The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Oklahoma For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Oklahoma have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Oklahoma.

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It's all Okie-dokie for families in Oklahoma. And HomeSnacks is here to tell you where the best places for families are located in the Sooner State for 2021.

How did we determine Oklahoma's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in this South Central state with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 38 family friendly Oklahoma places that any family would be lucky to call home.

Now, it's not lost on us that some of Oklahoma's safest places and wealthiest places are also Oklahoma's most family friendly. There should be no limits one should go to to protect their family and Oklahoma's most family friendly cities have those limits in place; and sometimes, that comes at a cost. But the cool thing about Oklahoma is that there are safe, family friendly places for every budget. There are great places like Yukon for families just starting out, places like Chickasha for families on a budget, and places like Broken Arrow for families that love being one with nature.

To learn more about our methodology and to see why Oklahoma's top ten best places to raise a family are truly the best of the best, read on.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Oklahoma For 2021

  1. Claremore
  2. Altus
  3. El Reno
  4. Yukon
  5. Jenks
  6. Guthrie
  7. Mustang
  8. Choctaw
  9. Bixby
  10. Woodward

No, it's not a coincidence that most of Oklahoma's family friendly places are centered around two of Oklahoma's biggest cities: Oklahoma City and Tulsa. There's more to do in these places and jobs with competitive salaries are plentiful.

So, if you want your family to safely wake up in the land of ancient mountain ranges and vast prairies in their backyard, great schools down the street, and endless, healthy activities at their disposal, HomeSnacks suggests that you look no further than Oklahoma's number one place to raise a family, Claremore.

If you want to see how Oklahoma's other amazing best places to raise a family faired, take a look at the list below. And if you don't see your favorite there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Oklahoma and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Oklahoma For 2021

Claremore, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,753
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 34.6%
More on Claremore: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Altus, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,744
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 35.4%
More on Altus: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

El Reno, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,095
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 34.8%
More on El Reno: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Yukon, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 26,943
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 36.4%
More on Yukon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jenks, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,488
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 49.0%
More on Jenks: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Guthrie, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,376
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 31.6%
More on Guthrie: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mustang, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,459
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 34.5%
More on Mustang: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Choctaw, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,474
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 32.2%
More on Choctaw: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bixby, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 26,541
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 39.6%
More on Bixby: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Woodward, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,448
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Oklahoma City
Households with kids: 35.8%
More on Woodward: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which place is best for families in Oklahoma anyways?

To give you the places in Oklahoma which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Sooner State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Oklahoma, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Oklahoma, that meant a total of 38 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Oklahoma

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Oklahoma ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Oklahoma according to the data:

  1. McAlester
  2. Shawnee
  3. Ardmore

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Oklahoma?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Claremore, OK 18,753 38
2 Altus, OK 18,744 57
3 El Reno, OK 19,095 55
4 Yukon, OK 26,943 63
5 Jenks, OK 22,488 43
6 Guthrie, OK 11,376 37
7 Mustang, OK 21,459 44
8 Choctaw, OK 12,474 36
9 Bixby, OK 26,541 30
10 Woodward, OK 12,448 57

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