Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma For 2020


We analyzed over 37 places in Oklahoma to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Oklahoma.

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Don't run out and buy a condo on wheels just yet, you might want to check out Oklahoma's best places to retire before you put any wheels in motion.

That's right, if it's safety that's important to you many of Oklahoma's best places to retire are also some of the state's safest. And if it's first class, easily accessible amenities that you're looking for, you'll be happy to know that you can play 18 holes of golf at the Golf Club in Muskeego one weekend and be fishing on the Okmulgee Creek the next. But, if you're looking for the top ten best places to retire in Oklahoma for 2020, you're going to have to take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of the best places to retire in Oklahoma for 2020.

However, don't hit that down arrow key just yet: first, we need to tell you how we identified the best places to retire in the Sooner State. Yes, in order to cross our T's and dot our I's, we looked at the state's cities with at least 10,000. This gave us 38 Oklahoma cities that any person would be happy to hang up their hat. We also looked at factors like affordable housing and how close a place is an international airport-you know, so you can visit your family on a whim.

So, want to know where the 65 and older crowd are killing it in Oklahoma? Keep reading.

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

There might not be a white sandy beach to kick up your feet in Oklahoma, but there is peace and quiet. And if you choose to live in Oklahoma's places you won't have to worry about high crime either.

So, want to know where the best place to retire in Oklahoma is located? Well, according to the latest data, that would be Bartlesville.

To see a list of the other great Oklahoma places that made this list, take a look below. And if you have some extra time on your retirement hands, take a look at Oklahoma's worst places so you don't find yourself between a rock and a hard place.

For more Oklahoma state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma For 2020

Bartlesville, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 36,448
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $718
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
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Bartlesville is a city mostly in Washington County in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 35,750 at the 2010 census, with a 2015 estimate of 36,595 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Bartlesville is 47 miles north of Tulsa and 18 miles south of the Kansas border. It is the county seat of Washington County. The Caney River runs through Bartlesville.

Muskogee, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 37,900
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $680
Distance to Closest Airport: 43 miles
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Muskogee is a city in and the county seat of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States. Home to Bacone College, it lies approximately 48 miles southeast of Tulsa. The population of the city was 39,223 as of the 2010 census, a 2.4 percent increase from 38,310 at the 2000 census, making it the eleventh-largest city in Oklahoma.

Review Of Muskogee by HomeSnacks User

I was born in Muskogee and grew up in Ft. Gibson, moved to Muskogee and the back to the Fort. It is home to me. And I wouldn't trade my life there for anywhere else.

Guthrie, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,165
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $748
Distance to Closest Airport: 88 miles
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Guthrie is a city and county seat in Logan County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City Metroplex. The population was 10,191 at the 2010 census, a 2.7 percent increase from the 9,925 at the 2000 census.

Claremore, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,780
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $844
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
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Claremore is a city and the county seat of Rogers County in northeastern Oklahoma, United States. The population was 18,581 at the 2010 census, a 17.1 percent increase from 15,873 at the 2000 census. Located in the Ozark Mountains foothills, the city is part of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area and home to Rogers State University. It is best known as the birthplace and home of early 20th-century entertainer Will Rogers.

Review Of Claremore by HomeSnacks User

Crime is relatively low. Most people think very black and white. Good luck finding thought provoking conversation. It usually doesn't happen. There's a college in town that's okay. People are usually nice to your face. A few great people and a lot of backwards people. Not much to do here Definitely not the best in Oklahoma, but definitely not the worst.

Mainstreet Tavern, J Farley's, The Belvidere Mansion, Claremore Lake. That's about it.

Okmulgee, OK

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 12,024
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $614
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
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Okmulgee is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 12,321, a loss of 5.4 percent since the 2000 census figure of 13,022. It has been the capital of the Muscogee Nation since the United States Civil War. The name is from the Creek word oki mulgee which means "boiling waters" in English. Other translations put it as "babbling brook" or 'Effluvium'. The site was chosen because of the nearby rivers and springs. Okmulgee is 38 miles south of Tulsa and 13 miles north of Henryetta via US-75.

Duncan, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 22,823
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $689
Distance to Closest Airport: 122 miles
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Chickasha, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 16,297
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $673
Distance to Closest Airport: 140 miles
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Chickasha is a city in and the county seat of Grady County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 16,036 at the 2010 census. Chickasha is home to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The city is named for and strongly connected to Native American heritage, as "Chickasha" is the Choctaw word for Chickasaw.

Miami, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,335
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $710
Distance to Closest Airport: 73 miles
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Miami is a city in and county seat of Ottawa County, Oklahoma, United States, founded in 1891. Lead and zinc mining established by 1918, caused it to boom. It is the capital of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, after which it is named, the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, Peoria Tribe of Indians and Shawnee Tribe. As of the 2010 census, it had 13,570 inhabitants a one percent decline since 2000.

Sapulpa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,659
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $860
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
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Sapulpa is a city in Creek and Tulsa counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 20,544 at the 2010 United States census, compared to 19,166 at the 2000 census. As of 2013 the estimated population was 20,836. It is the county seat of Creek County.

Sand Springs, OK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,864
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Rent: $831
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
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Sand Springs is a city in Osage and Tulsa counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. A western suburb of Tulsa, it is located predominantly in Tulsa County. The population was 18,906 in the 2010 U. S. Census, an increase of 8.3 percent from 17,451 at the 2000 census.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Sooner State for 2020

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 -- 728 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 38 places from across the state.

For these 38, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 38, with the lowest number being the best.

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

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Oklahoma Yet...

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

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

  1. Warr Acres
  2. Lawton
  3. Moore

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Bartlesville 36,448 $718
2 Muskogee 37,900 $680
3 Guthrie 11,165 $748
4 Claremore 18,780 $844
5 Okmulgee 12,024 $614
6 Duncan 22,823 $689
7 Chickasha 16,297 $673
8 Miami 13,335 $710
9 Sapulpa 20,659 $860
10 Sand Springs 19,864 $831

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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