Have you ever wondered how safe your town really is? Oklahoma Watch mapped the violent crime rates for every city in the state with at least 10,000 residents, showing that some smaller cities have violent crime rates that outpace even those in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, the state’s largest municipalities.
“Leading the way was Ardmore, population about 24,500, whose 405 violent crimes in 2011 gave the city a violent crime rate of 1,650 per 100,000 residents,” Oklahoma Watch reported. “Tulsa ranked second, and Oklahoma City fifth, in violent crime that year. But six out of the top 10 included cities such as Ardmore, with populations under 25,000.”
The national violent crime rate dropped by 5 percent between 2007 and 2011, but Oklahoma’s rate only dropped 1.5 percent during the same time period. Rates actually increased in some smaller cities. “Moore and Ardmore experienced double-digit average annual violent crime rate increases between 2007 and 2011,” according to Oklahoma Watch.
Using the interactive map, viewers can see not only their city’s overall violent crime rate, but also the number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters, forcible rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults committed in 2011.