Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. Historically, it's been written off as a dull city with little to offer. Thankfully, that's now changed. Following a major renaissance of its downtown, the city has now emerged as a vibrant, lively place with plenty to boast about. Home to around 670,000 people, it has a booming economy, top-notch amenities, an enviable art scene, and a huge array of recreational opportunities. If you've ever wanted to live in a 21st-century metropolis that doesn't mind tipping its hat to its Western roots, it's a great place to call home. But which of its many neighborhoods and suburbs rank as the best of the best? Find out now as we take you through the 10 best places to live in Oklahoma City.
Choctaw sits on the outermost rim of Oklahoma City. As the oldest chartered community in Oklahoma, it has history and culture to spare. Its modern-day attractions are equally impressive. Residents can expect low unemployment, excellent schools, high incomes, and a very easy half-hour drive into the center of Oklahoma City.
As one of the safest communities in Oklahoma City, Blanchard understandably has huge appeal with families. Thanks to the fact the median rent comes in at a full 40% less than the average for Oklahoma, it's also very attractive to single professionals. With some great parks, plenty of amenities, and a fun-packed schedule of events (don't miss the May Daze Festival or the Blanchard Bluegrass Festival), it's undoubtedly one of Oklahoma's highlights.
The fast-growing suburb of Yukon has a lot to recommend it, not least a friendly, welcoming vibe, a low crime rate, a superb array of amenities and recreational opportunities, and the kind of schools that make it a paradise for families. With the thrills and spills of Oklahoma City's entertainment district just a short hop, skip, and a jump away, Yukon offers the perfect balance of small-town charm and big-city appeal. If all that wasn't enough to tempt you, its outstandingly affordable median home price of $143,100 just might. If you choose to rent, you can expect to get by on just $948 per month. Despite the affordable home prices, the median wage is very respectable, with most households bringing home the above-average income of $66,419.
If you have kids, you'd do well to consider Moore. Boasting some of the most respected public schools in the city, together with some great parks, excellent amenities, and a reasonable cost of living, it's unquestionably a great place for families. Thanks to its affordable home prices and its short commuting distance into the business and financial hubs of Oklahoma City, it's an equally attractive prospect for young professionals.
Located just a half hours drive from Oklahoma City's Bricktown Entertain District is Piedmont, a dynamic community of 7,747 residents that has a score of perks to its name. As well as boasting the lowest unemployment rate and lowest poverty level in Oklahoma, Piedmont also benefits from high median incomes, an affordable cost of living, and a great clutch of amenities. If you want to benefit from a small-town vibe without sacrificing the thrills of the big city, it's a great place to make your home.
5. The Village
With its easy commuting distance into the center of Oklahoma City, its bountiful array of shops, restaurants, parks, and recreational venues, and its very affordable cost of living (to give you an idea of just how affordable, a single-family home will cost you just $126,300), The Village is unquestionably a very attractive place to live.
As home to Oklahoma University, Norman is a lively, vibrant area with a scintillating nightlife and plenty of shops, restaurants, and other recreational opportunities to keep you entertained. Although it understandably draws a lot of young singles, it's also a highly attractive area for families thanks to a low crime rate, prestigious schools, and a superb variety of youth sports programs. Better still, the cost of living is very affordable. If you want a great standard of living without it costing you the earth, Norman is very worthy of your attention.
If you're willing to travel just a little outside Oklahoma City, you'll find the suburb of Edmond an exceptional place to live. So notable are its attractions, it's even managed to earn the top spot on Niche's list of the best places to live in Oklahoma. Its perks aren't hard to see. Its median home value might be a little over the US average at $240,600, but the very healthy median income of $81,473 more than makes up for it. Crime is low, parks are a-plenty, and the schools and amenities are top-notch. With the heart of Oklahoma City just a short commute away, it's undeniably a great place to call home.
2. Nichols Hills
As redbudinspections.com notes, Nichols Hills is one of the most sought-after suburbs to live in Oklahoma City. Unemployment sits at just 2.1%. While properties are expensive (expect to part with around $686,000 for a single-family home), the high cost of living is offset by a median household income of $140,000. It's expensive, it's exclusive, and it's blessed with more attractions and amenities than you'll know what to do with.
If you want to experience the best of the best, there's only one place in Oklahoma City to head: the bedroom community of Mustang. With a population of 21,459, it's by no mean the biggest suburb of Oklahoma City, but it's unquestionably among the best. The crime rate is so low as to be non-existent and the schools are among the finest in the city. Add to that the abundance of chic little eateries, stylish boutiques, and green spaces, and you can understand why so many Oklahoma City residents are desperate to move in. If all that wasn't enough, Mustang has some of the highest-paid residents in all of Oklahoma, the 4th lowest poverty rate, and the 2nd highest rate of residents with health insurance. Little wonder that Home Snacks has named it one of the best places to live in Oklahoma.
Written by Dana Hanson
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