If you’re an avid reader of the Northstar Properties blog, you might have noticed we wrote about how great it is to live in both Norman and Tulsa, but omitted Oklahoma City. Well, last is certainly not least, because today we want to share our favorite parts of living in Oklahoma’s capitol.
With a rich history and plenty of space, Oklahoma City is perhaps one of the most underrated large cities in America. There are countless reasons to love it, but today we’ll focus on eight of the best things about OKC.
High Wages – Low Cost
Like other cities in the Sooner state, Oklahoma City boasts some of the lowest cost of living in the country, while wages remain reasonably high. This means you can spend the same amount you would on a cramped, one-bedroom apartment in another city on something that works better for you and/or your family, like a house. And speaking of…
Raising a Family
Oklahoma as a whole but specifically Oklahoma City is a great place to raise a family. With the wide variety of entertainment options – from pure fun to educational activities – you’ll never run out of things to do. More than that, Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas boast incredibly safe neighborhoods for you and your children to enjoy.
As the kids grow older, there are secondary education opportunities in both OKC itself and nearby areas in the form of Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma State University, and The University of Oklahoma in Norman.
A Great City for Millennials
What about if you’re not trying to raise a family just yet? Well, Oklahoma City is also great for young adults. While many consider millennials the “young” generation, the truth is that millennials are now young adults in their mid- to late twenties as well as their thirties. This means that many are looking for an affordable and fun place to enjoy their adulthood.
In a recent study, Business Insider found that OKC was the #8 best city in America for happy millennials, factoring in the variety of jobs, low rent, and reasonable income. Basically, whether you’re a young adult or you’re starting to build a family, OKC could be the best place for you.
When people think of the greatest food cities in America, they often overlook some of the best spots in the middle of the country. We discussed the food in Norman and Tulsa in our previous blog posts, but OKC might be even more underrated.
Not only does Oklahoma City have a huge variety of excellent local restaurants – like Empire Pizza, a staple; Picasso Cafe on the Paseo; and Barrio’s Mexican restaurant – it also offers critically acclaimed food, like Nonesuch, voted the best new restaurant in America in 2018.
The city also has all your favorite fast food and grocery stores, meaning whether you’re eating out, eating in, or eating on the go, you’re all set.
After your huge meal at an amazing local restaurant, you’ll obviously want to walk it off in a beautiful, spacious park, and if you’re in Oklahoma City, you’re in luck.
The city has devoted time and energy to their outdoor areas and it has paid off in the form of incredible city parks, such as the Myriad Botanical Gardens with year-round events as well as the brand new Scissortail Park. They even have Riversport OKC, an artificial rafting river with exciting, challenging rapids.
Live and Learn (At Museums)
Like food, many don’t consider Oklahoma City when they think of visiting an enriching, exciting museum, but they’d be surprised at the quality and variety of the local options. You can start by getting acquainted with the city by paying your respects at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
Next, for the art lovers, there’s the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, while science and history buffs can visit the Science Museum of Oklahoma, the The Museum of Osteology, or the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, famous for not just its exhibits but also an incredible quarantine social media presence.
Plenty of Sports
From football to baseball to basketball, there is no shortage of exciting collegiate, semi-professional, and professional sports in the Oklahoma City area. Whether you’re obsessed with sports or you just enjoy having a beer at the game, you’ll love all the options in OKC.
Most people know of nearby teams like the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys, and the NBA’s OKC Thunder are a regular playoff staple, but did you know that the city also boasts a minor league baseball team in the Oklahoma City Dodgers? In the heart of downtown in the bricktown area, you can enjoy a great meal or drink at a local bar and then head to the ballpark.
Looking for a Job
Last but not least, the job market in Oklahoma City is one of its most surprising aspects. While the pandemic has definitely made job-hunting more challenging, OKC still offers a wide variety of job opportunities in industries ranging from business to marketing and advertising.
The popular job site Glassdoor recently did a study of the top 25 cities in America for those looking for a new job, and OKC landed at #12, with a strong median salary and high job satisfaction.
Whether you’ve chosen to move to OKC, Tulsa, or Norman, Northstar Properties has some options you’re going to love. Visit our website today or contact us to learn more about our versatile options!