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Oklahoma’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020

Written by | Updated March 9, 2020

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Oklahoma for 2020. See if your city made the list.

Oklahoma crime stats infographics

People in the Sooner State express lower levels of concern about their safety, even though Oklahoma’s crime rates are higher than the national rates for both violent and property crime. But the state’s safest cities do much better than both state and national rates.

See if your city is one of Oklahoma’s 20 safest cities of 2020. 

Just 42% of Oklahoma participants in our 2020 State of Safety survey reported feeling high concern about safety on a daily basis, compared to 46% nationwide.

Oklahoma crime stats infographics

The violent crime rate in Oklahoma is 4.7—one full point above the national rate of 3.7 incidents per 1,000 people. The property crime rate is 28.8 incidents per 1,000, versus 22.0 across the country. 

Your odds of being robbed are cut in half if you live in one of Oklahoma's safest cities.

Despite higher crime rates, Oklahoma reported lower or average levels of experience with crime. 10% of the respondents to the State of Safety survey said they had a personal experience with violent crime in the past 12 months, which is two percentage points below the national average of 12%. 

Those in Oklahoma who experienced a property crime in the past 12 months was 26%, matching the national average.

Violent Crime in Oklahoma: Fear vs. Reality

Being robbed on the street is the most concerning violent crime in Oklahoma, and it’s also the crime respondents felt was most likely to happen to them.

  • 34% said they felt the highest concern about being robbed on the street, which is four points below the national average of 38%.
  • 28% reported that they think robbery is the violent crime that’s most likely to actually happen to them, versus 27% nationwide. 
  • Statewide, robbery accounts for 15% of violent crime in Oklahoma. In the safest cities, there were only seven total robberies reported, which is 7% of all violent crime in the safest cities.
  • Aggravated assault was the most prevalent violent crime with 71 incidents reported among the safest cities. That works out to 72% of all violent crime in the safest cities. Across the entire state, aggravated assault made up 71% of all violent crime.
Oklahoma crime stats infographics
Oklahoma crime stats infographics

Property Crime in Oklahoma: Fear vs. Reality 

Folks in the Sooner State are most worried about someone breaking in when they’re not at home, but the property crime they think is most likely to happen is having property stolen.  

  • 60% said the most concerning property crime is a break-in when no one’s home, compared to 62% nationally. 
  • Burglary was the second most prevalent property crime, making up 27% of all property crime in the safest cities and 24% across the state.
  • 39% felt that having property stolen is the property crime that’s most likely to actually occur, versus 36% nationwide.
  • Larceny-theft is the most common property crime in Oklahoma, totalling 65% of the state’s property crimes and 62% of the property crimes reported by the safest cities.
  • 38% of Oklahoma respondents said they use a home security system—that’s 14 percentage points higher than the national average of 24%.
  • 47% use firearms to protect their property, which is almost 20 points above the national average of 28%. 

Only 20% reported that they use no method of security at all, versus 29% across the country.

Oklahoma crime stats infographics
Oklahoma crime stats infographics

A Closer Look at Oklahoma’s Safest Cities of 2020 

  • Elgin is Oklahoma’s safest city for the second consecutive year.
  • Three new cities joined the list this year, Hennessey, Union City, and Antlers.
  • 11 cities (55%) improved in rank year over year, with Healdton jumping 89 places to land at number 15. 
  • Four cities (20%) dropped in rank this year, Verdigris, Hinton, Blanchard and Alva—but they still held onto a place in the state’s top 20 safest cities.
  • Every city on the list beat both state (4.7) and national (3.7) violent crime rates and every city kept violent crime to fewer than two incidents per 1,000.
  • Elgin had the fewest violent crimes reported, with 0, followed by Verdigris, Union City, and New Cordell that each reported just one.
  • 18 cities (90%) reported fewer than 10 total violent crimes, and there were less than 100 total violent crimes reported among all of the safest cities.
  • All cities did better than state (28.8) and national (22.0) property crime rates, with no city exceeding 15 incidents per 1,000 people. 
  • Elgin had the fewest property crimes, with just one incident reported.
  • 16 cities (80%) reported 50 or fewer total property crimes and 85% reported less than 100.
Oklahoma safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 20 Safest Cities in Oklahoma

VC = Violent Crime
PC = Property Crime

#1

Elgin

0

Elgin, Oklahoma
Population 3,279
Median Income $69,710
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, 0.3, 0.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.3, 2.8, 1.3

#2

Piedmont

+2

Piedmont, Oklahoma
Population 8,080
Median Income $85,577
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.6, 0.6, 0.7
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.4, 4.1, 4.7

#3

Lone Grove

+49

Lone Grove, Oklahoma
Population 5,090
Median Income $46,591
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.4, 2.1, 3.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 6.1, 11.0, 26.3

#4

Cleveland

+35

Population 3,164
Median Income $45,444
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.3, 1.9, 0.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.5, 7.1, 9.7

#5

Pocola

+55

Population 4,072
Median Income $39,594
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.7, 2.5, 2.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.9, 7.4, 15.6

#6

Hennessey

New

Hennessey, Oklahoma
Population 2,223
Median Income $59,226
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.3, 1.4, 0.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.9, 11.7, 7.7

#7

Verdigris

-2

Verdigris, Oklahoma
Population 4,580
Median Income $57,292
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.2, 0.7, 0.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 10.9, 13.1, 9.5

#8

Antlers

New

Population 2,300
Median Income $25,069
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.7, 1.3, 3.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.3, 16.5, 15.0

#9

Spiro

+2

Spiro, Oklahoma
Population 2,164
Median Income $34,851
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.4, 0.9, 0.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 6.5, 6.9, 8.3

#10

Wynnewood

0

Population 2,218
Median Income $35,542
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.4, 0.9, 1.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 8.1, 13.0, 9.4

#11

Guymon

+31

Population 11,546
Median Income $48,342
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.0, 1.9, 2.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 10.5, 14.1, 16.9

#12

Hinton

-9

Hinton, Oklahoma
Population 3,247
Median Income $57,321
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.9, 0.6, 0.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 11.1, 9.5, 5.5

#13

Union City

New

Population 2,125
Median Income $71,250
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.5, 1.0, 1.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 13.6, 10.2, 10.5

#14

Tishomingo

+6

Tishomingo, Oklahoma
Population 3,077
Median Income $27,946
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.3, 1.3, 1.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 9.4, 10.6, 18.2

#15

Healdton

+89

Healdton, Oklahoma
Population 2,708
Median Income $39,107
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.1, 4.4, 4.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 10.7, 16.0, 15.9

#16

Blanchard

-8

Population 8,886
Median Income $70,094
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.6, 0.8, 0.7
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 13.5, 13.1, 10.3

#17

New Cordell

+36

Cordell, Oklahoma
Population 2,757
Median Income $79,900
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.4, 2.1, 6.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 14.9, 13.3, 20.6

#18

Alva

-2

Alva, Oklahoma
Population 5,112
Median Income $50,469
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.2, 1.2, 0.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 11.2, 13.4, 11.9

#19

Mustang

+14

Mustang, Oklahoma
Population 21,809
Median Income $69,966
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.4, 1.6, 1.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 10.6, 10.2, 11.8

#20

Hobart

+42

Population 3,476
Median Income $35,299
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.9, 2.5, 0.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 13.5, 16.8, 17.0

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankingCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
21Jenks23,4731.113.1
22Hominy3,4120.914.7
23Collinsville7,0981.313.7
24Vinita5,3480.716.5
25Sayre4,5081.612.9
26Fort Gibson4,0211.712.2
27Watonga2,8481.812.3
28Bixby27,6541.215.2
29Holdenville5,5141.315.2
30Fairview2,6232.310.3
31Edmond93,5571.415.2
32Heavener3,2722.410.4
33Elk City11,5440.620
34Jones3,1591.615.2
35Nichols Hills3,9120.521
36Tonkawa3,040214.5
37Mangum2,7462.99.8
38Choctaw12,7241.716.5
39Mannford3,1953.47.8
40Perry4,9081.617.1
41McLoud4,7082.512.5
42Cache2,8642.115
43Coweta9,7062.115.9
44Seminole7,2371.518.7
45Chandler3,1271.916.9
46Calera2,3382.613.7
47Newcastle10,2660.823.4
48Kiefer2,010217.4
49Nicoma Park2,4920.823.7
50Yukon27,4521.719.1
51Broken Arrow109,6631.420.8
52Drumright2,8321.123
53El Reno19,2722.217.7
54Noble6,7722.218.3
55Walters2,3991.721.3
56Moore62,4531.721
57Prague2,4151.721.5
58Kingfisher4,912220.8
59Weatherford11,9812.120.9
60Roland3,7942.121.1
61Blackwell6,684316.6
62Owasso37,2201.723
63Altus18,7122.320.6
64Nowata3,6352.221.7
65Henryetta5,6281.625.2
66Bristow4,2141.724.9
67Harrah6,5042.321.7
68Perkins2,8420.731
69Marlow4,4101.129.3
70Wagoner8,9862.820.9
71Sapulpa20,948225.3
72Stillwater50,4453.319
73Stroud2,7471.130.9
74Marietta2,7512.921.8
75Dewey3,4772.922.4
76Jay2,532227.3
77Spencer4,0093.718.7
78Glenpool14,2734.615.1
79Tuttle7,3183.122.8
80Sand Springs20,0560.934.1
81Skiatook8,0202.427.4
82Duncan22,3511.731
83Pawhuska3,3493.920.3
84Sallisaw8,4271.930.6
85Woodward12,3232.826.7
86The Village9,475326.2
87Tecumseh6,6282.727.5
88Norman124,5772.727.8
89Newkirk2,2074.519
90Bethany19,4482.529.7
91Claremore18,7482.529.8
92Lexington2,1503.724.2
93Madill3,957138.4
94Sulphur5,0053.227.8
95Stigler2,7423.625.9
96Grove7,1221.835.2
97Lindsay2,8182.533
98Enid50,2143.428.4
99Chickasha16,3143.926.7
100Guthrie11,5193.429.4
101Davis2,8612.832.5
102Midwest City57,7103.131.1
103Eufaula2,8983.828
104Tahlequah16,8771.440.6
105Atoka3,0862.336
106Bartlesville36,4732.833.3
107Cushing7,6872.933.4
108Wilburton2,6153.430.6
109Pawnee2,1284.725.8
110Wewoka3,3004.526.7
111Chouteau2,0763.433.2
112Checotah3,1383.535.7
113Frederick3,6034.233
114Clinton9,1636.322.2
115Miami13,1624.233.4
116Pryor Creek9,369722.3
117Warr Acres10,3724.137.2
118Ada17,3394.836.9
119Okemah3,190538.9
120Purcell6,4704.939.3
121Durant18,0432.950.5
122Poteau8,913446.2
123Pauls Valley6,1803.748.1
124Okmulgee11,9195.246
125Muldrow3,2038.729.7
126Ponca City24,066739.5
127Ardmore24,8176.443.6
128Stilwell4,0075.551.7
129Idabel6,8604.756
130Lawton93,140935.8
131Oklahoma City652,9368.740.3
132Catoosa7,0066.155
133Del City21,8597.948.6
134McAlester17,9996.457.3
135Muskogee37,6591040.8
136Broken Bow4,0694.769.3
137Anadarko6,59810.841.2
138Tulsa403,14710.754.3
139Shawnee31,42213.551.4

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

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Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder
BestPlaces, “Find a Place Search Tool

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more

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  • Diana Willams

    How safe is it where you live in Oklahoma?