Safest Cities in Oklahoma

  • Population
    3,940,235
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $9,626
  • Avg Household Income
    $52,180
  • Cost of Living
    18.80%
  • Violent Crime Rate
    14.1
  • Property Crime Rate
    290.6
  • Primary Care Ranking
    37
  • Mental Health Provider
    7

Oklahoma is in the south-central region of the United States, bordering Texas to the south and west, New Mexico and Colorado on the western panhandle tip, Kansas to the north and Arkansas and Missouri to the east. The state is commonly thought to have the most tornadoes in the country, but it’s actually fourth on that list, behind Texas, Kansas and Florida. Oklahoma is home to a rich history and a number of attractions including the Philbrook Museum of Art, the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Oklahoma City National Memorial, to name just a few. Which Oklahoma cities are the safest? Keep reading to find out.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Oklahoma

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

12 Safest Cities in Oklahoma

  • No. 1 Broken Arrow

    Located in northeast Oklahoma, Broken Arrow is a small city of around 110,000 people. Violent and property crime reports in Broken Arrow are low, and officer incidents are almost nonexistent. Quiet and convivial, Broken Arrow nonetheless has plenty to offer, including the Ray Harral Nature Center and the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center for starters.

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    7.386265194 (2nd)6.839134439 (2nd)208.1832523 (3rd)0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    12312 (2nd)72686 (2nd)0.044 (10th)0.063 (10th)0.007 (10th)0.48 (5th)
  • No. 2 Owasso

    A northern suburb of Tulsa, Owasso is a small city of almost 37,000. Crime is very low in Owasso, and with property crimes, violent crimes and officer incidents incredibly low. As in much of Oklahoma, outdoorsmanship is important in this area, something readily apparent if you visit attractions like the Redbud Valley Nature Center.

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    7.522837184 (3rd)9.940891994 (4th)229.9838796 (4th)0.293806558 (5th)0.293806558 (5th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11616 (3rd)72930 (1st)0.038 (11th)0.052 (12th)0.013 (8th)0.419 (7th)
  • No. 3 North Enid

    North Enid is part of Enid, which as a whole is an area with just under 50,000 residents. North Enid itself is a tiny community of just 928. North Enid has almost no reported crimes, although its per capita rate of hate crime is second highest on this list — mostly because of its small population in relation to the number of reported crimes.

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    10.77586207 (7th)0 (1st)118.5344828 (1st)10.77586207 (11th)10.77586207 (11th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    13500 (1st)72031 (3rd)0.012 (12th)0.055 (11th)0.067 (2nd)0 (12th)
  • No. 4 Maud

    Maud is a tiny town located just southeast of Oklahoma City. Crime is low overall in Maud, with very few violent crime reports or property crime incidents. Maud’s per-capita hate crime rate is elevated due to its small size and a few incidents, but is otherwise a quiet, safe town.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    9.398496241 (5th)9.398496241 (3rd)140.9774436 (2nd)14.16430595 (12th)14.16430595 (12th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    5532 (12th)44531 (9th)0.083 (1st)0.18 (3rd)0.053 (3rd)0.429 (6th)
  • No. 5 Norman

    Norman is just south of Oklahoma City in the center of the state and comprises part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. With low crime rates across the board, this college town is the third safest in the state. Norman is not only home to the University of Oklahoma, it also offers a number of natural and cultural attractions such as Lake Thunderbird State Park and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

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    Public Safety

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    11.07748621 (8th)15.89378457 (7th)278.2215016 (7th)0.080271639 (4th)0.080271639 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10284 (4th)56229 (4th)0.045 (9th)0.102 (9th)0.012 (9th)0.363 (10th)
  • No. 6 Woodward

    Formerly home to the Kiowa, Comanche, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, Woodward is an area in Oklahoma with a long, storied past. A small town of just 20,000, Woodward’s crime rate is low for most types of crime. Try the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum for a taste of the area’s rich history.

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    Public Safety

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    14.60683275 (9th)13.79534204 (5th)266.9804431 (5th)0.811490708 (8th)0.811490708 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9480 (8th)51656 (6th)0.051 (6th)0.11 (8th)0.038 (5th)0.286 (11th)
  • No. 7 Jay

    Rounding out Oklahoma’s top 12 is Jay, a small town of 2,500 in the northeast corner of the state, just 13 miles from the Arkansas and Missouri borders. Reports of violent crime, property crime, officer incidents and hate crime are low in Jay, a town which is home to several Cherokee tribal offices.

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    Public Safety

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.949447077 (1st)15.79778831 (6th)272.5118483 (6th)3.949447077 (10th)3.949447077 (10th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    6420 (11th)27581 (12th)0.048 (7th)0.248 (1st)0.088 (1st)0.512 (3rd)
  • No. 8 Enid

    Enid is situated in north central Oklahoma and is another Oklahoma town with almost nonexistent crime reports. Officer incidents and hate crimes are also low in Enid. For a bit of light-hearted and educational fun, try Leonardo’s Children’s Museum in the middle of town.

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    10.753973 (6th)23.69857012 (9th)284.3828414 (8th)0.398295296 (6th)0.398295296 (6th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10044 (6th)49399 (7th)0.053 (5th)0.131 (7th)0.027 (6th)0.404 (8th)
  • No. 9 Cushing

    Located southeast of Stillwater, Cushing is a small town with only 7,500 residents. Cushing enjoys a low rate of property crimes such as motor vehicle theft and very little violent crime, even though the town is home to the Cimarron Correctional Facility.

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    Public Safety

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    9.106283336 (4th)19.51346429 (8th)334.3306882 (9th)1.300897619 (9th)1.300897619 (9th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8256 (9th)40087 (10th)0.065 (3rd)0.176 (5th)0.042 (4th)0.395 (9th)
  • No. 10 Oklahoma City

    Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city in Oklahoma, with just over 655,000 residents. Like any bigger city, Oklahoma City has its share of incidents like aggravated assault and burglary, but there are many very safe neighborhoods in town. If you’re exploring the city, check out the Oklahoma City Zoo and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

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    Public Safety

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    25.66867197 (10th)61.06264626 (10th)402.7653553 (10th)0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10188 (5th)54034 (5th)0.048 (7th)0.149 (6th)0.006 (11th)0.533 (2nd)
  • No. 11 Muskogee

    Muskogee sits in the northeast corner of Oklahoma and is home to 37,000 people. Like many small towns in Oklahoma, Muskogee has very little crime, and almost no officer-involved incidents or hate crime. The city is another center for Native American and plains history, featuring both the Five Civilized Tribes Museum and the Three Rivers Museum.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    26.2885366 (11th)73.82033511 (11th)407.8706285 (11th)0.531081548 (7th)0.531081548 (7th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8160 (10th)38885 (11th)0.067 (2nd)0.206 (2nd)0.021 (7th)0.545 (1st)
  • No. 12 Tulsa

    Tulsa has a few more reported crimes than other cities on our list but makes up for that by scoring points in other areas. Tulsa is a town of around 400,000 people and is known for a variety of cultural features, including a wealth of Art Deco architecture.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    32.54396039 (12th)73.96805632 (12th)543.0525342 (12th)0.024804848 (3rd)0.024804848 (3rd)0.198438783 (12th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9720 (7th)46113 (8th)0.063 (4th)0.179 (4th)0.005 (12th)0.503 (4th)

Oklahoma State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Oklahoma ranks eighth in the nation for its risk of natural disasters, so Oklahomans face a relatively high chance of dealing with disasters. Oklahoma weather can be unpredictable and dangerous, meaning the state is at risk for disasters such as tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, hail, wind, earthquakes and extreme cold — all of which can damage property and put life and limb at risk.

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Natural Disaster

Health Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the leading causes of death in Oklahoma are heart disease and cancer. The state sits in the middle of the pack when it comes to drug-related deaths, at 28th in the country. Oklahoma has 131 primary care doctors per 100,000 residents, which ranks the state 37th in the country for access to medical care. On the other hand, Oklahomans enjoy abundant access to mental health services, with 401 providers per 100,000 residents, which is seventh in the nation.

Air quality is an issue in Oklahoma. The state ranks 39th in pollution levels, putting it toward the bottom of the nation in this key health metric.

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Health Safety

Top 12 Safest Cities in Oklahoma

Broken Arrow109,663131
Owasso34,036212
North Enid928323
Maud706454
Norman124,577845
Woodward12,323666
Jay2,5325127
Enid50,214988
Cushing7,687799
Oklahoma City652,93610710
Muskogee37,659111111
Tulsa403,147121012