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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A-
Norman is a suburb of Oklahoma City with a population of 119,820. Norman is in Cleveland County and is one of the best places to live in Oklahoma. Living in Norman offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Norman there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Norman and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Norman are highly rated.
About Norman...
Population
119,820

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$169,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$835
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Norman 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
    160.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    72.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    445.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,043.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    223.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    22%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Norman

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$53,733
National
$55,322
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Norman Reviews

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Norman is a great town with amazing schools, parks, and nightlife! The youth sports program is second to none and the community works hard to aid the future for children in Norman. East downtown consists of shops, restaurants, bars, and parks while Campus Corner is a classic nighttime hub. There is something happening in Norman every weekend whether it's a music festival, art walk, or cultural parade. There's never a dull moment! With Oklahoma City only twenty minutes away you have everything that the city life can offer as well as the Oklahoma City thunder and the big league experience of our NBA team. If you don't want to travel up the road to OKC to get your sports fix the University of Oklahoma has year-round collegiate athletic sports and a Sooner football game in the Fall should be on everyone's bucket list!
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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!
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!