Oklahoma is located in the south-central region of the US and part of a region commonly known as the American "Heartland." Oklahoma City is the state's capital and largest city. It has a variety of beautiful terrains from lake districts to mountains. It is one of only four states to have more than ten distinct geographical regions within its borders and is the state with the most American Indian tribes headquarters. The mild climate, unique cultural qualities, and gorgeous geographical regions make Oklahoma surprisingly retirement-friendly.
When planning your retirement, also consider that the median home in Oklahoma costs less than $100,000, and the cost of living is 14% below the national average. Nursing home and assisted-living costs are significantly below average as well. The unemployment rate is around 6%, significantly below the national average, which is great for retirees who want to work during retirement.
Between the Rocky Mountain foothills, forests, mountains, and tall grass prairies, whatever terrain you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it in Oklahoma. For retirees, all this natural variety means lots of outdoor recreation including fishing, hunting, hiking, bird-watching, and kayaking.