plus, the median home values are the 20th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 29th lowest in the state, making Moore a safe and great place to live.

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

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

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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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