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.
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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Oklahoma
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2020
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.
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 earns a 3rd place ranking overall.
Between 2017-2018, violent crime and property crime increased, leaving McAlester residents with a 1 in 17.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Anadarko’s recent explosion of crime makes it the 4th most dangerous place to live in the Sooner State.
Between 2017-2018, both violent and property crime rates nearly tripled, leaving residents with a 1 in 92 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 24.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2018.
If the trend continues, we can expect to see the town of Anadarko top this list in a few years’ time.
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.
Coming in as the 6th most dangerous city in Oklahoma is Catoosa.
While violent crime has been steadily dropping in recent years, with a 10% total drop in violent crime from 2017-2018, property crime went up by nearly the same rate during this interval.
That left residents of Catoosa a 1 in 1218.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2018, and a 1 in 162 chance of being the victim of violence.
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 is the smallest city to make this list, mostly due to the instances of violent crime increasing between 2017-2018, leaving residents a 1 in 214 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.
Additionally, from 2017-2018 property crime increased, but that fact has a lot less to do with Idabel’s spot on this list than the city’s violent crime rate.
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.
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.
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 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 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:
- Blanchard (Pop. 8,886)
- Piedmont (Pop. 8,080)
- Lone Grove (Pop. 5,090)
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