Retirees uninclined to leave Oklahoma

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: October 4, 2012
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Cue the old joke: Oklahoma is a great place to live but you wouldn't want to visit there.

Seems as though some “temporary” residents like what they see and stay. Same goes for those who've never left. A lot of them will never leave.

A report last week on MarketWatch.com puts the state ahead of the curve as a desirable place for retirees. In the words of a retirement planner quoted in the report, almost all Oklahomans who lived in the state at the time they retired stay here, “even if they're not from here.”

Most of us know an “outlander” who came to the state for someplace else but never left because they like it here. They like the people. They love the low cost of living.

The lower cost of housing means retirees have more money for travel. The median home price is less than $100,000. The cost of living is 14 percent below the national average. Tax policy also helps, particularly the relatively low property tax. Also, retirees who still want to do some work are benefiting from the low unemployment rate.

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