Living in OKC

Situated in the Great Plains region in central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City is a dynamic community, rich in history, culture and resources. OKC offers hometown charm and friendliness with the sophisticated amenities of a major American city.

Why We Love Oklahoma City

Through multiple resident-led tax initiatives called MAPS, Oklahoma City is bursting with new development, bettering its infrastructure and schools and creating new quality-of-life additions to the city that are wowing longtime citizens and drawing attention and visitors from around the country.

As a city that redefines itself, Oklahoma City's modern, spirited environment blends with its deep western heritage to create a place where culture and commerce thrive. With renowned festivals, national sporting events, treasure-filled museums and a variety of districts highlighting arts and entertainment, the possibilities for adventure and fun in Oklahoma City are endless. See below for our favorite parts of OKC.

Strong economy

OKC has a strong economy and low unemployment. We’re growing rapidly. And we’ve invested a billion dollars in our public school system.

Great neighborhoods

From downtown lofts to historic homes and spacious suburban neighborhoods, Greater Oklahoma City offers fantastic choices at affordable prices – with easy commutes.

Just for fun

Active people will love our countless trails for running and cycling, 30 miles of lakes, an Olympic training venue for rowing and kayaking, and the 70-acre Scissortail Park. Spectators will enjoy the OKC Thunder and the triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.

Lower cost of living

Our excellent cost of living, including low housing costs, enables residents to get much more for their money than most communities in the nation. Oklahoma City was recently ranked #2 in the Best Cities for first-time home buyers. With a median home cost nearly 40% lower than that of nearby Dallas, and 35% lower than culturally-similar Fort Worth, OKC can't be beat for real estate.

In OKC, you'll also have more time to enjoy that home, with an average commute time of only 22 minutes for the entire OKC metropolitan area. Ample parking, even downtown, allows for all the freedom and flexibility needed for the schedule of an orthopedic resident.

Arts and culture galore

We boast major art museums, several arts festivals each year and many independent galleries. Enjoy the ballet, philharmonic or Broadway shows. Our zoo, botanical gardens and science center are great for families. Step into the wild west at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to see a large collection of art and scupture highliting the history of the American cowboy, rodeos, and Native American culture. For those with children or who are young at heart visit the Oklahoma City Zoo or theScience Museum Oklahoma. To get outside visit one of the many parks including the brand new 40 acre Scissortail Park featuring concerns, playgrounds, and Kayak rentals. The ever expanding Boathouse District offers many types of river sports, biking, and the new Surf OKC.

Paradise for foodies

Our dining and nightlife scene is tremendous, with restaurant categories that include trendy, urban and ethnic cuisine to white linen and family-friendly options. Music venues and excellent shopping also abound.

Climate

If you're looking for four seasons, you'll definitely find them all in Oklahoma City. Summer tends to stretch a bit longer than cities further to the north, so you can enjoy those poolside days just a bit longer here. A July high around 93°, and a January low of about 27° allow for some wide variations while still completely tolerable. May, September, and October tend to be the most pleasant months in OKC, weather-wise. Overall, you'll see more sunny days and less precipitation here than the average nationwide. All the better to enjoy the great outdoors!

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