Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Oklahoma?
We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.
No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Oklahoma — and anyone looking to move to Oklahoma — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.
The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Sooner State:
- Tulsa (Photos)
- Catoosa (Photos)
- Poteau (Photos)
- Shawnee (Photos)
- Ardmore (Photos)
- Anadarko (Photos)
- Ponca City (Photos)
- Muskogee (Photos)
- Del City (Photos)
- Okmulgee (Photos)
Why did Tulsa take the top spot? For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on. Or learn more about the safest places in Oklahoma.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Oklahoma for 2018?
Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.
For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.
So what criteria did we use? Have a look:
- Violent Crimes Per Capita
- Property Crimes Per Capita
In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 74 cities in Oklahoma.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 74 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Oklahoma — Tulsa. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Oklahoma.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Oklahoma.
Population: 405,748Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,095
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,904
The 2nd most populated city in the state, Tulsa is considered the cultural center of northeastern Oklahoma.
It is also the center of quite a bit of crime, but at least Tulsans are working on fixing it — violent crime was reduced by 4% between 2014-16, and property crime by 5%.
Still, residents had around a 1% chance of being the victim of violence and about a 5% chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.
Population: 7,145Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 909
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,758
Located in eastern Oklahoma, Catoosa is one of the smaller cities to appear on this list.
Catoosa has achieved some impressive improvements in its crime rate in recent years, with violent crime falling by 34% from 2014-16, and property crime falling by about half as much.
Still, folks living in Catoosa had a 1 in 21.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016, which is pretty unacceptable.
Population: 8,770Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 592
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,385
Poteau is the 3rd most dangerous city in Oklahoma overall.
From 2015, the property crime rate dropped, which is good news for people who like knowing that their stuff is safe.
The bad news for people who like their safety, though, is that violent crime ranks 14th in Oklahoma.
Population: 31,560Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 839
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,496
Located in central Oklahoma, Shawnee has the 11th worst rate of property crime in the state, with residents facing a 1 in 5th chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.
There is good news though — Shawnee achieved a huge 52% drop in violent crime between 2014-16, and a 9% drop in property crime.
Population: 25,315Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 584
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,083
When it comes to the most dangerous city in Oklahoma, there’s really no contest — Ardmore ranks as the city with the highest rate of both violent and property crime.
Residents of Ardmore had a 1 in 171 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 19.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2016.
That crime rate reflected a 10% drop in violent crime and a 30% rise in property crime between 2014-16.
Population: 6,702Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 746
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,207
This smallish city, Anadarko ranks as one of the most dangerous places in Oklahoma.
Violent crime has been held steady in recent years and property crime has fallen.
Still, a 1 in 23.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime hardly seems like a cause for celebration.
7. Ponca City
Population: 24,647Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 872
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,919
Ponca City, located in Kay County, is the 7th most dangerous and 4th most violent city in Oklahoma.
Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.
Population: 38,293Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,028
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,864
Located 50 miles southeast of Tulsa, Muskogee is ranked as the 2nd most violent city in Oklahoma.
If the current trend continues though, Muskogee may drop off this list altogether — violent crime fell by a whopping 87% between 2014-16.
That means residents face a 1 in 97 chance of violent crime in 2016.
9. Del City
Population: 22,152Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 641
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,726
Just 6 miles east of Oklahoma City down I-40, Del City has also experienced a significant reduction in its crime rate in recent years.
Between 2014-16, violent crime fell by 24% and property crime by 15%, which still left residents a 1 in 21.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.
Population: 12,177Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 706
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,991
Okmulgee is the smallest city to make this list, but don’t let that fool you — the city is also one of the most violent in the state.
Okmulgee residents had a 1 in 141 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016.
The only reason Okmulgee is so low on this list is because it has the lowest frequency of property crime (about 1 per 486 residents in 2016) of any city on this list.
Locking It All Up In Oklahoma
The latest FBI crime data shows that Tulsa ranks as the most dangerous city in Oklahoma for 2018.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Tulsa’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Oklahoma:
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