These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Oklahoma


We used data and science to determine which places in Oklahoma go easy on your wallet.

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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 74 largest places in Oklahoma, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Holdenville
  2. Seminole
  3. Pauls Valley
  4. Hugo
  5. Chickasha
  6. Tecumseh
  7. Ada
  8. Ardmore
  9. Shawnee
  10. Vinita

So listen up Edmond as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Sooner State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

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 74 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.

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1. Holdenville

Holdenville, Oklahoma

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,628
Services: 88
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 37
Transportation: 79
Utiltiies: 95

2. Seminole

Seminole, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,438
Services: 88
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 45
Transportation: 79
Utiltiies: 95

3. Pauls Valley


Population: 6,156
Services: 88
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 51
Transportation: 79
Utiltiies: 95

4. Hugo

Hugo, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,325
Services: 89
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 87
Housing: 38
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 81

5. Chickasha

Chickasha, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,129
Services: 88
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 52
Transportation: 79
Utiltiies: 95

6. Tecumseh

Tecumseh, Oklahoma

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,480
Services: 88
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 52
Transportation: 79
Utiltiies: 95

7. Ada

Ada, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,852
Services: 87
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 91
Housing: 55
Transportation: 82
Utiltiies: 84

8. Ardmore

Ardmore, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,392
Services: 87
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 91
Housing: 57
Transportation: 82
Utiltiies: 84

9. Shawnee

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,058
Services: 88
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 57
Transportation: 79
Utiltiies: 95

10. Vinita

Vinita, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,721
Services: 91
Groceries: 102
Healthcare: 94
Housing: 46
Transportation: 81
Utiltiies: 94

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Oklahoma

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Holdenville 1 5,628 88 91 86
Seminole 2 7,438 88 91 86
Pauls Valley 3 6,156 88 91 86
Hugo 4 5,325 89 91 87
Chickasha 5 16,129 88 91 86
Tecumseh 6 6,480 88 91 86
Ada 7 16,852 87 91 91
Ardmore 8 24,392 87 91 91
Shawnee 9 30,058 88 91 86
Vinita 10 5,721 91 102 94
Lone Grove 11 5,069 87 91 91
Purcell 12 5,885 88 91 86
Anadarko 13 6,744 86 103 106
Perry 14 5,121 90 107 95
Pryor Creek 15 9,519 91 102 94
Noble 16 6,466 88 91 86
Miami 17 13,588 94 89 90
Idabel 18 7,002 114 92 86
Blackwell 19 7,064 93 96 94
Durant 20 16,014 89 91 87
Cushing 21 7,818 90 107 95
El Reno 22 16,955 92 90 97
Henryetta 23 5,898 99 111 100
Moore 24 55,265 88 91 86
Del City 25 21,469 92 90 97
Clinton 26 9,071 86 103 106
Okmulgee 27 12,402 99 111 100
Poteau 28 8,502 99 111 100
Altus 29 19,708 86 103 106
Guymon 30 11,414 92 98 100
Muskogee 31 39,045 99 111 100
Midwest City 32 54,773 92 90 97
Norman 33 111,753 88 91 86
Skiatook 34 7,753 97 93 96
Ponca City 35 25,223 93 96 94
Duncan 36 23,332 86 103 106
Claremore 37 18,669 91 102 94
Warr Acres 38 10,080 92 90 97
Newcastle 39 7,740 88 91 86
Enid 40 49,122 98 96 96
Bartlesville 41 35,876 97 93 96
Grove 42 6,587 91 102 94
Sapulpa 43 20,609 97 93 96
Blanchard 44 7,569 88 91 86
Sallisaw 45 8,779 99 111 100
Bethany 46 19,188 92 90 97
Wagoner 47 8,395 99 111 100
Woodward 48 12,110 98 96 96
Guthrie 49 10,314 101 89 95
Mcalester 50 18,412 99 111 100
Sand Springs 51 19,157 97 93 96
Lawton 52 96,187 86 103 106
Elk City 53 11,860 86 103 106
Yukon 54 23,038 92 90 97
Harrah 55 5,162 92 90 97
Tulsa 56 391,486 97 93 96
Tahlequah 57 15,912 99 111 100
Oklahoma City 58 581,094 92 90 97
Catoosa 59 7,074 97 93 96
The Village 60 9,034 92 90 97
Glenpool 61 10,868 97 93 96
Choctaw 62 11,202 92 90 97
Weatherford 63 10,891 86 103 106
Collinsville 64 5,612 97 93 96
Coweta 65 9,555 99 111 100
Mustang 66 17,534 92 90 97
Stillwater 67 45,584 90 107 95
Tuttle 68 6,015 92 90 97
Owasso 69 29,487 97 93 96
Broken Arrow 70 98,648 97 93 96
Bixby 71 20,964 97 93 96
Jenks 72 16,918 97 93 96
Piedmont 73 5,783 101 89 95
Edmond 74 81,594 101 89 95

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