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Old 09-22-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: OKC
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It really depends a lot on how one feels about small town rural life. Because Ardmore is a pretty normal small rural Oklahoma town. People that are from there, or people that happen to like that sort of place will be just fine.

I think a young single person who is not from there might not appreciate it that much, but I could be wrong. Also, it's about an hour just to get to Norman, so it's not like it's really close to OKC.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Just think, in a couple of years you can go back to LA and be rid of Ardmore. And I'd agree for some high school kid who was from LA Ardmore would "suck".

For somebody who needs a good job with a decent pay, in a place with an extremely low cost of living. Maybe it wouldn't suck so bad. You know, being able to live, and save a little money instead of spending it all on basic living expenses. Things like that.

As far as small towns in this part of the world Ardmore is one of the better non suburban ones in Oklahoma/Texas. Our high school student is right that there isn't much to do, but it's not far to Dallas or OKC where there is more to do, and if you like "lake" type of stuff Ardmore isn't bad at all during the summer.
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Just think, in a couple of years you can go back to LA and be rid of Ardmore.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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No not LA haha. Never LA.

But okay, I'll admit that was a very poor and biased opinion. Here is the thing. I know a lot of people that say, oh yeah we're going to just be here for a few years, and then we'll be out to a bigger city. The thing is, it hardly ever happens. Pay here is not that great as far as I'm aware, and the housing here is really not that expensive until you get out into the nicer homes on the golf course or in the country. People tend to kind of get into a rut, and then are unable to move due to finical decision. I have seen a few people here actually make it out, but not only. That is why I've got to go to college out of state, because I don't want to get stuck in that rut myself.


Basically, this is a town for older folks. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of younger people around, but mostly they just stay home or go shopping because that is all there really is to do for them. They've opened a few new places lately, like the Pink Swirls yogurt shop, but for the most part you just stay home. I also find that the majority of teenagers that grew up here, love the place and won't ever leave, but the majority of teens that come from my background plan on getting out. It's probably a biased thing or whatever. My grandparents live here after moving from LA, and love it. They have a few rentals, make a decent income, and love the small town atmosphere.

Take the job, but only if you think you'll be able to leave and won't get stuck. Maybe you will like the place, but I'm highly doubting that, and trust me, you don't want to get stuck here.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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No not LA haha. Never LA.

But okay, I'll admit that was a very poor and biased opinion. Here is the thing. I know a lot of people that say, oh yeah we're going to just be here for a few years, and then we'll be out to a bigger city. The thing is, it hardly ever happens. Pay here is not that great as far as I'm aware, and the housing here is really not that expensive until you get out into the nicer homes on the golf course or in the country. People tend to kind of get into a rut, and then are unable to move due to finical decision. I have seen a few people here actually make it out, but not only. That is why I've got to go to college out of state, because I don't want to get stuck in that rut myself.


Basically, this is a town for older folks. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of younger people around, but mostly they just stay home or go shopping because that is all there really is to do for them. They've opened a few new places lately, like the Pink Swirls yogurt shop, but for the most part you just stay home. I also find that the majority of teenagers that grew up here, love the place and won't ever leave, but the majority of teens that come from my background plan on getting out. It's probably a biased thing or whatever. My grandparents live here after moving from LA, and love it. They have a few rentals, make a decent income, and love the small town atmosphere.

Take the job, but only if you think you'll be able to leave and won't get stuck. Maybe you will like the place, but I'm highly doubting that, and trust me, you don't want to get stuck here.
Hopefully she can get going there and maybe get a better job in DFW, or OKC once she is out here.

Seriously though Tyler, we wish you well in that exciting adventure called "young adulthood." Go places, do things. The next 10-12 years of your life is the time to do that stuff, so go for it.!!
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: OKC
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Hopefully she can get going there and maybe get a better job in DFW, or OKC once she is out here.

Seriously though Tyler, we wish you well in that exciting adventure called "young adulthood." Go places, do things. The next 10-12 years of your life is the time to do that stuff, so go for it.!!
I have to agree with eddie gein.

We humans spend way too much time being old and not nearly enough time being young. Make the most of it while you can.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I moved to a smaller town in Oklahoma (Stillwater) in my mid 30s. Ardmore is close to the same size (40k), so there are amenities just not all the 'big city' stuff. The cost of living was low, so I was able to bank some good coin (Im in the oil biz). But like many smaller areas, it was tough to meet people since I wasnt established. If you get a decent job it may be a good place to spend 5 years while getting afloat. I'm a city kid by nature so it wasnt for me long term. I got transferred after a few years so that worked well for me.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:53 PM
 
Location: plano
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I am not familiar with Ardmore as Durant, but it appeals to me, an older person as a place to live. Durant has the college in town with amateur fine arts to enjoy and the climate is similar to Ardmore and one can shop or have dinner in N. Dallas in just over an hour. The local Casino, Chocktaw brings in some entertainment options too as well as the crowd support more decent restaurants than one might expect of a city its size. Public schools are pretty good for OK and low unemployment with the casino and some manufacturing jobs recently added to the city. The lake is nice and good golf abounds.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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Sadly, a somewhat limited vocabulary doesn't do well in discriptive terms. Ardmore is a nice location, it is laid back and country style. Beautiful lake Murray to the south, hiking and biking trails. Friendly people (for the most part). I-35 just off to the left of down town. Some parts of town are old but appear to be being refurbished. Pretty country all around, nice climate. Big businesses on the west side of I-35. Appears to have a lot of churches. Not the big city but pleasant. Not a lot of new housing---something I would like to see improved. Visit first, take a couple of days or a three day weekend, stay local and really walk around and see if it feels right to you. You decide.
And by the way, it doesn't suck but the wind does blow occasionally~
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:57 PM
 
Location: USA
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I grew up 25 miles from Ardmore and we usually went there to shop. Some have described it as rural. Yes, technically it is, but, there are no haystacks or cattle inside city limits. If a young woman moves there knowing no one, it may take awhile to meet others in similar age groups, but, the newspaper will probably list activities, plus, info from others are the work site. I definitely recommend only paying attention to the upbeat posts, because, I think the negatives will be negative no matter where they live. There are plenty of medical facilities and physicians available. I now live in a town about the size of Ardmore and we have specialists in many areas of medicine and I suspect Ardmore can say the same.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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I grew up 25 miles from Ardmore and we usually went there to shop. Some have described it as rural. Yes, technically it is, but, there are no haystacks or cattle inside city limits.
Technically or not, I think there's a huge amount of difference between town and country, or rural.
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