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.

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma For 2020

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

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:

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 74 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.

There is good news though — Shawnee achieved a huge 52% drop in violent crime between 2017-2018, and a 9% drop in property crime.

Tulsa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/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 2017-2018, 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 2018.

Mcalester, OK

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/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 is one of the most crime-ridden cities in Oklahoma.

Violent crime and property crime have become an issue between 2017-2018, which left McAlester’s residents with a 1 in 156 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 17.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.

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 earns a 4th place ranking overall.

Between 2017-2018, violent crime and property crime increased, leaving Anadarko residents with a 1 in 24.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.

Del City, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 21,859
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
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 2017-2018, 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 2018.

Catoosa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/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 had 43 violent crimes and 385 property crimes in 2018.

Like all cities, there are rougher sections and nicer sections, so be sure to stay safe at night.

Muskogee, OK

Source: Public domain

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 2017-2018.

That means residents face a 1 in 99 chance of violent crime in 2018.

Idabel, OK

Overall SnackAbility

1
/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’s violent crime looks to be an issue.

Violent crime went to 32 occurrences between 2017-2018, leaving residents with a 1 in 214 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.

Though Idabel is the 17th most violent city in Oklahoma overall, it does only have the 2nd most property crime on this list (which still leaves residents a 1 in 17.9 chance of being robbed each year).

Ardmore, OK

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 24,817
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 640 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,363 (11th most dangerous)
More on Ardmore:  Data | Photos

Ardmore ranks as the city with the 10th violent crime rank and 11th property crime rank.

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 2018.

Oklahoma City, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 652,936
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
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 2017-2018.

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.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Oklahoma

Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma Graph

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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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

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 Oklahoma 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. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

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

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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7 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.

  3. What a load of crap!

    If you take the time to follow the links all the way through to figure out where this loser came up with this BS, you find that “The 10 Most Dangerous Cities” in Oklahoma are at the bottom of a 74 city list of “The Safest Cities in Oklahoma.”

    That’s right, Shawnee is the 74th safest city in Oklahoma. (OKC was 65th) If you consider there are 600 towns and cities in Oklahoma, that’s not as bad as this moron tries to make it sound. (Safest 12% if you *assume* all cities were evaluated equally)

    Look, this statistical moron doesn’t understand that you can’t take a short list of “Safest Cities” and flip it on its head to determine the most “Dangerous Cities”. That’s a completely different methodology for ranking.

    This is precisely where the FAKE NEWS peddlers earn their scorn. They’re TOO LAZY and TOO STUPID to fathom just how ridiculous they are!

    Chris Kolmar you are a half wit plagiarist and I hope I never step in another pile of your product. I don’t want to become dumber by simply reading the pap you don’t have the intelligence to understand or evaluate.

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