The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Oklahoma For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh 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 2021.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Oklahoma? That would be Stillwater.
the 2015-2019 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 2021:

  1. Stillwater
  2. Durant
  3. Tahlequah
  4. Guthrie
  5. Grove
  6. Tulsa
  7. Claremore
  8. Wagoner
  9. The Village
  10. Sallisaw

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 2021

1. StillwaterStillwater, OK

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Population: 49,952
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.4x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 41.2x (most expensive)
More on Stillwater: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Stillwater comes in at $34,309 and the median home value is $184,900 for 2021.

2. DurantDurant, OK

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Population: 17,856
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.2x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.6x (9th most expensive)
More on Durant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Durant comes in at $38,603 and the median home value is $123,300 for 2021.

3. TahlequahTahlequah, OK

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Population: 16,667
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.4x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.6x (15th most expensive)
More on Tahlequah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Tahlequah comes in at $37,177 and the median home value is $124,600 for 2021.

4. GuthrieGuthrie, OK

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Population: 11,376
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.0x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.0x (11th most expensive)
More on Guthrie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Guthrie comes in at $41,739 and the median home value is $125,400 for 2021.

5. Grove

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Population: 6,957
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.0x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 62.4x (39th most expensive)
More on Grove: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Grove comes in at $41,875 and the median home value is $165,600 for 2021.

6. TulsaTulsa, OK

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Population: 402,324
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (12th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 57.5x (22nd most expensive)
More on Tulsa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Tulsa comes in at $47,650 and the median home value is $139,900 for 2021.

7. ClaremoreClaremore, OK

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Population: 18,753
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.7x (18th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.1x (13th most expensive)
More on Claremore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Claremore comes in at $46,295 and the median home value is $124,200 for 2021.

8. WagonerWagoner, OK

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Population: 8,920
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.0x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 47.3x (4th most expensive)
More on Wagoner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Wagoner comes in at $35,250 and the median home value is $107,200 for 2021.

9. The Village

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Population: 9,452
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 11)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.3x (36th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 49.9x (6th most expensive)
More on The Village: Real Estate | Data

The median income in The Village comes in at $58,947 and the median home value is $136,500 for 2021.

10. SallisawSallisaw, OK

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Population: 8,571
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.2x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.0x (8th most expensive)
More on Sallisaw: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Sallisaw comes in at $33,145 and the median home value is $104,600 for 2021.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Sooner State For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 2021

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. Holdenville
  3. Cushing

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 3.33 49,952 5.4x 41.2x
2 Durant 15.67 17,856 3.2x 51.6x
3 Tahlequah 16.33 16,667 3.4x 54.6x
4 Guthrie 16.33 11,376 3.0x 53.0x
5 Grove 18.33 6,957 4.0x 62.4x
6 Tulsa 18.67 402,324 2.9x 57.5x
7 Claremore 20.67 18,753 2.7x 54.1x
8 Wagoner 21.17 8,920 3.0x 47.3x
9 The Village 22.67 9,452 2.3x 49.9x
10 Sallisaw 23.0 8,571 3.2x 51.0x
11 Norman 23.67 122,837 3.2x 66.3x
12 Weatherford 24.33 11,949 3.6x 68.6x
13 Elk City 24.33 11,824 3.3x 64.7x
14 Oklahoma City 24.33 643,692 2.9x 63.8x
15 Edmond 26.0 92,009 3.0x 77.8x
16 Shawnee 28.0 31,235 2.7x 58.1x
17 Purcell 28.67 6,401 2.8x 66.2x
18 Bixby 29.0 26,541 2.7x 82.1x
19 Hugo 30.67 5,142 2.7x 47.2x
20 Ada 30.67 17,260 2.7x 57.3x
21 Piedmont 31.67 7,747 2.6x 82.9x
22 Lawton 31.67 94,017 2.4x 57.4x
23 Coweta 32.33 9,739 2.5x 64.5x
24 Warr Acres 32.33 10,180 2.4x 59.4x
25 Harrah 32.67 6,189 2.6x 68.5x
26 Sapulpa 33.33 21,041 2.3x 58.4x
27 Bethany 33.33 19,366 2.4x 59.5x
28 Poteau 34.0 8,843 2.7x 62.0x
29 Newcastle 34.33 9,967 2.4x 105.7x
30 Sulphur 34.67 5,023 2.6x 63.8x
31 Guymon 34.67 11,488 2.3x 63.0x
32 Owasso 35.0 36,173 2.4x 72.7x
33 Lone Grove 35.0 5,063 2.3x 60.6x
34 Muskogee 35.0 37,624 2.4x 55.8x
35 Blanchard 35.67 8,386 2.4x 106.1x
36 Midwest City 35.67 57,288 2.3x 57.6x
37 Collinsville 36.67 6,882 2.2x 63.5x
38 Jenks 37.67 22,488 2.3x 78.2x
39 Broken Arrow 38.33 108,496 2.3x 70.5x
40 Idabel 39.0 6,924 2.4x 55.8x
41 Duncan 39.0 22,618 2.5x 64.3x
42 Choctaw 40.0 12,474 2.3x 83.1x
43 Tuttle 41.33 7,294 2.3x 114.8x
44 Mcalester 41.67 18,045 2.3x 60.1x
45 Okmulgee 42.0 11,846 2.2x 50.9x
46 Catoosa 42.67 7,705 2.1x 58.6x
47 Miami 43.33 13,289 2.2x 52.1x
48 El Reno 43.33 19,095 2.3x 63.9x
49 Mustang 44.0 21,459 2.2x 70.1x
50 Clinton 44.33 9,217 2.2x 59.1x
51 Sand Springs 44.33 19,794 2.2x 67.0x
52 Vinita 44.33 5,423 2.1x 49.1x
53 Moore 44.67 60,943 2.1x 64.6x
54 Ardmore 45.0 24,821 2.2x 60.6x
55 Pryor Creek 45.0 9,394 2.3x 60.5x
56 Yukon 46.0 26,943 2.2x 70.1x
57 Henryetta 47.0 5,633 2.0x 46.3x
58 Bartlesville 48.0 36,412 2.2x 73.6x
59 Altus 48.17 18,744 2.2x 64.4x
60 Enid 48.33 50,394 2.1x 60.4x
61 Pauls Valley 48.67 6,139 2.2x 59.0x
62 Tecumseh 48.67 6,643 2.0x 56.8x
63 Glenpool 49.0 13,666 2.1x 69.4x
64 Del City 49.33 21,822 1.8x 54.4x
65 Woodward 49.33 12,448 2.2x 67.3x
66 Chickasha 52.0 16,337 2.0x 59.2x
67 Seminole 52.67 7,219 1.7x 53.8x
68 Ponca City 54.0 24,134 2.2x 65.0x
69 Blackwell 54.0 6,696 1.5x 54.8x
70 Alva 55.33 5,109 2.1x 64.5x
71 Noble 55.67 6,837 1.9x 71.7x
72 Cushing 56.33 7,746 2.0x 62.5x
73 Holdenville 59.33 5,559 1.7x 60.4x
74 Anadarko 69.33 6,626 1.7x 78.3x

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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.

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