A wise sage once said:
“She works hard for the money…”
And these places in Oklahoma definitely treat her right.
You see, these are the places in Oklahoma where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Sooner State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.
So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 73 largest places in Oklahoma, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.
- Ada (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ardmore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lone Grove (Homes For Sale)
- Holdenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Seminole (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pauls Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Tecumseh (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Chickasha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Shawnee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hugo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
So listen up Coweta (the most expensive place in Oklahoma) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.
And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Oklahoma and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Sooner State For 2018
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Oklahoma to figure out which is the least expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 73 places in Oklahoma that have more than 5,000 people.
And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.
San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.
Ada is a city in and the county seat of Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 16,810 at the 2010 census, an increase of 7.1 percent from 15,691 at the 2000 census. The city was named for Ada Reed, the daughter of an early settler, and was incorporated in 1901. Ada is home to East Central University, and is the headquarters of the Chickasaw Nation.
Ardmore is a business, cultural, and tourism city in and the county seat of Carter County, Oklahoma, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 24,283, with an estimated population of 24,950 in 2013. The Ardmore micropolitan statistical area had an estimated population of 48,491 in 2013. Ardmore is 90 miles from both Oklahoma City and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, at the junction of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 70, and is generally considered the hub of the ten-county region of South Central Oklahoma, also known by state tourism pamphlets as “Arbuckle Country” and “Lake and Trail Country.” Ardmore is situated about 9 miles south of the Arbuckle Mountains and is located at the eastern margin of the Healdton Basin, one of the most oil-rich regions of the United States.
Lone Grove is a city in Carter County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 5,054 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Micropolitan Statistical Area of Ardmore.
Holdenville is a city in and county seat of Hughes County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 5,771 at the 2010 census, an increase of 22 percent from 4,732 at the 2000 census.
Seminole is a city in Seminole County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 6,899 at the 2000 census. Seminole experienced a large population growth in the 1920s due to an oil boom.
Pauls Valley is a city in and the county seat of Garvin County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 6,187 at the 2010 census, a decline of 1.1 percent from 6,256 at the 2000 census. It was settled by and named for Smith Paul, a North Carolina native who married a Chickasaw woman and became a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation before the Civil War. The town economy is largely based on agriculture and oil production.
Tecumseh is a city in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 6,457 at the 2010 census, a 5.9 percent increase from 6,098 at the 2000 census. It was named for the noted Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, and was designated as the county seat at Oklahoma’s statehood. A county-wide election moved the seat to Shawnee in 1930.
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.
Shawnee is a city in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 31,543 in 2014, a 4.9 percent increase from 28,692 at the 2000 census. The city is part of the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area; it is also the county seat of Pottawatomie County and the principal city of the Shawnee Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Hugo is a city and county seat of Choctaw County, Oklahoma, United States. It is located in southeastern Oklahoma about 9 miles north of the Texas state line. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,310.
There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Oklahoma Cheapskate
If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Oklahoma, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Oklahoma according to the data:
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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Oklahoma