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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    D+
  12. Commute
    A-
Norman is a suburb of Oklahoma City with a population of 118,974. Norman is in Cleveland County and is one of the best places to live in Oklahoma. Living in Norman offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Norman and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Norman are highly rated.
About Norman...
Population
118,974

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$163,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$802
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Norman Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    160
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    73
    41
  • Robbery
    44
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    446
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    223
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,484
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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Norman Reviews

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Norman is a small town that looks like a big city. Being 20 miles away from Oklahoma City allows us the convenience of being close to a large city if we need something but almost anything you will need can be found within the city limits of Norman. Small-town feels but with big city offerings. We have great schools, nice stores, lots of food options and just great neighborhoods!
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This town is a really interesting mix of people, mindsets, lifestyles and age groups. The Spring season through the fall is filled with art and music events, including an annual music festival, regular art walk events and gallery exhibits, and crafting workshops.
Norman city limits include dozens of parks and long nature walks. Recent legislation passed by the community will be expanding funding for nature parks and other green spaces for people and families of all ages to enjoy.
Be wary of frequent road construction and traffic issues at peak hours of the day, or during the home games of the OU Sooners in the fall, which are legendary for the delays they cause motorists for dozens of miles around Norman.
On the whole, this town and its community are mostly easy going, independent, and proud of their unique qualities in the State of Oklahoma. Ask anyone on the street who lives here and they may well say there is no other place in the state to live!
I love that Norman is full of compassionate residents and a very welcoming atmosphere anywhere you go in the city. For being a city with a large population of caucasian individuals, the city has lots of diverse cultural areas to visit such as the arts district on Main Street in the downtown Norman area. The upkeep of the city parks and roadways is enjoyable and the city's residents love outdoor activities. The city is packed with bike lanes and lots of walkable areas to enjoy with plenty of art or local shops to browse through. Norman is known to have many popular local restaurants and bakeries. My favorite is La Baguette, a Norman family-owned bakery located in the middle of Norman with delicious brunch and dessert items. The city is known for a tasty and very authentic Mexican restaurant called Juan Del Fuego's; every resident highly recommends it!