Oklahoma has a lot of great qualities that you might not be aware of. In terms of economics, the state has a low cost of living and a fast-growing economy. The state isn’t too shabby to look at, either, with plenty of lakes and scenic drives. What’s more, Oklahoma has some of the best barbecue in the country. Check out our list of the top five Oklahoma cities to live in for information on the best spots to settle in the state.
Enid, a city of around 53,000 in Garfield County, is Oklahoma’s best city to live in. The city enjoys a thriving economy due to its strong agricultural sector. In fact, Enid has the third-largest grain storage capacity in the entire world.
2. Broken Arrow
Broken Arrow has a really cool name, but that’s not all that the city of 100K plus has in its back pocket: Broken Arrow boasts a household median income well above the state average due to a high density of manufacturers providing lucrative job opportunities to its residents. The city also earns marks for its location in the lush Green Country region of the state.
Coming in at #3 is Bixby, a modestly sized suburb of Tulsa. One of the fastest growing cities in the state, Bixby is an in-demand city to live in due to its strong agricultural economic sector and great public school district.
4. Ponca City
Ponca City takes its name from the Ponca Tribe, a Native American tribe that resettled in the area after the Indian Removal of the late 19th century. The city is home to two institutes of higher learning: Pioneer Technology Center and University Center at Ponca City.
Oklahoma’s #5 best city is Edmond, a large, affluent suburb of Oklahoma City with a high median income and many sprawling public parks. The historic U.S. Route 66 runs through the city.
Best Cities to Live in Oklahoma
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We ranked a total of 2,509 qualified cities (those with populations above 25,000 and enough data for analysis) by five factors: employment (number of establishments, median earnings); housing (owner-occupied housing with a mortgage, monthly housing costs); quality of life (work commute, poverty levels); education (percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher); and health (obesity ratios).