These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Oklahoma For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in OK are the pits.

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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:

  1. Redbird Smith
  2. Haworth
  3. Summit
  4. Moffett
  5. Tupelo
  6. Porum
  7. Bell
  8. Davidson
  9. Marble City
  10. Castle

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.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Oklahoma or the worst places to live in Oklahoma.

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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.

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1. Redbird Smith


Population: 411
Median Income: $21,007
Median Home Value: $45,500

2. Haworth


Population: 295
Median Income: $23,750
Median Home Value: $34,400

3. Summit


Population: 145
Median Income: $28,750
Median Home Value: $49,000

4. Moffett


Population: 140
Median Income: $25,313
Median Home Value: $42,500

5. Tupelo


Population: 342
Median Income: $24,318
Median Home Value: $45,000

6. Porum


Population: 656
Median Income: $20,882
Median Home Value: $40,300

7. Bell


Population: 438
Median Income: $24,327
Median Home Value: $66,700

8. Davidson


Population: 310
Median Income: $25,441
Median Home Value: $47,100

9. Marble City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 228
Median Income: $26,964
Median Home Value: $59,400

10. Castle


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.

  1. Best: Burlington
  2. 2nd Best: Woodlawn Park
  3. 3rd Best: Cedar Valley

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Oklahoma
  • These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Oklahoma
  • These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Oklahoma

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Redbird Smith 1 411 $45,500
    Haworth 2 295 $34,400
    Summit 3 145 $49,000
    Moffett 4 140 $42,500
    Tupelo 5 342 $45,000
    Porum 6 656 $40,300
    Bell 7 438 $66,700
    Davidson 8 310 $47,100
    Marble City 9 228 $59,400
    Castle 10 157 $32,500
    Byars 11 176 $42,300
    Le Flore 12 170 $75,000
    Marland 13 294 $24,600
    Bokoshe 14 422 $51,400
    Cameron 15 347 $45,000
    Tullahassee 16 121 $55,000
    Spaulding 17 130 $51,000
    Spavinaw 18 379 $44,300
    Boswell 19 687 $52,700
    Dustin 20 364 $52,800
    Fort Coffee 21 532 $63,300
    Brushy 22 985 $81,300
    Webbers Falls 23 592 $63,500
    Notchietown 24 243 $43,900
    Colcord 25 876 $57,500
    Greasy 26 233 $66,500
    Wapanucka 27 396 $49,000
    Belfonte 28 334 $73,200
    Alex 29 564 $45,900
    Watts 30 320 $76,400
    Mccurtain 31 445 $55,900
    Hoffman 32 123 $65,000
    Clayton 33 710 $67,500
    Cornish 34 190 $38,800
    Lamar 35 143 $50,600
    Asher 36 424 $48,200
    Norge 37 154 $47,500
    Mulberry 38 139 $49,000
    Kinta 39 235 $53,300
    Phillips 40 123 $75,000
    Quinton 41 901 $53,600
    Eakly 42 361 $54,400
    Bennington 43 304 $51,900
    Stonewall 44 397 $47,500
    Eagletown 45 582 $67,400
    Valley Brook 46 804 $40,200
    Weleetka 47 825 $51,600
    Cherry Tree 48 942 $65,500
    Rocky Mountain 49 404 $58,900
    West Peavine 50 256 $82,500
    Cowlington 51 120 $47,200
    Hulbert 52 634 $79,100
    Dry Creek 53 231 $61,400
    Lookeba 54 121 $65,000
    Roosevelt 55 274 $38,300
    Oaks 56 313 $55,000
    Wright City 57 675 $41,100
    Ralston 58 383 $29,000
    Cartwright 59 478 $63,100
    Valliant 60 758 $65,700
    North Miami 61 371 $60,000
    Cement 62 448 $32,300
    Manitou 63 190 $36,500
    Nicut 64 320 $71,400
    Short 65 423 $70,500
    St. Louis 66 124 $63,300
    Ravia 67 443 $44,200
    Taft 68 179 $62,500
    Soper 69 220 $53,300
    Prue 70 405 $63,300
    Kansas 71 820 $78,000
    Ryan 72 736 $48,300
    Cromwell 73 230 $62,000
    Billings 74 575 $30,500
    Keota 75 607 $50,600
    Hickory 76 115 $28,300
    Wauhillau 77 488 $83,200
    Disney 78 218 $85,700
    Delaware 79 352 $35,000
    Red Oak 80 577 $62,800
    Lenapah 81 256 $44,400
    Mountain Park 82 549 $25,200
    Pocasset 83 170 $68,300
    Warwick 84 123 $84,200
    Grant 85 277 $55,400
    Fanshawe 86 410 $75,000
    Rattan 87 311 $60,400
    Gans 88 291 $67,500
    Millerton 89 258 $53,500
    Terral 90 407 $30,800
    Eldorado 91 461 $37,100
    Peoria 92 106 $55,700
    Jennings 93 304 $43,200
    New Eucha 94 617 $88,300
    Stoney Point 95 317 $69,200
    Bowlegs 96 439 $66,300
    Agra 97 322 $53,100
    Lehigh 98 314 $58,200
    Milburn 99 331 $61,000
    Longdale 100 234 $51,300

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    7 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Oklahoma For 2018

    1. You know I was born in Oklahoma. In fact the little town of Williams, Oklahoma. To me this is a great place. You know your neighbors and friends. This town when I left it was a great place. We had the only gas station their. We also had a little tiny shop inside of it. In our town we had 2 little stores. The one down the road had Ice Cream. The kind on the stick. The other store had the only Celar in town that I know of. In your ranking you would probably rank it very low. But I rather live in a small town. They are allways the best. My day on Sunday would use the bread truck to go around and pick people up for Sunday School. Then take them home when done. We had a 90 acre farm. But like most people my mom and dad decided california was the place to be. So they packed up and moved to California. We moved to another little place. The town called Lamont, Ca. We lived a half mile from their. A little community call Woods Addition. So life was good again. Wish I could move back their even now. Harold.

    2. This article makes me sick. You put the whole population of each little community into one sorry category. You don’t have a clue about these places. Stupid judgemental person. Sorry I gave you space in my head.

    3. This author picked ghost towns to criticize. He could have easily picked communities that actually had population growth to analyze. Instead he picked dying communities.

    4. You missed a lot in Boswell, Oklahoma. Start with this news story.

      You also missed Woods Guest Ranch, The new Barbecue Smoke House Restaurant, The Florist Shop, The Medical Care Center, Randy’s Hop-N-Shop with tire shop and 3 fueling islands with 9 gas pumps, Insurance Office, Pierce’s Store where you can buy groceries, auto parts, tools, saddles, hog feed, chicken feed, small appliances, power tools, fresh vegetables, gloves and hats. You missed the new Motel, the Liquor Store, Boswell Lumber and Hardware Store, The Thunderbird Diner, The Texoma National Bank, a Used Car dealership, Arnold Brother’s Lumber Company, Robinson Construction Company, The Public Library, The beautiful Boswell State Park where ball games are held, fireworks on the 4th of July, You also missed the Professional Rodeo Grounds on the north side of Highway 70 just east of town, you also missed 11 Churches in Boswell, and Ferguson’s Dairy south of town, and Nacho Mamma’s tavern on Highway 70, and the Senior Citizen’s Nutrition Center on Highway 70, you also missed the Medical Supply business on Highway 70, and you missed A.I.T. Headlight Restoration service for faded and dirty headlights.

      Boswell might be a small town on the map and if you are speeding through our town in the dark of the night, you just might miss seeing some things or not know the name of a great kid like Blaine Brown you will find in the news link provided above.

      You might not know that 9 out of 10 cars on the highway have dirty headlights.

      You might also have made mention that Boswell is the home of the rodeo champions in roping of David Bacon and the Bacon families as well as the Belvin rodeo families.

      We also have a full services funeral business in Boswell, and a beauty salon where women go to get their hair and nails done.

      I don’t feel that Boswell belongs on this list of the 10 worst small towns. We also have a police department and a fire department with EMS first responders with smaller fire fighter trucks for rapid response.

      I would sincerely hope that you will reconsider and remove Boswell from this list.

      Sincerely,

      Sam Morris (Retired Fiber Optics Engineer)
      Boswell, Oklahoma

    5. The photo of marble city is not accurate, not even close, but marble is a nice town. The worst thing about Moffett is Reilly Brooks.

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