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Oklahoma – One of the states associated with the Great Plains, cattle drives and agriculture, Oklahoma was a 20th century admission to the Union. Its name is derived from Native American languages meaning “red people”. The state has a population of 3.9 million which is largely (approximately 2/3rds) located in the two main population centers of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. It ranks 35th in terms of its population density.

Oklahoma’s economy is based heavily around agriculture and livestock. At one time oil production was a major source of revenue but this suffered badly in late 20th century downturns. Today aviation, electronics, bioscience and food processing, are all major contributors to the state’s income. Household incomes in Oklahoma average $50,000 – approximately 15% below US average. The per capita income figure of $26,000 is approximately 20% below US overall figures.

3.75 Average violent crime per 1,000
29.45 Average property crime per 1,000

Oklahoma’s crime figures are roughly comparable to US averages:

  • It’s the 28th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • The state’s violent crime rate is slightly above national averages with a ratio of 1.08 based upon 3.75 violent crimes per 1,000 versus the national average figure of 3.47.
  • Property crime is slightly under the national level at 29.45 against the national level of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.73

Some locations in Oklahoma show low crime statistics. In statistical terms, the top 5 safest areas of the state include:

  1. Weatherford
  2. Mustang
  3. Yukon
  4. El Reno
  5. Guymon

Safest Cities in Oklahoma, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Weatherford202311.64218.969
2Mustang342181.58910.191
3Yukon374241.37215.721
4El Reno533292.77017.195
5Guymon221651.87514.063
6Miami342962.52421.975
7Elk City92640.74621.896
8Guthrie382673.24422.795
9Glenpool512193.65515.694
10Edmond1541,2341.65813.287
11Stillwater1371,1232.73122.389
12Owasso697291.87119.773
13Jenks442871.93912.647
14Altus535092.78226.714
15Sapulpa545562.56426.398
16Newcastle72120.69921.177
17Claremore315111.61926.688
18Choctaw182171.43417.283
19Broken Arrow1352,3741.24121.815
20Bixby345191.30119.861
21Moore1101,1841.76118.951
22Duncan348081.48435.270
23Bethany565572.85428.389
24Sand Springs255791.25128.983
25Bartlesville821,1472.22931.179
26Woodward383473.00327.420
27Chickasha904925.45829.838
28Enid1741,7513.39534.161
29Norman3503,3652.82127.121
30Midwest City1531,8412.64831.867
31Warr Acres554555.24843.416
32Ponca City2029578.28039.226
33Ada576053.26634.661
34Lawton8313,6188.82838.435
35McAlester1058415.77546.257
36Muskogee4611,71112.06844.792
37Oklahoma City5,10424,3267.87337.525
38Tahlequah269201.53854.422
39Shawnee3881,43512.23045.232
40Ardmore1311,1125.19644.108
41Okmulgee894987.30540.877
42Durant619443.41352.823
43Del City1658757.48439.690
44Tulsa4,21422,08810.40854.556

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Oklahoma, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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