Is Oklahoma Really the Best Place to Retire?

The state’s new motto: Retirees get more bang for their buck. See why the golden years are great in the Sooner State.

we should all retire to oklahomaMark NerysYour Money Goes Further: The median home price is under $100,000, the cost of living is 14 percent below the national average, and Social Security income isn’t taxed. And we’re just getting started: There’s no state estate tax, and property taxes are low.

Earn a Little Something: With an unemployment rate that hovers around 6 percent—significantly below the national
average—restless retirees can keep working.

Expand Your Culture: Residents are never far away from cultural events and trendy restaurants with over 50 colleges and
universities throughout the state.

Bask in Nature’s Eye Candy: Like lakes? The state boasts about 200 man-made ones. Mountains? It has those, too—like the scenic Ouachita and Wichita ranges. Oklahoma is actually one of only four states to have more than ten distinct geographical regions within its borders (it has 11).

Ahhh, Sunshine: Hike and bike year-round thanks to mild winters and 234 days of sunshine annually, well above the U.S. average.

You Can Bring the Kids! The city of Tulsa is creating a modern model for a cross-generational community in partnership with the Legacy Project, a Toronto-based grassroots organization. In the works: zoning for special housing options that allow seniors to live independently but near their families, and day-care sites that are shared by adults and children to keep retirees feeling young. Plus, assisted-living costs are below average.

Sources: Smart Money, the Wall Street Journal,,

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