These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Oklahoma

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Oklahoma have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Oklahoma places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Jenks, the happiest place in Oklahoma.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Sooner State”:

  1. Jenks
  2. Yukon
  3. Newcastle
  4. Piedmont
  5. Broken Arrow
  6. Bixby
  7. Mustang
  8. Bartlesville
  9. Owasso
  10. Choctaw
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Sooner State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 74 places in Oklahoma with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 74 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Oklahoma”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Oklahoma ranked. Our apologies to Edmond which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Jenks

Jenks, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,312People Who Own Their Home: 77.5%
Married Adults: 63.4%

2. Yukon

Yukon, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,127People Who Own Their Home: 73.7%
Married Adults: 57.3%

3. Newcastle

Newcastle, Oklahoma

Source: Ok Highways

Population: 8,383People Who Own Their Home: 80.5%
Married Adults: 60.0%

4. Piedmont

Population: 6,232People Who Own Their Home: 89.9%
Married Adults: 67.6%

5. Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 101,917People Who Own Their Home: 72.7%
Married Adults: 58.7%

6. Bixby

Bixby, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,480People Who Own Their Home: 73.3%
Married Adults: 63.6%

7. Mustang

Mustang, Oklahoma

Source: Flickr

Population: 18,575People Who Own Their Home: 72.1%
Married Adults: 56.4%

8. Bartlesville

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,193People Who Own Their Home: 61.7%
Married Adults: 52.7%

9. Owasso

Owasso, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,738People Who Own Their Home: 63.7%
Married Adults: 56.0%

10. Choctaw

Choctaw, Oklahoma

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,619People Who Own Their Home: 79.4%
Married Adults: 61.7%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Oklahoma

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Jenks 1 18,312 77.5% 63.4%
Yukon 2 24,127 73.7% 57.3%
Newcastle 3 8,383 80.5% 60.0%
Piedmont 4 6,232 89.9% 67.6%
Broken Arrow 5 101,917 72.7% 58.7%
Bixby 6 22,480 73.3% 63.6%
Mustang 7 18,575 72.1% 56.4%
Bartlesville 8 36,193 61.7% 52.7%
Owasso 9 31,738 63.7% 56.0%
Choctaw 10 11,619 79.4% 61.7%
Edmond 11 85,084 65.6% 56.5%
Tuttle 12 6,252 80.8% 62.7%
Enid 13 50,232 55.1% 51.7%
Noble 14 6,602 68.4% 55.3%
Lone Grove 15 5,142 64.0% 60.0%
Woodward 16 12,389 52.9% 49.5%
Harrah 17 5,412 66.4% 53.7%
Moore 18 57,563 67.4% 53.4%
Sand Springs 19 19,277 62.9% 54.2%
Blanchard 20 7,625 76.4% 64.4%
The Village 21 9,147 64.1% 44.5%
Perry 22 5,087 53.2% 58.1%
Glenpool 23 11,398 70.1% 54.5%
Elk City 24 12,198 49.5% 48.3%
Guymon 25 11,921 53.0% 56.3%
Coweta 26 9,483 64.0% 52.3%
Ponca City 27 24,951 56.6% 48.6%
Collinsville 28 5,970 62.1% 59.7%
Purcell 29 6,259 63.5% 55.5%
Grove 30 6,658 55.8% 54.7%
Duncan 31 23,364 55.3% 51.8%
Midwest City 32 55,964 53.8% 45.8%
Altus 33 19,716 45.9% 50.8%
Catoosa 34 7,407 58.4% 52.0%
Sapulpa 35 20,308 57.8% 48.1%
Ardmore 36 24,877 50.7% 45.0%
Clinton 37 9,281 48.8% 48.1%
Chickasha 38 16,195 51.0% 46.8%
Bethany 39 19,390 52.2% 43.9%
McAlester 40 18,354 53.6% 41.0%
Skiatook 41 7,571 59.2% 47.2%
Del City 42 21,756 56.0% 41.8%
El Reno 43 17,515 55.5% 41.9%
Warr Acres 44 10,268 58.1% 42.9%
Pryor Creek 45 9,479 50.8% 47.8%
Oklahoma City 46 600,729 52.2% 47.5%
Claremore 47 18,849 50.7% 46.1%
Tecumseh 48 6,556 59.6% 47.5%
Norman 49 115,521 49.2% 42.3%
Lawton 50 97,788 42.1% 43.1%
Miami 51 13,669 54.8% 44.4%
Pauls Valley 52 6,054 43.7% 39.2%
Blackwell 53 6,957 58.0% 45.2%
Stillwater 54 46,851 33.7% 32.4%
Tulsa 55 395,599 46.4% 42.9%
Muskogee 56 38,937 49.6% 44.8%
Shawnee 57 30,609 49.8% 44.8%
Poteau 58 8,563 54.3% 47.8%
Vinita 59 5,637 55.5% 39.5%
Cushing 60 7,870 49.9% 46.0%
Weatherford 61 11,410 39.2% 43.4%
Sallisaw 62 8,761 43.8% 47.0%
Henryetta 63 5,848 51.5% 43.0%
Seminole 64 7,493 53.7% 44.7%
Ada 65 17,061 43.5% 36.0%
Guthrie 66 10,668 46.6% 40.4%
Idabel 67 7,015 39.8% 37.3%
Durant 68 16,507 38.7% 41.3%
Okmulgee 69 12,398 43.4% 31.8%
Hugo 70 5,294 39.2% 33.3%
Anadarko 71 6,786 45.4% 34.5%
Wagoner 72 8,499 51.0% 45.0%
Tahlequah 73 16,190 37.1% 36.5%
Holdenville 74 5,768 51.6% 38.5%