These Are The 10 Worst Places In Oklahoma To Get A Job

When it comes to getting a job, these cities in Oklahoma need to update their resumes.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Oklahoma after looking at the best places in Oklahoma a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Oklahoma, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Sooner State are:

  1. Stilwell
  2. Sallisaw
  3. Muldrow
  4. Heavener
  5. Holdenville
  6. Nowata
  7. Pocola
  8. Wewoka
  9. Poteau
  10. Seminole

Read on to see how we did it.

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How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The Sooner State

After getting the data for every place in Oklahoma, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Oklahoma To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Stilwell

Stilwell, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,932Recent Job Growth: -5.06%
Future Job Growth: 24.20%

2. Sallisaw

Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,779Recent Job Growth: -2.02%
Future Job Growth: 29.50%

3. Muldrow


Population: 3,422 Recent Job Growth: -2.02%
Future Job Growth: 29.50%

4. Heavener


Population: 3,390 Recent Job Growth: -2.01%
Future Job Growth: 29.40%

5. Holdenville

Holdenville, Oklahoma

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,628Recent Job Growth: -1.66%
Future Job Growth: 30.40%

6. Nowata

Nowata, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,779Recent Job Growth: -1.84%
Future Job Growth: 30.80%

7. Pocola


Population: 4,030 Recent Job Growth: -2.01%
Future Job Growth: 29.40%

8. Wewoka


Population: 3,430 Recent Job Growth: -1.54%
Future Job Growth: 31.50%

9. Poteau

Poteau, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,502Recent Job Growth: -2.01%
Future Job Growth: 29.40%

10. Seminole

Seminole, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,438Recent Job Growth: -1.54%
Future Job Growth: 31.50%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Stilwell took the “top” spot as the worst city in Oklahoma for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Oklahoma, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Oklahoma To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
stilwell 1 3,932 -5.06% 24.20%
sallisaw 2 8,779 -2.02% 29.50%
muldrow 3 3,422 -2.02% 29.50%
heavener 4 3,390 -2.01% 29.40%
holdenville 5 5,628 -1.66% 30.40%
nowata 6 3,779 -1.84% 30.80%
pocola 7 4,030 -2.01% 29.40%
wewoka 8 3,430 -1.54% 31.50%
poteau 9 8,502 -2.01% 29.40%
seminole 10 7,438 -1.54% 31.50%
okmulgee 11 12,402 -0.24% 32.80%
blackwell 12 7,064 -2.02% 31.30%
hobart 13 3,737 -3.22% 29.50%
mcalester 14 18,412 -5.60% 24.30%
muskogee 15 39,045 -1.78% 31.80%
vinita 16 5,721 -1.82% 32.00%
anadarko 17 6,744 -1.69% 32.10%
fort gibson 18 4,168 -1.78% 31.50%
ponca city 19 25,223 -2.01% 31.10%
idabel 20 7,002 0.33% 34.30%
hominy 21 3,594 -0.24% 34.70%
miami 22 13,588 -1.64% 32.30%
henryetta 23 5,898 -0.24% 32.80%
broken bow 24 4,144 0.33% 34.30%
pawhuska 25 3,600 -0.24% 34.70%
hugo 26 5,325 0.53% 35.40%
tahlequah 27 15,912 -0.70% 34.60%
ada 28 16,852 -2.44% 31.70%
grove 29 6,587 -0.81% 33.90%
bristow 30 4,220 -0.24% 35.20%
pryor creek 31 9,519 -0.92% 33.70%
altus 32 19,708 -3.10% 30.10%
lawton 33 96,187 -1.26% 32.80%
frederick 34 3,950 -0.33% 35.30%
skiatook 35 7,753 -0.24% 34.70%
sapulpa 36 20,609 -0.24% 35.20%
dewey 37 3,455 -0.82% 35.20%
wagoner 38 8,395 -0.24% 35.60%
tulsa 39 391,486 -0.24% 35.50%
claremore 40 18,669 -0.24% 35.70%
del city 41 21,469 1.35% 37.70%
enid 42 49,122 -1.21% 35.00%
sand springs 43 19,157 -0.24% 35.50%
cushing 44 7,818 -0.10% 36.40%
coweta 45 9,555 -0.24% 35.60%
stillwater 46 45,584 -0.10% 36.90%
spencer 47 3,917 1.36% 38.60%
midwest city 48 54,773 1.36% 38.20%
duncan 49 23,332 -0.04% 36.20%
collinsville 50 5,612 -0.24% 35.50%
bixby 51 20,964 -0.24% 35.50%
glenpool 52 10,868 -0.24% 35.50%
bethany 53 19,188 1.36% 38.60%
durant 54 16,014 0.96% 38.30%
bartlesville 55 35,876 -0.82% 35.50%
jenks 56 16,918 -0.24% 35.50%
marlow 57 4,645 -0.04% 36.20%
catoosa 58 7,074 -0.24% 35.70%
warr acres 59 10,080 1.36% 38.60%
madill 60 3,773 2.37% 40.60%
tecumseh 61 6,480 1.17% 38.50%
shawnee 62 30,058 1.17% 38.80%
ardmore 63 24,392 0.70% 38.30%
perry 64 5,121 0.59% 38.30%
verdigris 65 3,975 -0.24% 35.70%
chickasha 66 16,129 1.36% 39.10%
mcloud 67 4,078 1.17% 38.50%
alva 68 4,883 -0.21% 37.30%
the village 69 9,034 1.36% 38.60%
choctaw 70 11,202 1.36% 38.60%
guthrie 71 10,314 1.36% 39.30%
lone grove 72 5,069 0.70% 38.30%
harrah 73 5,162 1.36% 38.60%
broken arrow 74 98,648 -0.24% 36.40%
oklahoma city 75 581,094 1.36% 38.90%
owasso 76 29,487 -0.24% 36.60%
nichols hills 77 3,736 1.36% 38.60%
el reno 78 16,955 1.36% 39.20%
tuttle 79 6,015 1.36% 39.10%
sulphur 80 4,933 1.99% 41.40%
purcell 81 5,885 1.36% 39.30%
mustang 82 17,534 1.36% 39.20%
pauls valley 83 6,156 3.21% 43.50%
woodward 84 12,110 0.80% 39.40%
watonga 85 3,850 1.44% 39.70%
slaughterville 86 4,150 1.36% 39.40%
piedmont 87 5,783 1.36% 39.20%
noble 88 6,466 1.36% 39.40%
blanchard 89 7,569 1.36% 39.30%
moore 90 55,265 1.36% 39.40%
newcastle 91 7,740 1.36% 39.30%
weatherford 92 10,891 3.25% 44.20%
sayre 93 4,559 4.30% 46.40%
norman 94 111,753 1.36% 39.80%
guymon 95 11,414 6.21% 49.00%
clinton 96 9,071 3.25% 44.20%
edmond 97 81,594 1.36% 39.70%
kingfisher 98 4,625 2.20% 42.00%
yukon 99 23,038 1.36% 39.90%
elk city 100 11,860 4.30% 46.40%

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