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Old 03-15-2015, 07:23 PM
 
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My husband will be graduating from pharmacy school in a couple months and there are a lot of jobs in Oklahoma....and none in New York. We are up for relocating, but have never been to to the midwest/south, sorry I am not sure what Oklahoma is considered (I am sure I am offending someone)! We are in our mid 30's with two small children so a family town with good schools is really important to us. We have seen jobs in the following areas: Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Duncan, Durant, Ardmore, and Lawton. I have been trying to research, but not having a ton of luck. I am an accountant and would need to find a job as well. We like to run, take the kids to museums/shows, be outdoors (festivals, music, etc). If anyone has an advice they can offer, I would really appreciate it. Suggestions on where to find out more information would be so great as well!
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:50 PM
 
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Durant, nice booming town a little over an hour from Dallas. It's got low unemployment and entertainment few towns it's size due to the perform waning arts at SEOSU and the casino. Hilly, green, not as cold as much of Oklahoma since IRS in far southern ok. Give it a look, it's very different from the east coast. I grew up in Durant and lived in NNJ and now live near DFW after a few decades in Houston. It's a big change but is nice and hilly and friendly. It's more focused on Dallas and Texas as much of its business dealings are with DFW area.

The casino is doubling it's capacity currently and there are no where near enough unemployed people in Durant so texans will come into fill the void. Search for more info on Durant, it's a nice small town in Oklahoma which is booming not shrinking.

Durant is a small town but decent sized for Oklahoma. It's just over a hour from Dallas. Tulsa and okc are nice small cities and one can find nice places to live and be right next to if not in those cities. If you prefer a smaller town Durant is a good option especially with the major city and it's airport near by. Durant has more commerce with Dallas than Oklahoma other towns overall. So it's very different from being in Tulsa or okc. Good luck and let me know if you need more information.

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Old 03-15-2015, 08:41 PM
 
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Tulsa will best fit your wants /needs.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:24 AM
 
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Tulsa is a good choice. The newspaper "Tulsa World," has an online edition.
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Old 03-16-2015, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Living within OKC or Tulsa metro areas would be your best bet to experience Oklahoma. Otherwise, Stillwater would be good to be within an hour of OKC and Tulsa, while living in a community most oriented toward what's there, OSU, rather than being oriented toward commuting to OKC or Tulsa every day.
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:06 AM
 
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Living within OKC or Tulsa metro areas would be your best bet to experience Oklahoma. Otherwise, Stillwater would be good to be within an hour of OKC and Tulsa, while living in a community most oriented toward what's there, OSU, rather than being oriented toward commuting to OKC or Tulsa every day.
Thanks for your reply! I was looking at possible locations that are offering jobs and Ponco City was one of them. It looks like a very small town, but I was curious if we could live in Stillwater and my husband could commute to Ponco City. It looks to be an hour drive??? My oldest child will be starting kindergarten next year, do you know about the schools in Stillwater? Are there groceries stores, Target/Walmart in the city, areas to walk, parks, etc? Sorry for all the questions!!! I am trying to research, but not having a ton of luck. Any help is appreciated
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:11 AM
 
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Durant, nice booming town a little over an hour from Dallas. It's got low unemployment and entertainment few towns it's size due to the perform waning arts at SEOSU and the casino. Hilly, green, not as cold as much of Oklahoma since IRS in far southern ok. Give it a look, it's very different from the east coast. I grew up in Durant and lived in NNJ and now live near DFW after a few decades in Houston. It's a big change but is nice and hilly and friendly. It's more focused on Dallas and Texas as much of its business dealings are with DFW area.

The casino is doubling it's capacity currently and there are no where near enough unemployed people in Durant so texans will come into fill the void. Search for more info on Durant, it's a nice small town in Oklahoma which is booming not shrinking.

Durant is a small town but decent sized for Oklahoma. It's just over a hour from Dallas. Tulsa and okc are nice small cities and one can find nice places to live and be right next to if not in those cities. If you prefer a smaller town Durant is a good option especially with the major city and it's airport near by. Durant has more commerce with Dallas than Oklahoma other towns overall. So it's very different from being in Tulsa or okc. Good luck and let me know if you need more information.

Thank you for your response! We are not used to small towns, but we think we might enjoy it. I was trying to find information about the school systems in Durant. It looks like there is just one school. Do you know any statistics on them? How far is the nearest grocery store, Walmart, etc? I would also be job searching...do people who live in Durant commute into Dallas? Again, thank you for your help!
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Thanks for your reply! I was looking at possible locations that are offering jobs and Ponco City was one of them. It looks like a very small town, but I was curious if we could live in Stillwater and my husband could commute to Ponco City. It looks to be an hour drive??? My oldest child will be starting kindergarten next year, do you know about the schools in Stillwater? Are there groceries stores, Target/Walmart in the city, areas to walk, parks, etc? Sorry for all the questions!!! I am trying to research, but not having a ton of luck. Any help is appreciated
Stillwater has two Wal-Marts, no Target. Other than that, there are three large grocery stores. There are at least one or two small Asian food stores. If you really want to get into that, there is a huge Asian food store in Oklahoma City.

Stillwater has several nice residential neighborhoods on its north side which would be good to commute to Ponca City. The Rogers Addition is extra nice for having a sidewalk that goes through a field and wooded area to connect with the sidewalk that goes around Boomer Lake for a walk of 3.2 miles. It's also close to an elementary school.

Schools are well supported in Stillwater. Quite recently, two elementary schools were built to replace two old ones.

Stillwater is one of the fastest growing towns in Oklahoma not in a metro area. Perhaps, it wouldn't take too long to find a suitable job there.
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:05 PM
 
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Thank you for your response! We are not used to small towns, but we think we might enjoy it. I was trying to find information about the school systems in Durant. It looks like there is just one school. Do you know any statistics on them? How far is the nearest grocery store, Walmart, etc? I would also be job searching...do people who live in Durant commute into Dallas? Again, thank you for your help!
The schools in Durant are good. There is also a small private church school offering 1-12 grades. The growth has been to the NW outside the city and school district, so Silo ISD becomes an option if living in that upper income area.
Durant is a college town with SEOSU there. Durant has a 24/7 super walmart and several other grocery stores. It has more restaurants than most towns it's size due to the casino business. Also entertainment options are beyond small town with the performances at the casino and the college. Durant is the largest city in SE Ok and has much more businesses that serve due to it being a regional center for the rural and smaller towns near by.

Unemployment is very low, around 3-4% last I heard. This is before the casino expansion pons creating more jobs than there are unemployed in Durant area. So texa sans will be commuting in to work. There are a good number of residents who work in Dallas but chose to live in Durant. Denison and Sherman Texas are 20 and 30 miles from Durant and present job opportunities. I do not recall the type work you seek but let me know and I can provide more guidance.

Durant is a growing town with a very good economy, reasonable cost of living and with a regional hospital there due to it's role as a regional center. It's a big small town which is on the move and with the rolling hills and forested land around it along with the huge lake texoma offers a lot to do while living in a smaller community which takes great pride in the town.

The northern Dallas suburbs are where the largest grow is occurring as it has historically. The Dallas area towns of mckinney, Allen, prosper to name a few are around an hour for durant. Also the DFW airport is around an hour and a half from Durant. Do you have an job option there? If so I recommend you give it a look.

Remind me what work you seek and I will guide you on it.

By the way, the a new high school facility opened two years ago. The high school is class 5 one of if not the largest from an athletic standpoint. It offers considerable options for extra activities as well. The high school was built along a bypass that passes west of the old down. This is where the new hospital is and the growth is evident along that corridor where the walmart, lowes, many motels and restaurants are located. Do not be put off by the casino which is just south of Durant along the bypass route I mentioned. The Choctaws have been great assets to the town. Look up the casino and it's entertainment options if they interest you. The casino is called Choctaw. Durant is now HQ for the Choctaw tribe. They bought the old hospital building and converted it to serve the tribe in a variety of ways along with other facilities they have in town. The old downtown of Durant is doing well, it has been well cared for and has a neat museum about the history of the area.

Much of the growth occurs outside the city limits. The area west and NW of the city especially have grown in population as people seek small acreage to build a home upon. There is some new nice rental options available as some future doctors do residency at the hospital and want to rent of course, so new rental stock is not uncommon.

Another option to consider if one is working in Durant and the other in far north texas is live in Denison or Sherman which is under 30 minutes to Durant and offer a lot jobs in those two texas towns. But finding a job for you in Durant is highly doable with it's booming economy. I just mention it and can develop it for you if it peaks your interest an needs.

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Old 03-19-2015, 02:23 PM
 
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Thanks for your reply! I was looking at possible locations that are offering jobs and Ponco City was one of them. It looks like a very small town, but I was curious if we could live in Stillwater and my husband could commute to Ponco City. It looks to be an hour drive??? My oldest child will be starting kindergarten next year, do you know about the schools in Stillwater? Are there groceries stores, Target/Walmart in the city, areas to walk, parks, etc? Sorry for all the questions!!! I am trying to research, but not having a ton of luck. Any help is appreciated
Yeah Stillwater to Ponca is about an hour. Easiest if you live on North or West edges of town. Stillwater doesn't have a Target, but does have two Wal-marts and 3-4 other grocery store options. Lots of parks and 3 different lakes to do outdoor activities. Wonderful schools. I moved here with my family from OKC and have been very happy.

Feel free to ask any other questions you might have and I will answer best I can.
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