These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma


We analyzed over 66 places in Oklahoma to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Oklahoma.

But where exactly in Oklahoma? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Oklahoma that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Holdenville don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Sooner State to retire:

  1. Holdenville
  2. Blackwell (Photos)
  3. Bartlesville (Photos)
  4. Cushing (Photos)
  5. Owasso (Photos)
  6. Perry (Photos)
  7. Collinsville (Photos)
  8. Claremore (Photos)
  9. Broken Arrow (Photos)
  10. Guymon

Why did Holdenville take the top spot? And where are Tulsa and Norman?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Oklahoma.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Sooner State

To create our list of the best places in Oklahoma to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Sooner State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 67 places from across the state.

For these 67, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 67, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Holdenville, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Holdenville


Population: 5,756
Cost Of Living: 74
Distance to Closest Airport: 82 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,580
Holdenville ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 2nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 11th place safety rank.

2. Blackwell

Blackwell, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,880
Cost Of Living: 72
Distance to Closest Airport: 88 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,325
Blackwell ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 22nd place safety rank.

3. Bartlesville

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,499
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,742
Bartlesville ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 19th place rank for cost of living and it’s 29th place safety rank.

4. Cushing

Cushing, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,865
Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 50 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,746
Cushing ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 9th place rank for cost of living and it’s 30th place safety rank.

5. Owasso

Owasso, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,598
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,565
Owasso ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 63rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 10th place safety rank.

6. Perry

Perry, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,056
Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 79 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,760
Perry ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 5th place rank for cost of living and it’s 13th place safety rank.

7. Collinsville

Collinsville, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,293
Cost Of Living: 85
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,287
Collinsville ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 41st place rank for cost of living and it’s 4th place safety rank.

8. Claremore

Claremore, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,999
Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,305
Claremore ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 46th place rank for cost of living and it’s 21st place safety rank.

9. Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 104,869
Cost Of Living: 93
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,777
Broken Arrow ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 61st place rank for cost of living and it’s 14th place safety rank.

10. Guymon


Population: 11,934
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 102 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,036
Guymon ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 23rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 19th place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Oklahoma goes to Holdenville.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Duncan
  • Newcastle
  • Tuttle

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Holdenville 1 5,756 74 82 1,580
Blackwell 2 6,880 72 88 2,325
Bartlesville 3 36,499 80 37 2,742
Cushing 4 7,865 78 50 2,746
Owasso 5 33,598 94 6 1,565
Perry 6 5,056 77 79 1,760
Collinsville 7 6,293 85 11 1,287
Claremore 8 18,999 88 17 2,305
Broken Arrow 9 104,869 93 12 1,777
Guymon 10 11,934 81 102 2,036
Coweta 11 9,572 88 19 1,023
Glenpool 12 12,351 86 18 2,283
Sulphur 13 5,042 77 111 1,487
Henryetta 14 5,799 78 52 3,414
Okmulgee 15 12,284 79 39 4,119
Miami 16 13,631 79 73 4,130
Skiatook 17 7,958 84 10 1,357
Tulsa 18 399,906 85 4 5,881
Muskogee 19 38,605 79 43 4,160
Sand Springs 20 19,509 85 14 3,285
Sapulpa 21 20,546 83 18 3,080
Moore 22 59,501 85 107 2,694
Tahlequah 23 16,478 82 54 4,405
Bixby 24 23,956 96 17 1,544
Stillwater 25 48,104 91 66 3,035
Bethany 26 19,582 84 109 3,191
Mustang 27 19,637 89 116 1,583
Clinton 28 9,436 79 155 2,554
Warr Acres 29 10,374 83 107 4,289
Grove 30 6,724 89 8 3,063
Mcalester 31 18,255 81 88 5,373
Tecumseh 32 6,614 77 87 3,265
Wagoner 33 8,647 84 32 5,273
Seminole 34 7,470 78 79 4,792
Grove 35 6,724 89 36 3,063
Altus 36 19,422 80 141 3,490
Edmond 37 88,342 109 92 1,832
Weatherford 38 11,856 91 163 1,965
Catoosa 39 7,487 89 6 3,753
Shawnee 40 31,091 78 83 6,648
Anadarko 41 6,768 75 153 5,112
Lone Grove 42 5,197 85 89 1,539
Grove 43 6,724 89 66 3,063
Sallisaw 44 8,650 82 79 4,265
Noble 45 6,664 81 110 2,581
Grove 46 6,724 89 73 3,063
Yukon 47 25,293 90 115 1,925
Guthrie 48 11,063 84 88 2,928
El Reno 49 18,170 79 124 2,564
Woodward 50 12,693 82 153 3,592
Ardmore 51 25,027 77 89 8,710
Chickasha 52 16,342 80 140 3,695
Durant 53 17,042 80 84 6,941
Norman 54 118,974 88 105 2,887
Ada 55 17,240 82 108 6,432
Harrah 56 5,714 89 87 2,677
Choctaw 57 11,989 98 91 1,434
Pauls Valley 58 6,096 79 126 5,249
Purcell 59 6,349 82 116 3,228
Piedmont 60 6,779 95 110 678
Blanchard 61 8,267 92 123 810
Enid 62 50,891 84 111 4,389
Lawton 63 96,728 89 138 5,583
Poteau 64 8,687 81 106 5,801
Tuttle 65 6,576 93 121 1,794
Newcastle 66 9,030 92 116 2,458
Duncan 67 23,240 83 122 5,688

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