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 Guymon don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Sooner State to retire:

  1. Guymon
  2. Moore
  3. Holdenville
  4. Bethany
  5. Mustang
  6. Clinton
  7. Warr Acres
  8. Collinsville
  9. Bartlesville
  10. Blackwell

Why did Guymon take the top spot? And where are Tulsa and Norman? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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 66 places from across the state.

For these 66, 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 66, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Guymon, 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. Guymon


Population 2014: 11,921
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 102 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,038
Guymon ranked 1 overall thanks to its 22 place rank for cost of living and 17 place safety rank.

2. Moore

Moore, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,563
Cost Of Living: 85
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,784
Moore ranked 2 overall thanks to its 40 place rank for cost of living and 28 place safety rank.

3. Holdenville

Holdenville, Oklahoma

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Population: 5,768
Cost Of Living: 74
Distance to Closest Airport: 82 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,577
Holdenville ranked 3 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 8 place safety rank.

4. Bethany

Bethany, Oklahoma

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,390
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 109 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,223
Bethany ranked 4 overall thanks to its 35 place rank for cost of living and 38 place safety rank.

5. Mustang

Mustang, Oklahoma

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Population: 18,575
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 116 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,674
Mustang ranked 5 overall thanks to its 50 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.

6. Clinton


Population 2014: 9,281
Cost Of Living: 79
Distance to Closest Airport: 155 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,596
Clinton ranked 6 overall thanks to its 13 place rank for cost of living and 22 place safety rank.

7. Warr Acres


Population 2014: 10,268
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,333
Warr Acres ranked 7 overall thanks to its 31 place rank for cost of living and 51 place safety rank.

8. Collinsville

Collinsville, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,970
Cost Of Living: 85
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,356
Collinsville ranked 8 overall thanks to its 40 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.

9. Bartlesville

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,193
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,765
Bartlesville ranked 9 overall thanks to its 18 place rank for cost of living and 27 place safety rank.

10. Blackwell

Blackwell, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,957
Cost Of Living: 72
Distance to Closest Airport: 88 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,299
Blackwell ranked 10 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 19 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 Guymon.

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

  • Harrah
  • Choctaw
  • Ardmore

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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
Guymon 1 11,921 81 102 2,038
Moore 2 57,563 85 107 2,784
Holdenville 3 5,768 74 82 1,577
Bethany 4 19,390 84 109 3,223
Mustang 5 18,575 89 116 1,674
Clinton 6 9,281 79 155 2,596
Warr Acres 7 10,268 83 107 4,333
Collinsville 8 5,970 85 11 1,356
Bartlesville 9 36,193 80 37 2,765
Blackwell 10 6,957 72 88 2,299
Skiatook 11 7,571 84 10 1,426
Cushing 12 7,870 78 50 2,744
Broken Arrow 13 101,917 93 12 1,828
Perry 14 5,087 77 79 1,749
Altus 15 19,716 80 141 3,438
Claremore 16 18,849 88 17 2,323
Noble 17 6,602 81 110 2,605
Weatherford 18 11,410 91 163 2,042
Anadarko 19 6,786 75 153 5,098
Yukon 20 24,127 90 115 2,018
Coweta 21 9,483 88 19 1,033
Glenpool 22 11,398 86 18 2,474
Okmulgee 23 12,398 79 39 4,081
El Reno 24 17,515 79 124 2,660
Owasso 25 31,738 94 6 1,657
Henryetta 26 5,848 78 52 3,385
Woodward 27 12,389 82 153 3,680
Miami 28 13,669 79 73 4,118
Norman 29 115,521 88 105 2,973
Chickasha 30 16,195 80 140 3,729
Ada 31 17,061 82 108 6,500
Sand Springs 32 19,277 85 14 3,325
Pauls Valley 33 6,054 79 126 5,285
Purcell 34 6,259 82 116 3,275
Muskogee 35 38,937 79 43 4,124
Sapulpa 36 20,308 83 18 3,116
Tahlequah 37 16,190 82 54 4,484
Bixby 38 22,480 96 17 1,645
Piedmont 39 6,232 95 110 738
Blanchard 40 7,625 92 123 878
Enid 41 50,232 84 111 4,447
Tulsa 42 395,599 85 4 5,945
Poteau 43 8,563 81 106 5,885
Lawton 44 97,788 89 138 5,523
Stillwater 45 46,851 91 66 3,116
Tuttle 46 6,252 93 121 1,887
Mcalester 47 18,354 81 88 5,344
Tecumseh 48 6,556 77 87 3,294
Grove 49 6,658 89 36 3,094
Duncan 50 23,364 83 122 5,658
Newcastle 51 8,383 92 116 2,648
Wagoner 52 8,499 84 32 5,365
Seminole 53 7,493 78 79 4,777
Edmond 54 85,084 109 92 1,902
Shawnee 55 30,609 78 83 6,752
Grove 56 6,658 89 66 3,094
Lone Grove 57 5,142 85 89 1,555
Sallisaw 58 8,761 82 79 4,211
Grove 59 6,658 89 73 3,094
Guthrie 60 10,668 84 88 3,037
Grove 61 6,658 89 8 3,094
Catoosa 62 7,407 89 6 3,793
Durant 63 16,507 80 84 7,166
Ardmore 64 24,877 77 89 8,763
Choctaw 65 11,619 98 91 1,480
Harrah 66 5,412 89 87 2,827

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