Editors Note: We recently ranked Midwest City one of the most dangerous suburbs in the county. The reason it can be found on both of these lists is simply because of the criteria.
This article is different in the following ways:
- Most importantly, it only looked at the 10 biggest places in Oklahoma.
- Out of the 10 biggest, Midwest City was the 4th least safe.
- The criteria used for this article was a crime index taken from Areavibes here:
- A quote directly from that page: “The Midwest City crime index is 38% higher than the Oklahoma average and and the Oklahoma crime index is 19% higher than the National average.”
The report released yesterday looked at:
- 116 Suburbs from around the country
- Used a weighted average of different types of crimes per 100,000 people from the FBI crime report
- The methodology is right in the middle of the article
To help further explain how get to the per 100,000 people data point, let me use Jacksonville Beach as an example:
Using Jacksonville Beach as an example, there are 21,817 people living there. There was 1 murder in 2012.
Step 1: One murder divided by 21,817 people = .00005 murders / person.
Step 2: .0005 murders/person multiplied by 100,000 = 5 murders per 100,000 people.
So we show 5 murders per 100,000/people on the chart.
We do this for all cities for each statistic so that it is an apples-to-apples comparison.
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Most of the state of Oklahoma is in the Great Plains and the U.S. Interior Highlands so it’s in a region where bad weather can be a real problem, especially tornadoes. If you don’t mind living with an average of 54 tornadoes a year – one of the highest in the world – Oklahoma can be really a nice place to live. Crime isn’t especially a problem here – the crime index for Oklahoma as a whole is 16% lower than the national average, but you’ll find that crime can be more of an issue in the larger cities. Here’s a list of the top ten largest cities in the state, ranked according to how safe they are…
If you’re looking to live in a relatively large city in Oklahoma, but one that’s not got a real crime problem, look no further than Edmond. The crime index here is 21 percent below the state average, at 2,071, so Edmond is the safest city in Oklahoma. Part of the Oklahoma City metro area, Edmond is the sixth largest city in the state.
2. Broken Arrow
The second safest city in Oklahoma is Broken Arrow, and it’s the largest suburb of Tulsa, home to around 102,000 people. Broken Arrow has a crime index of 2,433, and that’s 7 percent below state average. The city has won numerous accolades over the years, and in 2007 was actually found to be the safest city in Oklahoma.
Stillwater is the tenth largest city in Oklahoma, and the third safest. It’s the county seat of Payne County and is in the heart of Tornado Alley. Oklahoma State University is based in Stillwater, and the city was among the top 100 places to live in 2010 according to Money magazine. The crime index is 21 percent above state average, at 3,207.
At 24 percent above state average, the city of Norman is the fourth safest place to live in Oklahoma. Home to around 115,000, Norman is the third largest city in the state, and it’s located 20 miles from downtown Oklahoma City. The National Weather Center is based here in Norman, on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.
Known as Wheat Capital because it has the third largest grain storage capacity in the world, the city of Enid is the county seat of Garfield County, and the ninth largest city in the state. Enid’s crime index is 57 percent above state average, at 4,138, making this the fifth safest city in Oklahoma.
Part of the Oklahoma City metro area is the city of Moore. With its population around 57,000, Moore is the seventh largest city in the state. It’s right in Tornado Alley and has received significant damage in recent decades from strong tornadoes passing through. The crime index for Moore is 4,557 – 73 percent above state average.
7. Midwest City
Midwest City is also part of the Oklahoma City metro area, and with a population around 56,000 it’s only slightly smaller than Moore. The city’s economy is closely tied to Tinker Air Force Base and was named for the airfield’s original designation, Midwest Air Depot. Midwest City is the seventh safest city in Oklahoma. The crime index is 5,346 – 103 percent above state average.
The county seat of Comanche County, Lawton is the fifth largest city in Oklahoma, and the eighth safest. The crime index is 146 percent above state average, and in 2012 Lawton was ranked the 8th most dangerous city in the United States for women.
Oklahoma’s second largest city has a population around 394,000. Despite the higher crime rates – Tulsa is the ninth safest large city in Oklahoma – it has been named in a number of reports as a great place to relocate to. The crime index here is 148 percent above state average, at 6,534.
10. Oklahoma City
The most dangerous city for crime in Oklahoma is Oklahoma City. It’s the capital, and largest city of the state, home to around 600,000 people, but with so many people here there is a lot of crime. Gang related crime can be a problem, and overall, the crime index is 165 percent above the state average.
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