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Old 04-19-2012, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Portland Oregon
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I've visited Oklahoma once, but it was when I was pretty young so I don't really remember it. But I want to know what living in Oklahoma is like. I want to move in a few years so I'm just exploring all my options.
What are the pros and cons?
Is it a good place to raise a family?
Thanks for taking the time to answer.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Just mainly avoid living in the remote towns that are slowly dying out, such as Altus and Ponca City. Live in or no more than an hour from the Oklahoma City or Tulsa metro areas.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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Well I personally really enjoy it here, but I'm sure my experience living in OKC is pretty different than that of someone living in a small town. What are you looking for? City? Suburban? Small town? Rural area?
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Where deer are milk cows and hoot owls are chickens and near where Big Foot is occasionally seen.
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Like any state, Oklahoma has high population areas like OKC and Tulsa and low population density areas in it's rural areas. "What it is like living in Oklahoma" varies greatly depending on what type of environment you are interested in living. SE Oklahoma is laid back, very laid back and can be pretty isolated in places. It is a mountainous area with thousands of U.S. Forest Service pine forests acres where you're primary residents are scattered Black bears, bobcats, turkey and whitetail deer with the occasional long tail cat seen slipping through the forest. The climate is mild for the most part with an occasional ice/snow weather that matches nothing remotely as severe as what is normally found in the northeast U.S. Summers can be hot and humid and dry sometimes but for the most part, it is year-around mild in the SE area. There are a lot of lakes, streams, rivers and miles and miles of hiking trails. If you are an outdoors-man, naturalist or fed-up with the "rat race", you will love the place.

You would be hard pressed to find a place with a lower cost-of-living.

Cons: Well, if you are used to running down the street to get a quart of milk you might be disappointed, it can be a long way to the store from the house depending on how far back in the sticks you are down here in SE Oklahoma. Chiggers and ticks are constant companions if you stomp around in the tall grass and woods during the summer. Lots of evenings parents sit on the porch picking ticks off their kids and dogs before running them into take their bath, usually it is the kids in the tub but sometimes the dogs are in there with them.

SE Oklahoma is one of the places you can look up in the night sky and see the Milky Way as clear as crystal without city lights blocking the view, hear a hoot owl hoot off in the distance, smell wood smoke from a warming fire and feel like all is right with the world for a little while.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Like any state, Oklahoma has high population areas like OKC and Tulsa and low population density areas in it's rural areas. "What it is like living in Oklahoma" varies greatly depending on what type of environment you are interested in living. SE Oklahoma is laid back, very laid back and can be pretty isolated in places. It is a mountainous area with thousands of U.S. Forest Service pine forests acres where you're primary residents are scattered Black bears, bobcats, turkey and whitetail deer with the occasional long tail cat seen slipping through the forest. The climate is mild for the most part with an occasional ice/snow weather that matches nothing remotely as severe as what is normally found in the northeast U.S. Summers can be hot and humid and dry sometimes but for the most part, it is year-around mild in the SE area. There are a lot of lakes, streams, rivers and miles and miles of hiking trails. If you are an outdoors-man, naturalist or fed-up with the "rat race", you will love the place.

You would be hard pressed to find a place with a lower cost-of-living.

Cons: Well, if you are used to running down the street to get a quart of milk you might be disappointed, it can be a long way to the store from the house depending on how far back in the sticks you are down here in SE Oklahoma. Chiggers and ticks are constant companions if you stomp around in the tall grass and woods during the summer. Lots of evenings parents sit on the porch picking ticks off their kids and dogs before running them into take their bath, usually it is the kids in the tub but sometimes the dogs are in there with them.

SE Oklahoma is one of the places you can look up in the night sky and see the Milky Way as clear as crystal without city lights blocking the view, hear a hoot owl hoot off in the distance, smell wood smoke from a warming fire and feel like all is right with the world for a little while.
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Chiggers and ticks are constant companions
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Not to mention the constant onslaught of Fiddlebacks and Widows!
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:39 PM
 
Location: plano
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SE Oklahoma has the benefits cited above and yet can be close to a big city. Dallas is less than an hour and a half from the "capital" of SE Oklahoma, Durant. Its not dying as many small towns are, with the college in town and proximity to Dallas area logistics and market as well as the Choktaw Casino it has a very low employment rate, manufacturing jobs with Cardinal Glass and milder Climate than much of Ok. Cost of living here is low and lake texoma is near by along with the mountain areas up near Atoka. Its a hidden gem imho
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: USA
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Chiggers and ticks are constant companions
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Not to mention the constant onslaught of Fiddlebacks and Widows!
Well, yeah! Them widows come outta the woodwork when they need to deliver a nice hot casserole!
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:19 PM
 
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Like any state, Oklahoma has high population areas like OKC and Tulsa and low population density areas in it's rural areas. "What it is like living in Oklahoma" varies greatly depending on what type of environment you are interested in living. SE Oklahoma is laid back, very laid back and can be pretty isolated in places. It is a mountainous area with thousands of U.S. Forest Service pine forests acres where you're primary residents are scattered Black bears, bobcats, turkey and whitetail deer with the occasional long tail cat seen slipping through the forest. The climate is mild for the most part with an occasional ice/snow weather that matches nothing remotely as severe as what is normally found in the northeast U.S. Summers can be hot and humid and dry sometimes but for the most part, it is year-around mild in the SE area. There are a lot of lakes, streams, rivers and miles and miles of hiking trails. If you are an outdoors-man, naturalist or fed-up with the "rat race", you will love the place.

You would be hard pressed to find a place with a lower cost-of-living.

Cons: Well, if you are used to running down the street to get a quart of milk you might be disappointed, it can be a long way to the store from the house depending on how far back in the sticks you are down here in SE Oklahoma. Chiggers and ticks are constant companions if you stomp around in the tall grass and woods during the summer. Lots of evenings parents sit on the porch picking ticks off their kids and dogs before running them into take their bath, usually it is the kids in the tub but sometimes the dogs are in there with them.

SE Oklahoma is one of the places you can look up in the night sky and see the Milky Way as clear as crystal without city lights blocking the view, hear a hoot owl hoot off in the distance, smell wood smoke from a warming fire and feel like all is right with the world for a little while.
Best post of the day. Some folks LOVE being in a small town. I am not one of them. I prefer rural. I don't get into the small town gossip and religous smugness. As for the OKC/Tulsa thang, BTDT. Don't need a big city in small doses.

We drive a lot of miles and it never gets old. We have deer in the yard, wild turkeys, critters like possums, skunks, armadillos, etc which think our yard is the best place to find grubs.

Some of us have a history that predates statehood and that makes it home to us. (referring to tribal history in these parts)
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I've visited Oklahoma once, but it was when I was pretty young so I don't really remember it. But I want to know what living in Oklahoma is like. I want to move in a few years so I'm just exploring all my options.
What are the pros and cons?
Is it a good place to raise a family?
Thanks for taking the time to answer.
Oklahoma is not very similar to Portland in terms of scenery or weather or just about anything IMO.

It would be a pretty big adjusment to go from the Pacific NW to anywhere in the plains or south (which basically makes up Oklahoma).

There are some parts of remote Oklahoma that might remind you some of Eastern Oregon though.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Deep Dirty South
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I escaped...I mean moved from Oklahoma at the beginning of 2006 and am now in Portland. Irony!

Actually, there is a lot about Oklahoma that isn't all bad. I have a lot of friends and family there and many fond memories.

My main beef with the state is the weather. 6 months of ungodly heat and humidity, then three months of tornadoes then three months of freezing and ice storms. Good times!

Also, until you get to the outer edges of the state, the scenery and topography is pretty bland.

There's also not a ton of culture there unless you are into college football and 3.23 beer.

Politically it is quite a 180 from where I'm at too.

But it does have a low cost of living, the people overall are nice and laid back folks. It's unpretentious and I like that. It's also pretty centrally located in the contiguous USA so it's relatively easy to travel anywhere from there.

It doesn't take getting too far outside of Tulsa or OKC/Norman to feel pretty isolated in some real small towns and rural areas, which of course can be a good or bad thing depending on your mindset.

I used to prefer Tulsa to OKC a great deal...it's a little closer to the Ozarks so it's a little hillier and more lush than the OKC area, but lately OKC has done a lot of renovating and Tulsa is so bogged down in road repairs and various projects that it's difficult to get around and parts of it look like a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Then again, OKC has this weird thing of really nice areas being right next to slums. Tulsa is a little more divided between the "good" and "bad" sections of town.

I've lived all over the country and have to say that the traffic in Tulsa is atrocious and the drivers in OKC are about as bad as anywhere I've seen.

The crime in both cities is also pretty high.

Stillwater is a decent-ish smaller college town (OSU) situated pretty much right in between OKC and Tulsa.

For my money the prettiest region in Oklahoma is NE like Tahlequah (also a college town, and home of Cherokee Nation) and Grove.

I could definitely live there again, and prefer it to some places I've been, but for now I'm hoping to either remain somewhere in Oregon (though not necessarily Portlandia) or maybe head a little SW like Nevada or Arizona...
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