OKLAHOMA CITY, a Capital Place to Live
October 29, 2018
Since it first began, Oklahoma City has been—and today continues to be—a town unlike any other. If you live elsewhere and have been thinking about making a move, there are a variety of solid reasons why you should consider Oklahoma’s capital city. A Sizable City The most populous city in the state, with more than 1.3 million residents, Oklahoma City is now the 41st largest metropolitan area in the U.S. However, when it comes to land area, OKC is the third largest in the nation, including ten counties and is 621 square miles. Great Housing Market Just this past May, Smart Asset named Oklahoma City the second best city in the nation for first time home buyers. Plus, Local Market Monitor has ranked OKC as one of the Top 19 Home Markets with the Best Expected Performance, while GoBankingRates has called it one of the best cities for millennials buying homes. A Top Environment for Young Professionals This Spring, WalletHub named Oklahoma City the best large city to start a business. It was also hailed as a top city to be a millennial by Trulia. In addition, Lending Tree says OKC is among the top five cities with the youngest entrepreneurs in the nation. Low Cost of Living but Good Wages Extremely affordable, Oklahoma City has an 89.9 cost of living index. Bankrate says the Sooner state’s capital city is among the top ten best cities for building your savings. This comprehensive Cost of Living Calculator shows just how far money can go in OKC. And not only is Oklahoma City affordable, but Credit Sesame has ranked it as being among the top twenty cities where millennials make the most money. Some Great Schools In 2018, U.S. News and World Report ranked five of Oklahoma City’s high schools as being among the best in the nation. A Diverse Job Market Big-name leading private employers with headquarters in OKC include Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Paycom, Hobby Lobby, OGE, and American Fidelity. In addition, well-known organizations like Boeing, AT&T, Dell, GE, Hertz, UPS, AAA, Farmers Insurance and others maintain a large presence in the market. The largest employers in the market are the state of Oklahoma, Tinker Air Force Base, University of Oklahoma, INTEGRIS Health, and the other organizations on this list. A Warm Climate With an elevation of 1,285 feet above sea level, Oklahoma City averages more than 300 days of sunshine and 32.03 inches of rainfall per year. In January, the city’s temperatures average a high of 47 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 25 degrees Fahrenheit). In July the temperatures average a high of 93 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 71 degrees Fahrenheit. A Great Place to Visit If you should move to Oklahoma City, you probably won’t find yourself lonely for those you left behind for long since they’ll be likely to want to come for a visit. The March 2018 issue of Southern Living named OKC a great vacation destination. In addition, WalletHub ranked it among the nation’s top ten summer travel destinations.