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Old 12-05-2007, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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I'm a little disappointed! For the fourth quarter of 2007, Oklahoma has been dropped completely from the "States wih the Lowest Cost of Living" list! What has happened? It was previously rated the state with the LOWEST cost of living, but now Texas is rated the lowest cost of living state, and Oklahoma does not even appear on the list anymore! Is it a lack of jobs, or have all the Californions moving there pushed up the price of houses and land (as has happened here in Montana)?!
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Hughes County, Oklahoma
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Just from what I am seeing in my area, rural Oklahoma, costs of rentals are going up. We have people living in RV's and travel trailers around here. It is from the oil & gas (don't say boom, don't say boom) drilling activity. I don't think it has much to do with Californians.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Duncan, OK
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Which index are you using? (You can DM me if you don't want to post the link )

We haven't noticed anything startling in our area. Eggs and Milk got ridiculously high for a few weeks, but they are coming back down... Gas is a little higher than the national average and the 'value' of our house did go up a bit, but nothing that has forced us to adjust our budget. (Utilities, Food, Rent etc. have stayed fairly normal)
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Bourbonnais, IL
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It's good for us living here that cost of living is low. However, I don't mind seeing it go up some. Generally that means the economy is better.
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Old 12-06-2007, 04:02 AM
 
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Our utilities went up some, and I felt disappointed in that.
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Hughes County, Oklahoma
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The price of natural gas, that affects our electric bills, is a little higher this year than last year.
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I don't see how Texas could be on the lowest cost of living list. Property taxes here are unbelievable and they are making almost every highway in the metroplex a toll road. Electricity rates here are amongst the highest in the nation.
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Hughes County, Oklahoma
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Here is a link about cost of living by state:
Cost of Living 2nd Quarter 2007


Here is another map:

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Old 12-06-2007, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Interesting, I find all of these "ranking" lists to be somewhat strange as to how they provide their rankings. I would definitely think it costs less to live in OK than TX.
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Well, I used a cost of living calculator comparison between Ft. Worth and Tulsa and it did indeed say that it was about 2% higher to live in Tulsa. However, and this is a BIG however, the detailed information it gave said NOTHING about property taxes and state taxes. Here in Texas, property taxes are HUGE...

Cost of Living comparison calculator
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