10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Sooner State for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Oklahoma and is updated for 2020.

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Everything is not ‘okie dokie’ in Oklahoma and RoadSnacks has a list of the most dangerous places in the Sooner State to prove it.

We’re not talking about the kind of problems that give Ada’s hometown hero, Black Shelton, sad lyrics for his country songs. We’re talking about the kind of danger that has landed the state as the tenth most dangerous state in the country. And, folks, the breakdown begins in the state’s most dangerous cities. Yes, this flyover state definitely has its fair share of dangerous places, and those places are where you’ll find the most crime. So, if you’re looking to move to tornado alley, we suggest you take a look at RoadSnacks’ list of the most dangerous places in Oklahoma for 2020.

Why’d we do it? To show the public how to navigate the places that most people don’t want to visit, but still want to know the gossip. You know, the stuff that Oklahomans see on Norman’s News 9 at six or Lawton’s crime stoppers at ten.

How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 74 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. We discovered that Arkansas’ violent and property crime numbers are even scarier than the most dangerous place in the state; and unfortunately, the effects of these numbers are continuing to claim many of Arkansas’ biggest cities. Cities like Tulsa and Muskogee can’t catch a break.

Now, if you live in Oklahoma’s safest city, Piedmont, keep enjoying life; but if you don’t, we suggest you take a look at the list below. There might be some that surprise you.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Oklahoma for 2020:

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

Do we think there’s a direct correlation between places in Oklahoma with high unemployment rates, low wages, and high crime to the state’s most dangerous places? Absolutely. And this is most evident in the most dangerous place to live in Oklahoma for 2020, Shawnee.

Want to know the other places in Oklahoma that could us a hug? Take a look below; and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.

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.

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Oklahoma

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2020

Shawnee, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 31,422
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,349 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,142 (5th most dangerous)
More on Shawnee:  Data | Photos

Located in central Oklahoma, Shawnee has the 5th worst rate of property crime in the state, with residents facing a 1 in 1st chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

There is good news though — Shawnee achieved a huge 52% drop in violent crime between 2015-17, and a 9% drop in property crime.

Tulsa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 403,147
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,065 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,430 (4th most dangerous)
More on Tulsa:  Data | Photos

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 2015-17, 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 2017.

Review Of Tulsa by HomeSnacks User

Tulsa, OK is home to many, including my parents. The crime in Tulsa is absolutely horrible, and it seems to be ran down very much. There are fun places to visit if you are into water parks or gambling at a Casino. I can’t get past the area though. It gives me an uneasy feeling, along with dread. It has a lot of litter and homeless people. It really needs help.

You definetly have to watch out for the tolls. They are everywhere, and if you’re not from around there you can easily miss a turn and have to go back through the same toll. The workers at the toll show no mercy either. One time I had went to a toll and told them I was lost. They told me to go down to the next exit and turn around and come back through. So, I paid to go through the toll, turned around, and then went back to the toll and they charged me again. Not only are there tolls EVERYWHERE but there is ALWAYS construction going on and the roads there are absolutely terrible. So, the money you pay in tolls seems to not really go into the roads. Over the 20 years of me going there and visiting my family I have known it to always have crappy roads and construction going on but no workers in sight.

Mcalester, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,999
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 638 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,728 (1st most dangerous)
More on McAlester:  Data | Photos

McAlester has more violent crime than most cities in the Sooner State.

While property crime dropped by 10% between 2015-17, violent crime rose by 11%, producing very little net gain for the city’s overall crime rate.

In 2017, McAlester residents had a 1 in 17.5 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Anadarko, OK

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,598
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,076 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,122 (12th most dangerous)
More on Anadarko:  Data | Photos

Anadarko is the 4th most dangerous city in Oklahoma.

Anadarko is crime country, with residents facing a 1 in 24.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year.

The trend is neither negative nor positive in Anadarko, as both violent and property crimes have remained stagnant over the last few years.

Del City, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 21,859
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 786 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,858 (7th most dangerous)
More on Del City:  Data | Photos

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 2015-17, violent crime fell by 24% and property crime by 15%, which still left residents a 1 in 20.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Catoosa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,006
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 613 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,495 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Catoosa:  Data | Photos

Catoosa has been on the rankings the past couple of years and now finds itself as the 6th most dangerous city in Oklahoma. Catoosa’s ranking for violent crime and property were 13th and 3rd, respectively. Overall, like every other city in our top 10, it scored an F when it comes to crime.

Muskogee, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 37,659
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,001 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,078 (13th most dangerous)
More on Muskogee:  Data | Photos

Located 50 miles southeast of Tulsa, Muskogee is ranked as the 4th 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 2015-17.

That means residents face a 1 in 99 chance of violent crime in 2017.

Review Of Muskogee by HomeSnacks User

I was born in Muskogee and grew up in Ft. Gibson, moved to Muskogee and the back to the Fort. It is home to me. And I wouldn’t trade my life there for anywhere else.

Idabel, OK

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,860
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 466 (17th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,597 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Idabel:  Data | Photos

Idabel has more problems — namely crime. It’s the 8th most dangerous city in Oklahoma.

Statistically, 1 in 214 people in Idabel was the victim of a rape, attack or outright killed in 2017. That’s a really large number.

And that’s just residents who actually reported a crime. Chances are it was even higher than that.

Ardmore, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 24,817
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 640 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,363 (11th most dangerous)
More on Ardmore:  Data | Photos

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 156 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 22.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.

That crime rate reflected a 10% drop in violent crime and a 30% rise in property crime between 2015-17.

Review Of Ardmore by HomeSnacks User

I understand. I live in Ardmore. I’m a single mom. I have a vocational certificate and some collage education. I grew up in Tennessee and when you say that to people they look down at your feet. They say you mean you actually wear shoes there. I reply yes with a smile on my face.

Every city, no matter how big or small, has educated and uneducated citizens and crime. It’s just life. I enjoy living here on the outskirts of Ardmore. It’s a beautiful city with much to offer.

Oklahoma City, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 652,936
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 867 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,027 (15th most dangerous)
More on Oklahoma City:  Data | Photos

The largest city and capital of OK, Oklahoma City unfortunately ranked as one of the most dangerous places in the Sooner State.

Like Tulsa, Oklahoma City has experienced modest reductions in its crime rate, with violence and property crime falling by a little under 5% each between 2015-17.

Still, property crime affects 1 in 24.8 OK City residents each year, but at least there’s less violent crime here than in Tulsa.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Oklahoma for 2020?

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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

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 — Shawnee.

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

Locking It All Up In Oklahoma

The latest FBI crime data shows that Shawnee ranks as the most dangerous city in Oklahoma for 2020.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Shawnee and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Oklahoma:

  1. Blanchard (Pop. 8,886)
  2. Piedmont (Pop. 8,080)
  3. Lone Grove (Pop. 5,090)

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Shawnee 31,422 1,349 5,142
2 Tulsa 403,147 1,065 5,430
3 McAlester 17,999 638 5,728
4 Anadarko 6,598 1,076 4,122
5 Del City 21,859 786 4,858
6 Catoosa 7,006 613 5,495
7 Muskogee 37,659 1,001 4,078
8 Idabel 6,860 466 5,597
9 Ardmore 24,817 640 4,363
10 Oklahoma City 652,936 867 4,027

About Chris Kolmar

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4 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma For 2020

  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.

  2. I have been a Tulsan since 1975. I worked for the City of Tulsa for several years. Tulsa used to be the most beautiful city you have ever seen. Then the Democrats came into power and got us into so much debt and the infrastructure began to fall apart. The City was then inundated with illegal aliens from the southern border to where some schools are totally Spanish speaking in Tulsa, OK! In Tulsa there is a great divide between the haves and the have nots. In Tulsa there is the great religious community and the great crime community. Tulsa has evolved from a small beautiful city that had everything to a crime ridden big city that is quite ugly. It is a hard hard city. As for the people of Tulsa, they are indeed very rude, very unfriendly, very mean and road rage is insane here because people cannot drive. I look forward to being able to move out of Tulsa at retirement.

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