Most Americans have never been to Oklahoma. However, as the people who live there know, Oklahoma is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Oklahoma has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Sooner State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 353 of Oklahoma’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Oklahoma where you’d never want to live:
- Redbird Smith
- Marble City
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Oklahoma has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Oklahoma, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 353 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
1. Redbird Smith
Population: 411 Median Income: $21,007
Median Home Value: $45,500
Population: 295 Median Income: $23,750
Median Home Value: $34,400
Population: 145 Median Income: $28,750
Median Home Value: $49,000
Population: 140 Median Income: $25,313
Median Home Value: $42,500
Population: 342 Median Income: $24,318
Median Home Value: $45,000
Population: 656 Median Income: $20,882
Median Home Value: $40,300
Population: 438 Median Income: $24,327
Median Home Value: $66,700
Population: 310 Median Income: $25,441
Median Home Value: $47,100
9. Marble City
Population: 228 Median Income: $26,964
Median Home Value: $59,400
Population: 157 Median Income: $35,156
Median Home Value: $32,500
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Oklahoma
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Sooner State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Oklahoma, according to science.
- Best: Burlington
- 2nd Best: Woodlawn Park
- 3rd Best: Cedar Valley
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Oklahoma