Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Oklahoma?
We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.
So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Oklahoma.
The result is the 10 Murder Capitals of the Sooner State for 2019:
- Tulsa (Photos)
- Oklahoma City (Photos)
- Idabel (Photos)
- Del City (Photos)
- Wagoner (Photos)
- Duncan (Photos)
- Midwest City
- Lawton (Photos)
- McAlester (Photos)
- Claremore (Photos)
The city with highest murder rate in Oklahoma? That would be Idabel with 28.8 murders per 100,000 people.
While the city with highest number of murders period? Oklahoma City with 81.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 28 cities in Oklahoma where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 47 places had no murder.
If you’re curious, here are the places in Oklahoma which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Broken Arrow, Muskogee, Bartlesville, Altus, Chickasha.
For more reading on the Sooner State check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Oklahoma
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Oklahoma
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Oklahoma
How we calculated the murder capitals of Oklahoma
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.
We only looked every single city in Oklahoma for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 28 cities to rank.
Finally, averaged two scores:
- The raw number of murders in each city
- The murders per person
We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with one murder.
We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently.
Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 47th-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2015, the population was 403,505, an increase of 11,599 over that reported in the 2010 Census. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 981,005 residents in the MSA and 1,151,172 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.
Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 27th among United States cities in population. The population grew following the 2010 Census, with the population estimated to have increased to 631,346 as of July 2015. As of 2015, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a population of 1,358,452, and the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,459,758 residents, making it Oklahoma’s largest metropolitan area.
Idabel is a city in and county seat of McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 7,010 at the 2010 census. It is located in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, a tourist area known as Kiamichi Country.
Del City is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The population was 21,332 at the 2010 census.
Wagoner is a city in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 8,323 at the 2010 census, compared to 7,669 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wagoner County. It became the first city incorporated in Indian Territory on January 4, 1896.
Rank Last Year: 30
Murders: 6 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.4 (13th Most)
More on Midwest City: Data
Midwest City is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 54,371, making it the eighth largest city in the state.
The city of Lawton is the county seat of Comanche County, in the State of Oklahoma. Located in southwestern Oklahoma, about 87mi southwest of Oklahoma City, it is the principal city of the Lawton, Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the 2010 census, Lawton’s population was 96,867, making it the fifth-largest city in the state.
Claremore is a city and the county seat of Rogers County in northeastern Oklahoma, United States. The population was 18,581 at the 2010 census, a 17.1 percent increase from 15,873 at the 2000 census. Located in the Ozark Mountains foothills, the city is part of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area and home to Rogers State University. It is best known as the birthplace and home of early 20th-century entertainer Will Rogers.
There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Oklahoma For 2019
If you’re looking at the places in Oklahoma with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.
For more Oklahoma reading, check out:
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- 10 Safest Places In Oklahoma
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Oklahoma
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Oklahoma
Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Oklahoma For 2019
|2||Oklahoma City, OK||81|
|4||Del City, OK||3|
|7||Midwest City, OK||6|
|20||Warr Acres, OK||1|
|28||Broken Arrow, OK||1|