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:
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.
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.
Population: 57,563Cost 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.
Population: 5,768Cost 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.
Population: 19,390Cost 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.
Population: 18,575Cost 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.
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.
Population: 5,970Cost 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.
Population: 36,193Cost 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.
Population: 6,957Cost 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:
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