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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 2019.
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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Oklahoma for 2019:
- 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)
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 2019? 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 their money, take a look below. And if you don't see your favorite city there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2019
Jenks comes in at a close 1st. They have the 10th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the highest median income as well, which means the people in Jenks are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 3rd best in the state.
Edmond is another gem in Sooner State. The unemployment rate here is 7th lowest in the entire state at 3.5%. Other factors that make Edmond so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $207,000, and parents earn a combined $74,632 a year
There's nothing like the American dream.
Bixby is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 3rd best place in Oklahoma?
Homes are priced around $195,800 and residents have the 58th shortest commute in Oklahoma.
Owasso 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 15th lowest unemployment rate, the 11th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you're looking at science and data, Owasso definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
The Town of Piedmont might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Piedmont isn't amazing, but it's far below the state average. The homes are valued at $187,800 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Oklahoma.
If Piedmont can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (0.7% is the highest in the state.
Taking its place as the 6th best place in Oklahoma is Mustang. 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 4.6% helps thing too.
Alva had the 2nd lowest unemployment of any place in our research (3.0%) and the 4th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Alva is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it's like to live there.
Broken Arrow takes 8th place on our list of best places in Oklahoma for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (29th overall) and things to do.
Broken Arrow 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 $157,700 at the median.
The Yukon has the 6th lowest unemployment rate in Oklahoma. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Yukon is higher than the national average and households make $65,986 per year.
We'd move to Yukon if we could in a heart beat.
Moore 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 Moore has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 4.4% and lowering. And the Moore police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 29th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?
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'.
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.
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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