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 for 2019:
- Tulsa (Photos)
- Catoosa (Photos)
- Shawnee (Photos)
- Poteau (Photos)
- Muskogee (Photos)
- McAlester (Photos)
- Lawton (Photos)
- Okmulgee (Photos)
- Ponca City (Photos)
- Del City (Photos)
After analyzing 75 cities in Oklahoma, 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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Oklahoma
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.
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.
The 58th most populated city in Oklahoma, Catoosa ranks as the 2nd most dangerous.
Catoosa’s crime problem has been slowly improving in recent years, with violent crime going down from 2015-17, and property crime dropping.
Still, Catoosa residents face about a 1 in 19.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.
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.
Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2015-17indicates that Poteau isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.
Poteau residents had a 1 in 171 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 16.4 chance of a property crime, 11th and 1st in the state, respectively.
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.
McAlester is the 6th most violent city in the state.
Both categories of crime have been going up between 2015-17.
Folks in McAlester have about 1 violent crime per 173 residents.
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 had 89 violent crimes and 498 property crimes in 2017.
Like all cities, there are rougher sections and nicer sections, so be sure to stay safe at night.
Coming in 9th is Ponca City, a city of over 24,397.
With residents facing a 1 in 120 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, Ponca City ranked 7th for that criteria.
Property crime now ranks 18th in Oklahoma.
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.
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:
- Alva (Pop. 5,149)
- Blanchard (Pop. 8,649)
- Piedmont (Pop. 7,738)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma