Oklahoma City, OK

Population: 620,015 livability score shield

Key findings

  • Oklahoma City has a Livability Score of 69/100, which is considered average
  • Oklahoma City crime rates are 46% higher than the Oklahoma average
  • Cost of living in Oklahoma City is 2% higher than the Oklahoma average
  • Oklahoma City real estate prices are 18% higher than the Oklahoma average
  • Rental prices in Oklahoma City are 7% higher than the Oklahoma average

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      Oklahoma City, OK

      Oklahoma's capital city is one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest, and it is a place that more and more young professionals are starting to call home due to its thriving economy and vibrant social scene. With a population over 600,000, it is a great mid-sized city that offers all of the conveniences of a larger city at a slightly slower pace. The city is home to the National Basketball Association's Oklahoma City Thunder, and attending a game is one of the local's favorite activities on a typical weekday evening.

      Home prices in Oklahoma City are extremely affordable, and transplants to the area will be able to purchase a lot of home for the money. The Boathouse District and the revitalized downtown are two of the city's most desirable locations. Oklahoma City also has some modern estates that can go for millions, but they are truly amazing to look at. Other areas of the city Newalla, Skyline, and where many people call home include Paseo, and Bluff Creek. Traffic in the city is typically light due to the number of lanes available for travel on I-35 and the other interstate detour routes that circle the city and take you to Edmond, Norman, and other surrounding communities.

      Newcomers to the area will need to quickly decide which college football team they are going to route for since Bedlam is a life or death event for many who call Oklahoma City home. If you route for the local team, you will be cheering for the Oklahoma Sooners. If you decide that you are looking to make some enemies in your neighborhood, you can choose to root for the Cowboys that call Stillwater home. Game day in Norman is a great attraction that is easy to reach from the Oklahoma City limits.

      Another calling card of the city is a thriving restaurant scene that seems to add amazing dining choices by the day. Some of the city's most popular restaurants are known for their steak. Red PrimeSteak, Ranch Steakhouse, and Cheever's Cafe are just a few of the places that come to mind that can make your mouth water just thinking about them.

      While most in the city get around by car or by foot, there is also a public transit system that is reliable and affordable. EMBARK as the system is known currently offers over 20 fixed-route bus lines that can get you to most points in the city. With the quick download of an app, you will be able to start navigating your new hometown in no time. There is also a river transit service and bike share program that are good alternatives for daily travel.

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      My view on okc
      I love the shopping, because they have so many different types of stores here. There's a store for everyone and everything. I love the many places for people to hang out, as well as the many group/communities u can be a part of. I wouldn't say its safe at night, at least if you're alone. if you're a girl have 2 people with u at night (bc I had one girl with me one time and shit almost went bad so yea. and if you're independent, join self defense classes.) if you're a guy, watch out for the independent girls, bc they even need saving sometimes. I love there's a variety of things to do. dining out and/or food places rating is low cuz most restaurants are just same food types and different names and I am not a fan of 90% of it
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      Born and raised
      Listen we might not be the most glamerous of people but I have lived all over and have been in every City in Oklahoma. I have lived in other states and it dang sure doesn't compare. We take care of one another. We don't let people sit on the side of the road and we have fun the old fashion way. There is plenty of pubs and night clubs sure but if u want to camp or float a river or hang out with your kids outside and not have to worry about anything happening to them.......well we are always here.
      1 -1
      Born and Raised
      I was born and raised and Oklahoma and the only thing I see in accurate is be ready for awful weather year round that should be a D or F. However on the lighter side I have lived all over Oklahoma and have never had a problem with crime, even when I lived in a low end apartment building in “the bad part of town”. The people are extremely friendly and helpful. The nightlife is not the greatest however the entertainment district called Bricktown, is full of plenty of things to do like baseball, good food, Thunder basketball, the Olympic training facility for river sports and rock wall climbing. I believe Oklahoma City overall is a great place to live. However being in Oklahoma the roads are not always great, the school system is underfunded, and all in all most public things are not as good as the rest of the nation. I believe the pros outweigh the cons though. I currently live in Dallas but would not complain one bit if I were to need to move back to Oklahoma City.
      7 -3
      My 20 Years In Oklahoma City
      I've lived in Oklahoma City for nearly 20 years, and when most people hear the name "Oklahoma", they think of dull, rural farmland with little to do and sparse options when it comes to entertainment and vacation possibilities, but the truth is that Oklahoma City is an energetic, bustling metropolis with loads of restaurants, stores, and attraction to choose from. What I love the most about OKC is that we have the advantage of living in an urban environment without the attitude that people usually associate with city-slickers. Oklahoma citizens are down-to-earth, kind, and overall just some of the friendliest you'll meet. Our city embraces it's Western heritage and blends that passion for its roots and love of culture with entertainment to host a variety of different events throughout the year as well as incredible and engaging museums and festivals. The Oklahoma Science Museum, for example, is located on North East 52nd Street and boasts over eight acres of enticing exhibits, hands-on experiments, a Planetarium Theater, and incredible IMAX film shows, it's one of the best destinations for families to go for an afternoon filled with learning and nonstop fun.

      There's the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, as well as several heritage museums such as the Gaylord Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. There are even some more unique choices for those looking for a truly one-of-a-kind trip, like the American Bango Museum for country music lovers, the 99s Museum of Women Pilots, and even the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, all of which are located conveniently near one another.

      Aside from museums and cultural events, Oklahoma City also boasts a large variety of different shops and restaurants, from family-friendly, cozy Italian eateries to Japanese steakhouses and even uniquely OKC joints like Big Truck Tacos and Cafe 501.

      Whatever your style, OKC has something to offer. It's a city seeped in culture, proud of its heritage, yet still ever changing and modernizing with the times, giving it a unique and must-see atmosphere.
      5 -1
      Maybe if you like to go to church?
      Oklahoma is essentially a mining culture. Oil and gas extraction has enriched a few, provided boom and bust cycles of employment, bought off a lot of legislators and regulators, and, now, most likely due to the injection wells associated with "fracking," has triggered a huge increase in the incidence of earthquakes. So far, they've been fairly modest. It's just something that didn't happen before, another kind of environmental degradation.

      I was raised here, left in the mid-80's, spent 20+ years in California, excluding 18 mo. in OKC in the late 90's. Left in the 90's due to extreme anti-gay prejudice and even threats from employers. I've been back here a little over a year, now. The level of ignorance is phenomenally increased. Knowledge common on the West Coast is almost unknown here. It's even more an Old-Testament culture than before, but, paradoxically, hostility toward gays is minimal, now, except for almost every single Republican politician, the Old Testament ministers and their sheep. The religious death grip is weakening, however. Tattoo was legalized a few years ago, and there's more of it here than on most of the West Coast, a reaction to the religious oppression. What was once a surprisingly progressive state is now an extreme "red" state and moving farther to the right. What passes for a daily newspaper has waged a campaign for generations to create a Republican haven, and it seems to have worked. The voters have approved an anti-union "Right-to-Work" law. Wages are very low, here - go figure. The state ranks near the bottom for almost any quality-of-life measure. To their credit, the Oklahoma City Council, in November 2011, passed employment protections for gays, so it's not all bad news. Yes, I know, a little behind the times, but better late than never. It took real courage and real political skill to pull it off. Most of the employers here have not gotten that far. Another paradox: The arts are alive and well, here; music of all kinds is thriving.

      Visually, the place is challenged. This is a culture that has long loved concrete, asphalt and Bermuda grass. A swath of Bermuda grass passes for landscaping. They've lost a lot of tree cover. Trees will grow here, and there are efforts to beautify, but beauty is not part of the culture. It's going to take a major educational effort or an influx of new blood, and, frankly, why would anyone move here except that it's relatively cheap? From a practical standpoint, most locals haven't figured out that trees make shade and that they need it. Sprawl is unrestrained; McMansions with creepy, spiky, looming roofs proliferate in the Republican suburbs. What were once elegant older neighborhoods, full of trees and flowerbeds, are now mostly filled with decaying rental properties, trees and flowers mostly gone. One vibrant spot is the Asian District along Classen Boulevard. The business association there has sponsored excellent landscaping. There are other isolated spots of beauty, but they are exotic, here. Will Rogers Park has some pleasant green spaces for walking. The city recently paved the last dirt running path left in a city park.

      Weather: Usually chaotic, weather patterns changing. Much hotter than when I was a kid in the 60's and 70's. Spring's a month earlier, storms much more intense, much more dangerous, now. Amazing hail storms now common, cars everywhere with hail damage. Climate change so obvious here, yet their Senator Jim Inhofe calls it a "hoax." Fall weather is usually pleasant, the best weather for a visit, cooling down by late September. Ice storms can be extreme in winter.

      Tourism: Major draws are the death memorial for the OKC Bombing and the horse racing. Downtown has been cleaned up, looks much better, but the "attractions" are derivative and contrived. The portion of the Canadian River that runs through Oklahoma City was renamed the "Oklahoma River." Yes, it's Jingoville. It's also a gun culture. Watch out. Very easy to get shot, here.

      What do I like about the place? Fireflies, a slower pace, uncrowded freeways - oh, yes, must catch the "art installation" that straddles I-40 West just south of downtown. A fallen oil derrick, maybe? Can't really stop to consider it, though. Odd, odd, odd. Yes, the people are friendly, but most people, most places are generally friendly. Avoid talking about politics, religion, sports - oh, they love their sports. It's hard to go anywhere in town that doesn't have a game playing on the television. Expect a blank look regarding anything requiring more than about an 8th-grade reading level. The dialect has devolved and can be painful - grinding diphthongs and tripthongs, lots of nasal vowels. Bizarre, mutilated syntax, like a rip on Dubya Bush. Oh, yes, what I love about the place? Remarkably, there are still some modern spirits here, quietly, patiently, humorously persevering. They are sprinkled about, in the Plaza District, the Paseo, the vintage shops, the local bookstores and coffee shops, in healthcare, animal care, human services, the universities. Of course, if you're into conventional consumerism, Oklahoma City abounds with it. Otherwise, you'll need to poke around.
      17 -23
      Oklahoma City, OK City Review
      When I traveled to Oklahoma City, OK, I had no idea what to expect. I was there for the weekend on business and have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. While I did not have much time to fully explore this new place, I will return to see all of the things I missed on this trip.

      My first day there I wanted to do some shopping and found myself at Crossroads mall. This is an open and very family friendly mall. I was able to navigate this mall very quickly and found the items I needed. The people in Oklahoma seem friendlier compared to other larger cities I have visited. Even though it was Friday afternoon, the traffic was not near as bad as I expected and I quickly found my way back to my hotel.

      That evening I met some coworkers for dinner and we found ourselves at Cheevers Cafe, which is very close to the capitol area where we were staying. Even though from the outside this appeared to be a tiny, run down spot, we were relaxed with the environment. A gluten free menu was included and this is something that can be rare to find in a smaller city. The steak and seafood was amazing and we were very satisfied with our meal for the evening.

      I stayed at the Hampton Inn near the capitol and this was a great experience. Everyone on my team also used this hotel and everyone was very satisfied with the experience. Our rooms were near one another due to our request and we were able to communicate more effectively because they took the time to honor our wishes. Oklahoma City is a place I would love to return to explore with my family as I know they would also enjoy it.
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      Bring your Windbreaker to Oklahoma City
      I grew up in Oklahoma City, and I make it back a couple times per year to visit my mother. There are a few great things about Oklahoma City. For one thing, it's easy to navigate the streets and downtown area. Like many cities out West, the roads were planned and built with the automobile in mind. They are laid out in a nearly perfect grid, with a numbering system so you always know where you are. The skies in Oklahoma City are beautiful. There are hardly any clouds, and you get crisp blue skies more than 300 days per year.

      In the past few years, a great downtown attraction in Oklahoma City has been built called Brick Town. There is a lot of shopping and there is a river where you can take boat rides. It is modeled after the River Walk in San Antonio, and it is really well done. One bad aspect of Oklahoma City is the wind. Chicago may be called the windy city, but I'm pretty sure it's windier in Oklahoma City.
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      Source: The Oklahoma City, OK data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).