The 10 Best Oklahoma City Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 26 places around Oklahoma City to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Oklahoma City suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Oklahoma City are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Oklahoma City for 2021:

  1. Nichols Hills
  2. Piedmont
  3. Tuttle
  4. Edmond
  5. Mustang
  6. Blanchard
  7. Choctaw
  8. Newcastle
  9. Goldsby
  10. Bethel Acres

What's the best suburb of Oklahoma City? Nichols Hills ranks as the best suburb of Oklahoma City for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Nichols Hills, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Oklahoma City 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Oklahoma:

The 10 Best Oklahoma City Suburbs To Live For 2021

Nichols Hills, OK

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10
/10

Population: 3,891
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $186,912
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Nichols Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nichols Hills is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Oklahoma City area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Nichols Hills."

Everyone here is rich; families average $186,912 a year, which is the highest in the Oklahoma City region. And only 1.64% are out of work. Homes average more than $799,900 each.

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6
/10

Population: 7,747
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,117
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Piedmont: Real Estate | Data

Piedmont is the second best 'burb we looked at near Oklahoma City for 2021.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 7.42% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

Tuttle, OK

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8.5
/10

Population: 7,294
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $87,170
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Tuttle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Tuttle, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Oklahoma City metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Tuttle.

Edmond, OK

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8.5
/10

Population: 92,009
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $81,473
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.1%
More on Edmond: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edmond ranks as the 4th best suburb of Oklahoma City for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Edmond and the schools are some of the best around.

Mustang, OK

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8.5
/10

Population: 21,459
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,071
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Mustang: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Mustang.

Mustang gets kudos for having the 10th most expensive homes in the Oklahoma City area, where houses sell for an average of $160,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Blanchard, OK

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8.5
/10

Population: 8,386
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $78,828
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on Blanchard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Blanchard is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.69% which is 6th best in the area.

According to online reports, Blanchard is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Oklahoma City area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Choctaw, OK

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8.5
/10

Population: 12,474
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $77,917
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Choctaw: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Choctaw.

Choctaw schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 13.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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6
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Population: 9,967
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $81,306
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Newcastle: Real Estate | Data

Newcastle is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 7.96% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

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6
/10

Population: 2,100
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $72,120
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 11.3%
More on Goldsby: Real Estate | Data

Is 'Everything Better In Goldsby?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

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6
/10

Population: 3,147
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $73,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
More on Bethel Acres: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Bethel Acres.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Oklahoma City for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Oklahoma City was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Oklahoma City.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 27 suburbs to evaluate around Oklahoma City.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 27 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Oklahoma City." We're lookin' at you, Nichols Hills. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Oklahoma City 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Oklahoma City, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Oklahoma City Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Nichols Hills, OK 3,891 $186,912
2 Piedmont, OK 7,747 $86,117
3 Tuttle, OK 7,294 $87,170
4 Edmond, OK 92,009 $81,473
5 Mustang, OK 21,459 $74,071
6 Blanchard, OK 8,386 $78,828
7 Choctaw, OK 12,474 $77,917
8 Newcastle, OK 9,967 $81,306
9 Goldsby, OK 2,100 $72,120
10 Bethel Acres, OK 3,147 $73,000
11 Union, OK 2,180 $54,320
12 Moore, OK 60,943 $65,915
13 Yukon, OK 26,943 $66,419
14 Norman, OK 122,837 $58,119
15 Harrah, OK 6,189 $59,605
16 Bethany, OK 19,366 $50,867
17 Nicoma Park, OK 2,441 $56,094
18 Warr Acres, OK 10,180 $48,616
19 Noble, OK 6,837 $63,150
20 Mcloud, OK 4,683 $61,094
21 Guthrie, OK 11,376 $41,739
22 Jones, OK 3,077 $54,516
23 Del City, OK 21,822 $46,485
24 Slaughterville, OK 4,239 $52,431
25 Spencer, OK 3,995 $40,000
26 Pink, OK 2,020 $54,938
27 El Reno, OK 19,095 $48,060

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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