Best and Worst States: Pros and Cons of Living in Oklahoma

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The history of human occupation in Oklahoma dates back thousands of years, making it one of the oldest states in the union. About 9500 BCE, people from the Clovis and Folsom cultures were attracted to this land by its plentiful resources. In eastern Oklahoma, people developed exquisite pottery, textiles, sculpture, and metalware around 700 CE. In addition, Mississippian culture members farmed, hunted, fished, and gathered wild foods. Throughout most of southeastern North America, they were connected through trade and communication. A superb example of these people's settlements is the Spiro Mounds site (occupied from about 850 to 1450) (see Southeast Indian).

If you are thinking of transferring to Oklahoma, you should check these pros and cons. Let us start with the pros:

1. Moderate Living Expenses 

Oklahoma offers a low cost of living in addition to housing. Food, utilities, and transportation expenses are below average for the U.S. Like Missouri, and it is neighbor to the northeast. Oklahoma has excellent barbecue to satisfy your cravings. Smoked meat. It comes with a side of sauce. It shouldn't be too dry. The sauce should not be too vinegary. Oklahoma barbecue is the best, and it is a meat lover's paradise. And you don't have to spend a lot of money. Now and then, to satisfy your barbecue craving. You can also keep your Oklahoma cost of living low by saving on all your online purchases. Rakuten is our preferred shopping platform. We get rebates on everything we purchase online. You can use this little trick wherever you choose to live. You might as well make a living in Oklahoma even cheaper once you're there. 

2. Mid-Sized City Living

The ideal city for many people can offer urban and cultural amenities is their ideal. Without the hassles of a big city. The town feels like your home but is still small enough for you to feel at home. Friendly and welcoming neighbors are the norm. You don't need much imagination to realize that somewhere like this is the perfect place to live. Oklahoma checks these boxes. When it comes to the three biggest cities at least. Here are some of the best and cheapest places to live in Oklahoma:

When you choose to live in Oklahoma City, you are choosing the state's largest city. Despite this, it is well down the list of the most populated cities in the United States. The capital of Oklahoma is also in OKC.

With a population of more than 320,000, Tulsa is one of the most populous in the state. In addition, its private research university, the University of Tulsa, is located here.

There is just one 20-mile distance between Oklahoma City and this town. And home to the flagship state university. The University of Oklahoma.

On the other hand, here are some of the cons of living in Oklahoma:

1. Extreme Weather Conditions

Because Oklahoma summers are hot, you will need to figure out how to beat the heat. Regularly, the temperature rises into the 90s. In addition, readings of 100 degrees or more on the thermometer are not uncommon. Like Kansas, Oklahoma is also prone to tornadoes, as is its neighbor to the north. As a result, the state lies in an area sometimes referred to as Tornado Alley. Nearly 100 of these storms are recorded per year, with April and May being the most active months. Rainfall is also expected during the spring season. So, flooding in some regions of the state may occur as well. The combined effect is that late spring tends to be a bad time of year to visit. However, tornadoes pose the greatest threat to full-time residents of the state during May since the month can generate more than 20 twisters a year on average. Break out your summer clothes once the tornado season is over. Summer can be scorching, as I said.

2. No Major Metropolitan Areas

Let's say you dream of living in a big city. Unfortunately, Oklahoma probably isn't the place for you. Compared to Texas, Oklahoma has this disadvantage. It could also influence your decision regarding where to settle in Oklahoma or Texas. The best way to live in a big city is in Oklahoma City, as I said. Oklahoma City, however, ranks about 25th in terms of its size in the United States. Would you like to live in the South Central United States? But you'd rather live in a big city? Perhaps you should look at Oklahoma's neighbor to the south.

Bonus: Here are more fun facts about Oklahoma:

  1. Phillip H. Sheridan, George A. Custer, and William T. Sherman were the USA's main artillery fort at Fort Sill.
  2. Born in 1879 on a large ranch in the Cherokee Nation near what later would become Oologah, Oklahoma, Will Rogers was first a Native American, cowboy, and national figure. Will Rogers was a star of Broadway and 71 movies of the 1920s and 1930s, a popular broadcaster and wrote more than 4,000 syndicated newspaper columns.
  3. A life-size statue stands in honor of Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford in Weatherford.
  4. Boise City, Oklahoma, was the only city in the United States to be bombed during World War II. On Monday night, July 5, 1943, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a B-17 Bomber based at Dalhart Army Air Base (50 miles to the south of Boise City) dropped six practice bombs on the sleeping town.
  5. Choctaw is the oldest chartered town in Oklahoma. Choctaw gained status as a town in 1893.
  6. Okmulgee owns the world record for most giant pecan pie, pecan cookie, pecan brownie, and most giant ice cream and cookie party. Each June, Okmulgee rolls out the welcome mat to thousands of its closest friends as the annual Pecan Festival comes to town.
  7. The National Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in Oklahoma City.
  8. The town of Beaver claims to be the Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World. It is here that the World Championship Cow Chip Throw is held each April.
  9. An Oklahoman, Sylvan Goldman, invented the first shopping cart.
  10. Known as the Antique Capital of Oklahoma, Jenks is home to the state's best variety of Antique Stores, Gift Shops, Galleries, Museums, Crafters Malls, and Collectible Retailers.

If you have stories about your visit or stay in Oklahoma, please share them in the comment section below! 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma

https://www.bestplaces.net/cost_of_living/state/oklahoma

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_City

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa,_Oklahoma

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman,_Oklahoma

https://www.weather.gov/oun/swaw

https://www.50states.com/facts/oklahoma.htm

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