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Myths About Retiring in Oklahoma

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 07:26 PM

Oklahoma is perhaps best known for its tornadoes and its college football, so people may not think of it as a retirement destination. However, it's actually a diverse state that offers seniors a plethora of outdoor activities, culture, and entertainment. Retirement in Oklahoma offers not only these perks, but also a low cost of living and a laidback vibe. Before you dismiss spending your retirement in Oklahoma, rethink these common misconceptions people have about living in the state where the wind comes sweeping down the plains.

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  1. There's Nothing to Do - The long-held image of the Sooner State is that there's a dearth of cultural activities and entertainment. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially in light of the state's makeover in recent years. Oklahoma City now boasts a revitalized Bricktown, an arts and entertainment near downtown that features nightclubs, restaurants, art galleries, and even a canal offering boat rides. As MarketWatch points out, with so many colleges and universities across the state, there's always plenty of artistic and cultural events to take advantage of. Both major cities like Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and smaller communities like college towns offer festivals, dining, theater, art, and music.
  2. You Won't Meet Others Like You - With warm-weather destinations attracting many retirees, some may think there's not enough of a senior community in Oklahoma. However, personal finance website NerdWallet ranked Oklahoma City as one of the top urban areas to retire, in part because 11.8 percent of the population in is age 65 and older. So, while it may seem like all of your peers are heading to the sunny beaches of Florida, you'll find plenty of other retirees to connect with.
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  4. There are No Vacation Spots - For retirees who are outdoor enthusiasts, living in a state with beaches and other natural features is vital. According to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, the state has approximately 55,646 miles of shoreline. There are also more than 30 state parks, according to the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Center. Hunting and fishing opportunities abound, in addition to luxury resorts, camping grounds, and hiking trails.
  5. The Weather is Always Bad - Website FiveThirtyEight may have ranked Oklahoma City number two in the country for the most unpredictable weather, but not every day brings with it an outbreak of tornadoes or other severe weather. In fact, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, thunderstorms occur only between 45 and 60 days a year. There are mild temperatures, too, especially in the spring and in early fall.
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Oklahoma is perhaps best known for its tornadoes and its college football, so people may not think of it as a retirement destination. However, it's actually a diverse state that offers seniors a plethora of outdoor activities, culture, and entertainment.
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