Independent Living in Oklahoma

Known for its wide-open landscape and distinctive red dirt, Oklahoma is an ideal retirement destination for seniors looking for a calming, relatively inexpensive lifestyle. The Sooner State’s two largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, grew during the oil booms of the early 1900s and today feature popular art museums, zoos, and botanical gardens. On Route 66, which crosses almost the entirety of the state from east to west, travelers can catch a glimpse of the Old West while stopping at old-fashioned restaurants and roadside attractions.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 30 independent living communities in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Regulations for Independent Living Facilities

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Oklahoma is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 88
  • Groceries: 95
  • Housing: 72
  • Utilities: 94
  • Transportation: 90

Demographics

About 16% of Oklahoma’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Oklahoma leaned heavily conservative.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 29% voted Democratic
  • 65% voted Republican
  • 6% voted third party or abstained

Population

  • Median age: 37
  • Over the age of 55: 28%
  • 2018 population: 3,943,079
  • 2020 population: 3,964,040
  • Estimated 2025 population: 4,016,932

Miscellaneous

  • 43% regularly attend a religious service
  • 29% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 7,057 congregations
  • There are 352 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Oklahoma’s climate is divided into two classifications: humid subtropical for the majority of the state, and cold semi-arid in the “panhandle” toward the west. In general, Oklahoma has extreme temperatures, with hot summers, cold winters, and not much rainfall. As part of Tornado Alley, Oklahoma often has severe weather in the spring and summer months, and it has one of highest annual rates of tornadoes in the world.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 64%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 3”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 7” (May)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 39 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 52 in July (Moderate)

Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 60°F
  • Average summer temperature: 80°F
  • Typical summer high: 98°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 58°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 39°F
  • Typical winter high: 60°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 17°F (January)

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