These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Oklahoma

John McLean
by John McLean
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We used data and science to determine the brainiacs around Oklahoma.

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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Oklahoma that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 74 largest cities in Oklahoma with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Sooner State:

  1. Jenks
  2. Piedmont
  3. Mustang
  4. Edmond
  5. Guthrie
  6. Stillwater
  7. Collinsville
  8. Norman
  9. Newcastle
  10. Bartlesville

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Sooner State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Oklahoma, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 74 places in Oklahoma.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 74 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Oklahoma”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Jenks

Smartest Oklahoma

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Population: 18,312
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.4%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Graduating early and at the top of it’s class is the town of Jenks, Oklahoma. With a population of 18,312 people, almost no high school dropouts, and only 3.4% of the population lacking a high school diploma it’s Oklahoma’s best chance for a bright future.

2. Piedmont

Smartest Oklahoma

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Population: 6,232
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 2.5%

Coming in a close second is the tiny town of Piedmont, Oklahoma. With only 2.5% of high school kids dropping out early and less than 5% of the adult population lacking a diploma the tiny town is doing big things!

3. Mustang

Smartest Oklahoma

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Population: 18,575
Adults Without High School Diploma: 7.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Aside from sounding really cool the town of Mustang can now brag about their smarts! Taking the #3 spot with basically no high school dropouts this city has lots to write down on their resume.

4. Edmond

Smartest Oklahoma

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Population: 85,084
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 3.0%

Taking the coveted #4 spot is Edmond, a town of 85,084 people. With a low high school dropout rate and only 4.1% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma this city is on the road to success.

5. Guthrie

Smartest Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,668
Adults Without High School Diploma: 9.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Splitting it down the middle of list is the city of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Coming in at #5 this town of over 10,500 people has been paying attention in class.

6. Stillwater

Smartest Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,851
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 3.0%

The residents of Stillwater, Oklahoma have ranked #6 and it’s clear how they earned it with just 3% of the high school population not making it to graduation day and only 5.5% of the adult population lacking their diploma.

7. Collinsville

Smartest Oklahoma

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Population: 5,970
Adults Without High School Diploma: 9.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Coming in hot at #7 is the tiny town of Collinsville, Oklahoma. With almost no high school dropouts the kids here are really putting in the extra hours for class every week.

8. Norman

Smartest Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 115,521
Adults Without High School Diploma: 6.9%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 3.2%

As the biggest city to make our list Norman is defying the stereotype that bigger cities have poor education systems. At 115,521 residents this metro area is studying smarter and harder as the rank #8 in Oklahoma.

9. Newcastle

Smartest Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,383
Adults Without High School Diploma: 9.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 2.7%

Cutting it close is the city of Newcastle, Oklahoma. With the people here numbering around 8,383 and so few high school dropouts it’s no wonder this town made our list!

10. Bartlesville

Smartest Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,193
Adults Without High School Diploma: 9.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 2.6%

Rounding out our list at #10 is the city of Bartlesville. Although it has a population of 36,193 this city is doing big things as it has really low high school dropout rates. The IQs here must be off the charts!

And that’s how you graduate in style

There you have it folks, the Ten Smartest Cities in the state of Oklahoma. They have the numbers to back it up so go ahead and visit them to soak up some of the smarts around town. If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit www.zippia.com to have all of your questions answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Oklahoma

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Jenks 1 18,312 3.4% 0.0%
Piedmont 2 6,232 4.2% 2.5%
Mustang 3 18,575 7.3% 0.0%
Edmond 4 85,084 4.1% 3.0%
Guthrie 5 10,668 9.0% 0.0%
Stillwater 6 46,851 5.5% 3.0%
Collinsville 7 5,970 9.7% 0.0%
Norman 8 115,521 6.9% 3.2%
Newcastle 9 8,383 9.0% 2.7%
Bartlesville 10 36,193 9.2% 2.6%
Tuttle 11 6,252 11.0% 0.0%
Grove 12 6,658 11.2% 0.0%
Choctaw 13 11,619 8.5% 3.6%
Lawton 14 97,788 11.6% 2.1%
Broken Arrow 15 101,917 6.5% 5.7%
Weatherford 16 11,410 10.2% 3.0%
Yukon 17 24,127 5.9% 6.4%
Harrah 18 5,412 12.9% 0.0%
Blanchard 19 7,625 7.1% 6.1%
Owasso 20 31,738 7.8% 5.2%
Woodward 21 12,389 13.0% 0.7%
Lone Grove 22 5,142 13.4% 0.0%
Glenpool 23 11,398 9.4% 5.2%
Henryetta 24 5,848 13.8% 0.0%
Bixby 25 22,480 5.4% 7.8%
The Village 26 9,147 7.6% 7.3%
Ponca City 27 24,951 12.7% 5.1%
Catoosa 28 7,407 12.8% 4.9%
Midwest City 29 55,964 10.8% 7.4%
Coweta 30 9,483 12.2% 6.8%
Warr Acres 31 10,268 16.0% 1.2%
Okmulgee 32 12,398 14.4% 3.9%
Tahlequah 33 16,190 14.8% 3.1%
Del City 34 21,756 12.7% 7.1%
Claremore 35 18,849 10.9% 8.7%
Moore 36 57,563 9.7% 10.3%
Bethany 37 19,390 13.1% 6.9%
Sapulpa 38 20,308 14.8% 4.8%
Skiatook 39 7,571 17.9% 2.9%
Noble 40 6,602 9.6% 13.3%
Clinton 41 9,281 22.0% 0.0%
Chickasha 42 16,195 16.9% 3.8%
Sand Springs 43 19,277 12.9% 8.6%
Miami 44 13,669 15.5% 6.1%
Perry 45 5,087 14.2% 8.5%
Vinita 46 5,637 19.8% 3.1%
Tecumseh 47 6,556 11.9% 12.2%
Oklahoma City 48 600,729 15.0% 7.3%
Muskogee 49 38,937 15.6% 7.1%
Tulsa 50 395,599 13.2% 9.3%
Duncan 51 23,364 14.6% 8.7%
Sallisaw 52 8,761 19.6% 4.0%
Pryor Creek 53 9,479 12.6% 14.0%
Ada 54 17,061 13.7% 10.8%
El Reno 55 17,515 15.4% 8.5%
Durant 56 16,507 18.7% 6.9%
Blackwell 57 6,957 16.9% 7.5%
Shawnee 58 30,609 13.2% 15.0%
Idabel 59 7,015 18.2% 7.5%
Wagoner 60 8,499 15.8% 9.8%
McAlester 61 18,354 16.8% 9.0%
Enid 62 50,232 14.9% 12.1%
Anadarko 63 6,786 18.6% 7.6%
Ardmore 64 24,877 16.0% 10.4%
Poteau 65 8,563 17.3% 9.1%
Seminole 66 7,493 17.6% 9.3%
Elk City 67 12,198 16.2% 17.9%
Hugo 68 5,294 28.6% 8.0%
Altus 69 19,716 18.9% 13.0%
Purcell 70 6,259 20.9% 14.3%
Pauls Valley 71 6,054 20.9% 26.2%
Cushing 72 7,870 22.7% 24.5%
Holdenville 73 5,768 28.9% 24.8%
Guymon 74 11,921 32.2% 22.7%

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