While Oklahoma is a relatively safe state, we do have areas that are more dangerous than others, especially after dark. We took a look at the FBI’s 2014 crime report in the areas of violent crime, rape and property crime
in relation to population size to determine the most dangerous places in Oklahoma after dark. Here are the top 11:
11. Midwest City
Coming in 11th on our list is Midwest City, the 8th largest city in the state. The FBI reported 185 violent crimes, 24 rapes and 2,593 property crimes in 2014.
Durant is located in south-central Oklahoma only a few miles away from Lake Texoma. Their 2014 FBI crime report included 69 violent crimes, 8 rapes and 1,114 property crimes.
In 9th place is the city of Wagoner - one of the smaller cities on the list. The city had a violent crime number of 79 with 6 rapes and 377 property crimes reported in 2014.
Tulsa, the second largest city in the state, is home to 400,000 residents (without suburbs). The crime statistics for 2014 were 3,217 violent crimes, 313 rapes and 20,304 property crimes.
7. Oklahoma City
As the largest city and capital of the state, Oklahoma City isn't actually the most violent. The numbers are the highest because it has the largest population, but it ranked fairly well for its size. The FBI crime statistics recorded 4,782 violent crimes, 434 rapes and 27,258 property crimes.
6. Del City
Located in the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area, Del City is conveniently located to many amenities. The crime statistics include 170 violent crimes, 21 rapes and 1,217 property crimes.
5. Ponca City
Coming in right behind Del City in 5th place is Ponca City. In 2014, the FBI crime data reported 195 violent crimes, 24 rapes and 1,277 property crimes.
The town of Shawnee is located in Pottawatomie County and is a small town with big city amenities. The town reported 261 violent crimes, 29 rapes and 1,806 property crimes.
Muskogee is home to Bacone College and is located approximately 45 minutes from Tulsa. In 2014, the FBI reported 332 violent crimes, 17 rapes and 1,274 property crimes.
Located in southwestern Oklahoma, Lawton ranks as the second most dangerous place to be after dark in Oklahoma. The FBI reported 893 violent crimes, 75 rapes and 4,508 property crimes.
As the most dangerous place to be after dark in Oklahoma, Ardmore ranked the worst for violent crimes. With a population of only 25,000, the city had 419 violent crimes, 29 rapes and 1,761 property crimes in 2014.
Are you surprised by any of these cities on the list? Where do you think is the most dangerous place to be in Oklahoma after dark?