2016 Safest Places in Oklahoma

by Susan Gulliford

Smaller is safer in the Sooner State. That is the major takeaway from the ValuePenguin team’s analysis of the FBI Crime Report for Oklahoma. All five of the safest cities have populations between 5,000 and 10,000; however, four out of the five are in either the Oklahoma City or Tulsa metropolitan areas.

The ValuePenguin team examined 71 cities to determine the safest places in Oklahoma. These cities have crime scores that range from 298 to 6,023. The average crime score for the Sooner State is 1,930. You can review the full report here.

5 Safest Places in Oklahoma

These cities have an average final crime score of 515, which is 73% lower than their typical peer in the state. These five are the safest places in the state.

1. Piedmont

This small city of approximately 6,700 people is 26 miles outside of Oklahoma City. The police department offers services such as House Watch for residents who are going out of town and Security Watch for people who need extra patrols. Piedmont has the lowest rate of violent crime and the lowest rate of property crime for any city in this research. The city has a median household income 59% higher than the median for Oklahoma and a much lower rate of poverty.

2. Blanchard

Founded in 1907, Blanchard earns the number two spot in this study. It is a city of just under 8,000 people 29 miles from Oklahoma City. The police chief, deputy police chief, and six officers of the Blanchard Police Department keep residents and their property safe. It has the fourth-lowest level of violent crime and the second-lowest level of property crime. The median household income is 38% higher than the median for Oklahoma, and the level of poverty is lower too (10.1% for Blanchard versus 16.6% for Oklahoma).

3. Lone Grove

With 5,200 residents, Lone Grove is the smallest community in the top five. It is in the southern section of the state. In addition to the low rate of property crime, Lone Grove had the third lowest rate of violent crime. The median household income is slightly lower than the median for Oklahoma ($43,678 for Lone Grove versus $46,235 for Oklahoma) and the rate of poverty (15.9%) is in line with the percentage for the state.

4. Collinsville

Collinsville is 21 miles northeast of Tulsa. The police department has nine full-time officers, eight certified reserves and a chief of police that keep the community safe. In addition to a low rate of violent crime, Collinsville has the fourth-lowest rate of property crime. The median household income is 19% higher than the median for the state, and the city has a lower percentage of residents living in poverty, 10.6%, is lower than the percentage living in poverty statewide.

5. Skiatook

Skiatook is a town approximately 20 miles northwest of Tulsa. Despite its small size (population 7,800), it has a full-service police department with a patrol division, detective division and a school resource officer to keep the peace. Skiatook had the fifth-lowest rate of violent crime of any community in this study. The median household income is 13% lower than the state’s median and the percentage of people living in poverty is roughly the same as Oklahoma overall (17.9% for Skiatook versus 16.6% for Oklahoma).

Population Breakdown

Although we adjusted for population in our crime rankings, it is still difficult to compare a small town to a large city. To account for this fact, we separated the safest cities into three categories: towns with populations between 5,000 and 10,000, midsize cities with populations between 10,000 and 20,000, and larger cities with populations greater than 20,000. Here are our findings:

Full List of Places in Oklahoma

Below is the entire list of places that we included in our “Safest Places in Oklahoma” study. They are listed from the safest to the least safe, according to our analysis. The calculation for the crime scores can be found in the methodology section below. Take a look at the graph and see where your hometown ranks.

RankCityCrime Score
1Piedmont 298
2Blanchard 415
3Lone Grove 614
4Collinsville 619
5Skiatook 630
6Coweta 630
7Holdenville 688
8Sulphur 749
9Choctaw 768
10Tuttle 870
11Bixby 906
12Owasso 918
13Weatherford 966
14Mustang 968
15Yukon 1,013
16Newcastle 1,020
17Edmond 1,042
18Perry 1,050
19Blackwell 1,105
20Broken Arrow 1,108
21Noble 1,137
22Guymon 1,154
23Elk City 1,208
24Claremore 1,262
25Harrah 1,284
26Clinton 1,293
27Cushing 1,302
28El Reno 1,433
29Henryetta 1,440
30Guthrie 1,445
31Glenpool 1,448
32Moore 1,481
33Purcell 1,492
34Bartlesville 1,568
35Sand Springs 1,638
36Sapulpa 1,656
37Tecumseh 1,678
38Norman 1,698
39Grove 1,775
40Bethany 1,854
41Stillwater 1,879
42Woodward 1,901
43Altus 1,957
44The Village 1,982
45Sallisaw 2,012
46Miami 2,165
47Tahlequah 2,170
48Warr Acres 2,217
49Chickasha 2,231
50Catoosa 2,304
51Okmulgee 2,337
52Pauls Valley 2,407
53Anadarko 2,489
54Enid 2,584
55McAlester 2,588
56Seminole 2,655
57Midwest City 2,767
58Duncan 2,778
59Poteau 2,813
60Muskogee 3,080
61Wagoner 3,142
62Pryor 3,231
63Durant 3,435
64Ponca City 3,649
65Ada 3,668
66Del City 3,722
67Shawnee 4,101
68Lawton 4,155
69Oklahoma City 4,347
70Tulsa 4,651
71Ardmore 6,023

Year-over-year Change

Two cities, Piedmont and Collinsville, stand out for delivering a consistently safe environment to residents. Both communities made the top five in 2015 and 2016. There was no data from last year’s top-ranked community, Hugo, on the FBI Crime Report.

In both years, small cities dominated the list of safest places. However, there are consistently safe communities in the mid-size and large categories. Choctaw was the safest mid-size city in both 2015 and 2016. Bixby achieved the designation of safest city in the large category for both years.

Four out of five communities with the highest crime scores in this year’s research were repeats from 2015. All of the cities in the bottom five for 2016 were in the large category. The state’s two largest cities, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, were in the bottom five for both years, and Ardmore had the highest crime score both years.

Methodology

To rank these places, we collected data from the 2014 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent crime data available. Not every town participates in this report and we also excluded towns with fewer than 5,000 residents because towns with small populations are more sensitive to crime score fluctuations for fewer crimes committed. The raw data report included property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson), and violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) from all law enforcement agencies that chose to partake in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.

We standardized the data to reflect violent and property crimes per 100,000, to account for population. Then, we aggregated a “crime score” by weighting violent crime at 80% and property crime at 20%. Though property crime is more prevalent, we figured that violent crime is more concerning to town residents. Then we adjusted the crime score for population size, giving more slack to larger cities. Finally, we ranked the cities based on their crime scores.

Here is an alphabetical table of all cities included with their ranks, making it easier to compare different cities. See where your city lies!

RankCityPopulationViolent Crime per 100KProperty Crime per 100KCrime Score
65Ada 17,205 738 5,708 3,668
43Altus 19,531 364 3,108 1,957
53Anadarko 6,808 470 4,612 2,489
71Ardmore 25,109 1,669 7,013 6,023
34Bartlesville 36,364 228 2,524 1,568
40Bethany 19,683 381 2,794 1,854
11Bixby 23,815 172 1,381 906
19Blackwell 6,912 188 2,127 1,105
2Blanchard 7,992 75 763 415
20Broken Arrow 104,592 142 1,641 1,108
50Catoosa 7,161 684 3,240 2,304
49Chickasha 16,458 541 3,129 2,231
9Choctaw 12,007 150 1,283 768
24Claremore 19,139 219 2,069 1,262
26Clinton 9,647 249 2,249 1,293
4Collinsville 6,251 112 1,184 619
6Coweta 9,610 187 832 630
27Cushing 7,904 202 2,530 1,302
66Del City 22,144 768 5,496 3,722
58Duncan 23,388 235 5,417 2,778
63Durant 17,132 403 6,502 3,435
17Edmond 88,383 92 1,740 1,042
28El Reno 18,123 265 2,306 1,433
23Elk City 12,856 86 2,598 1,208
54Enid 51,037 370 4,007 2,584
31Glenpool 11,810 390 1,998 1,448
39Grove 6,705 522 2,550 1,775
30Guthrie 11,081 217 2,707 1,445
22Guymon 12,462 289 1,661 1,154
25Harrah 5,706 245 2,436 1,284
29Henryetta 5,802 138 3,275 1,440
7Holdenville 5,799 86 1,483 688
68Lawton 96,966 921 4,649 4,155
3Lone Grove 5,204 38 1,499 614
55McAlester 18,281 235 5,131 2,588
46Miami 13,805 384 3,694 2,165
57Midwest City 57,313 323 4,524 2,767
32Moore 59,188 132 2,577 1,481
60Muskogee 38,759 857 3,287 3,080
14Mustang 19,511 220 1,374 968
16Newcastle 8,951 34 2,447 1,020
21Noble 6,695 134 2,435 1,137
38Norman 119,956 160 2,703 1,698
69Oklahoma City 617,975 774 4,411 4,347
51Okmulgee 12,321 536 3,571 2,337
12Owasso 33,146 148 1,439 918
52Pauls Valley 6,012 349 4,973 2,407
18Perry 5,043 357 1,408 1,050
1Piedmont 6,674 30 659 298
64Ponca City 24,768 787 5,156 3,649
59Poteau 8,602 430 5,429 2,813
62Pryor 9,450 1,153 3,513 3,231
33Purcell 6,374 235 2,981 1,492
45Sallisaw 8,559 269 4,043 2,012
35Sand Springs 19,456 175 3,120 1,638
36Sapulpa 20,896 268 2,761 1,656
56Seminole 7,502 693 4,079 2,655
67Shawnee 31,237 836 5,782 4,101
5Skiatook 7,784 77 1,310 630
41Stillwater 47,555 315 2,755 1,879
8Sulphur 5,042 179 1,309 749
47Tahlequah 16,501 248 4,151 2,170
37Tecumseh 6,629 377 2,881 1,678
44The Village 9,336 289 3,835 1,982
70Tulsa 399,556 805 5,082 4,651
10Tuttle 6,482 154 1,666 870
61Wagoner 8,689 909 4,339 3,142
48Warr Acres 10,459 421 3,834 2,217
13Weatherford 12,131 148 1,772 966
42Woodward 12,980 370 3,143 1,901
15Yukon 25,346 126 1,795 1,013

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