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Old 08-16-2020, 11:34 AM
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I'm retiring and moving from Kansas. I'm looking for small, friendly, affordable, conservative safe place I can afford. That seems like a lot to ask for but I'd appreciate suggestions please.
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Old 08-16-2020, 12:12 PM
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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If 50,000 in population isn't too big, Stillwater could be it. A lot of older people like to go to the new McKnight Center to see great shows and concerts. If it's not called off due to corvid, in September the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform Beethoven's 9th. Stillwater also has the luxury of being an hour's drive away from both Oklahoma City and Tulsa for added attractions there. Stillwater has been called the friendliest college town in America. Crime is fairly low. It is not as far out conservative as other rural towns in Oklahoma, but most of those towns are slowly dying out and don't have nearly as much to offer.

If Stillwater is too big, then Durant in southern Oklahoma would be another great idea. Unlike other Oklahoma towns, it's been growing fast.
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Old 08-17-2020, 08:52 AM
Location: Oklahoma
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If a person doesn't have to work there are probably a lot of options in Oklahoma that would be good. Probably need to give more details about preferences and needs besides what you mentioned because your specifics in the OP cover pretty much every small town in the state.
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Old 08-18-2020, 09:11 PM
Location: plano
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Durant is a good option if a county of 48k that is closely tied to Dallas but just over an hour away. It has a State University of 3k. 2 larger Texas towns are less than 30 miles away. So you get the convenience of Texas but the Oklahoma col. It's a friendly welcoming town with a sense if history on display in it's three rivers museum.

2 larger towns in Texas are less than 30 miles away as well as DFW airport if you travel by air.

There is a stare University and a major casino and good.manufacturinv jobs due to or proxmity to Dallas. It's the fastest growing Oklahoma county outside of Tulsa and OKC metros.

It has a good hospital and is close to texoma medical center in Denison as well as the major facilities in DFW.

It's a strong growing economy with a low cost if living and good access to many city amenities too
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Old 08-19-2020, 02:23 PM
Location: Where deer are milk cows and hoot owls are chickens and near where Big Foot is occasionally seen.
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If you divide Oklahoma up into 4 quadrants, the SE quadrant will, in general, offer you the lowest cost-of-living than the other areas of the state. It is also the most rural, mountainous (yes Oklahoma has mountains), and isolated. Small towns ranging in populations from "don't blink or you'll miss it" on up to some county seats that have 20,000+, there are many in the 1,000 to 3,000 size range. SE Oklahoma is more of an "Outdoors persons" area with thousands of acres of U.S. National Forest land. Many, many lakes and navigable rivers. You didn't mention if you were an outdoor enthusiasts or a more "metropolitan" type, but being interested in relocating to a small town where the cost of living is easy, you might want to look toward SE Oklahoma.

Safety is an increasing concern for many people today, particularly after watching all the rioting and destruction that is taking place in some cities in our country. You won't find that in SE Oklahoma. That doesn't mean the area is free of crime. Unfortunately there are problems in the area like most rural areas in this country that see increased drug use, low employment and generally having a few bad actors. Frankly I think it is as safe or safer than just about any other place in the U.S. you could choose to live and a darn sight safer than many!

Let people here know a little more about your interests, needs and wants and they might have better recommendations for you.
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Old 08-20-2020, 05:16 PM
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I would say Northern Oklahoma or NE Oklahoma. NE Oklahoma around Miami has the most affordable real estate in the state. Usually a little cooler in the summer compared with central and southern Oklahoma. Lots of lakes and rivers and the Ozarks are close by.
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