The 10 Best Counties To Live In Oklahoma For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Oklahoma have the most for people looking to make the move to Oklahoma.

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

Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Oklahoma a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes... if you know where to locate the best places to live in Oklahoma.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Sooner State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn't our first rodeo -- we've been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Oklahoma, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 77 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Sooner State for 2021.

Canadian County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Oklahoma. And you might want to avoid Okfuskee County if you can -- at least according to the data.

So if you're thinking of making the move Oklahoma, we've got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Oklahoma and the cheapest places to live in Oklahoma.

The Best Counties To Live In Oklahoma For 2021

1. Canadian County

El Reno, OK

Biggest Place: Oklahoma City

Population: 140,455
Median Income: $72,056 (best)
Median Home Price: $165,500.0 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 372.5% (15th best)
More on Canadian County: PhotosData

2. Mcclain County

Purcell, OK

Biggest Place: Newcastle

Population: 39,247
Median Income: $67,662 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $177,500.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 370.4% (14th best)
More on Mcclain County: PhotosData

3. Grant County

Biggest Place: Pond Creek

Population: 4,397
Median Income: $57,727 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $81,000.0 (65th best)
Unemployment Rate: 370.2% (13th best)
More on Grant County: Data

4. Logan County

Guthrie, OK

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Guthrie

Population: 46,683
Median Income: $65,357 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $169,500.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 398.8% (19th best)
More on Logan County: PhotosData

5. Woods County

Alva, OK

Biggest Place: Alva

Population: 9,043
Median Income: $54,282 (17th best)
Median Home Price: $107,000.0 (34th best)
Unemployment Rate: 465.3% (30th best)
More on Woods County: PhotosData

6. Wagoner County

Bixby, OK

Biggest Place: Tulsa

Population: 78,958
Median Income: $62,795 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $159,000.0 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 592.7% (50th best)
More on Wagoner County: PhotosData

7. Cleveland County

Moore, OK

Biggest Place: Oklahoma City

Population: 279,274
Median Income: $64,016 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $165,600.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 429.4% (25th best)
More on Cleveland County: PhotosData

8. Major County

Biggest Place: Fairview

Population: 7,692
Median Income: $54,332 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $101,800.0 (40th best)
Unemployment Rate: 290.5% (6th best)
More on Major County: Data

9. Noble County

Perry, OK

Biggest Place: Perry

Population: 11,335
Median Income: $56,117 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $103,500.0 (38th best)
Unemployment Rate: 418.2% (23rd best)
More on Noble County: PhotosData

10. Woodward County

Woodward, OK

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Woodward

Population: 20,727
Median Income: $60,147 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $124,800.0 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 481.4% (33rd best)
More on Woodward County: PhotosData

How do you determine which Oklahoma county is the best?

To give you the best county in Oklahoma, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what's a "best county" and what isn't. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you'd make at a bar using facts, don't take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Oklahoma across each of the criteria from one to 77, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the "Best County To Live In Oklahoma".

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Sooner State.

Read on to see why Canadian County is the best county, while Okfuskee County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Oklahoma.

There You Have It - The Best Counties In Oklahoma To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Oklahoma can vary from one part of the state to the next -- who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that's why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here's a look at the worst counties in Oklahoma according to the data:

  1. Okfuskee County
  2. Mccurtain County
  3. Choctaw County

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Oklahoma

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Canadian County 1 140,455 $72,056 $165,500.0
Mcclain County 2 39,247 $67,662 $177,500.0
Grant County 3 4,397 $57,727 $81,000.0
Logan County 4 46,683 $65,357 $169,500.0
Woods County 5 9,043 $54,282 $107,000.0
Wagoner County 6 78,958 $62,795 $159,000.0
Cleveland County 7 279,274 $64,016 $165,600.0
Major County 8 7,692 $54,332 $101,800.0
Noble County 9 11,335 $56,117 $103,500.0
Woodward County 10 20,727 $60,147 $124,800.0
Alfalfa County 11 5,847 $61,852 $85,700.0
Grady County 12 55,071 $60,875 $134,300.0
Washington County 13 51,886 $54,997 $120,600.0
Rogers County 14 91,353 $65,434 $162,300.0
Dewey County 15 4,922 $52,428 $97,700.0
Beaver County 16 5,377 $52,349 $101,200.0
Beckham County 17 22,268 $50,721 $128,400.0
Creek County 18 71,427 $51,318 $122,700.0
Kingfisher County 19 15,694 $57,777 $144,700.0
Murray County 20 13,946 $52,478 $127,000.0
Washita County 21 11,225 $53,274 $84,700.0
Custer County 22 29,152 $49,900 $142,500.0
Tulsa County 23 646,419 $55,517 $156,400.0
Payne County 24 81,815 $41,603 $161,700.0
Pontotoc County 25 38,355 $50,392 $129,300.0
Pawnee County 26 16,412 $48,009 $92,900.0
Roger Mills County 27 3,667 $51,302 $109,600.0
Oklahoma County 28 787,216 $54,520 $153,300.0
Garfield County 29 61,898 $54,006 $112,600.0
Jackson County 30 25,063 $49,703 $106,500.0
Lincoln County 31 34,895 $50,671 $110,800.0
Love County 32 10,063 $49,399 $111,700.0
Stephens County 33 43,647 $47,214 $107,700.0
Ellis County 34 4,015 $53,245 $89,800.0
Comanche County 35 121,762 $52,161 $124,600.0
Texas County 36 20,805 $52,282 $115,100.0
Kay County 37 44,402 $46,809 $92,100.0
Harper County 38 3,760 $46,154 $77,200.0
Garvin County 39 27,835 $47,125 $98,500.0
Cotton County 40 5,858 $50,885 $76,700.0
Pottawatomie County 41 72,154 $49,250 $120,500.0
Osage County 42 47,226 $49,103 $118,600.0
Blaine County 43 9,556 $45,792 $85,100.0
Mayes County 44 41,044 $50,345 $112,800.0
Carter County 45 48,319 $51,419 $113,000.0
Harmon County 46 2,710 $48,344 $66,500.0
Cimarron County 47 2,174 $46,328 $56,500.0
Nowata County 48 10,322 $43,145 $87,700.0
Bryan County 49 46,457 $44,212 $117,400.0
Marshall County 50 16,505 $45,746 $89,700.0
Craig County 51 14,390 $43,329 $109,000.0
Pittsburg County 52 44,146 $46,784 $106,800.0
Haskell County 53 12,687 $42,348 $96,100.0
Johnston County 54 11,064 $41,332 $80,800.0
Kiowa County 55 8,886 $38,019 $62,900.0
Cherokee County 56 48,664 $42,774 $118,000.0
Okmulgee County 57 38,749 $42,998 $85,400.0
Coal County 58 5,581 $40,938 $83,800.0
Pushmataha County 59 11,128 $37,692 $80,500.0
Delaware County 60 42,433 $41,696 $117,900.0
Atoka County 61 13,823 $39,316 $102,900.0
Latimer County 62 10,348 $44,214 $87,000.0
Greer County 63 5,861 $41,488 $76,500.0
Tillman County 64 7,413 $42,280 $56,800.0
Jefferson County 65 6,158 $39,895 $66,400.0
Ottawa County 66 31,454 $39,872 $86,300.0
Muskogee County 67 68,736 $43,078 $104,200.0
Caddo County 68 29,242 $46,592 $84,900.0
Le Flore County 69 50,026 $40,677 $90,300.0
Sequoyah County 70 41,709 $40,351 $97,800.0
Mcintosh County 71 19,725 $39,084 $100,900.0
Hughes County 72 13,372 $39,365 $73,100.0
Adair County 73 22,220 $34,695 $87,600.0
Seminole County 74 24,832 $39,373 $74,400.0
Choctaw County 75 14,807 $34,489 $96,800.0
Mccurtain County 76 33,016 $37,061 $83,300.0
Okfuskee County 77 12,067 $38,411 $81,400.0

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