These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma For 2019


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

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Sooner State 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)

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.

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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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 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.

Tulsa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

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.

Catoosa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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

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.

Shawnee, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

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

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.

Muskogee, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

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.

Mcalester, OK

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

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

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.

Lawton, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

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

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

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

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.

Ponca City, OK

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

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

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.

Del City, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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.

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)

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Detailed List Of 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
11 Pauls Valley 6,225 401 4,819
12 Ardmore 25,211 519 4,410
13 Warr Acres 10,480 524 4,341
14 Purcell 6,483 385 4,735
15 Durant 17,871 341 5,282
16 Oklahoma City 648,260 787 3,752
17 Idabel 6,940 331 5,374
18 Grove 6,868 378 4,222
19 Anadarko 6,756 488 3,804
20 Cushing 7,790 436 3,684
21 Pryor Creek 9,517 851 2,910
22 Wagoner 8,931 403 3,381
23 Chickasha 16,489 545 2,983
24 Enid 51,257 339 3,416
25 Ada 17,455 326 3,466
26 Midwest City 57,772 264 3,186
27 Sallisaw 8,548 198 3,942
28 Tahlequah 16,905 153 5,442
29 Woodward 12,655 300 2,741
30 Bethany 19,620 285 2,838
31 Norman 124,074 282 2,712
32 Sulphur 5,105 254 2,997
33 Bartlesville 36,788 222 3,117
34 Guthrie 11,713 324 2,279
35 Altus 19,054 278 2,671
36 Coweta 9,718 236 2,912
37 Seminole 7,415 337 2,036
38 Tecumseh 6,699 208 3,030
39 Sapulpa 21,062 256 2,639
40 Henryetta 5,737 191 3,102
41 Stillwater 50,159 273 2,238
42 Tuttle 7,140 294 2,072
43 The Village 9,512 262 2,344
44 Perry 5,000 300 1,940
45 Glenpool 13,954 365 1,569
46 Duncan 22,909 148 3,526
47 Miami 13,470 252 2,197
48 Vinita 5,532 198 2,458
49 El Reno 19,133 277 1,719
50 Claremore 19,147 161 2,668
51 Skiatook 8,018 174 2,407
52 Sand Springs 19,977 125 2,898
53 Clinton 9,455 222 1,829
54 Blackwell 6,765 221 1,729
55 Harrah 6,215 193 2,011
56 Owasso 36,869 187 1,977
57 Noble 6,799 220 1,559
58 Moore 62,476 176 1,895
59 Weatherford 12,178 164 1,896
60 Broken Arrow 108,823 124 2,181
61 Lone Grove 5,252 209 1,104
62 Bixby 26,131 130 1,986
63 Elk City 12,057 74 2,189
64 Guymon 11,733 187 1,406
65 Jenks 22,693 193 1,264
66 Newcastle 10,011 69 2,117
67 Choctaw 12,556 143 1,728
68 Edmond 92,876 165 1,328
69 Holdenville 5,663 158 1,447
70 Yukon 26,971 137 1,572
71 Collinsville 6,836 87 1,609
72 Mustang 21,392 158 1,019
73 Alva 5,149 116 1,340
74 Blanchard 8,649 80 1,306
75 Piedmont 7,738 64 413

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma For 2019

  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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