Oklahomas crime rates sit higher than the national average; however, they are also falling faster than the national average.
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Oklahoma suffered 454.8 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2011, down 5.5 percent from the previous year. Nationally, America averaged 386.3 per 100,000, but only fell 4.5 percent from 2010.
3,356 property crimes per 100,000 Oklahomans were reported in 2011, compared to 2,908 per 100,000 Americans. In 2010, Oklahoma experienced 3,443 in the same category, signifying a 2.5 percent decrease. Compare this to the downward 1.3 percent change in property crime nationwide: Crime rates have been falling at a decreasing rate over the past half decade nationwide, after leveling out in many states.
Oklahoma seems to be a year or so behind the trend, but will likely level out in the near future. The states crime rates dropped 1.15 times more drastically than the national average.
Best And Worst Places To Live
The distant Tulsa suburb Skiatook was Oklahomas most dangerous city in 2011, with 382 crimes across its 7,118 citizens, with 53 crimes per 1,000 people. Tulsa was the second-most dangerous city, followed by Ardmore and Oklahoma City, both of which had more property crimes per citizen than Skiatook.
Piedmont, a northwestern Oklahoma City suburb, was the states safest town, with just 49 crimes all 2011. Yukon, Hugo and Glenpool were some of the other safest locales within the state.