The 10 Best Tulsa Suburbs To Live In For 2024

The best Tulsa suburbs are Bixby and Jenks for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

While big cities like Tulsa offer culture, cuisine, and charisma, they also deliver terrible traffic, towering expenses, and a taxing quality of life.

With that in mind, we wanted to uncover the best suburbs around Tulsa. These burbs have all of the benefits of being near Tulsa without actually having to be in the city.

Of course, not all suburbs of Tulsa are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. Using Saturday Night Science, we delve into the factors that matter most, from commutes and housing costs to community vibes, to help you uncover the perfect suburban spots in the Greater Tulsa area.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

What’s the best suburb of Tulsa? Bixby ranks as the best suburb of Tulsa for 2024 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Bixby, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Tulsa ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Oklahoma:

The 10 Best Tulsa Suburbs To Live For 2024

Bixby, OK

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Population: 28,731
Median Income: $93,765
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
More on Bixby: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Bixby is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Tulsa area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Bixby.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $93,765 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Tulsa region. And only 3.61% are out of work. Homes average more than $306,678 each.

Jenks, OK

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Population: 25,872
Median Income: $101,767
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.7%
More on Jenks: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Jenks is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Tulsa for 2024.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 8.38% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Owasso, OK

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Population: 38,134
Median Income: $79,183
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
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Here in Owasso, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Tulsa 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 Owasso.

Verdigris, OK

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Population: 5,308
Median Income: $83,281
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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Verdigris ranks as the 4th best suburb of Tulsa for 2024.

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

Broken Arrow, OK

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Population: 114,237
Median Income: $82,547
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Broken Arrow.

Broken Arrow gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Tulsa area, where houses sell for an average of $265,688. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Review Of Broken Arrow by HomeSnacks User

I had a really lovely and memorable experience when I stayed in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I had gone to Broken Arrow to attend a Bible College for two years between 2002 – 2004. The people in the City of Broken Arrow were very nice and friendly. The people were warm, courteous and friendly from people you meet at the post office, bank, school, supermarket, church and recreation centers. Broken Arrow is a developed city with a good road network. The crime rate in the city of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is quite low. It is known to be 20% lower than the national average and 34% lower than the crime rate in all of Oklahoma. The cost of living is quite affordable in Broken Arrow. One could rent a decent two bedroom apartment starting at $600 per month. The cost of homes is also affordable and the median home price is about $150,000. Food is also affordable and there are many farmers markets located in Broken Arrow. There are both quality public and private schools in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The average school test scores in Broken Arrow are 45% higher than the national average. They also have great Bible Training Colleges which bring people from all parts of USA to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The weather was really good coming from Minneapolis, it was so lovely having cool and mild weather almost all year round. It is free of earth quakes and many other natural disasters. There are great restaurants, cinemas, parks and recreation areas in Broken Arrow.

The sense of community is very tangible in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Also, I enjoyed meeting people of different nationalities and different background. We often enjoyed dinner at Chedars Restaurant with friends and acquaintances. The Rooftop Bar also had great food, good service and a great view. There is also the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse with unusual and interesting plays, dance and performances. At Christmas time people will come to experience the lovely RHEMA Christmas lights. So beautiful to behold. Every Christmas the RHEMA Christmas lights gets even more impressive.

Glenpool, OK

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Population: 13,683
Median Income: $75,876
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
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Glenpool 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 3.99%.

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

7. Kiefer, OK

Kiefer, OK

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Population: 2,284
Median Income: $77,434
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 10.9%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Kiefer.

Kiefer 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 14.9 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Sand Springs, OK

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Population: 19,925
Median Income: $70,431
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 10.8%
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Sand Springs 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 9.96% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

Coweta, OK

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Population: 9,903
Median Income: $57,166
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 11.5%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Coweta?’


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.

Collinsville, OK

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Population: 8,073
Median Income: $76,866
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%
Poverty Rate: 12.1%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2024 is Collinsville.

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.

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Tulsa for 2024

Figuring out the best suburbs around Tulsa was simple. We used Saturday Night Science to find things people like about living in the suburbs and then locate the suburbs with those things.

We analyzed the newest American Community Survey data for 2018-2022 to research each suburb. We decided upon the following criteria:

  • 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

We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Tulsa.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 16 suburbs to evaluate around Tulsa.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

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

Finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index, the “Best Suburb near Tulsa.” We’re lookin’ at you, Bixby.

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 more extensive selection of suburbs.

We updated the data for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the best Tulsa suburbs. Skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Tulsa ‘Burbs of 2024

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.

The best suburbs of Tulsa are .

So if you’re craving the amenities of a larger city like Tulsa but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might be for you.

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Table: Best Tulsa Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Average Home Price
1 Bixby, OK 28,731 $93,765 $306,678
2 Jenks, OK 25,872 $101,767 $325,075
3 Owasso, OK 38,134 $79,183 $294,323
4 Verdigris, OK 5,308 $83,281 $232,151
5 Broken Arrow, OK 114,237 $82,547 $265,688
6 Glenpool, OK 13,683 $75,876 $222,664
7 Kiefer, OK 2,284 $77,434 $224,600
8 Sand Springs, OK 19,925 $70,431 $212,949
9 Coweta, OK 9,903 $57,166 $246,248
10 Collinsville, OK 8,073 $76,866 $261,886
11 Sapulpa, OK 22,030 $62,168 $183,005
12 Claremore, OK 19,724 $56,257 $245,916
13 Mannford, OK 3,275 $60,125 $194,858
14 Cleveland, OK 3,213 $53,667 $112,754
15 Catoosa, OK 7,680 $67,143 $195,064
16 Hominy, OK 3,327 $34,735 $87,536
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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