These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma For 2018


We looked at the most recent FBI crime data to identify the most dangerous cities in the Sooner State.

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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:

  1. Tulsa (Photos)
  2. Catoosa (Photos)
  3. Poteau (Photos)
  4. Shawnee (Photos)
  5. Ardmore (Photos)
  6. Anadarko (Photos)
  7. Ponca City (Photos)
  8. Muskogee (Photos)
  9. Del City (Photos)
  10. 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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Oklahoma.

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1. Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 405,748
Rank 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.

2. Catoosa

Catoosa, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,145
Rank 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.

3. Poteau

Poteau, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,770
Rank 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.

4. Shawnee

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,560
Rank 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.

5. Ardmore

Ardmore, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,315
Rank 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.

6. Anadarko

Anadarko, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,702
Rank 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.

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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

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,647
Rank 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.

8. Muskogee

Muskogee, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,293
Rank 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

Del City, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,152
Rank 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.

10. Okmulgee

Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,177
Rank 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:

  1. Piedmont
  2. Blanchard
  3. Alva

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Oklahoma

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Tulsa 1 2 405,748 1,095 5,904
Catoosa 2 12 7,145 909 4,758
Poteau 3 14 8,770 592 6,385
Shawnee 4 3 31,560 839 4,496
Ardmore 5 1 25,315 584 5,083
Anadarko 6 15 6,702 746 4,207
Ponca City 7 7 24,647 872 3,919
Muskogee 8 5 38,293 1,028 3,864
Del City 9 9 22,152 641 4,726
Okmulgee 10 11 12,177 706 3,991
Oklahoma City 11 10 641,681 783 3,901
Idabel 12 26 7,006 399 5,166
Pauls Valley 13 6 6,163 405 4,900
Lawton 14 4 96,420 809 3,828
Durant 15 19 17,566 364 5,254
Purcell 16 23 6,405 390 4,761
Cushing 17 42 7,874 419 4,114
Seminole 18 16 7,531 650 3,492
Enid 19 28 52,240 409 3,906
Warr Acres 20 22 10,505 514 3,855
Chickasha 21 25 16,579 663 3,027
Sallisaw 22 20 8,530 269 4,935
Mcalester 23 18 18,300 300 4,426
Guthrie 24 30 11,486 409 3,552
Pryor Creek 25 9,455 624 2,739
Ada 26 13 17,390 327 3,640
Duncan 27 8 23,188 263 4,096
Bethany 28 29 19,690 309 3,478
Altus 29 34 19,093 303 3,252
Midwest City 30 27 57,797 218 3,849
Stillwater 31 32 49,637 288 3,177
Bartlesville 32 43 36,753 296 3,080
Grove 33 31 6,773 310 2,746
Lone Grove 34 71 5,243 362 2,632
Norman 35 122,143 269 3,232
Henryetta 36 40 5,732 226 3,349
El Reno 37 45 18,872 524 1,785
Glenpool 38 39 13,717 379 2,114
Coweta 39 63 9,589 281 2,492
Wagoner 40 35 8,787 204 2,981
Sapulpa 41 37 20,667 285 2,341
Tecumseh 42 48 6,662 255 2,641
Tuttle 43 67 6,974 415 1,591
Claremore 44 50 19,076 199 2,946
Woodward 45 24 13,223 196 2,828
Sand Springs 46 41 19,961 135 3,321
Blackwell 47 62 6,837 307 1,682
Clinton 48 38 9,675 248 2,087
The Village 49 54 9,493 189 2,443
Sulphur 50 36 5,130 175 2,358
Harrah 51 46 6,061 197 2,012
Perry 52 47 5,091 196 2,042
Guymon 53 55 12,001 216 1,691
Broken Arrow 54 58 108,088 153 2,124
Moore 55 52 61,511 133 2,334
Owasso 56 70 35,551 168 1,929
Holdenville 57 33 5,743 139 2,054
Yukon 58 57 26,546 165 1,955
Elk City 59 44 12,939 100 2,334
Skiatook 60 53 8,005 99 2,236
Edmond 61 64 91,869 144 1,519
Collinsville 62 66 6,678 119 1,662
Miami 63 13,620 190 1,138
Noble 64 49 6,699 104 1,642
Vinita 65 68 5,621 142 1,209
Newcastle 66 56 9,816 50 2,006
Jenks 67 21,535 111 1,332
Weatherford 68 59 12,399 88 1,524
Bixby 69 65 25,453 98 1,508
Mustang 70 60 20,813 100 1,181
Choctaw 71 61 12,382 80 1,324
Alva 72 51 5,227 57 1,186
Blanchard 73 69 8,461 70 1,028
Piedmont 74 72 7,420 67 471
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  1. Tulsa OK is a dump. It’s a paradise for rednecks, thugs, and yuppies. Alot of people are rude, mean, and on drugs. Road rage is horrible here, crime never seems to stop and the verbal bullets keep flying. Poverty in West and north sides keeps getting worse. the homicide rate is horrible, together with violent crime. It’s a real winner. By far the worst city I’ve ever lived in.

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