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.

1. Enid

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.

3. Bixby

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.

5. Edmond

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, 2019

RankCity
1Enid
2Broken Arrow
3Bixby
4Ponca City
5Edmond
6Owasso
7Bartlesville
8Norman
9Stillwater
10Ardmore
11Tulsa
12Ada
13Mcalester
14Yukon
15Claremore
16Duncan
17Sand Springs
18Oklahoma City
19Shawnee
20Tahlequah
21Lawton
22Muskogee
23Sapulpa

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Methodology

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).