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Retirees uninclined to leave Oklahoma

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: October 4, 2012
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The chief downsides cited in the report are the weather, particularly the rate of tornado touchdowns, and an unfavorable physician-to-patient ratio. Nothing can be done about twisters, but the state can keep its tax policy attractive and work at increasing the number of physicians.

MarketWatch focuses the report on four retirement destinations — Ardmore, Bartlesville, Stillwater and Tulsa — each with its own appeal. Oklahoma City's virtues are well known statewide; and the city and its suburbs are home to numerous military retirees.

We suspect that state policy per se is a minor factor in the appeal of the state to retirees. But keeping retirees happy should always be a factor when state policy changes are considered.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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