Oklahoma Senior Living
Oklahoma is a state full of history and exciting attractions for residents of all ages. The Sooner State is known for some of the most beautiful mountain ranges and rivers in the country, with no less than four mountain ranges. Home to both the Ozark and Wichita mountain ranges, there’s plenty of high-altitude hiking to be had for those who love the outdoors! No matter the climate you’re looking for, senior living in Oklahoma has multiple communities that offer wonderful retirement options for any lifestyle and budget.
13.2% of the population in Oklahoma was over 65 when recorded in 2011, meaning there will be plenty of other seniors to develop ties with in the community. Unlike other areas with high concentrations of the under 30 crowd, there is a strong senior population locally as well as diverse Oklahoma senior living for those looking for retirement options.
Oklahoma Assisted Living Costs
The State Agency Responsible for Regulating Assisted Living is the Oklahoma Department of Health, Protective Health Services.
Oklahoma senior living offers a wide range of options and price ranges. Prices for monthly independent living facilities in Oklahoma range from $795 to $2,916. *From the SeniorHomes.com 2012 Independent Living Cost Survey. (http://www.seniorhomes.com/p/independent-living-costs/)
Did You Know?
- The cost of living in Oklahoma is actually below the national average! That means that no matter your income or pension when you retire to Oklahoma, your money is going a lot farther than it normally would. *www.kiplinger.com
- Oklahoma City, OKwas ranked the #1 spot in the country for military veterans to retire and enter second careers. *www.bestplaces.net
- More than 25 Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma. Talk about diverse! There is no shortage of culture in the Sooner State, home to over 60 Native American tribes.
- In 2011, Oklahoma’s unemployment rate was 5.6%; far below the national average- making it an economically wise choice for seniors who plan to continue to work.*www.kiplinger.com
The Oklahoma Tax Breakdown
Kiplinger declared Oklahoma “Tax Friendly” in September 2012 for a few important reasons. First, the state doesn’t tax any Social Security benefits or Civil Service retirement benefits. Oklahoma also has ample tax exemptions in place for seniors living in Oklahoma. Couples can file exemptions for $20,000 worth of retirement income.
State sales tax in Oklahoma is 4.5% excluding prescription drugs. Some counties and cities have additional sales tax, but the inconvenience of a slightly higher sales tax is far outweighed by Oklahoma’s lenient income tax. Income tax rates range from .5% to 5.5% on top earning residents. Property taxes in Oklahoma range from 11-13% of the value of a property, and some seniors may qualify for tax breaks depending on annual income.
Healthcare in Oklahoma
There are over 35 hospitals and medical centers in Oklahoma. Seniors in Oklahoma can now take advantage of the Affordable Health Care Act, which works to reduce the costs of prescription medicine and preventative care for seniors.
Quick Medical Guide for Oklahoma:
Best Cities in Oklahoma for Retirement
Oklahoma has a variety of great small towns for retirees. It's a state with a relatively low cost of living and pleasant communities, perfect for any type of retirement lifestyle. One of the most popular cities to retire is Bartlesville. Home of Frank Lloyd Wright's only hotel, it offers a lot of culture and history, perfect for seniors. And of course, we can't forget about Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton, some of the best retirement communites that Oklahoma has to offer.
Local Activities and Weather
Unlike some states with harsh seasons and huge temperature swings, Oklahoma is moderate and pleasant almost all year round with an average temperature of 60 degrees. Gorgeous in the fall, you get the benefit of leaves changing colors in the fall without a drastic temperature change! Check out Oklahoma's current weather!
With two sports powerhouses in the state, both basketball and football fans will be able to take pride in Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma University, whether you’re watching games at home or in person.
For country fans, living in a state that bred some of the country’s most famous country singers should be awe-inspiring. Garth Brooks and Reba both got their start in the state, and the country music scene in Oklahoma continues to produce outstanding country artists.
Even if none of those activities sound like something you or your loved one would enjoy, Oklahoma’s cities offer the same high quality restaurants and social scenes that you’ll find in other urban areas.
Sharp Seniors has 5 Senior Living Facilities in Oklahoma
- 5 of them offer Senior Living
- 2 of them offer Respite
- 2 of them offer Assisted Living
- 1 of them offer Alzheimer's Care