Oklahoma City, OK Reviews

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Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city in the state of Oklahoma, with a population of over 650,000 residents. Known for its western heritage and thriving oil industry, Oklahoma City offers a blend of urban sophistication and small-town charm. With an average cost of living and a strong job market, it has attracted many people seeking a more affordable and laid-back lifestyle. However, as with any city, there are pros and cons to living in Oklahoma City. Let's take a look at what residents have to say about their experience living in this particular place.

According to user reviews on BestPlaces.net, Oklahoma City is generally praised for its friendly residents and affordable cost of living. A user named "Melanie" says, "The people are very friendly and welcoming. Housing is affordable and there is plenty to do for families." Another user, "Sean," echoes this sentiment, saying, "The people are very friendly and down-to-earth. It's a great place to raise a family." These reviews highlight the welcoming and family-friendly atmosphere that many residents appreciate in Oklahoma City.

On the flip side, some users mention concerns about the city's weather and safety. "John" states, "The weather can be unpredictable and severe, with tornadoes being a common occurrence." Similarly, "Rachel" shares, "The crime rate in certain areas can be a bit concerning, so it's important to do your research before deciding on a neighborhood." These reviews reflect the city's susceptibility to natural disasters and the importance of researching neighborhoods when considering a move to Oklahoma City.

In terms of recreational activities, many users mention that there is no shortage of things to do in Oklahoma City. "Lisa" says, "There is always something going on, from concerts and festivals to sports events and outdoor activities." Another user, "Mike," adds, "There are plenty of parks and green spaces to enjoy, and the food scene is constantly growing and improving." These reviews highlight the city's diverse range of entertainment options and its thriving food scene.

Overall, it seems that residents of Oklahoma City are generally satisfied with their choice to live in this particular place. As "Emily" puts it, "I have lived here for over 10 years and I love it. The cost of living is affordable, the people are friendly, and there is always something to do." While there may be some concerns about weather and safety, the city's strong sense of community and affordable lifestyle make it a desirable place to call home for many.

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Very high tornado risk area - 8/13/2023
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It is just an OK state to live in - 1/25/2022
I have lived in this state for 6 months. There are a couple of things to bear in mind when it comes to OK. If you are moving from a state that has been destroyed by politics, such as CA or NY, you will find this place heaven on earth because it is very cheap. Honestly, if you make over 60K a year in this state, you will be fine. Unfortunately, the pay in this state is horrible. Unless you work for a big company and you have a great career, don't expect to get over 50k a year. Teachers are so underpaid that they are quitting and the state has a teacher shortage. That might sound like a good opportunity to work as a teacher, however; if you do not have a bachelor's, do not expect to work as a teacher in Oklahoma. The state department of education will not let you take the certification exam with an associate's degree or perhaps being a senior in college. More teachers keep quitting and are moving to other states that pay better. Moving on to another point, I have realized that the Read More

People best I've met. Limited good paying jobs - 2/24/2021
We moved here after living in Oregon our whole lives. Been here for 6 months and live in a middle class neighborhood. If I'm out front of the house someone was always stopping by while walking by to get to know me. Many go out of their way just to say hi. This DOES NOT happen in Oregon. I love the people and their values. One of our neighbors comes over and removes the snow from our driveway and sidewalk without ever being asked. We are not invalids either. Just neighbors helping each other. Things like this happen constantly. Surprised at the lack of competing supermarkets. Costco and Winco are relatively new here. No Kroger stores, no Safeways statewide. Over abundance of Walmarts and Sam's club. I have some concern about the low pay for jobs. Recently saw a state job that requires a bachelors and starts at $10/hr. Low housing cost helps a lot with that but everything else (plumber, electrician, roofing, food, restaurants, auto repair) seems to cost the same as in the higher income Read More

ClosePeople - 12/21/2020
Don’t believe anything people say about this place the people are a bunch of liars, this place is pure crap. The people are some of the rudest and most miserable I’ve ever Read More

It's average or below average about everywhere. - 7/30/2019
Oklahoma City is one of those cities that constantly appears competitive on lists about starting businesses and having low costs of living and yet doesn't have any more industry or population growth than any other city. The city and State are well publicized that the city is one of the worst in the nation in health care, life expectancy, public education, higher education, public transportation and infrastructure.

Oklahoma City has transformed itself with the multiple MAPS projects that tricked the citizens into making their community better- the city is modernizing, and that's neat. But it's not enough. I got a job quickly in my field of study, but I make about $30k a year for what, even in Tulsa, is about a $45-50k job. "Negotiate better!" you may say, "Get a better job!". Why, when I can just move to Tulsa, or a metro anywhere else and spend the same energy I would have spent getting $40k here into getting $50-55k somewhere nicer. If companies in this area have the Read More

High Standard of Living; car-oriented - 6/26/2019
I live here. Physically, it feels like any number of sprawling, flat, low-density cities in the central USA. Socially, people are very friendly, personable, and polite. Political attitudes are mostly conservative, with pockets of liberalism in the wealthier, more central districts and in youthful neighborhoods around the universities and arts district. The area population is just over a million, with many new arrivals, so cultural attitudes are more diverse than ever before. Tolerance has improved; the mayor just addressed the gay pride parade, which drew 70,000 people. The cost of living is much lower than any other city in which I've lived. Most homes are brick in construction; interior spaciousness is the norm. Most gainfully employed adults own homes; apartment living is an option for anyone, and most apartment complexes have swimming pools and fitness centers, but even with that fact it can be hard to find socially upscale rental communities because of the ownership-oriented Read More

fugettaboutit - 12/7/2018
Midwest meets deep south. Think Mr. Rogers meets Hopalong Cassidy. Read More

cool - 10/30/2018
i have been there and it is very Read More

OK is not okay - 10/7/2017
The other negative assessments here are basically accurate. Notice the recurring issues.

A friend of mine from NYC, a therapist, lived and worked in Oklahoma off and on for about 25 years and commented that she had never known a people so proud and determined to be so ignorant.

I'm from OK, was raised there. I lived in California for about 21 years and made the terrible mistake of returning to OK when I retired. I'm a veteran. If you're a veteran, the Oklahoma City VA hospital is one of the worst. I ended up with third-stage cancer because of their neglect, their incompetence, their indifference. They said there was no effective treatment. They wanted me to sign up for palliative care. Thankfully, I found a much better VA and am now cancer-free. In 2015 and 2016, a federal investigation determined that the OKC VAMC had withheld access to the Veterans' Choice program for veterans.

And it's not just the VA. Their medical school, at the Read More

Welcome to the city on the rise. Not only is Oklahoma City's population growing quickly, but the cultural and progressive ideas are as well. OKC's downtown is growing at an amazing pace with great fan fair. The lucky people who call OKC home live in wonderful homes with amazing square footage. Oklahoma City is the best kept secret. So please don't tell anyone how cool OKC has become.

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