Oklahoma is a great state to retire to for a variety of reasons. It has a low income tax, and great weather and amazing affordability. It also has a low cost of living and some of the lowest priced real estate options in the country. However, it ranks near the bottom in terms of health care options and has a higher than average crime rate.
Like Arkansas and Tennessee, Oklahoma has all the features of the perfect retirement state, low taxes, great weather and amazing affordability, but the lack of overall development hurts its appeal. Still it’s a state that we think is worth considering if you’re wanting the full brunt of 4 seasons and want to stretch your dollar the furthest.
Similar to our other central states, Oklahoma suffers from being in the middle of nowhere and offers very little to retirees that aren’t willing to live near the more populated cities. With the 2nd worst health care system in the country (based on our own blended criteria for retirees), a high sales tax and relatively high crime, Oklahoma is not as desireable. As a result, the retirement communities, which are amazing in an otherwise beautiful state, are few and far between.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.