Moving to Oklahoma City. Where to live?

posted 3 years ago in Married Life
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The Moore area is pretty good. Rural areas in Choctaw are even better. There’s not much in shops and entertain that way but it’s just a short drive, on an uncrowded highway, to the metro. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We live just west of the city in Piedmont.  I love the small town feel and we are 15-20 minutes from EVERYTHING! Edmond is also very nice!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Depends where you live.  In Edmond, I only saw 1 scorpion and that was at my fiance’s in the county.  In piedmont, we live in the country and have lots of spiders and more scorpions than I’ve seen in any other place I’ve lived in.  We spray frequently though, so I hardly ever see any spiders in the house and have only seen 1 dead scorpion inside. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I live in Norman and I rarely ever see bugs inside. I think the more out in the country you are, the more likely it is. If possible I would recommend finding a place with or near a tornado shelter (maybe neighbors?) or make a plan for where you will go. It’s getting to be that time of the year and trust me it feels good to have a plan (I’m from the east coast and the weather really freaked me out the first year!).

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Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

  LittleButtons:  Nice, just in time for tornado season :).

Out of the three, I would suggest Moore…definitely NOT Midwest City! I like Moore because it has all the things you need and is a good distance from both OKC and Norman. I really don’t know much about Choctaw, but I do know you can find a really nice home in Moore for a very affordable price. Just make sure you install a tornado shelter :).

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Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

 

LittleButtons:  No problem, happy to answer any questions you have!

  • I’m actually going to respond to something you said to Monicaab: Rooms without windows may be fine in an F1 or F2, but will not be safe if an F4 or F5 come along. However, I’d say half or a little over half of residents here don’t even own a storm shelter. I do know that a TON of people got them installed after last year’s storms. Also, although it’s very common to get tornadoes every single spring, it’s not common to see an F4 or F5.
  • I’d say Moore has been hit more by the really bad tornadoes. I would say in general, they’ll strike anywhere.
  • The drug scene is very easy to avoid. Just make the right friends and live in a decent neighborhood.
  • Not all tornadoes are devestating. See my first bullet point 🙂
  • There is tons of notice. They know at least 3-5 days ahead of time that severe weather is coming. You wouldn’t know it by the way Oklahomans react though. They generally try to make it home from work too late, causing traffic to be a nightmare. A lot of that has to do with when our employers will let us off work. If you feel endangered and you’re employee isn’t letting you leave and/or they have no shelter, leave anyway. Tornadoes are nothing to mess around with and not worth risking your life for. I’d rather risk my job.
  • I honestly have no idea about Lake Draper. I’d be more than happy to discuss the lakes I do know about, though (PS…there are a TON of lakes here).

All in all, Oklahoma isn’t that bad/scary. For a “bigger” city, we have a relatively low crime rate in comparison with other large cities. I know others like you that have moved here from out of state that were terrified as well. As long as your take proper precautions, you will be perfectly fine. THe severe weather typically only lasts thru mid April-May, and it’s by no means every single day.

One thing i love about OKC is land/population wise, yes, it’s pretty big, but you still get big blue sky and the ability to see the stars, sun and moon (haha…the little things in life…these are some of the things I can’t wait to come home to after being in NYC, San Fransco, etc.. ) and enjoy fresh air…our downtown area is pretty small with not a lot of skyscrapers. I’ve been to many places and have never witnessed a sunrise and sunset like we do here in OK– they are absolutely stunning, and it’s every single morning/evening. People here are also very friendly and will go out of their way to help you with just about anything.

Up to you, but if you’re not locked in to a house in Choctaw, I’d still highly suggest looking into Moore. However, I don’t know much about Choctaw– could end up being better!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

 

LittleButtons:  I understand…if you dig enough, you’ll find bad things and have your worries about every city. They’re all very valid and need to be looked out for, though! Yes, most of the bigger lakes allow them. Grand Lake, Lake Eufala, Arbuckle Lake, and Lake Texhoma (my personal favorite) all allow them.

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