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Old 06-15-2010, 05:54 PM
 
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Hello from California
My husband and I are seriously considering moving our family out of California. While we were both born and rasied here we don't really feel like Californians and are longing for a more slow paced family oriented place to raise our young family.
So.... he works in the oilfields and has for 4 years here in Bakersfield CA as a "hand" on production rig.
We are trying to figure out what our options are. We know that there are rigs and his kind of work in Texas but we also thought there might be in OK as well?
Just wondering if anyone who knew might be able to jump on here and give us some info.
We also have only driven through OK and it was at night, so if anyone also wants to share a little about Oklahoma compared to Texas as far as lifestyle, weather, people, cost of living etc that would be appreciated. Thanks so much!
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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IrwinFamily, I saw and responded to your post on the Texas forum yesterday, and now here you are on the OK forum. Well, I've lived in both, currently in suburban OKC. Yes there is oilfield work here as well, but again, I cannot give specifics. I would do some online searching, but I'm sure you will find all the same oilfield service companies here, as you will find in Bakersfield, or in west Texas.

I think you will really find the lifestyles in OK and TX pretty similar, except in the larger cities of TX, where things are pretty much hustle bustle, just like big cities everywhere. Even in OKC, the largest city in the state, it's really laid back, and I love it. People are kind, helpful and generally pretty laid back in both places. I think you will find the cost of living here to be much less than what you are accustomed to in CA. TX has no state income tax, but the property taxes can get high. OK does have a state income tax (only around 7%, I think) but the property taxes are much lower. Sales tax is about the same in both states, around 7.75% - 8.50%, depending on the municipality. The one difference on this is, in OK you will pay sales tax on groceries, not in TX. No one told me that when we moved here and the first time I bought groceries, I almost went off on the poor checker.

On the TX forum, you were inquiring about the Midland/Odessa area, which I do love, but I have to say, I think you will find most of OK to be much more beautiful than that area of TX. I think people often overlook OK and only see our neighbor to the south, but really OK has much to offer.

Good luck on your search.
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:10 AM
 
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Thanks again Debzkidz!
I told my hubby that I was almost positive I'd prefer OK as a place to live, but we weren't sure about him being able to find a job there as easily as maybe Texas.
Im kind of lost right now as to what to do.
They won't transfer him and we can't just quit and take off with no income in hopes to find work.
But I gotta figure something out or we'll get old and die here in Cali LOL
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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If you're interested in the Tulsa area, he might check out Pan Oak Oil & Gas. My husband used to work there, and right now I have no idea what they're doing, but might not hurt to check into

www.panoak.com Good Luck!

Personally, we're about to go to Dickinson, ND for oilfield work haha. But it's a little different, my hubby will be moving rigs with his brothers up there who own their own business. They call ND "Southern Canada" hahaha.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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I forgot to mention that your husband should do some online job searching. There are websites that specialize in oil & gas jobs, not just office jobs, but I think there are some that specialize in field jobs as well.
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:19 PM
 
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Thanks Suzyphil and Debzkids. I'll definatly check that link out!
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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In Stillwater, Keen Energy, formerly Goober Drilling, might be worth checking out, though, someone did several months ago and they weren't hiring.
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