Best Cities 2010: Oklahoma City, OK

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Best Cities 2010: Oklahoma City, OK

Where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plains, Oklahoma City is a great place to live if you’re looking for a good jobs a short commute and a low unemployment rate.

City: Oklahoma City

State: Oklahoma

Best Cities Overall Rank: 37

About Oklahoma City: The movie Twister took place in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City’s economy is steady at rank 75 as the unemployment rate is 6.7% and best jobs rank 79 while the average commute is under 20 minutes.

County: Oklahoma

Population: 551,789

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau websit

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City blogs: Hiccups Parenting Blog,  Moms are For Everyone 

Oklahoma City‘s Facebook page: Follow Oklahoma City on Facebook 

Oklahoma City‘s Twitter page: Follow Oklahoma City on Twitter 


Education rank: 47

High School graduation rate 2008: 75.7%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 5

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.91

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 10

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.81

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 259

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 16.19

Total Expenditures Per Student: $7,561


Health rank: 38

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.18

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.18

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 62

Violent Crimes, 2008: 5400

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 978.63

Sex Offenders: 865

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 156.76


Economy rank: 6   

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 19.89      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 6.7      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 544.74

Median Home Sale Price: $113,700                   

5-Year Home Value Index: 3.50%          

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 14.61%


Recreation Rank:  9

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 14,684       

Parkland per 100,000: 2661.16