You come to Oklahoma to beat Texas.
The Best Thing About Oklahoma City?
For a relatively small large city OKC finishes #1 in ranking in a bunch of “best of” lists. These include: #1 for High Wages and Low Cost of Living, #1 for America’s Best New Restaurants, #1 Most Passionate Live Music Fans, #1 Most Romantic Cities In America. It also finishes in the Top 10 for a whole slew of other city benefits. All-in-all these rankings signal an amazing place to be for young professionals and young families looking for the next great American city.
Here's the pov of a long-time local:
Love it. I have lived here my entire life. Several times tried moving but only lasted a few Months always came back to “home” The people are friendly…and helpful…just today helped an older wrap her outside faucets…Water hose was still connected with below freezing temps coming. I also know if I need any help I have friends to ask. There is plenty to do and lots of churches to get involved in…Love living here.
For more reviews of Oklahoma City from locals check out: The Buzz
The Worst Thing About Oklahoma City?
The big challenge for families is the quality of the public schools. Lots of factors have played a role in poor performing schools including: decreased state funding, suburban schools pulling away families, charter school growth, and too few kids spread across too great a size city causing funding to sink when it is based on a $$$ per enrolled student model. The district is shutting down schools as a way to improve and focus but for the time being the schools remain troubled.
Note from local about schools:
The OKC public schools for the most part are not that great. If they are interested in Math and Science, check out OSSM. Theatre, check out Classen SAS. I you are looking for private schools; the three big ones are Casady School(Episcopal), Heritage Hall(Secular), and Bishop McGuinness(Catholic). Each is different and has totally different atmospheres. All will let your child visit and you should go with whichever your child feels most comfortable.
Lifestyle Of Oklahoma City
People imagine OKC to be a low key family kind of town. And if you’re into that kind of thing then it is definitely here for you. However, if you’re younger and hankering for entertainment then this city has your back. There are tons of things happening, particularly in the Bricktown area. Concerts, sporting events (steps from where the Thunder play), museums, shopping, restaurants, you name it and it is happening downtown. Many people in OKC live in the outer edges or suburbs and come downtown for bigger nights out or big days out. But there is a lifestyle downtown for young professionals or families and retirees who want to live more “on the edge”.
Workstyle Of Oklahoma City
Not surprisingly energy is one of the big employers in OKC. South Central still runs on oil and natural gas and so employment is big in the industry with two Fortune 500 companies, Chesapeake and Devon Energy providing a lot of paychecks. That’s not the only industry however as retail has a big footprint with Hobby Lobby and Love’s Travel Stores also massive local employers. Expect a good job market for energy, retail, IT, and health services if you go looking for work. OKC is also one of the cities where long-haul work-from-homer’s are landing as they look for less costly cities with decent downtown social and cultural experiences available to them.
Why You Should Move Here Now?
We hate to put the rational out front of the emotional in such a vibrant city but it is seriously hard to ignore the fact that OKC is the #1 city in the country for the ratio of high salaries to low cost of living. If you want to make a good living and have more of it to spend or save, OKC is your joint. The cool part of it all is that not only will you have that extra $$$ but this city has so much going on you’ll get to enjoy the experience while you’re saving. That’s a tough combo to pass up.