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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

OKC ranked as the best city for retired vets

45th Infantry Museum

This story originally ran on VeloCity.com.

Did you know that about 250,000 military members transition out of service every year? There can be a lot of perks to retirement, but retired veterans in Oklahoma City have something to be especially happy about: Not only was Oklahoma City recently ranked among the top 5 cities for veteran homebuyers, but now a study conducted by Navy Federal Credit Union found that Oklahoma City is the best city for retired vets.

“The ranking was made by considering 11 metrics of veteran success and wellness, including veteran’s income, unemployment rates, proximity to VA hospitals and military bases, and then coupling it with a suite of quality of life measures, which include factors like affordability, the local economy, access to health resources, colleges and the arts, and more…Oklahoma City earns its top ranking with some of the strongest scores for both veteran-specific metrics and for overall quality of life measures…OKC scored particularly well in the categories of high incomes and income growth for veterans, low unemployment among veterans and the number of veteran-owned businesses.”

cost of living, military, Tinker
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Where quality meets affordability

OKC Shopping

Want to save money this year? Guess what… You’re already doing it just by living in Oklahoma City! Some might say that living in OKC is like finding a $200 shirt for $30… every time you go shopping. To achieve the same standard of living in OKC that $65,000 would get you in Seattle, you would only need $37,043, a difference of nearly $27,957.

You can rest easy knowing OKC is an extraordinary, affordable place to live and grow. Check out our Cost of Living calculator to see how OKC stacks up against other top cities in the nation.

cost of living, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Downtown dreaming

Downtown OKC Housing

One of the most common reasons people love downtown OKC so much is that it gives you all the benefits of urban living without a lot of the more typical disadvantages. For city life, there’s nothing more ideal than downtown OKC! It’s full of businesses; it’s walkable (and will soon have a streetcar to help you get everywhere even faster!); it’s full of art, history, entertainment and culture; and you’ll never have to worry about finding a parking space if you’re in the mood for a Thunder or Dodgers game! To learn more about downtown living in OKC, you can check our site’s urban neighborhoods page.

cost of living, downtown, housing
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Build your dream home in OKC

Housing in OKC

A booming hub for art, culture, shopping and sport, it’s no wonder Oklahoma City has seen profound population growth in the last few years. OKC seems to be on an historic rise to success, and we want you to come join us on our path to a bright future.

While OKC’s existing housing stock features plenty of choices, settings and styles, many residents opt to taking advantage of our low housing costs by choosing to build their own awesome abode. With a general cost of living 8 percent below the national average, average utility cost 12 percent below, average housing cost 14 percent below and a property tax rated 47th-lowest in the United States, OKC is an excellent city to set your cornerstone and start building a forever home. Take a look at our Find a Home Builder and Moving Resources pages and get ready to plant your stake in Oklahoma City.

cost of living, housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Free in OKC

45th Infantry Division Museum

Here at Better Life HQ, we love to brag about Oklahoma City’s low cost of living. When your dollar stretches just a little bit further it is much easier to stop to smell the roses (or buy Thunder tickets). However, that doesn’t mean we are opposed to saving a few bucks when we can. The good news is that in OKC there is plenty to do for the low, low price of free. Below are some of our favorite things to do for free in OKC:

  • Horse Shows at State Fair Park Arena
    Oklahoma City is home to more national and international equine championship events than any other city in the world and most don’t charge admission. You have the chance to experience two very different shows in October, with the Grand National Morgan Horse Show and the US Team Roping Championships.
  • The 45th Infantry Division Museum
    Dedicated to the military history of Oklahoma and the 45th Infantry Division, this museum is a must for any history buff. It includes the country’s third-largest collection of historic U.S. military firearms and the world’s largest collection of items once owned by Adolf Hitler. Donations are accepted and appreciated.
  • Oklahoma City Outdoor Symbolic Memorial
    The memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers and all who were changed forever by the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Need more free in OKC ideas? Check out more from our partners at the OKC CVB.

cost of living, free, horse show, museums, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Accolades and acclaim

OKC Accolades

Did you know Oklahoma City was recently named a top city for millennials? Whether it is praise for our quality of life, affordable living, employment opportunities or even our romantic side, the national media takes notice of OKC.

It seems like every day a new accolade or honor is being announced and it is a daunting task to keep up-to-date with the latest news. You can check the Better Life website for an always-fresh list of accolades. Be sure to share with your friends and family to show them we aren’t the only ones singing the praises of OKC.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The OKC renaissance continues

Riversport Rapids

Thanks to a revitalization effort that began in the 1990s, Oklahoma City has been in the midst of a multi-decade renaissance. With a low cost of living and future endeavors underway such as the creation of an innovation district, a 70-acre downtown park and more, OKC is primed for even more growth into the future.

If you want to keep up-to-date with the latest news and happenings in the 4-0-5, the newsroom on the Chamber’s site is a great tool. Bookmark it and we will pass along the latest developments involving MAPs, economic news and more.

cost of living, Innovation District, MAPS, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Low tax, low problem

Shopping in Plaza District

Not only is Oklahoma notorious for its friendly people and rich history, but it also ranks in the bottom third of the U.S. for taxes as a percentage of income. Oklahoma’s low-tax burden only adds to the ongoing list of why the Sooner State is a great place to call home. What does that mean for you? You’ll have more money to spend on what you want to do – whether it’s buying a home, enjoying OKC’s retailers, getting that pony you have always wanted, or making a night of it in one of Oklahoma City’s districts.

Curious about other ways that living in OKC helps you save? Check out our cost of living calculator.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Superb suburbs

Suburban Home

We know what you’re thinking: the suburbs are snoozers! But wait just a moment, dear reader. It’s not all huge SUVs with backseat TV screens, chain restaurants, roving packs of opinionated soccer moms, soulless big-box retail and packed Starbucks drive-thrus in OKC’s suburbs. Many take advantage of Oklahoma City’s famously quick commutes and live in popular “suburban” areas that are nonetheless easily accessible, feature lots of new housing product, clean and green lawns and safe, cost-effective subdivisions--and that still feel like a seamless part of the city.

So what’s the real story on OKC’s suburbs? How about good schools, close neighborhood ties and unique community events? If that doesn’t grab you, think open, modern floor plans, sizable yards, shared neighborhood amenities like pools and splashpads and more. The best part? Affordable suburban neighborhoods abound all over the metro. Whether it’s north, south, east or west, in our own cool considerate objective opinion, OKC’s suburbs offer the best of all worlds, especially given Oklahoma City’s low commute times. In Oklahoma City, living in the suburbs doesn’t have to mean living out of the city. Learn more on our website at http://www.abetterlifeokc.com/housing/suburban-neighborhoods/.

community, cost of living, housing, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Where Quality Meets Affordability

Shopping Stockyard City

Want to save money this year? Guess what… You’re already doing it just by living in Oklahoma City! The quality of living in OKC has been ranked the highest in the nation, and the low cost of living works in your favor to save you money. Some might say that living in OKC is like finding a $200 shirt for $30… every time you go shopping. To achieve the same standard of living in OKC that $65,000 would get you in Seattle, you would only need $38,103, a difference of nearly $27,000.

And, since OKC is one of the top cities with the fastest wage growth, you can rest easy knowing OKC is an extraordinary, affordable place to live and grow. Check out our Cost of Living calculator to see how OKC stacks up against other top cities in the nation.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Let us help with New Year’s resolution

business people

The year is new and that means it is time to come up with a plan for 2017. Here are our three suggestions:

Resolution: Save Money
This is a bit of a cheat because if you live in Oklahoma City you are already doing this. OKC consistently has one of the lowest costs of living in the U.S. Check out our handy cost of living calculator to see how much money you save by simply living the better life in OKC.

Resolution: Get to Know OKC
Whether you are new to the metro or have lived here all your life we promise you there are sides of OKC you need to discover and explore. Of course our blog is the perfect start but also check out our friends over at VisitOKC.com. The will also do a great job of keeping you informed on the can’t-miss events in OKC.

Resolution: Be an Ambassador
We love nothing more than spreading the gospel of OKC 24-7. However, nothing is more valuable than hearing recommendations from someone you know personally. Help be an ambassador for our community. Know someone thinking about moving? Introduce them to our website, sign them up for our blog and show them the e-magazine VeloCity.

attractions, cost of living, moving, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rankings round up

Civic Center Lawn

We aren’t the only people to brag about OKC. In fact, organizations all over the nation are naming Oklahoma City as one of the top cities for its residents’ purchasing power, its housing market and its job market. Read on to hear what people are saying about Oklahoma City.

OKC Among the Top Cities Rebounding from the Great Recession – CNBC
OKC Ranks No. 1 for Quality of Life – Business Facilities
Oklahoma City Ranked as One of the Best Cities for 20-Somethings – Angie’s List
Best Cities for Jobs? You know OKC Makes the List – Glassdoor
OKC Ranked in Top 10 for Best Cities to Start a Career - WalletHub
OKC Named Most Affordable Metro for Young Adults - CareerTrends
OKC is the No. 1 Place in America for First-Time Homebuyers – SmartAssest
New Study: OKC Ranks No. 1 for Women Entrepreneurs – Merchant Cash USA
You Get More Apartment for Your Buck in OKC – Forbes

OKC’s accolades are too lengthy to list here, but you can read them all at A Better Life OKC.

cost of living, entrepreneur, housing, jobs, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine’s Day on a budget

Restaurant dining

Psst … Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Did you forget? Didn’t get a chance to save up your pennies and dimes to take that special someone out on the town? Luckily for you, you live in Oklahoma City. It is a well-established, scientific fact that your dollar goes further in OKC.

Did you know that if you made $35,000 working in Oklahoma City that is the equivalent of only making $14,500 in Manhattan? What kind of witchcraft did we come up with to figure those numbers? Check out our Cost of Living Calculator.

The tool gives you an in-depth break down of what basic living goods cost in each city and most times you will see Oklahoma City always comes in more affordable. Were you thinking of cooking your special someone a nice spaghetti dinner for Valentine’s Day? Good thing you are in OKC. Parmesan Cheese is currently running at $6.56 in Manhattan. Here in the 4-0-5 you can get it for just $3.90. If you just bought parmesan cheese you literally just saved nearly $3 by just living in our great city- #winning!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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