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Old 03-26-2018, 09:53 PM
 
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Hello
I'm considering three states to move to from Florida. I can't take the heat and humidity nearly all year long as well as the high utilities and insurance bills. So it's looking like SC, GA, or OK.

I am considering Bartlesville OK because I do like the prices of homes there as well as the abundance of older homes as well.

So, how is Bartlesville in summer for heat and humidity? I know I can read about it but would like to read some real life opinions as well.

Also average car insurance rate for something like a newer Toyota Camry.
average heat and ac bill
Average home owners insurance for house 250k or less.

Okay and my big question is tornados. We actually have a quite a few scares every year here and they scare the hell out of me. Coming from California orginally, I would much prefer earthquakes

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Sincerely,

Finn
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Old 03-27-2018, 09:11 AM
 
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Heat is only really bad about 1 month a year usually. Bartlesville seems to always hit significantly lower lows in winter than Tulsa, although only a few miles north.

As to tornadoes, if they scare you, Oklahoma may not be for you, we get some spooky storms about every year.

Bartlesville is a nice town though with some nice old oil homes and neighborhoods.
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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It used to be not even Oklahomans worried much about tornadoes. That was until 1999 when the infamous Moore tornado hit, causing 36 fatalities and 583 injuries. The winds of 301 mph from that tornado were the strongest ever recorded. It was a shocking scene to see how many homes were blown away leaving only the slab foundation. Since then Oklahomans have been more mindful of how bad some tornadoes can be. So more people than ever had to get storm shelters for their homes.

In 2013 another unusually bad tornado hit Moore. The Joplin tornado was unusually bad. So I wasn't surprised when my neighbor had a tornado shelter installed in his backyard. I use a reinforced concrete closet for my shelter. So if your home has a tornado shelter, it will give you a lot of peace of mind you'll be safe from a tornado. It's risky to get in a car and drive to a shelter after being warned of a tornado nearby. If no shelter, it's best to get down in a small interior room and hope it's not one of those unusually strong ones that take everything.

Of course, it's a stressful time when a tornado warning is issued and having to wait it out until the threat is over. Most of the time not much happens or at worse some wind and large hail.

Insurance, especially for homes, is high in Oklahoma from going up in price so much. I've had to go shopping twice in the last 5 years to get lower priced insurance.

I think heat is bad for two months, July and August. It shouldn't be as humid since GA and SC are closer to the ocean.
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