10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Sooner State for 2019.

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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 2019.

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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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Oklahoma for 2019:

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

So what is the most dangerous city in Oklahoma? After analyzing 75 cities in Oklahoma, Tulsa takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Oklahoma based on the most recent FBI data.

For 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.

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 2019

Tulsa, OK

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Population: 404,868
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,040 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,455 (2nd 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 is an overwhelming town– in the worst ways possible. An extended stay there left me with the impression that there is certainly a huge problem with gang activity and crime throughout much of the city. Even on the “wealthier” side of town it had a very poorly maintained and unkempt feeling.

One thing that stood out was the layout of the streets. Tulsa is easily one of the harder cities to navigate, even with a GPS.

Catoosa, OK

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Population: 7,129
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,052 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,232 (6th most dangerous)
More on Catoosa:  Data | Photos

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 2015-17, and property crime falling by about half as much.

Still, folks living in Catoosa had a 1 in 19.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017, which is pretty unacceptable.

Shawnee, OK

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Population: 31,725
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,223 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,523 (10th most dangerous)
More on Shawnee:  Data | Photos

Located in central Oklahoma, Shawnee has the 10th 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.

Poteau, OK

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Population: 8,913
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 583 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,103 (1st most dangerous)
More on Poteau:  Data | Photos

The lowest populated city to make this list, Poteau is not nearly as violent as the cities much bigger than itself.

While property crime sits at a 1 in 16.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson, it’s probably an acceptable trade off for a 11th violent crime rank.

Muskogee, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 38,199
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,206 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,479 (11th most dangerous)
More on Muskogee:  Data | Photos

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 2015-17.

That means residents face a 1 in 82 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.

Mcalester, OK

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Population: 18,181
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 17)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 577 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,625 (9th most dangerous)
More on McAlester:  Data | Photos

The 29th-largest city in Oklahoma is a dangerous one. Though crime looks like it ticked down recently, it’s still, statistically, the 6th most dangerous place in the state of Oklahoma.

Residents here have a 1 in 173 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault and murders.

Lawton, OK

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Population: 94,134
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 882 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,843 (19th most dangerous)
More on Lawton:  Data | Photos

Located 90 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, Lawton 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, Lawton residents had a 1 in 26.0 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Okmulgee, OK

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Population: 12,183
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 730 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,087 (15th most dangerous)
More on Okmulgee:  Data | Photos

Unlike some of the other cities on this list, Okmulgee has been working towards reducing the rate of violent crime, with impressive results.

Okmulgee experienced a drop in violent crime between 2015-17, which is cause for celebration, unlike the increase in property crime.

Residents of Okmulgee has a 1 in 24.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Ponca City, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 24,397
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 827 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,922 (18th most dangerous)
More on Ponca City:  Data | Photos

Located in Kay County, Ponca City has the 18th worst rate of property crime in Oklahoma.

Instances of property crime went up between 2015-17, with 2017’s rate being 1 in 25.5.

Violent crime went to 7th worst overall during this time.

Del City, OK

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Population: 22,046
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 748 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,968 (16th 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 25.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Oklahoma for 2019?

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 75 cities in Oklahoma.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 75 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.

Locking It All Up In Oklahoma

The latest FBI crime data shows that Tulsa ranks as the most dangerous city in Oklahoma for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Tulsa 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. Alva (Pop. 5,149)
  2. Blanchard (Pop. 8,649)
  3. Piedmont (Pop. 7,738)

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 Tulsa 404,868 1,040 5,455
2 Catoosa 7,129 1,052 5,232
3 Shawnee 31,725 1,223 4,523
4 Poteau 8,913 583 6,103
5 Muskogee 38,199 1,206 4,479
6 McAlester 18,181 577 4,625
7 Lawton 94,134 882 3,843
8 Okmulgee 12,183 730 4,087
9 Ponca City 24,397 827 3,922
10 Del City 22,046 748 3,968

About Chris Kolmar

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4 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma

  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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