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Old 12-31-2009, 05:54 AM
 
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I am retired/disabled and moving to Ponca City in the spring of 2010 to live with son. I have never been to OK. How is the community for seniors? I currently live in southern California and I won't miss the dirty air, crime, congestion or the high cost of living. Besides, the state is broke and people that can afford to move are doing just that. I love church, however my preference is Seventh-Day-Adventist. I am spiritual but not Bible-thumping. Is the area handicapped accessable as far as transportation? My biggest fear is power outages in the winter and being disabled and without heat. I also have asthma. How is the air quality? Last question, I am used to a multi-cultural community. I have friends who are Latino, Asian, African-American, and Samoan. I am not used to living in a community where race is an issue. How are race relations? I am 55 yrs old.
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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Ponca City doesn't have the best air quality due to the refinery. You might check out Enid. It is about 40 miles to the west and has a lot of senior citizens that retire there.

Ponca City is primarily white, but there are African-Americans and Native Americans as well as Latino.

Enid has a bit more diversity because of the base.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:09 PM
 
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Ponca City doesn't have the best air quality due to the refinery. You might check out Enid. It is about 40 miles to the west and has a lot of senior citizens that retire there.

Ponca City is primarily white, but there are African-Americans and Native Americans as well as Latino.

Enid has a bit more diversity because of the base.

Thank you so much for your reply and your suggestion for the City of Enid, but unfortunately I don't have much choice for chosing the community to live in because my son owns his home and I will be living with him. I am an outgoing friendly person, and my minor concern was bigotry. Live and let live !
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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I think you will be pleased with the live and let live attitude in Oklahoma. As in any area there is always an undercurrent of bigotry.....I think the current fad tends to disparage middle easterners. But if you are outgoing and accepting, you will be accepted without biases.............even if you are from the granola coast
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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They SURE don't have problems with out of staters! Years ago I went through there and stopped by the Hastings cd and video store to pick up a little road music. Came out of the store and the car was leaking antifreeze. Popped the hood and a couple guys came right over and asked if I needed help. One suggested an auto repair shop several blocks away, in fact he drove there with me following behind to make sure I found it ok. It was the bottom radiator hose; the mechanic dropped what he was doing, got my Pontiac on the hoist, and fixed me up in 45 minutes. Could have charged me more for labor but didn't. he just shrugged his shoulders and said, "We just appreciate out of staters coming through town". He said next time stay a day or two longer!

I have friends who live in Del City who I haven't seen in a long time. Next time i go through Ponca I will do just THAT!
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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I had car troubles last time I was in Ponca City with my 89 year old grandma with me. It was the heat of the summer, and the mechanic was really nice and fast. I audited there a few times and everyone we dealt with the three weeks I was there were very very friendly.
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:11 AM
 
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Ponca City is a diverse community, but unfortunately we have the same race problems that other small towns have. I agree with the above statement, that if you are accepting then you will be accepted. Ponca also has a senior citizens center downtown and a very reliable public transit system with handicap access. Shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Espoo, Finland
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Hey my mom volunteers at the senior center in Ponca. If you want to get in touch with her, let me know!

Are you vegetarian? (I ask because of your pref for 7th Day Adventist) It might be more difficult to find specialty veg foods there.
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Ponca City is a nice community for seniors, as for racism, its not the most diverse place with whites and native americans being most populace.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Ponca City just needs to bulldoze about 35-40% of the housing that exists at the moment. It is substandard and leads to drug issues and a transient population. It would greatly improve the look of the place.
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