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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

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.

93 out of 100

Public Safety

57 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

83 out of 100

Public Safety

65 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

82 out of 100

Public Safety

62 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

81 out of 100

Public Safety

45 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

62 out of 100

Public Safety

48 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

65 out of 100

Public Safety

43 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

79 out of 100

Public Safety

9 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

60 out of 100

Public Safety

31 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

64 out of 100

Public Safety

21 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

48 out of 100

Public Safety

37 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

40 out of 100

Public Safety

14 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

19 out of 100

Public Safety

21 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty 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.

8

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.

47 out of 100

Health Safety

Top 12 Safest Cities in Oklahoma

City Population Public Safety Ranking Financial Safety Ranking Rank