These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Oklahoma


We used science and data to determine which Sooner cities are dumb as rocks.

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Let’s face it: some places are magnificently stupid.

But how are you supposed to know which places are dummy-central before you go there yourself?

You dig around the data and look for things that make a place stupid, whether it’s because a large portion of a city’s population never completed high school, or the up-and-coming generation doesn’t have enough schools or teachers.

After crunching the numbers, we came up with this list of the ten dumbest cities in the Sooner State:

  1. Frederick
  2. Guymon (Photos)
  3. Holdenville
  4. Checotah (Photos)
  5. Watonga
  6. Cushing (Photos)
  7. Pauls Valley (Photos)
  8. Wewoka
  9. Heavener
  10. Sulphur (Photos)

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How we determined the dumbest cities in the Sooner State

We realize that formal education isn’t everything when it comes to being smart, but on the other hand not knowing the difference between they’re, their, and there is always going to make you look pretty stupid.

So we narrowed down our criteria to focus both on a city’s educational opportunities and what percentage of the population takes advantage of those opportunities.

In short, we came up with these criteria to determine the dumbest cities in Oklahoma:

  • % of city’s population with less than a high school education (Age 25+)
  • % of high school drop outs (Ages 16-19)

Note: We only looked at cities with populations greater than 2,000, leaving us 108 cities in Oklahoma to rank. We also looked at the graduation rates of the entire population, not the current rates for high schoolers.

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1. Frederick

Dumbest Oklahoma

Source: Public Domain

Population: 3,972
Adults Without High School Diploma: 28.4%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 27.0%

2. Guymon

Dumbest Oklahoma

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,272
Adults Without High School Diploma: 32.2%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 22.7%

3. Holdenville

Dumbest Oklahoma

Population: 5,795
Adults Without High School Diploma: 28.9%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 24.8%

4. Checotah

Dumbest Oklahoma

Population: 3,371
Adults Without High School Diploma: 24.4%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 24.5%

5. Watonga

Dumbest Oklahoma

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,985
Adults Without High School Diploma: 21.1%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 26.2%

6. Cushing

Dumbest Oklahoma

Population: 7,889
Adults Without High School Diploma: 22.7%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 24.5%

7. Pauls Valley

Dumbest Oklahoma

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,034
Adults Without High School Diploma: 20.9%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 26.2%

8. Wewoka

Dumbest Oklahoma

Source: Public Domain

Population: 3,448
Adults Without High School Diploma: 23.5%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 17.6%

9. Heavener

Dumbest Oklahoma

Source: Public Domain

Population: 3,389
Adults Without High School Diploma: 35.4%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 11.3%

10. Sulphur

Dumbest Oklahoma

Population: 5,021
Adults Without High School Diploma: 28.9%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 11.9%

We also wrote about the 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Oklahoma if you wanted to read that story. It’s riveting.

Detailed List Of Dumbest Cities In Oklahoma

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Frederick 1 2,461 28.4% 27.0%
Guymon 2 7,378 32.2% 22.7%
Holdenville 3 4,075 28.9% 24.8%
Checotah 4 2,159 24.4% 24.5%
Watonga 5 2,368 21.1% 26.2%
Cushing 6 4,980 22.7% 24.5%
Pauls Valley 7 4,106 20.9% 26.2%
Wewoka 8 2,170 23.5% 17.6%
Heavener 9 2,011 35.4% 11.3%
Sulphur 10 3,259 28.9% 11.9%
Sayre 11 2,901 18.5% 28.8%
Hinton 12 2,248 19.8% 22.0%
Purcell 13 4,163 20.9% 14.3%
Altus 14 12,422 18.9% 13.0%
Nowata 15 2,499 20.1% 11.6%
Hugo 16 3,424 28.6% 8.0%
Elk City 17 7,880 16.2% 17.9%
Madill 18 2,540 28.9% 7.2%
Spencer 19 2,754 16.8% 12.8%
Seminole 20 4,540 17.6% 9.3%
Poteau 21 5,379 17.3% 9.1%
Ardmore 22 16,288 16.0% 10.4%
Broken Bow 23 2,520 14.1% 19.4%
Anadarko 24 4,104 18.6% 7.6%
Enid 25 32,717 14.9% 12.1%
McAlester 26 12,624 16.8% 9.0%
Wagoner 27 5,452 15.8% 9.8%
Idabel 28 4,348 18.2% 7.5%
Shawnee 29 18,858 13.2% 15.0%
Blackwell 30 4,911 16.9% 7.5%
Stilwell 31 2,503 22.9% 4.0%
Durant 32 9,887 18.7% 6.9%
Eufaula 33 2,042 14.9% 9.0%
El Reno 34 11,227 15.4% 8.5%
Ada 35 10,416 13.7% 10.8%
Pryor Creek 36 6,191 12.6% 14.0%
Sallisaw 37 5,721 19.6% 4.0%
Duncan 38 15,774 14.6% 8.7%
Tulsa 39 257,507 13.2% 9.3%
Muskogee 40 24,727 15.6% 7.1%
Oklahoma City 41 389,574 15.0% 7.3%
Chandler 42 2,117 19.3% 3.3%
Tecumseh 43 4,019 11.9% 12.2%
Vinita 44 3,981 19.8% 3.1%
Perry 45 3,398 14.2% 8.5%
Hominy 46 2,472 22.7% 2.1%
Miami 47 8,660 15.5% 6.1%
Pocola 48 2,721 11.5% 11.8%
Marlow 49 3,221 14.7% 7.1%
Sand Springs 50 12,326 12.9% 8.6%
Chickasha 51 10,505 16.9% 3.8%
Clinton 52 5,902 22.0% 0.0%
Noble 53 4,203 9.6% 13.3%
Hobart 54 2,506 20.4% 0.5%
Skiatook 55 4,692 17.9% 2.9%
Sapulpa 56 13,389 14.8% 4.8%
Bethany 57 11,611 13.1% 6.9%
Mangum 58 2,007 18.7% 0.0%
Moore 59 36,881 9.7% 10.3%
Claremore 60 12,357 10.9% 8.7%
Bristow 61 2,790 14.6% 4.3%
Del City 62 13,669 12.7% 7.1%
McLoud 63 3,359 18.1% 0.0%
Tahlequah 64 8,861 14.8% 3.1%
Okmulgee 65 7,933 14.4% 3.9%
Warr Acres 66 6,609 16.0% 1.2%
Coweta 67 5,974 12.2% 6.8%
Midwest City 68 36,839 10.8% 7.4%
Catoosa 69 4,552 12.8% 4.9%
Muldrow 70 2,061 15.6% 0.0%
Ponca City 71 16,278 12.7% 5.1%
Cleveland 72 2,108 14.7% 2.2%
The Village 73 6,878 7.6% 7.3%
Mannford 74 2,108 9.8% 6.1%
Bixby 75 14,194 5.4% 7.8%
Henryetta 76 3,751 13.8% 0.0%
Glenpool 77 6,981 9.4% 5.2%
Lone Grove 78 3,413 13.4% 0.0%
Woodward 79 7,740 13.0% 0.7%
Kingfisher 80 3,153 13.0% 0.0%
Owasso 81 19,949 7.8% 5.2%
Blanchard 82 4,928 7.1% 6.1%
Harrah 83 3,440 12.9% 0.0%
Yukon 84 16,227 5.9% 6.4%
Weatherford 85 5,576 10.2% 3.0%
Broken Arrow 86 66,047 6.5% 5.7%
Lawton 87 59,275 11.6% 2.1%
Slaughterville 88 2,636 11.9% 1.4%
Pawhuska 89 2,522 12.3% 0.0%
Choctaw 90 7,890 8.5% 3.6%
Grove 91 5,088 11.2% 0.0%
Tuttle 92 4,064 11.0% 0.0%
Alva 93 2,890 10.9% 0.0%
Bartlesville 94 24,436 9.2% 2.6%
Newcastle 95 5,552 9.0% 2.7%
Norman 96 67,279 6.9% 3.2%
Dewey 97 2,084 10.2% 0.0%
Collinsville 98 3,827 9.7% 0.0%
Stillwater 99 21,260 5.5% 3.0%
Bethel Acres 100 2,111 6.8% 2.3%
Guthrie 101 6,647 9.0% 0.0%
Edmond 102 53,610 4.1% 3.0%
Mustang 103 12,019 7.3% 0.0%
Piedmont 104 4,008 4.2% 2.5%
Verdigris 105 2,822 7.1% 0.0%
Fort Gibson 106 2,714 5.8% 0.0%
Jenks 107 11,527 3.4% 0.0%
Nichols Hills 108 2,790 1.5% 0.0%

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3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Oklahoma

  1. As with any data, this can be spun many ways. Based on using only HS diploma and dropout rates for small towns – This is how I interpret the data: Theses towns have a much higher percentage of senior citizens that lived through several wars and rough times, hence the rates you see. That would suggest the young people not only have the opportunity of a modern education, but the wisdom from these folks passed down to them. The younger generations are not only as educated as people in larger cities, but gain much more common sense growing up! My spin.

  2. I have drawn a conclusion based on reading on article of Nick James with Road Snacks. This is the most worthless thing I have ever read and when looking at Road Snacks other lists all of them are negative about great and wonderful communities across this country. So since your page says Made in Durham, NC, I conclude that Durham, NC is a great community with the exception of the people at Road Snacks.

  3. I appreciate the two previous messages. My thought is to pray for these towns/cities. We don’t want NO child, nor NO adult left behind when it comes to receiving an education. Everyone should at least be given an opportunity. If one is self educated, then this is good also. But, one should start somewhere!

    Please christians, lets pray that these cities/towns that are lagging behind get some sort of revival!! It can happen; all things are possible to those who believe!

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