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Retire in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma?

Overview:   Broken Arrow is a pleasant city outside of Tulsa in northeastern Oklahoma and has a wholesome reputation. It is named after a Creek Indian village and for most of its history was an agricultural and coal producing hub. With the construction of Highway 51 in the 1960s, Broken Arrow became directly connected to Tulsa and started to grow.

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The city exudes a Southern Plains friendliness and is well-manicured and clean. Many workers are white collar, employed by one of the many manufacturing firms here. New subdivisions and gated communities have been popping up on the outskirts of the city, and many homes are brick ranch ramblers with expansive lawns. Restaurant menus include everything from sushi and steak to grits and pizza. Stores and shops are varied enough to meet most needs. The downtown is typical of mid-20th century rural America, but it is also home to the beautiful Performing Arts Center, a facility that hosts Broadway shows and national music acts. Residents also enjoy a downtown farmers' market, two recreation centers and at least four golf courses.

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Population:  107,000 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:   30%

Cost of Living:  9% below the national average

Median Home Price: $175,000

Climate: Norman has a temperate, humid subtropical climate.   Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s.  The area, on average, receives 42 inches of rain and six inches of snow per year.  Winters are often overcast.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    Yes  

Public Transit:   Yes, provided by Tulsa Transit, but it is primarily a route into Tulsa.

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:    Conservative

College Educated:    34%

Is Oklahoma Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   The tornado risk is 310% higher than the national average.

Notes:  Southern Baptist churches are common. Broken Arrow has landed on "best places to live" lists.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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Oklahoma:

Oklahoma gets its name from the Choctaw words "okla" and "humma," meaning "red people," and is often called the Sooner State. It entered the Union on November 16, 1907 as the 46th state, and its residents are known as Oklahomans or Okies. The capital and largest city is Oklahoma City. The state motto is: Labor Omnia Vincit {Labor Conquers All Things}.

The state is between the Great Plains and the Ozark Plateau in the Gulf of Mexico watershed. It is of the most geographically diverse states and has 11 distinct ecological regions. Oklahoma also has four mountain ranges, not to mention 50 state parks, six national parks or protected regions and two national protected forests or grasslands.

The National Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in Oklahoma City. The state is one of only two states whose capital city name includes the state name. The other is Indianapolis, Indiana. An Oklahoman, Sylvan Goldman, invented the first shopping cart.

Famous Oklahomans include baseball player Johnny Bench, singer Garth Brooks, actor James Garner and actor Brad Pitt.

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Stats:

Population - 3,930,864

Persons 65 years old and over - 15%

High school graduates, age 25+ - 87% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 24% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 10% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 74% 

Median household income - $48,034 

Median home value - $121,300

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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