10 Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Oklahoma.

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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 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.

Where exactly in Oklahoma is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Miami as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 Miami don’t mind us spreading the word.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Oklahoma state reading:

Miami, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,631
Rank Last Year: 36 (Up 35)
Median Rent: $670
Distance to Closest Airport: 73 miles
More on Miami: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bartlesville, OK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 36,499
Rank Last Year: 57 (Up 55)
Median Rent: $693
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
More on Bartlesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 38,605
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 9)
Median Rent: $651
Distance to Closest Airport: 43 miles
More on Muskogee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Claremore, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,999
Rank Last Year: 47 (Up 43)
Median Rent: $791
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
More on Claremore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Guthrie, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,063
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 19)
Median Rent: $686
Distance to Closest Airport: 88 miles
More on Guthrie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Okmulgee, OK

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 12,284
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $569
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
More on Okmulgee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sapulpa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,546
Rank Last Year: 34 (Up 27)
Median Rent: $777
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
More on Sapulpa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Duncan, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 23,240
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Median Rent: $671
Distance to Closest Airport: 122 miles
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Choctaw, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,989
Rank Last Year: 59 (Up 50)
Median Rent: $918
Distance to Closest Airport: 91 miles
More on Choctaw: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Choctaw is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. It is the oldest chartered town in Oklahoma. The city is located approximately 10 miles east of Oklahoma City and is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

Sand Springs, OK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,509
Rank Last Year: 50 (Up 40)
Median Rent: $767
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
More on Sand Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 2019

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 37 places from across the state.

For these 37, 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 37, with the lowest number being the best.

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

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Oklahoma Yet…

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

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

  1. Lawton
  2. Warr Acres
  3. Moore

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Miami 13,631 $670
2 Bartlesville 36,499 $693
3 Muskogee 38,605 $651
4 Claremore 18,999 $791
5 Guthrie 11,063 $686
6 Okmulgee 12,284 $569
7 Sapulpa 20,546 $777
8 Duncan 23,240 $671
9 Choctaw 11,989 $918
10 Sand Springs 19,509 $767

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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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