Commonly referred to as “The Sooner State,” Oklahoma joined the union as the 46th state, making it one of the last to do so. The capital is Oklahoma City, and residents often go by “Okies,” so you betcha that the people around here have pride for their state. Interestingly, the name Oklahoma is originally derived from Choctaw words "okla" and "humma," which mean “red people,” and the state still has a significant Native American population. And even though the state is pretty large, coming in as the 20th biggest in the union, about two-thirds of Oklahoma's population resides in the metropolitan areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, its two largest cities.
The state has a lot to offer partially thanks to its healthy economy, which is a big producer of oil, natural gas, agricultural products, and biotechnology. But when residents aren't punching clocks and cashing checks, they're probably outside enjoying the state's natural bounty. After all, Oklahoma is home to 6 national parks, 50 state parks, 2 national-protected grasslands or forests, and several conservation and wildlife preserve areas. There's plenty to see here, and the fact that it has some very safe cities only adds to the draw.
Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.
Located just outside Oklahoma City on the northwest side, Piedmont's residents are served by a council-management government. Local authorities are definitely earning their paychecks, because Piedmont also happens to be the safest city in the state of Oklahoma, experiencing a mere 2 violent crimes and 35 property crimes last year. It's also a place where people want to move, as evidenced by its rapid growth rate. And if you see any fleet-footed youngsters around town, don't fret—the Piedmont High School girls' track team won the state championship in 2009 and 2010. Better whip out those running shoes.
A suburb of Tulsa, Owasso was originally settled in Indian territory in 1881, but was eventually chartered as a city in 1972. It has since flourished with a sizable population, nearly doubling since the 200 census and today boasting over 34,814 residents. Unsurprisingly, the safety of the Owasso is a big draw, since the city saw only 1.03 violent crimes and 10.05 property crimes per 1,000 people last year. And while Owasso offers access to Tulsa and outdoors areas such as nearby Oologah Lake, Mohawk park, and the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, locals are quick to share the fact that it was used as a filming location for The Outsiders.
Vinita holds the distinction of being the first city in Oklahoma to have electricity, and today remains the location of the world's largest McDonald's location (by square footage). That's pretty impressive, but Vinita piles on the praise by also being one of the safest cities in the state, experiencing just 7 violent crimes and 53 property crimes last year. Because the city rests at the base of the Ozarks Highlands, residents have access to a topographical area that's a mixture of forest and prairie. Additionally, there are several National Register of Historic Places highlights in the area, including the Vinita Inn on Route 66, Randall Tire Company, Craig County Courthouse, Attucks School, and Carselowey House.
4. LONE GROVE
Located about midway between Dallas and Oklahoma City, Lone Grove is located in the south of Oklahoma. Most residents actually work in nearby Ardmore, but that doesn't mean Lone Grove isn't a great place set one's roots. In fact, Lone Grove is one of the safest cities in Oklahoma, last year experiencing just a single violent crime and a total of 69 property crimes. Outdoors enthusiasts can also get their nature fix at nearby parks such as Lake Murray State Park, Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, and Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
A suburb of Tulsa, Coweta was first settled in 1840 back when it was part of the Creek Nation and Oklahoma was not yet a state. These days it's known for being a very safe town, since it saw 16 reported violent crimes and 94 property crimes last year. Fun fact: 1903 was a big year for Coweta, during which it saw the establishment of its first school, telephone line, newspaper (The Courier), as well as the arrival of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad.
The Top 50 Safest Cities in Oklahoma, 2017
4. Lone Grove
34. Elk City
44. Sand Springs
16. Broken Arrow
46. Warr Acres
28. The Village
49. Midwest City
30. El Reno
To identify the safest cities in Oklahoma, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.