Thrive in Oklahoma

Your Money Goes Further in Oklahoma

If you make $100,000 a year in Los Angeles, you would have to earn only $51,813 to maintain the same standard of living in Tulsa. Or $50,054 in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma's low costs mean more for your dollar, more out of life.

  • Cities across Oklahoma represent some of the least expensive places to live in the U.S. Stillwater has a cost-of-living index of 89.5 - 10.5 percent below the national average. The index is 84.3 for Pryor, 93.3 for Oklahoma City, and 92 for Tulsa. Contrast that with an index of 214.7 in Manhattan, New York.
  • Oklahoma's tax burden has been ranked fourth lowest in the nation.
  • Homes cost less. A recent study by Coldwell Banker found the following costs for a 2,200-square-foot home:
    • $159,000 in Kansas City
    • $180,000 in Dallas,
    • $237,000 in Atlanta,
    • $249,000 in Portland
    • $130,000-$135,000 in Oklahoma

If you don't live in one of these cities, make your own comparison with this Cost-of-Living Wizard.

Low Cost Aside, the Living is Great!

  • Tulsa is fifth and Oklahoma City sixth in Forbes' top tenmost livable cities for 2009. The magazine surveyed crime, unemployment, culture and other measures.
  • The very best place to live in the United States is … Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to RelocateAmerica’s 2009 survey. Oklahoma City ranked tenth, and Jenks made the top 100 in an assessment that looked for visionary government and business leadership, economic growth prospects, favorable housing and “green” initiatives.
  • Oklahoma ranks fourth in fourth in's new Happiness Index. The index seeks happiness in financial stability by analyzing household income, debt, employment and foreclosures.

Save Time, Save Gas

Oklahoma drive times are short. You'll spend more time enjoying life.

  • Tulsa average one-way commute: 20.88 minutes (third shortest among 65 major metropolitan areas)
  • Oklahoma City average one-way commute: 21.57 minutes (seventh shortest) Source: US Census Bureau's 2005 American Community Survey
  • Oklahoma City ranks 6th and Tulsa 10th as the most drivable of 77 cities surveyed across the country. Source:


This four-bedroom, 2,717-square-foot-home in Oklahoma City was recently advertised at $198,600. There's also a game room and a sprinkler system.


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