The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2022


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Oklahoma.

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 2022.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Oklahoma? That would be Stillwater.
the 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 74 places in Oklahoma with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 most expensive places to live in Oklahoma for 2022:

  1. Stillwater
  2. Elk City
  3. Tahlequah
  4. Grove
  5. Durant
  6. Claremore
  7. Sallisaw
  8. Tulsa
  9. Norman
  10. Weatherford

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 Anadarko (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 2022

1. Stillwater

Stillwater, OK

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Population: 50,183
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.3x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 42.3x (most expensive)
More on Stillwater: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Stillwater comes in at $34,906 and the median home value is $185,300 for 2022.

2. Elk City

Elk City, OK

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Population: 11,544
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 11)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.4x (19th most expensive)
More on Elk City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Elk City comes in at $43,795 and the median home value is $161,500 for 2022.

3. Tahlequah

Tahlequah, OK

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Population: 16,684
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.8x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.9x (14th most expensive)
More on Tahlequah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Tahlequah comes in at $37,500 and the median home value is $141,000 for 2022.

4. Grove

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Population: 7,060
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.1x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.6x (35th most expensive)
More on Grove: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Grove comes in at $42,780 and the median home value is $175,300 for 2022.

5. Durant

Durant, OK

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Population: 18,516
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.0x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.3x (5th most expensive)
More on Durant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Durant comes in at $39,097 and the median home value is $117,700 for 2022.

6. Claremore

Claremore, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 18,875
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (14th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.8x (13th most expensive)
More on Claremore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Claremore comes in at $46,944 and the median home value is $134,500 for 2022.

7. Sallisaw

Sallisaw, OK

Overall SnackAbility

2
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Population: 8,536
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.2x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 49.7x (4th most expensive)
More on Sallisaw: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Sallisaw comes in at $33,423 and the median home value is $106,100 for 2022.

8. Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 402,441
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 59.0x (30th most expensive)
More on Tulsa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Tulsa comes in at $49,474 and the median home value is $143,400 for 2022.

9. Norman

Norman, OK

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 124,086
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.2x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 65.9x (52nd most expensive)
More on Norman: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Norman comes in at $58,111 and the median home value is $184,300 for 2022.

10. Weatherford

Weatherford, OK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,908
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.0x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 70.4x (59th most expensive)
More on Weatherford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Weatherford comes in at $47,740 and the median home value is $190,300 for 2022.

Methodology: How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Sooner State For 2022

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 2016-2020 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.

Summary: Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Oklahoma For 2022

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. Anadarko
  2. Altus
  3. Chickasha

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 3.67 50,183 5.3x 42.3x
2 Elk City 13.67 11,544 3.7x 56.4x
3 Tahlequah 15.33 16,684 3.8x 54.9x
4 Grove 16.67 7,060 4.1x 61.6x
5 Durant 17.17 18,516 3.0x 51.3x
6 Claremore 19.33 18,875 2.9x 54.8x
7 Sallisaw 20.67 8,536 3.2x 49.7x
8 Tulsa 22.33 402,441 2.9x 59.0x
9 Norman 23.0 124,086 3.2x 65.9x
10 Weatherford 23.33 11,908 4.0x 70.4x
11 Owasso 24.67 36,395 2.7x 63.8x
12 Oklahoma City 24.67 649,821 2.9x 63.9x
13 Edmond 26.0 93,101 3.0x 77.1x
14 Guthrie 26.67 11,296 2.7x 58.9x
15 El Reno 27.0 19,539 2.7x 55.7x
16 Poteau 27.33 8,866 2.8x 56.3x
17 Piedmont 27.33 8,155 3.0x 82.8x
18 Bethany 27.67 19,292 2.5x 55.2x
19 Jenks 27.67 22,933 2.6x 68.6x
20 Bixby 28.0 27,315 2.9x 79.1x
21 Shawnee 28.33 31,361 2.8x 58.2x
22 Collinsville 29.0 7,140 2.4x 60.7x
23 Woodward 29.33 12,213 2.7x 61.6x
24 Ardmore 31.0 24,834 2.6x 57.0x
25 Purcell 31.33 6,508 2.8x 67.2x
26 The Village 31.67 9,500 2.1x 53.0x
27 Ada 32.17 17,399 2.7x 58.8x
28 Muskogee 32.33 37,337 2.6x 56.0x
29 Hugo 33.67 5,114 2.6x 49.2x
30 Midwest City 34.5 57,392 2.4x 58.8x
31 Harrah 35.33 6,480 2.6x 72.3x
32 Wagoner 35.83 9,061 2.6x 59.9x
33 Newcastle 36.0 10,425 2.5x 109.4x
34 Pryor Creek 36.33 9,417 2.5x 58.8x
35 Coweta 37.0 9,803 2.6x 68.8x
36 Idabel 37.0 6,872 2.5x 53.0x
37 Blanchard 37.67 8,362 2.5x 98.5x
38 Guymon 38.67 11,381 2.4x 62.8x
39 Moore 38.67 61,683 2.2x 63.8x
40 Sand Springs 39.33 19,912 2.4x 68.7x
41 Vinita 39.67 5,367 2.3x 53.0x
42 Lawton 40.0 93,535 2.3x 58.9x
43 Choctaw 40.0 12,467 2.4x 75.8x
44 Warr Acres 40.33 10,169 2.4x 63.8x
45 Sapulpa 40.33 21,170 2.3x 63.6x
46 Okmulgee 40.33 11,768 2.2x 49.0x
47 Mustang 40.67 22,228 2.3x 70.8x
48 Broken Arrow 40.67 108,875 2.3x 69.5x
49 Lone Grove 42.67 5,105 2.4x 75.3x
50 Glenpool 43.0 13,836 2.0x 62.1x
51 Miami 44.0 13,176 2.1x 52.5x
52 Mcalester 44.0 18,042 2.2x 58.5x
53 Tuttle 44.67 7,348 2.2x 116.1x
54 Bartlesville 44.67 36,495 2.4x 72.7x
55 Henryetta 44.67 5,586 2.1x 51.4x
56 Del City 46.0 21,762 2.0x 52.6x
57 Ponca City 46.33 23,940 2.3x 63.1x
58 Duncan 48.83 22,529 2.3x 71.6x
59 Pauls Valley 49.33 6,128 2.2x 59.5x
60 Enid 49.33 50,116 2.2x 64.0x
61 Catoosa 49.5 7,930 2.0x 64.0x
62 Seminole 49.67 7,155 1.9x 52.0x
63 Yukon 50.33 27,557 2.0x 74.8x
64 Sulphur 51.33 5,023 2.1x 63.5x
65 Tecumseh 53.67 6,721 1.9x 60.8x
66 Alva 53.67 5,046 2.1x 64.2x
67 Noble 54.0 6,956 1.8x 86.7x
68 Blackwell 54.67 6,634 1.6x 56.5x
69 Holdenville 56.0 5,662 1.7x 57.5x
70 Clinton 56.67 9,117 2.0x 65.2x
71 Cushing 59.0 7,759 2.0x 64.6x
72 Chickasha 60.0 16,326 1.9x 66.4x
73 Altus 60.67 18,533 1.9x 65.6x
74 Anadarko 69.0 6,600 1.5x 71.0x

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About Chris Kolmar

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