Have you ever wondered where the happiest cities in the Sooner state are? Well, we went to the internet and gathered data from a study done by
CreditDonkey, based off of cities with a population of 10,000 or more, with data collected from the U.S. Census Data and FBI Crime Reports. CreditDonkey took a look at 7 categories: restaurants, crime rate, commute, departure time, income, divorce rate and housing to determine the happiest cities in the Sooner state.
One city did not make CreditDonkey’s “Top 10 Happiest Cities List for Oklahoma” but it did make another list, so we wanted to honor it. Stillwater ranked #10 on “The 10 Happiest Small-Cities in America” list by
The median household income for the residents of Lawton is $43,953. The population is 98,000 and the average commute time is 14.5 minutes. Fun Fact: Actress Joan Crawford was raised in Lawton and the local movie theater was ran by her stepfather.
9. Broken Arrow
Broken Arrow is the largest suburb of Tulsa, with a population of over 102,000 people. The median household income is $64,411 and the average commute time is 20.3 minutes. Fun Fact: The name Broken Arrow came from the Creek Indians that lived in the area and used broken tree branches to make their arrows.
The population of Yukon is 24,000 and is a smaller, western suburb of Oklahoma City. The median household income is $61,766 and the average commute time is 20.9 minutes. Fun Fact: Garth Brooks grew up in Yukon and a major thoroughfare is named after him in Yukon.
The average commute time for the residents of Mustang is 23.2 minutes. The median household income for this Oklahoma City suburb is $66,382. Mustang is located about 10 miles south of Yukon and nearly 19,000 people reside in the city. Fun Fact: The Western Days Festival is held every year in Mustang and is the city's largest annual event. It features live music, rodeo events and a chili cook-off.
Choctaw is the least populated city on this list with a population of 11,600. It is located in Oklahoma County and has an average commute time of 26.7 minutes. The median household income is $62,458. Fun Fact: Choctaw is the oldest chartered town in Oklahoma.
Residents of Edmond can make it to work in less than 21 minutes on average. The median household income is $71,216, the highest on the list. The population of Edmond is almost 85,000. Fun Fact: Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history, is from Edmond.
Owasso, a growing suburb of Tulsa, has a population of almost 30,000 people. The median household income is $66,074 and the average commute time is 20.5 minutes. Fun Fact: The Pride of Owasso Marching Band has made 2 appearances in the Rose Bowl Tournament of Roses Parade, once in 2004 and again in 2011.
This city of 36,000 residents ranks 3rd on the list and is located north of Tulsa. The average commute time is 15.7 minutes and the median household income is $48,036. Fun Fact: The Price Tower, located in Bartlesville, is the only skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to be constructed.
2. Elk City
Residents of Elk City are able to get to work in about 16 minutes and their median household income holds steady at $56,332. The population is around 12,000 people and the city is located on Interstate 40 and Historic U.S. Route 66. Fun Fact: Elk City is the self-proclaimed "Natural Gas Capital of the World." It also houses the world's tallest, non-operating oil rig(180 feet in height).
Small-town Guymon is tucked away in the Oklahoma panhandle with nearly 12,000 residents. The median household income is $47,775 and the average commute time is only 14.4 minutes. Fun Fact: The Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo is the 5th Largest Outdoor Rodeo and 10th Largest Rodeo in Prize Money in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
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