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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B
McAlester is a town in Oklahoma with a population of 18,095. McAlester is in Pittsburg County. Living in McAlester offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in McAlester and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in McAlester are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$102,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$726
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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McAlester Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    472.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    122.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,116.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,289.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    322.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in McAlester

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,947
National
$55,322
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McAlester Reviews

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We came here for my husband’s internship, and we tried to keep an open mind. There is a severe problem with meth and related crime here. Theft is the most common issue, but there are occasional murders (far more than one might expect for a town of this size). The water is often under boil advisory due to burst pipes, and a few times per year there is no running water at all for short periods of time. There are few options for food, whether it be groceries or restaurants. Most of the restaurants are inedible, and one of the few good places has given us food poisoning the last two times we ordered. Many locals are judgemental about bar patronage, including visiting the local craft brewery taproom. The silver lining of McAlester is that it inexplicably houses one of the best craft breweries in the United States as well as a very good coffee roastery. It’s worth a stop if you’re traveling through for those reasons, but I cannot recommend living here.
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My experience with McAlester, Ok has been on of a kind. I just came down to visit my parents and I fell in love with the geography of the land. I also fell in love with my son's mother. So that was 2 reasons that I love it here in McAlester, Ok. I also found my dream job or what I thought of as a dream job, I was training horses. So the time came when I was making a living and I was doing and have been doing very well every since.
McAlester is a small town, but there are some things to do and sights to be seen. People are friendly and helpful. I’ve had a good experience living here for the past two years I would recommend it to anyone who wants to live in a town that isn’t too big, but also not too small and has plenty of shopping and eating places. I’ve also heard great things about the schools and educators as well.