Oklahoma Retirement Guide
Oklahoma, population 3.8 million in 2012, has a lot to offer baby boomers or others who are looking for the best places to retire in Oklahoma - the Sooner state. It has a varied mix of terrains from lake districts (200 man-made lakes) to mountains like the scenic Ouachitas and Wichitas - in fact it is 1 of only 4 states to have more than 10 distinct geographical regions within its borders (it has 11). It has many interesting towns of all sizes, and a fairly mild winter climate. Oklahoma's cost of living is much lower than average. It has a rich native American culture and it is the headquarters of more American Indian tribes than any other state (there are 50 tribes in the state). The Wikipedia entry for Oklahoma has more interesting facts.
The reviews on this site can help you narrow your choice about where to retire in Oklahoma or other states - we have important information about real estate prices; what makes each community special and not so special; along with important facts about the cultural, economic, medical, and transportation infrastructure.
The Oklahoma climate is humid-sub tropical, strongly influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. Summers are hot and humid with frequent thunderstorms and occasional tornados. Winters are milder in the south. The panhandle region is semi-arid, the eastern part gets more rain and has many lakes.
Economy and Real Estate Values
Oklahoma's 2011 per capita income at $23,770 was well below the U.S. average. Median home prices are much less expensive than elsewhere in the U.S. The median home in the Oklahoma City area sold for $151,600 in the first quarter of 2013 (NAR) the cost of living index there is 82 (national index is 100). In Tulsa the median home in early 2013 went for $132,500 and the cost of living index is 83.
Tax Burden: At 8.7% of income the the total tax burden in Oklahoma is the 37h highest.
Marginal Income Tax Rates. Oklahoma has an income tax with 7 brackets. The top bracket that starts at $8,700 and the tax is 5.5%.
Retirement Income Exemptions. There is no exemption for military pensions.
Social security exemption.
Oklahoma does not tax social security income.
Sales Tax: State sales tax is 4.5%, which is below average.
Property Taxes: Property taxes are among the lowest in the U.S.
Homestead Exemption. There is a homestead exemption which lessens the property's value by $1000.
Estate and/or Inheritance Taxes. There is no inheritance tax. The estate tax is 1/2% to 10% of the net estate value.
Link to Oklahoma Tax Commission
Certified Retirement Communities
Oklahoma does not have a certified retirement community program.
Best retirement communities in Oklahoma
Oklahoma has many towns that are great as a retirement location; it is also starting to have many planned retirement communities. One of the best places to retire in Oklahoma is Bartlesville, home of Frank Lloyd Wright's only hotel project and a surprising cultural capital. Other great retirement communities are near Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Stillwater, or Lawton. The eastern part of the state near Lake Eufaula and Ardmore is very popular because of the number of man-made lakes there. Norman is a livable town that enjoys the excitement of being host to the thriving University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is the capital city and Tulsa is the second largest city.
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