What's it like to live in Oklahoma City, OK?

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John Gifford

Strongly influenced by its Western heritage, Oklahoma City is where you can find cowboy history, festivals, horse shows, museums and more. Although it is slowly becoming more cosmopolitan in feel thanks to an expanding dining and entertainment scene, Oklahoma City is still home to the world's largest stocker-feeder cattle market. And in the Stockyards City district, many leather-scented shops can outfit you with everything from boots, belts and buckles to horse saddles, ropes and 10-gallon hats.

The influx of younger residents in recent years has infused the region with a more energetic, creative and progressive feel than in the past. Once an early-to-bed, early-to-rise, meat-and-potatoes kind of town, Oklahoma City today buzzes with life until the early hours of the morning.

The city's greatest asset is its people. The community is tight-knit, and people are willing to offer a friendly hello, ever aware that their region is really a small town at heart.


U.S. News analyzed 150 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is ranked:

#78 in Best Places to Live

#127 in Best Places to Retire




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Oklahoma City, OK Quick Stats

  • 1,369,759

    Metro Population

  • $47,120

    Average Annual Salary

  • 72.2° / 50.7°

    Avg High/Low Temps

  • 35.0

    Median Age

  • $161,300

    Median Home Price

  • 36.5 inches

    AVG Annual Rainfall

  • 3.0%

    Unemployment Rate

  • $858

    Median Monthly Rent

  • 22.7 minutes

    Avg Commute Time

What is there to do in Oklahoma City, OK?

With attractions such as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City residents enjoy a vibrant arts culture.

The annual Festival of the Arts in downtown Oklahoma City draws thousands of visitors and is one of the metro area's signature events. Other popular festivals include the H&8th Night Market, a street fair featuring live music and a fleet of food trucks; the Plaza District Festival, which celebrates this popular neighborhood; and the annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival, a boating event in Oklahoma City's Boathouse District.

Find out more about what there is to see and do in Oklahoma City, OK.

What's the cost of living in Oklahoma City, OK?

Oklahoma City's median home sale price is lower than the national median. Other necessary expenses, such as groceries and utilities, as well as nonessential expenditures like dining out and entertainment, are also cheaper than they are in many other U.S. metro areas.

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Value Index

Index Score: 7.4 /10

How we calculate this.

Oklahoma City offers a better value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income.

Housing Costs 2019

Oklahoma City


Housing Costs Over Time

Data sourced from Zillow median home sale price data series. Additional data provided by the Austin Board of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors, Intermountain MLS, Omaha Area Board of Realtors, San Antonio Board of Realtors, and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.

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What's the weather like in Oklahoma City, OK?

Oklahoma City residents enjoy more than 200 days of sunshine each year. Summer is hot, winter is cold, and autumn is crisp and brilliantly colored, albeit brief. Pay attention to spring – particularly May, when heavy winds and tornado outbreaks are common.

Seasonal Temperature (Avgs)









Seasonal Rainfall (Avgs)

1.9 in


4.7 in


4.9 in


4.1 in


Monthly High and Low Temperatures (°F)

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center.

What's the best way to get around Oklahoma City, OK?

Unless you live in one of the walkable communities in midtown or downtown, you'll need a car to get around Oklahoma City. While many neighborhoods have sidewalks, areas are often too spread out to make walking a viable option.

EMBARK operates about two dozen bus routes across the region. Although these routes are generally limited to Oklahoma City, local, city-specific bus service is available in nearby communities, such as Edmond and Norman. The Spokies bike-share program offers an environmentally friendly commuting option for those located in downtown Oklahoma City.

Flights to and from Oklahoma City are available through Will Rogers World Airport, while rail service is available through Amtrak and bus service is available through Greyhound. 

Commuting in Oklahoma City, OK

Means of Transportation
Above national average

Equal to national average

Equal to national average

Public Transit
Below national average
Average Commute Time

22.7 minutes

3.9 minutes less than national average

Average Commute Times by Zip Code

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Who lives in Oklahoma City, OK?

Oklahoma City's revitalization, strong economy and low housing prices attract a variety of people, including singles, young families and retirees. 

The city has a decidedly younger and more vibrant feel than it did 20 years ago. Simply put, there's more to do than there used to be – a fact readily apparent on a visit to Bricktown or Midtown – which makes Oklahoma City more attractive to young job seekers. 

The Heritage Hills and Crown Heights historic districts are popular with those who appreciate vintage architecture and charm, while the apartments and townhomes in Midtown and Deep Deuce attract singles and young professionals because of their proximity to downtown employers and entertainment venues. The city is surrounded by family-friendly suburban communities, where streets are lined with single-family homes.

Oklahoma City's population is becoming increasingly diverse, attracting new residents from all over the world. The city's Asian District is home to a large Vietnamese community and features Asian restaurants, shops and supermarkets.

Age Distribution

Marital Status Breakdown

About the same number of single people in Oklahoma City as national average

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.