These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Oklahoma.

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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.

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.

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

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

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 10 Best Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2019

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

If you don’t have a job in Jenks, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 3.9%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $88,521.

That’s actually not a bad idea…

Edmond, OK

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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

Perhaps what makes Edmond so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn’t all that makes Edmond great. They also have the 6th highest median income and the 49th shortest commute time.

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

Bixby 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.

Owasso, OK

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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 ranks as the 4th best place in Oklahoma for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.

Owasso has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Owasso’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $67,340 a year.

The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂

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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

Piedmont 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 1st overall for its low unemployment rate and the 3rd highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 68th shortest average commute time of any place in Oklahoma.

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 is another great city in Oklahoma with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.

Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in Mustang. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”

Enough said.

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

Alva takes 7th place on our list of best places in Oklahoma for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (2nd overall) and things to do.

Alva 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 $87,700 at the median.

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

Broken Arrow’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 9th highest, making Broken Arrow a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

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

Review Of Broken Arrow by HomeSnacks User

I had a really lovely and memorable experience when I stayed in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I had gone to Broken Arrow to attend a Bible College for two years between 2002 – 2004. The people in the City of Broken Arrow were very nice and friendly. The people were warm, courteous and friendly from people you meet at the post office, bank, school, supermarket, church and recreation centers. Broken Arrow is a developed city with a good road network. The crime rate in the city of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is quite low. It is known to be 20% lower than the national average and 34% lower than the crime rate in all of Oklahoma. The cost of living is quite affordable in Broken Arrow. One could rent a decent two bedroom apartment starting at $600 per month. The cost of homes is also affordable and the median home price is about $150,000. Food is also affordable and there are many farmers markets located in Broken Arrow. There are both quality public and private schools in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The average school test scores in Broken Arrow are 45% higher than the national average. They also have great Bible Training Colleges which bring people from all parts of USA to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The weather was really good coming from Minneapolis, it was so lovely having cool and mild weather almost all year round. It is free of earth quakes and many other natural disasters. There are great restaurants, cinemas, parks and recreation areas in Broken Arrow.

The sense of community is very tangible in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Also, I enjoyed meeting people of different nationalities and different background. We often enjoyed dinner at Chedars Restaurant with friends and acquaintances. The Rooftop Bar also had great food, good service and a great view. There is also the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse with unusual and interesting plays, dance and performances. At Christmas time people will come to experience the lovely RHEMA Christmas lights. So beautiful to behold. Every Christmas the RHEMA Christmas lights gets even more impressive.

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

Yukon has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Yukon has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.4% and lowering. And the Yukon police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 21st lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

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 had the 16th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (4.4%) and the 29th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Moore is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.

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

  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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