There are many small towns in Oklahoma perfect for retirement living. Oklahoma, with its eleven distinct ecological regions, from the semi-arid high plains of the panhandle to the sub-tropical wetlands of the southeastern part of the state, has a climate for just about everyone.
Over thirty Native American tribes, four Fortune 500 companies, and three Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in Oklahoma, which has been rated one of the most business-friendly states in the nation. Property taxes, median home prices, rates of crime, and cost of living are among the lowest in the US.
When you consider the exciting nightlife of Tulsa, the world-class sporting events, and renowned museums, coupled with the peace of small-town-like living – well, you just can’t go wrong retiring in Oklahoma! Here are some of the best cities in Oklahoma for retirees!
This town of approximately 18,000 people is known for being the hometown of entertainer Will Rogers. Visiting Claremore feels like stepping onto a movie set of small-town America with its quaint downtown filled with mom-and-pop shops and home-style cafes. The town features several locations on the National Register of Historic Places including The Belvidere Mansion and Will Rogers Hotel.
Edmond recently won the cable news channel CNBC’s “Prefect Suburb” award. The town of 80,000 made #1 on the list. The town won the award because of its excellent schools, well-up-kept park system, friendliness, transportation, dining, and houses of worship options. Edmond is home to America’s most decorated gymnast Shannon Miller.
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The small town of 10,000 people is a great place for people looking for a picturesque small town with a slow pace. Guthrie is known for its beautiful Victorian architecture which has been used in many movies including the Dustin Hoffman/Tom Cruise film Rainman and the Helen Hunt film Twister. Guthrie looks like the prototypical small town and plays the role quite well. Much of the town’s economy is based on historical tourism as people from all over the state and country come to visit the historical locations throughout the town.
Stillwater is a college sports lover’s paradise due to it being the home of the main campus of Oklahoma State University. The small town made CNN and Money magazine’s best list of small cities in 2010 coming in at number 67. Stillwater residents love to have a good time. The town is home to many events throughout the year including Elks BBQ Blaze, Special Olympics, Festival of Lights, Tumbleweed Calf Fry, and more. Stillwater is also known for being the home of Red Dirt Music. Stars like Garth Brooks and the All-American Rejects got their start playing in small clubs and bars in Stillwater.
Similar to Stillwater, Norman is a great place to live or visit if you like college sports. The town is home to the University of Oklahoma Sooners. Norman enjoys a lot of culture because of the university. The Fred Jones Art Museum, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, and Catlett Music Center are just a few community highlights.
Broken Arrow is the largest suburb of Tulsa. The city has made several “Top” lists including the safest city, most trees, most affordable suburb, best towns for families, and best downtown. The town is also home to a branch campus of Northeastern State University. Broken Arrow recently underwent a downtown redevelopment program that lead to the town receiving many tourism and industry awards.
55 Plus Communities in Oklahoma
Touchmark at Coffee Creek
2801 Shortgrass Road Edmond, OK
Something great is always brewing here Steeped in Touchmark’s tradition of quality and hospitality, this 25-acre showpiece is part of the Coffee Creek 638-acre planned residential development. We intentionally created smaller, friendly neighborhoods that maximize both privacy and a feeling of community. The Parkview neighborhood is one lifestyle option that offers individual homes, varying in size from 1,600 square feet to more than 2,000. Our three-story Grandview offers carefree apartment living and Assisted Living with a wide range of floor plans, plus underground parking, chef-prepared meals, housekeeping services, scheduled transportation, and more.
The community is located adjacent to The Village Center at Coffee Creek, which includes dental, medical, and retail offices. All Coffee Creek residents enjoy privileged access to an 18-hole golf course. Touchmark at Coffee Creek is located in Edmond, one of America’s top-rated cities, offering lush parks, unique shops, a rich history, and a full calendar of events. The MAC at Mitch Park, a premier adult recreational center, is less than a mile away.
Robert FowlerContributing Writer
Robert Fowler is a retired blogger who lives with his wife, Mary Ann at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community in North Georgia. Robert was previously the President of Retirement Media Inc. He has visited numerous 55+ Active Adult Communities over the years, sharing his experiences along the way with readers. View more posts