The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma For 2023


We analyzed over 37 places in Oklahoma to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the best places to retire in Oklahoma.

Don't run out and buy a condo on wheels just yet, you might want to check out Oklahoma's best places to retire before you put any wheels in motion.

That's right, if it's safety that's important to you many of Oklahoma's best places to retire are also some of the state's safest. And if it's first class, easily accessible amenities that you're looking for, you'll be happy to know that you can play 18 holes of golf at the Golf Club in Muskeego one weekend and be fishing on the Okmulgee Creek the next. But, if you're looking for the top ten best places to retire in Oklahoma for 2023, you're going to have to take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of the best places to retire in Oklahoma for 2023.

However, don't hit that down arrow key just yet: first, we need to tell you how we identified the best places to retire in the Sooner State. Yes, in order to cross our T's and dot our I's, we looked at the state's cities with at least 10,000. This gave us 39 Oklahoma cities that any person would be happy to hang up their hat. We also looked at factors like affordable housing and how close a place is an international airport-you know, so you can visit your family on a whim.

So, want to know where the 65 and older crowd are killing it in Oklahoma? Keep reading.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma For 2023

  1. Okmulgee
  2. Guthrie
  3. Bartlesville
  4. Muskogee
  5. Claremore
  6. Duncan
  7. Sapulpa
  8. Tahlequah
  9. Choctaw
  10. El Reno

Why did Okmulgee take the top spot? And where are Tulsa and Norman?

There might not be a white sandy beach to kick up your feet in Oklahoma, but there is peace and quiet. And if you choose to live in Oklahoma's places you won't have to worry about high crime either.

So, want to know where the best place to retire in Oklahoma is located? Well, according to the latest data, that would be Okmulgee.

To see a list of the other great Oklahoma places that made this list, take a look below. And if you have some extra time on your retirement hands, take a look at Oklahoma's worst places so you don't find yourself between a rock and a hard place.

For more Oklahoma state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma For 2023

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 11,330
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $680
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
More on Okmulgee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Okmulgee, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,767
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $792
Distance to Closest Airport: 88 miles
More on Guthrie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Guthrie, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,074
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $789
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
More on Bartlesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bartlesville, OK

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 37,214
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $722
Distance to Closest Airport: 43 miles
More on Muskogee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Muskogee, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,173
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $892
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
More on Claremore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Claremore, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 22,664
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $749
Distance to Closest Airport: 122 miles
More on Duncan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Duncan, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,853
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $921
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
More on Sapulpa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sapulpa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 16,213
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $731
Distance to Closest Airport: 54 miles
More on Tahlequah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tahlequah, OK

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,130
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,078
Distance to Closest Airport: 91 miles
More on Choctaw: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Choctaw, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 17,164
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $781
Distance to Closest Airport: 124 miles
More on El Reno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

El Reno, OK

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Sooner State for 2023

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 -- 728 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 39 places from across the state.

For these 39, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 39, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Okmulgee, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Summary: Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Oklahoma Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Oklahoma goes to Okmulgee.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Warr Acres
  2. Bethany
  3. Moore

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Oklahoma?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Okmulgee 11,330 $680
2 Guthrie 10,767 $792
3 Bartlesville 37,074 $789
4 Muskogee 37,214 $722
5 Claremore 19,173 $892
6 Duncan 22,664 $749
7 Sapulpa 21,853 $921
8 Tahlequah 16,213 $731
9 Choctaw 12,130 $1,078
10 El Reno 17,164 $781

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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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