Our 10 best places to retire in Oklahoma will surely be helpful for those of you who wish to retire in one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States. Natural gas, oil, agricultural products and other resources ranked Oklahoma “among the top states in per capita income growth and gross domestic product growth” and made it a desirable state for those looking for relocation.
Set in the region of the Great Plains, Oklahoma is “20th most extensive and the 28th most populous of the 50 United States.” As of 2015, Oklahoma is home for 3,911,338 residents, 8,6% of which are Native Americans. 24 Native American languages are spoken in the state, putting Oklahoma in the second place in the nation in this category.
If you love warm weather, you’ll be happy to hear that summer in Oklahoma is usually very long and hot, while the winters are short and not as cold as in some other parts of the United States. The only downside of Oklahoma is that the most of the state is located in the “Tornado Alley” and has one of the highest rates of tornado strikes in the world. For those who are afraid of tornadoes, we recommend taking a look at our list of 10 best places to retire in Ohio.
One thing you may not be happy about is Oklahoma’s health care, since, it is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to the number of physicians per capita and percentage of people with insurance. There are however some positive things like 14% cheaper costs of living than the U.S. average, low rents, and low house prices.
To get the list of 10 best places to retire in Oklahoma, first, we found 20 most livable places (with a population greater than 5,000) in the state, according to Area Vibes. With the help of Sperling’s Best Places and U.S. Census, we checked the number of physicians per capita (100,000), crime rates, the number of residents aged 65 years and over, and the costs of living in each of these places. Using this data, we managed to get the average ranking for each place, successfully forming our list.