Known as the Sooner State, Oklahoma earned its nickname during the Land Rush of 1889, when settlers who got here sooner than later claimed unassigned property. Those days are long gone, but now the state offers some of the cheapest housing in America. Add to the mix several other attractive selling points, and you might just be tempted to become an Oklahoman!

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  1. Things to Consider Before Moving to OK
  2. Top Places to Live in the Southern State
  3. Convenient Interstate Moving Checklist
  4. Great Guys Affordable Moving Services

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Living in Oklahoma: What to Know Before Moving to Oklahoma

Considering the Sooner State? If so, there are a few things to ponder before setting out for America’s 19th largest state by land area (68,667 square miles) and 28th largest state by population (3.94 million).

Pros and Cons of Living in Oklahoma

Pros: 

  • Affordable housing: Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, Oklahoma has some of the lowest housing expenses in the nation. More on that below in the ‘Housing Market’ section.
  • Low cost of living: When we mean low, we mean super low. From utilities to monthly rent/mortgage to even entertainment, the state offers shockingly affordable living.
  • No rush hour: If you’re coming from an area where congestion is an unavoidable reality, you’re in for a treat! The lack of heavy traffic, even in urban areas, is a nice bonus.
  • No crowds: Speaking of lack of congestion, it doesn’t get crowded around here. Even in Oklahoma City, the state’s capital and largest city, you have plenty of space to yourself.
  • Delicious BBQ: Many may claim to have the best, but when it comes to barbecue, Oklahoma may be at the top. Just don’t tell that to its southern neighbors in Texas. Or tell them.
  • Diversity: From Native American and Hispanic to black and white, you might be surprised by how diverse the state is. With this variety comes great culture, food, music, and more.
  • Home of amazing musicians: The list is quite impressive: Blake Shelton, Kings of Leon, Carrie Underwood, Hanson, Garth Brookes, Color Me Badd, Reba McEntire, Woody Guthrie, and more!

Cons:

  • Unpredictable weather: From rain to snow, and everything between, the climate can get a little crazy around these parts. Daily weather conditions can change dramatically, so be prepared.
  • Lack of large cities: Other than Tulsa and Oklahoma City (aka OKC), there aren’t that many in the way of big cities. Of course, that might be exactly the reason you’re considering a move here.
  • Dismal education: Ranked #45 when it comes to schools, Oklahoma has room for improvement. It has the seventh-lowest public-school spending and 15th lowest HS graduation rate.
  • Fanatical about football: College football is huge in this southern state. Whether you’re rooting for the Oklahoma State Cowboys or the Oklahoma Sooners (or no one), you’ve been warned.
  • Grocery store beer: If you like beer with higher alcohol content, you’ll need to visit a liquor store. Grocery stores are limited to selling beer with an alcohol content of 3.2% or less.
  • Wacky laws: Every state has ‘em, and Oklahoma is no exception. For instance, it’s against the law to wear boots to bed. Also, it’s illegal to have tissues in the back of your vehicle. Hilarious!

Tax Rates

  • Property Tax: 0.90%. The effective real-estate tax rate is #24 lowest in the US.
  • Sales Tax: Oklahoma’s base state sales tax rate is currently 4.5%. Including local sales tax, you can expect to pay anywhere between 4.5% to 11.5% sales tax on most things you buy.
  • Income Tax: 0.5–5.00%. The state has a progressive income tax code.

Housing Market

To Rent or Buy? According to CNBC, Oklahoma ranks #2 among the cheapest states to live in America in 2019, both for renting and buying. For example, Oklahoma City offers a median rental cost of only $632 per month for a 1BR apartment. As for purchasing a home, the median sale price is only $148,000.

  • Median Home Value: $125,800
  • Median Rental Expense: $599 (1BR), $769 (2BR)

Cheapest Places to Live in Oklahoma:

  1. Alva
  2. Holdenville
  3. Perry
  4. Sulphur
  5. Blackwell
  6. Ponca City
  7. Seminole
  8. Noble
  9. Chickasha
  10. Henryetta

Cost of Living

According to the Cost of Living in Oklahoma by BestPlaces, Oklahoma has a cost of living index of 83.7. This index is higher than the national average of 100.

Using EPI’s Family Budget Calculator, we can compare the average monthly costs in three Oklahoma cities. We’ll use a family of four for these examples (2 adults + 2 children).

Tulsa Metro Area:

  1. Housing = $842
  2. Food = $777
  3. Childcare = $1,186
  4. Transportation = $1,190
  5. Healthcare = $1,291
  6. Other necessities = $653
  7. Taxes = $921
  8. Grand total = $6,861 per month or $82,332 per year

Oklahoma City Metro Area:

  1. Housing = $837
  2. Food = $731
  3. Childcare = $1,213
  4. Transportation = $1,153
  5. Healthcare = $1,244
  6. Other necessities = $633
  7. Taxes = $882
  8. Grand total = $6,692 per month or $80,306 per year

Alva (Woods County):

  1. Housing = $709
  2. Food = $724
  3. Childcare = $1,073
  4. Transportation = $1,277
  5. Healthcare = $1,217
  6. Other necessities = $578
  7. Taxes = $812
  8. Grand total = $6,390 per month or $76,675 per year

Weather & Natural Disasters

The state of Oklahoma has an overall temperate humid subtropical climate. This results in hot & humid summers, cool winters, and frequent weather changes (daily and seasonally).

Spread across nearly 70,000 square miles, the state experiences a range of climate variations. In the west, it transitions into a semi-arid climate (the western part of Oklahoma City sees this transition). The north leans into a humid continental climate, while the east/southeast has a humid subtropical climate.

Oklahoma deals with two water issues: flooding and drought. Floods typically occur during the spring and summer. Since the state relies on rainwater, dry spells can occur fairly rapidly.

Climate Statistics:

  1. Average rainfall – 39 inches
  2. Average snowfall – 6 inches
  3. Sunshine – 234 sunny days
  4. Summer high – 93°F (July)
  5. Winter low – 26°F (January)

According to America’s 10 Most Disaster-Prone States by US News & World Report, Oklahoma ranks #3. The state sits in Tornado Alley, and it has seen its share of highly destructive tornadoes, including one in 2013 that flattened houses in Moore. Along with twisters, there are several other disaster risks you’ll want to be prepared for if moving here. Check out the Oklahoma Disaster Mitigation page for more information.

Natural Disaster – Threats & Risks:

  1. Tornadoes
  2. Flooding
  3. Winter Storms
  4. Drought
  5. Earthquakes

Economy & Job Market

According to Economy Rankings by US News & World Report, Oklahoma is currently ranked #34 in the United States. This score is based on three subcategories: the business environment (#31), employment (#38), and growth (#30). Its GDP is approximately $188.63 billion, and the median income is $26,472.

Top Industries:

  1. Aerospace & Defense
  2. Agriculture & Biosciences
  3. Energy
  4. Information & Financial Services
  5. Transportation & Distribution
  6. Government
  7. Healthcare
  8. Hospitality & Entertainment
  9. Telecommunications
  10. Weather

Top Employers:

  1. Express Employment Professionals
  2. Hobby Lobby
  3. State of Oklahoma
  4. QuikTrip
  5. Accord Human Resources
  6. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
  7. Sonic Drive-In
  8. MidFirst Bank
  9. Saint Francis Health System
  10. University of Oklahoma
  11. Tulsa Public Schools
  12. Us Beef
  13. Cherokee Nation Businesses
  14. Williams
  15. Devon Energy
  16. Latham & Watkins
  17. BOK Financial
  18. Helmerich & Payne
  19. Oklahoma City Public Schools
  20. Woodforest National Bank

Looking for work in Oklahoma? Here are some handy resources:

  1. OK.gov page: Employment – Oklahoma’s Official Website
  2. Job search: Indeed, LinkedIn, CollegeRecruiter, CareerBuilder
  3. Resume help: Monster, TopResume, ResumeRobin

Traffic and Transportation

According to Best and Worst States to Drive In by WalletHub, Oklahoma comes in at #20 in the country. This ranking is based on four subcategories: cost of ownership & maintenance (#24), traffic & infrastructure (#17), safety (#28), and access to vehicles & maintenance (#28).

Major Forms of Transportation:

  1. Roads & Highways
  2. Air (including Will Rogers World Airport)
  3. EMBARK (bus, ferry transit, and parking in OKC)
  4. Passenger Rail (Amtrak via The Heartland Flyer)
  5. Bus Service (urban and rural)
  6. Shutter Service (to and from airports)
  7. Streetcar System (Oklahoma City)
  8. Rental Cars (Alamo, Budget, etc.)
  9. Taxicab & Limousine Services
  10. Ridesharing (Lyft, Uber, etc.)

Primary Interstate Highways:

  • Interstate 35: At a length of 236 miles, I-35 travels in a north-south orientation from the Kansas state line close to Braman to Redline, which is along the Texas border.
  • Interstate 40: This is the longest interstate in Oklahoma. At 533 miles long, I-40 runs from east-west from the Arkansas state line near Fort Smith to the Texas state line near Erick.
  • Interstate 44: Traveling diagonally through the state, I-44 goes from just north of Burkburnett, TX, all the way to the northeastern corner of the state at the Missouri border.
  • Interstate 235: This 5.36-mile-long section of expressway was built in 1976. I-235 (aka the Centennial Expressway) runs through OKC from I-77 to I-40 near downtown.
  • Interstate 240: Traveling east to west, I-240 is about 16 miles in length. It goes from Interstate 44 in the southern part of Oklahoma City to Interstate 40 in the west.
  • Interstate 244: This stretch is under 16 miles long. Also known as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Expressway, it is an east-west bypass route of I-40 in Tulsa.
  • Interstate 444: At 2.51 miles, this is the shortest section of interstate. I-444 is an unassigned auxiliary route that makes up part of the Inner Dispersal Loop in downtown Tulsa.

Things to Do

Looking for fun in Oklahoma? Here are the top picks!

Tourist Destinations:

The Sooner State is home to several must-see attractions and destinations:

  • Route 66: This historical highway travels from Los Angeles to Chicago, but the longest stretch can be found here in Oklahoma. It offers many roadside attractions.
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art: Home to both permanent and temporary exhibits, the art museum has one of the finest collections of Chihuly glass in the world.
  • Armstrong Auditorium: This Edmond attraction stands at eight stories and presents performances from the likes of the Vienna Boys Choir and the Russian National Ballet.
  • Oklahoma City Zoo: From tropical jungles to the plains of Africa, the zoo houses 500+ species of animals, along with a vast garden landscape.
  • Chickasaw Cultural Center: Housing an extensive collection, the center in Sulphur celebrates the heritage and culture of the Chickasaw people.

Food & Drink:

The food in Oklahoma isn’t just OK. It’s awesome! Here are the Top 10 spots:

  • Top All-You-Can-Eat: Cajun King (Oklahoma City)
  • Top Bar: Edna’s (Oklahoma City)
  • Top Beer: Bomb! By Prairie Artisan Ales (Tulsa)
  • Top Brunch: Kitchen No. 234 (Oklahoma City)
  • Top Burger: Nic’s Grill (Oklahoma City)
  • Top Chili: Ike’s (Tulsa)
  • Top Chocolate Shop: Glacier Confection (Tulsa)
  • Top Coffee Shop: Cuppies and Joe (Oklahoma City)
  • Top Donuts: Polar Donuts (Oklahoma City)
  • Top Farmers Market: Cherry St. Farmers Market (Tulsa)

Parks:

Want to explore Oklahoma’s outdoor beauty? Consider these popular parks:

  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area: As the state’s first national park, it offers a refreshing and cooling assortment of springs, streams, and lakes. Located in Sulphur.
  • Beavers Bend Resort Park: This forested park in Broken Arrow is great for several activities, including hiking, camping, paddle boating, kayaking, and more.
  • Robbers Cave State Park: As one of the nicest state parks, this Wilburton gem is a favorite destination for hikers, rappelers, equestrians, and outdoor lovers of all kinds.
  • Natural Falls State Park: The West Siloam Springs park features a nearly 80-foot tall waterfall. Along with the main attraction, there’s also great hiking and five yurts. Springs.
  • Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park: Once a state park, this now privately-run Hinton destination contains a campground and RV park with hiking and biking trails.

Museums:

Have a thirst for history, art, and knowledge? Here are the Top 5 OK museums:

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum: In remembrance of the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Stafford Air & Space Museum: From a Wright Brothers replica plane to a half-scale lunar module, this museum defies gravity by celebrating flight.
  • Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve: This is a 3,700-acre preserve home to native and exotic animals.
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: You’ll find this institution of Western history, art, and culture in Oklahoma City.
  • Philbrook Museum of Art: This museum of art & gardens sits in an Italian-style villa in Tulsa.

Cool & Unusual:

Looking for something different to explore in Oklahoma? Check out:

  • The Center of the Universe: Situated in Tulsa, this acoustic anomaly is encircled by concrete and bricks. Standing at the center, you can experience its bizarre echo-chamber effect.
  • The Toy and Action Figure Museum: The only museum of its kind, it is dedicated to the artistic elements and the collection of the world’s varied and colorful action figures.
  • ‘Mix-Tape’ at The Womb: Housed in the psychedelic arts center known as The Womb (co-founded by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips), this interactive space is a trip.
  • Pops: It’s hard to miss the 66-foot tall neon soda bottle that marks this location. The Route 66 restaurant offers a futuristic alternative to the standard fare of roadside attractions.
  • Blue Whale of Catoosa: Built by Hugh Davis as a wedding anniversary present in 1972, this fantastical whale is located along Route 66 and offers a swimming dock and pond slide.

Schools and Universities

Ranked #45 among states with the best schools by USA Today, Oklahoma has the seventh-lowest public-school funding in the nation (at $9,227 per student). It also has the fifteenth-lowest high-school graduation rate at nearly 82%. On the other hand, the state is known and respected for its engineering programs. There’s a nice selection of public and private institutes of higher learning.

Top OK Colleges:

  1. University of Tulsa (Tulsa)
  2. University of Oklahoma (Norman)
  3. Oklahoma State University (Stillwater)
  4. Oral Roberts University (Tulsa)
  5. Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee)
  6. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chickasha)
  7. University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond)
  8. Southwestern Christian University (Bethany)
  9. Oklahoma Christian University (Oklahoma City)
  10. Northeastern State University (Tahlequah)

Top OK Public School Districts:

  1. Edmond Public Schools (Edmond)
  2. Jenks Public Schools (Jenks)
  3. Bethany Public Schools (Bethany)
  4. Fort Gibson Public Schools (Fort Gibson)
  5. Deer Creek Public Schools (Edmond)
  6. Adair Public Schools (Adair)
  7. Stillwater Public Schools (Stillwater)
  8. Byng Public Schools (Ada)
  9. Weatherford Public Schools (Weatherford)
  10. Chisholm Public Schools (Enid)

How to Become an Oklahoma Resident

Becoming an official resident of Oklahoma has several benefits, including for tax purposes and in-state tuition. For residency requirements for college tuition, please take a look at the specific criteria for every institution you are considering.

In general, to be recognized as an official resident, an Oklahoman must prove domicile (both physical residency and intent to remain) in the state and live here continuously for at least 12 months. To look at the list of acceptable documents, check out the Acceptable Residency List.

Moving to Oklahoma DMV

Acquiring a new driver’s license:

If you carry a valid out-of-state driver’s license (or an expired license no more than six months past expiration), and your driving record meets the Department of Public Safety’s standards, you may transfer your license without having to take the written or driving test.

Steps to getting a new license:

  1. Establish Oklahoma residency
  2. Visit a Driver Exam Site
  3. Present to Driver License Examiner: primary ID (birth certificate, etc.), secondary ID (social security card, etc.), out-of-state driver’s license, and social security number
  4. If your name has changed, bring in documents proving your legal name change
  5. Pass vision test
  6. Once successfully processed, you will receive a form
  7. Take form and ID documents to a tag agency
  8. Pay applicable fees

Vehicle registration:

New OK residents must register an out-of-state vehicle within 30 days of establishing residency. When applying for the first time, you must register it in person at the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC). Bring the following documents with you:

  1. Proof of liability insurance
  2. Completed & signed Application for OK Certificate of Title
  3. Bill of sale or declaration of purchase price
  4. Three forms of government ID
  5. The current title transferred to you

To qualify to vote, you must be:

  1. A citizen of the United States
  2. A legal Oklahoma State resident
  3. 18 years or older on election day
  4. Not incarcerated for a felony conviction
  5. Not disqualified due to a court order

You may send in the Oklahoma Voter Registration Application by mail or submit it to a tag agency or government agency (which will send it to the State Elections Board). Oklahoma offers early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Also, the state requires voters to present ID to cast a ballot.

As of the writing of this guide, Oklahoma is in Phase One of its implementation of an online voter registration system. Phase One allows voters that are already registered to update info online.

*Note: A felon may register to vote after he or she has fully served a sentence or has received pardon.

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Best Places to Live in Oklahoma

Alva

Population: 5,200
Median Home Value: $89,100
Region: Western and Central Oklahoma

We begin our journey of Oklahoma in the western region of the state. Small yet one of the best places to live in the state, Alva is also the #1 cheapest place. The city of just 5,200 sits along the Salt Fork Arkansas River in Woods County. Here, 58% of residents own, and the public schools are above average.

Ranked as one of the ten best places to live in Oklahoma in 2019 by HomeSnacks, offers several benefits. With low unemployment and low crime, this is a very family-friendly community. And did we mention affordability? With current median listing price of just $97K, it’s quite the bargain.

Top public schools serving the Alva area include Longfellow Elementary School, Alva Middle School, Alva High School, Lincoln Elementary School, and Washington Elementary School. The city is also home to Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Northwest Technology Center – Alva.

Are you looking for a cozy, down-to-earth town where you can put down roots and raise your family? Alva might be what you have in mind.

Edmond

Population: 92,000
Median Home Value: $228,300
Region: Western and Central Oklahoma

Next, we mosey on over to the Central Oklahoma city of Edmond. Ranked the #1 place to live in the Oklahoma area, this sizeable suburb of 92,000 is the sixth-largest city in the state. Some 69% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are ranked high.

Filled with stellar neighborhoods, schools, job opportunities, championship golf, shopping areas, and restaurants, Edmond is a great place to live in the heart of Oklahoma. It offers a refreshing amount of diversity as well as proximity to Oklahoma City. The city is also one of the safest in the country, which is why so many families call it home.

Top public schools include Memorial High School, Washington Irving Elementary School, Central Middle School, Cross Timbers Elementary School, and Cheyenne Middle School. For private schools, check out Oklahoma Christian School, Oklahoma Christian Academy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, and Oklahoma Islamic Academy. Edmond is also home to Oklahoma Christian University and University of Central Oklahoma.

Whether you’re a young professional, family person, or college student, Edmond is a vibrant and beautiful Oklahoma city ready to welcome you with open arms.

Norman

Population: 125,000
Median Home Value: $168,200
Region: Western and Central Oklahoma

Considered the second-best place to live in the Oklahoma City area, we make our way to the city of Norman. Located about 20 miles south of downtown OKC, Norman has a population of roughly 125,000. In Norman, 54% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are highly rated.

Offering even better affordability than its counterpart in Edmond, Norman is also home to the state’s largest university, the University of Oklahoma. Its presence injects a college-town vibe into this friendly, college football-loving city (go Sooners!). Along with appealing housing costs and awesome educational opportunities, Norman offers a charming downtown, museums, nightlife, and an assortment of festivals.

Top public schools include Cleveland Elementary School, Robin Hill Public School, Wayland Bonds Elementary School, and McKinley Elementary School. Top private schools are Community Christian School, All Saints Catholic School, Gingerbread Nursery School, and Terre Verde School. In addition to the University of Oklahoma, Norman also boasts the Moore Norman Technology Center and Hollywood Cosmetology Center.

From students to young professionals, Norman offers a lot with a small-town feel and big-city benefits.

Oklahoma City

Population: 650,000
Median Home Value: $135,100
Region: Western and Central Oklahoma

As we approach the end of our tour of western and central Oklahoma, our last stop finds us in Oklahoma City. Also known simply as OKC, the state’s largest city also serves as its capital. 59% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are highly ranked.

As Oklahoma’s most famous and celebrated city, Oklahoma City is a highly affordable metropolis and the top choice for people relocating to the state. The city is brimming with excitement and diversity, offering amazing nightlife, trendy cafes, highly rated restaurants, fabulous fitness classes, the list goes on. As a major US city, it’s hard to beat the combo of low cost and high level of amenities in OKC.

Top public schools are Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics, KIPP Reach College Preparatory, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Memorial High School, and Washington Irving Elementary School. The city also has several private schools, including Heritage Hall, Bishop McGuiness Catholic High School, Mount St. Mary Catholic High School, Crossings Christian School, and Mercy School Institute. Nearby colleges include Oklahoma City University, Metro Technology Centers, Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma City Community College, and Platt College – Oklahoma City Central.

Are you looking for an absolute steal in terms of the cost of living? If you have your eyes set on urban living in the state of Oklahoma, you’ll be hardpressed not to put Oklahoma City at the top of your list.

Bixby

Population: 25,000
Median Home Value: $207,200
Region: Eastern Oklahoma

As we move over to the eastern part of Oklahoma, we make our first stop in the city of Bixby. Located in both Wagoner and Tulsa counties, Bixby is a suburb of Tulsa and considered the #2 place to live in the Tulsa area. 78% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are ranked high.

Ranked third among the best places to live in Oklahoma by The Crazy Tourist, Bixby serves as a fine, smaller city of 25,000 or so that’s close to everywhere (including the city of Tulsa). It has a strong sense of community, friendly folks, healthy outdoor recreation, stellar schools, and much more.

Top public schools serving the Bixby area include Jenks High School, Jenks East Intermediate Elementary School, Southeast Elementary School, Central Elementary School, and Bixby North Elementary School.

Are you looking for quiet living close to the action of Tulsa? You can’t go wrong with Bixby!

Broken Arrow

Population: 110,000
Median Home Value: $166,800
Region: Eastern Oklahoma

Regardless of its name, Broken Arrow is anything but broken. Situated in mostly in Tulsa County (as well as partly in Wagoner County), the city of 110,000 is the biggest suburb of Tulsa. A whopping 74% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are above average.

Taking the #8 spot amongst the 15 best places to live in Oklahoma, Broken Arrow is known for its small-town charm and big-city living. Locals especially value its multitude of outdoor activities and scenic natural areas (with some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire state. With no less than 46 public schools and a secure environment, Broken Arrow is a great place for children to grow up.

Top public schools are Union Ninth Grade Center, Cedar Ridge Elementary School, Andersen Elementary School, Marshall T. Moore Elementary School, and Union High School. Top private schools include Summit Christian Academy, Immanuel Christian Academy, All Saints Catholic School, Weekday Early Education, and Kids in Motion Academy. The only post-secondary education in town is the Broken Arrow Beauty College – Broken Arrow.

Home to many families and young professionals, Broken Arrow, is a quiet, safe, friendly, and low-cost city located in the buzzing metropolitan area of Tulsa.

Jenks

Population: 24,000
Median Home Value: $206,900
Region: Eastern Oklahoma

Considered the best place to raise a family in Oklahoma (as well as the #1 place to live in the Tulsa area), Jenks offers easy access to Tulsa, great educational opportunities, low crime rates, and an assortment of attractive amenities. Here, 79% of residents own their homes, and public schools are highly rated.

Though its population continues to grow, Jenks still retains a strong small-town identity. With one of the best school systems in the state, the small city is perfect for kids. There are plenty of fun shops that line the main street, and the downtown area offers a nice assortment of stores and activities. The charming community is a great place to call home while offering a short commute to the city of Tulsa.

Top public schools in Jenks include Jenks High School, Jenks East Intermediate Elementary School, Jenks West Intermediate Elementary School, Central Elementary School, and Jenks West Elementary School.

Are you looking for a smaller, family-friendly community to set down your roots? Along with Bixby, Jenks warrants some serious consideration, particularly if you’re looking for topnotch public education.

Tulsa

Population: 404,000
Median Home Value: $123,000
Region: Eastern Oklahoma

Last but certainly not least, we end our Oklahoma journey in the city of Tulsa. As the second-largest city in the state, Tulsa is the cultural, industrial, and commercial center of the eastern region of Oklahoma. Just 51% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are above average.

Formerly known as the “Oil Capital of the World,” Tulsa has transitioned to natural gas production. The city is also home to the University of Tulsa, a private research university. Along with great shops, restaurants, and cafes, there’s always a fun event or main attraction (from Oktoberfest to The Gathering Place). Oh, and traffic is pretty much a non-issue, particularly compared to other major US cities.

One thing to keep in mind is that Tulsa is quite conservative and lies in the Bible Belt. The summers can also be extremely hot and humid, and the crime rates have gone up in recent years.

Top public schools in Tulsa include Booker T. Washington High School, Jenks High School, Deborah Brown Community School, Union Ninth Grade Center, and Jenks East Intermediate Elementary School. For those interested in private school education, you may want to consider Holland Hall, Cascia Hall Preparatory School, Bishop Kelley High School, Peace Academy, and Regent Preparatory School. In addition to the University of Tulsa, Tulsa is also home to Oral Roberts University, Clary Sage College, Community Care College, and American Institute of Medical Technology.

Are you looking for a major city filled with friendly folks and affordable living? Tulsa offers just that, plus sunny weather, diversity, fun college sports culture, and an abundance of appealing amenities.


How to Move to Oklahoma

2-3 Months Before Moving Day

  • To begin with, don’t procrastinate: It can be tempting to put things off until the last minute, but with moving, you’ll regret it big time. For a smoother relocation experience, give yourself at least two to three months to properly plan and perform your Oklahoma move.
  • Hire an OK moving company: Start by comparing three to five candidates. Be sure they are all fully licensed, insured, and experienced in your particular kind of move. Hire as early as possible for best rates and availability. Great Guys makes the process super easy. Contact us today!
  • Notify landlord, neighbors, etc.: Rent? To protect your reference and deposits, give your landlord notice ASAP. Own? Give yourself a leg up. When it comes to selling or renting, a real estate professional can maximize the sale price of your home or find reliable tenants.
  • Take inventory & declutter: Also known as purging, this process will save a lot of space and money. First, tour your place and take inventory of household items. Then, one space at a time, sort through everything. Pick what you want to keep or discard. Label, bag, or place items in piles.
  • Donate, sell, recycle: Finished with the sorting process? Great! Now it’s time to find a new home for your old stuff. Sell online, donate to a thrift shop or local charity, or recycle disused items.
  • Visit new community: If doable, plan a trip to your future town or city. See what all it has to offer. If not possible, subscribe to the local newspaper to keep up to date on the area.
  • Prep children: Last but not least, remember that moving can be pretty disruptive for kids. Explain the change through a story or playtime. Be kind. Also, try to maintain their normal routines.

1 Month to Go

  • Start packing: If you plan on packing yourself, be ready. Get your hands on quality moving supplies: boxes, tape, packing peanuts, and so on. When packing boxes, try not to mix items from different rooms. Need some helping hands? We offer partial and full packing services!
  • Change address: To do so, visit your local post office or go online to USPS.com. Shoot, while you’re at it, might as well update your info for online services, box subscriptions, and the like.
  • Transfer important records: These records can range from school transcripts to medical records. Also, stock up on meds and prescriptions, so you don’t run out during the moving process.
  • Schedule utilities and services: Have utilities, including electric, gas, and water, disconnected the day after you move out. Schedule new services, like the internet, garbage, and satellite, to be activated by the time you get to your new place. Also, try to coordinate with new residents.

2 Weeks Out

  • Service your vehicle: Driving to your new town, city, or state? Be sure your vehicle is up to the task. Take it in for professional service and inspection (including oil, tires, and A/C check).
  • Hire professional cleaners: To ensure a great showing or safeguard your rental deposits, tap the pros for deep cleaning. If possible, schedule cleaners to arrive right after your movers leave.
  • Plan special transport: Have a furry friend or two that can’t travel with you directly? No problem. Hire pet transportation. You can do the same for prized plants, too.
  • Throw a moving sale: Have a few more items you want to unload? Takes this opportunity to get rid of it, catch up with your neighborhood, and make a few extra bucks in the process.
  • Check insurance coverage: Be prepared if disaster strikes. To safeguard your belongings during the move, contact your insurer and moving company. Go over current coverage and options.
  • Safeguard little ones: Moving day can be tremendously distracting. Make sure your little ones – both kids and pets – are safe. Book a babysitter and/or pet care to ensure their safety.
  • Celebrate your upcoming move: It’s a hectic time, but don’t forget to commemorate this new chapter with loved ones. Throw a BBQ, dinner party, group outing, or simply one-on-one time. You can plan activities for one day or over a few weeks. Whatever works best for everyone.

Moving Week

  • Finalize packing: At this point, you should be pretty close to done. Take this time to pack an essentials box with stuff you’ll need for the first day or so: meds, bedding, clothes, toiletries, etc.
  • Confirm with the moving company: Be sure to contact your movers to confirm arrival time, contact info, and other details. While you’re at it, ask any questions you may have now.
  • Confirm travel arrangements: Flying? Double-check reservations, flight times, and luggage restrictions. Driving? Look over vehicle condition and double-check driving route.
  • Get some rest: Don’t make the mistake of staying up late the night before moving day. Try to stay in, relax, eat well, keep hydrated, and catch up on some decent sleep.

Moving Day

  • Meet up with movers: If doable, be there in person to welcome the moving team. This way, you can communicate any last-minute instructions and answer questions more easily.
  • Provide snacks: You’re not obligated to do this, but it’s a nice way to start on the right foot. If inclined, offer a light snack and bottled water. The crew will appreciate the kind gesture.
  • Perform a walkthrough: Once the moving crew has finished up, take one last tour of your old place. Keep an eye out for any messes, damage, or items that might have been overlooked.
  • Enjoy the journey: Remember, it’s not just about the destination. Visit some cool spots, for example, while traveling to your new home. Whatever you do, make some great memories!

Quality Moving Services from Oklahoma Movers

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Long Distance Moves

An interstate move doesn’t have to be rough. With the right assistance, you can sit back and relax. Our long-distance movers take great pride in providing a smooth relocation to or from Oklahoma.

Intrastate & Local Moves

Headed to Oklahoma City? Maybe closer to Tulsa? In any case, we’ve got your back. The local movers that we work with come prepared with local knowledge, quality equipment, and the right experience.

International Moves

There’s a lot of logistics that come with this type of move. Whether dealing with a corporate relocation or military move, let us connect you with a fully licensed overseas relocation service for an easy move.

Small Load Moves

If you think it’s too much to hire a moving service for your smaller place, think again! Our small-load movers offer cheap & quick moving for your one-bedroom apartment, college dorm, or studio.

Furniture Shipments

Have to load and transport bulky or fragile furniture? Leave it to the pros. The furniture moving companies in our network make easy work of it, helping to save your back and sanity in the process.

Piano Transport

Need to relocate your piano or organ? From family uprights to vintage organs to concert pianos, our highly trained piano movers help to ensure a harm-free transport of your treasured instrument.

Art Shipping & Transport

Don’t leave your collection of antiques, collectibles, or fine art in the wrong hands. We work with the best in the business. Allow our specialized art shippers to handle your prized items with great care.

Storage

Remodeling, traveling, or have a bunch of extra stuff? It sounds like you need a storage solution. Our group of reputable movers offers affordable short-term and long-term storage. Contact us today!

Last Minute & Short Notice Moves

Facing a sudden move? We can imagine how stressed out you must be. That’s why we make it easy to source reliable last-minute movers in your area ASAP. Remember, you don’t have to go it alone.

Residential Moves

Moving your household? Congratulations! This transition is an exciting time, but it also involves a lot of planning and coordination. Our household movers are ready for any residential move, big or small.

Packing Services

Packing isn’t exactly anybody’s idea of fun. It’s even worse when work and life get in the way. Breathe a sigh of relief and leave it to our cost-effective, friendly, and efficient pro packers.

Commercial and Office Moves

Whether you’re moving into a new office or retail space, you can’t afford undue delays or downtime. Save yourself the headaches. Book our highly qualified, knowledgeable Oklahoma commercial movers.

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