Most Expensive Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Oklahoma that will put a big dent in your wallet.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Oklahoma.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Oklahoma does this very well. Families love the Sooner State's beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state -- and that's how we're going to help you.

These are the places in Oklahoma that cost a pretty penny -- the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Oklahoma for 2020.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Oklahoma? That would be Stillwater.
the 2014-2018 American Community Survey for the 74 places in Oklahoma with more than 5,000 people.

What's the most expensive place to live in Oklahoma? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Stillwater is the most expensive place to live in Oklahoma.

So hopefully Alva (the cheapest place to live in Oklahoma) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Oklahoma and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2020

Stillwater, OK

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Population: 49,527
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.4x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 39.1x (1st most expensive)
More on Stillwater: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coordinates: 360658N 970332W 36.116; -97.059

The median income in Stillwater comes in at $31,808 and the median home value is $171,700 for 2020.

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Population: 6,862
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.0x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.9x (31st most expensive)
More on Grove: Real Estate | Data

Grove is a city in Delaware County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 6,623 at the 2010 census, an increase of 27.6 percent from 5,131 in 2000.

The median income in Grove comes in at $41,250 and the median home value is $166,300 for 2020.

Claremore, OK

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6
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Population: 18,780
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (13th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 50.9x (8th most expensive)
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.

The median income in Claremore comes in at $42,977 and the median home value is $120,700 for 2020.

Tahlequah, OK

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Population: 16,592
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.4x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.7x (15th most expensive)
More on Tahlequah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tahlequah is a city in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States located at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It is part of the Green Country region of Oklahoma and was established as a capital of the 19th-century Cherokee Nation in 1839, as part of the new settlement in Indian Territory after the Cherokee Native Americans were forced west from the American Southeast on the Trail of Tears.

The median income in Tahlequah comes in at $35,046 and the median home value is $117,600 for 2020.

Weatherford, OK

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Population: 11,973
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.0x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 59.6x (34th most expensive)
More on Weatherford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Weatherford is a city in Custer County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 10,833 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Weatherford comes in at $40,792 and the median home value is $162,000 for 2020.

Durant, OK

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Population: 17,517
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.0x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.5x (10th most expensive)
More on Durant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Durant is a city in Bryan County, Oklahoma, United States and serves as the capital of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The population was 15,856 at the 2010 census. Durant is the principal city of the Durant Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 42,416 in 2010. Durant ranks as the second largest city within the Choctaw Nation, following McAlester, and ahead of Poteau. Durant is also part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Combined Statistical Area, anchoring the northern edge.

The median income in Durant comes in at $37,771 and the median home value is $114,000 for 2020.

Tulsa, OK

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Population: 402,223
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.9x (20th most expensive)
More on Tulsa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 47th-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2015, the population was 403,505, an increase of 11,599 over that reported in the 2010 Census. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 981,005 residents in the MSA and 1,151,172 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

The median income in Tulsa comes in at $46,113 and the median home value is $133,900 for 2020.

Sallisaw, OK

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Population: 8,547
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.3x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 47.6x (4th most expensive)
More on Sallisaw: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sallisaw is a city and county seat of Sequoyah County. The population was 8,880 at the 2010 Census, an 11.2 percent increase from 7,891 at the 2000 census. Sallisaw is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The median income in Sallisaw comes in at $29,656 and the median home value is $98,800 for 2020.

Guthrie, OK

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Population: 11,165
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (14th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.1x (17th most expensive)
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.

The median income in Guthrie comes in at $41,995 and the median home value is $117,400 for 2020.

Warr Acres, OK

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6
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Population: 10,360
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.6x (20th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 50.3x (6th most expensive)
More on Warr Acres: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Warr Acres is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. It was established after World War II by C.B. Warr, a dynamic businessman, builder, and commercial developer. The population was 10,043 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Warr Acres comes in at $42,321 and the median home value is $110,900 for 2020.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Sooner State For 2020

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Oklahoma
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2014-2018 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Oklahoma to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

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.

The place with the highest cost of living in Oklahoma according to the data is Stillwater. You can download the data here.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Oklahoma For 2020

Well there you have it, the places in Oklahoma that have the highest cost of living, with Stillwater ranking as the most expensive city in the Sooner State.

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in Oklahoma according to the data:

  1. Alva
  2. Holdenville
  3. Anadarko

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Oklahoma

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Stillwater 4.0 49,527 5.4x 39.1x
2 Grove 15.0 6,862 4.0x 58.9x
3 Claremore 16.67 18,780 2.8x 50.9x
4 Tahlequah 16.83 16,592 3.4x 54.7x
5 Weatherford 17.0 11,973 4.0x 59.6x
6 Durant 17.67 17,517 3.0x 51.5x
7 Tulsa 18.0 402,223 2.9x 56.9x
8 Sallisaw 21.33 8,547 3.3x 47.6x
9 Guthrie 21.33 11,165 2.8x 56.1x
10 Warr Acres 22.0 10,360 2.6x 50.3x
11 Norman 22.33 121,090 3.1x 65.6x
12 Wagoner 23.33 8,808 2.8x 47.8x
13 Oklahoma City 24.33 637,284 2.8x 63.6x
14 Edmond 25.33 91,053 2.9x 76.5x
15 Ada 26.67 17,276 2.7x 56.5x
16 Elk City 27.0 12,046 2.9x 65.8x
17 Lone Grove 28.33 5,052 2.7x 61.5x
18 Purcell 28.67 6,380 2.7x 64.8x
19 Lawton 29.33 94,697 2.4x 57.1x
20 The Village 29.67 9,385 2.2x 51.8x
21 Hugo 30.33 5,184 2.6x 47.0x
22 Shawnee 31.0 31,141 2.6x 58.3x
23 Collinsville 31.33 6,720 2.4x 60.5x
24 Bixby 31.67 25,818 2.6x 87.1x
25 Ardmore 33.0 24,892 2.4x 57.7x
26 Clinton 33.0 9,297 2.3x 56.7x
27 Blanchard 33.33 8,573 2.6x 103.8x
28 Midwest City 33.67 57,292 2.3x 55.9x
29 Coweta 34.33 9,637 2.5x 67.6x
30 Newcastle 34.33 9,657 2.4x 109.4x
31 Bethany 34.83 19,472 2.3x 60.5x
32 Sapulpa 35.33 20,659 2.3x 57.7x
33 Harrah 35.33 6,083 2.4x 71.9x
34 Idabel 36.0 6,925 2.4x 52.8x
35 Piedmont 37.67 7,424 2.3x 88.8x
36 Altus 38.0 19,034 2.4x 57.8x
37 Owasso 38.33 35,646 2.3x 75.3x
38 Tuttle 38.67 6,982 2.3x 113.4x
39 Duncan 38.67 22,823 2.4x 61.3x
40 Mcalester 38.67 18,095 2.4x 59.2x
41 Muskogee 39.0 37,900 2.3x 57.2x
42 Broken Arrow 39.0 107,500 2.3x 70.8x
43 Choctaw 39.67 12,367 2.3x 79.5x
44 Miami 40.33 13,335 2.2x 50.6x
45 Jenks 41.33 21,793 2.2x 78.9x
46 Pryor Creek 42.0 9,402 2.4x 61.7x
47 Poteau 42.67 8,793 2.4x 61.9x
48 Vinita 43.33 5,478 2.2x 51.7x
49 Mustang 43.67 20,735 2.1x 71.4x
50 Moore 43.67 60,807 2.1x 64.4x
51 Guymon 44.0 11,679 2.2x 64.3x
52 Woodward 45.0 12,601 2.2x 65.4x
53 Sand Springs 45.0 19,864 2.2x 67.0x
54 Bartlesville 45.0 36,448 2.3x 72.6x
55 Catoosa 45.33 7,640 2.1x 58.3x
56 El Reno 46.33 18,714 2.2x 64.7x
57 Okmulgee 46.33 12,024 2.1x 51.5x
58 Tecumseh 46.33 6,625 2.1x 57.2x
59 Enid 46.67 50,612 2.1x 59.0x
60 Henryetta 47.0 5,671 1.9x 45.2x
61 Yukon 47.33 26,317 2.1x 70.4x
62 Del City 48.0 21,874 1.9x 52.4x
63 Glenpool 50.67 13,313 1.9x 72.7x
64 Cushing 52.33 7,788 2.0x 58.3x
65 Chickasha 52.33 16,297 2.1x 60.1x
66 Noble 52.67 6,718 1.9x 66.5x
67 Ponca City 53.67 24,424 2.2x 64.8x
68 Sulphur 55.0 5,024 2.2x 72.7x
69 Pauls Valley 55.0 6,143 2.1x 62.5x
70 Seminole 57.67 7,328 1.7x 58.6x
71 Blackwell 60.67 6,786 1.3x 59.7x
72 Anadarko 61.0 6,664 1.8x 61.3x
73 Holdenville 61.67 5,611 1.7x 60.6x
74 Alva 63.0 5,154 1.9x 71.5x

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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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